Auto Museum staff changes

TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum has announced staff transitions in progress.

Mel Rice-Schoon, who has been the program director at the Jesup library in Bar Harbor, will join the museum in early May as director of development and marketing. The new, full-time position was created after Hope Rowan, who has been at the museum part-time as communications and development director, accepted a position working on GIS trail mapping all around Maine.

“While she will be greatly missed at the museum, this is the perfect fit for her skills and passions,” a statement from the museum said.

At the Jesup, Rice has served at different times as director of development, communications and programs. She brings a keen eye for editing plus storytelling skills honed as a journalist, editor, writer and Registered Maine Guide.

She volunteers with many organizations on MDI and chairs the Program Committee for the Acadia Night Sky Festival and is looking forward to combining her skills and experience with her lifelong passion for history, according to an announcement.

Jenna Beaulieu, formerly the museum’s events and store manager, is now full-time curator of education. Building on relationships with local schools that she developed while working at Island Readers and Writers, she will help put the museum in a stronger position to develop STEM programs, hands-on experiences designed to teach people critical thinking skills, and programs that extend the impact of the museum’s history exhibits.

Long-time Curator Roberto Rodriguez is retiring but will continue to work with the museum on special projects.

The auto museum is again working with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society to offer a full-time, year-round position shared by the two organizations, the position formerly held by Beaulieu. The purpose of the job-share is to provide meaningful employment for talented people while working within the budgets of both nonprofits.


Patrick Callaway, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Maine, will join the staff of both organizations. He plans to move to MDI in May to start his work while completing his dissertation.

Callaway’s research focuses on the economic connections between the United States and British North America in the late 1700s and early 1800s. He earned his MA in history from Montana State University in 2008, and his BS in Secondary Education from the University of Montana-Western in 2005. Outside of history, Patrick enjoys cooking, hiking, and classic TV and movies.

On behalf of the historical society, he will be caring for and cataloging collections two days a week, work he developed a passion for as he conducted his own research. While at the auto museum he will organize events, work with the public and manage the museum store.

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