News about The History Trust and our member organizations.


  • Highlights Newsletter, May 2023
  • History Trust Highlights, April 2023
    On Mount Desert Island history is collaborative. Raney Bench, Willie Granston, and Bruce Jacobson discuss collaborative editing of 2023 Chebacco journal.
  • History Trust Highlights, March 2023
    Collection management resources and The History Trust on “Maine Calling.” March Governing Council meeting notes.
  • History Trust Highlights, January 2023
    Ways to connect with local history and collecting organizations. January Governing Council meeting accomplishments.
  • History Trust Highlights, December 2022
    Highlights of the online exhibit “Ours Again:” Remembering Ice Ponds, Gathering Together, Winters are Changing . . . and more. December Governing Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, November 2022
    For seven decades the Old Firehouse has been hosting friends and neighbors as they celebrate the holiday season. The tradition continues. November Governing Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, October 2022
    Online archive = 47,197 local history items. Members continue to add new items. Volunteer to help. LandVest is digital access Lead Sponsor. October Governing Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, September 2022
    History Trust provides access to three online editions of local newspapers. Carter’s Real Estate sponsors digital access for September.
  • History Trust Highlights, August 2022
    Welcome to our newest member: Northeast Harbor Fleet. Swan Agency sponsors digital access.
  • You’re invited to explore local history, August 4!
    Volunteers will be on hand to help you explore 50,000 items from the digital collections of local historical societies, museums, and libraries. Or, focus on activities of area residents during the past 100 winters.
  • History Trust Highlights, June-July 2022
    Digital Archive is growing and has new features. Council considered focus for 2023 at June meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, May 2022
    “Working Waterfront” Highlights of the work of The History Trust. May Council meeting notes.
  • History Trust Highlights, April 2022
    Ours Again winter exhibit launched, new digital archive features.
  • History Trust Highlights, March 2022
    Digital archive research for genealogy, online items top 45,000. March Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, February 2022
    Research requests: ice ponds and European settlers of MDI towns. February Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, January 2022
    Access to island newspaper archive revived, Manset steeple bell conserved, call for winter exhibit items. January Council meeting.
  • History Trust Highlights, November-December 2021
    History Trust is “official,” real estate history, call for exhibit curator, November and December Council meetings.
  • Seeking Contract Exhibit Curator
    The History Trust seeks a Project Curator who will collaborate with community scholars to create an online exhibit in early 2022. Funding for the exhibit project ($7,500) is being provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan … Read more
  • History Trust Highlights, October 2021
    Lynam Agency sponsors digital access.
  • History Trust Highlights, September 2021
    Collections care, Carter’s Real Estate sponsors digital access, $30,000 raised four digital Archive.
  • History Trust Highlights, August 2021
    Schoodic Peninsula history, History Trust reception, digital access sponsor, 2021 funding challenge almost complete.
  • Local. History. Social.
    You’re invited to August 19 reception to see the work of History Trust member organizations in preserving local history.
  • Pauline Angione Honored
    Pauline Angione is recognized for her substantial contributions to The History Trust and MDI Historical Society with the 2021 Ann Benson Award for Volunteer Excellence. Executive Director Raney Bench summarizes Pauline’s accomplishments in this video clip from the Society’s annual meeting (4 min, 30 sec).
  • History Trust Highlights, July 2021
    History Trust reception invite, Swan Agency lead digital access sponsor, Rales Foundation and Gouldsboro Historical Society contribute July matching funds, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Launches First Digitized Exhibition 
    The future of history has never looked so good. At least here in the Mount Desert Island area.
  • History Trust Highlights, June 2021
    Digital exhibit now live, June challenge funding matched, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, May 2021
    Care and handling of photos workshop, pets in the History Trust digital archive, May funding challenge met, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, April 2021
    Ruth Moore in the History Trust digital archive, Council “partners,” and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, March 2021
    Two discoveries in the History Trust digital archive, advice for creating members’ digital exhibit, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, February 2021
    Cadillac Mtn. road in 1930s, History Trust receives IRS status, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, January 2021
    History Trust lessons from land conservation movement, process to develop online exhibit, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • Cranberry Chronicle #43
    Of particular interest to History Trust members is the article about the society’s longtime archivist, Anne Grulich, who moved to Colorado in June.
  • History Trust Highlights, December 2020
    Jesup Library holds history, new learning resources for members, History Trust priorities for 2021, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, November 2020
    Latest “Connecting With History” blog post, 2020 challenge grant marched, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, October 2020
    History Trust featured on “Talk of the Towns” radio, $5000 year-end challenge grant, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • Good Connections on Great Cranberry Island
    On a sunny August afternoon, I sat with leaders of Great Cranberry Island Historical Society at a picnic table outside Cranberry House. I learned of the impressive services the society offers their island community.
  • History Trust Highlights, September 2020
    Year-end challenge grant announced, sign up for monthly Highlights, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, August 2020
    Bar Harbor Historical Society joins History Trust, Digital History Hunt quizes, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • History Trust Highlights, July 2020
    History Trust digital archive holds 5000 searchable items, Council Workspace created at historytrust.org, Community Outreach working group formed, and this month’s meeting minutes.
  • New Collections Online
    Eight History Trust organizations that had not been using Digital Archive now have their sites populated with the images and metadata produced by HistoryIT in
  • Project Manager Joins the Trust
    Bruce Jacobson has been brought on board to oversee operations of The History Trust, and to help guide the collaborative into its next stages as a nonprofit organization.

Image: “Bar Harbor Times, Issue Date: January 6, 1917,” Newspaper Archive.