A replacement Somesville bridge on the way to be installed in 1995. An article about the construction of the bridge is part of this year’s “Chebacco,” the journal of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. The journal’s launch is set for April 7. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Historical society journal explores ‘Sense of Place’



MOUNT DESERT — The MDI Historical Society will celebrate the launch of its annual magazine, “Chebacco,” at the Sound Schoolhouse on Friday, April 7, from 4-6 p.m.

The 18th volume of the magazine explores the theme “Sense of Place” and the characteristics that make Mount Desert Island unique and evocative of the past. At the event, which is open to the public, several authors will read selections from their articles, and society members may pick up their copies of the magazine prior to their mailing. Refreshments will be served.

“A Sense of Place” explores themes ranging from architecture to colonial history to biography. In a brief memoir, architect Roc Caivano remembers the reaction to the 1981 construction of the famous arched bridge in Somesville. He writes, “It became clear that our project was successful in the ensuing months as the number of people stopping to photograph the bridge increased, and that January, a bank calendar arrived in the mail with a photograph of the ‘Historic Old Somesville Bridge’ on its cover.”

Standing, Stuart Savage (holding shovel) and Charles “Ken” Savage Jr. Seated are Rick Savage and his brother, John Savage, circa 1955–56. The photo is part of an article in this year’s “Chebacco,” the journal of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. The journal’s launch is set for April 7. PHOTO COURTESY OF RICK SAVAGE

Also appearing in the magazine are works by Sargent Gardiner, Tim Garrity, Willie Granston, Carl Little, Todd Little-Siebold, Erik Reardon, and Roxana Robinson. First-person accounts by Augustus, Charles and Rick Savage, and Louisa Newlin tell what it was like to grow up in the villages of Asticou and Northeast Harbor in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

At 165 pages, the new issue is larger than ever and contains more than 70 illustrations in full color. The magazine gets its name, “Chebacco,” from the kind of boat used by 18-century English colonists when they first set up their homes on Mount Desert Island.

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society fosters meaningful engagement with the histories of Mount Desert Island. Visit www.mdihistory.org or call Brendan O’Keefe at 276-9323.

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