MOUNT DESERT — Brittany Goetting, a University of Maine doctoral student and teaching assistant, is the Mount Desert Island Historical Society Visiting History Scholar for 2018.
Each year, the society invites a student to conduct original research into the histories of Mount Desert Island. A stipend is funded through contributions to the society’s team in the Mount Desert Island Marathon.
Goetting’s research examines the evolution of Protestantism in Maine and Nova Scotia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She is particularly interested in the beliefs of Protestant laypeople and how their religious convictions manifested in their everyday political, economic and cultural realities.
She most recently has been working alongside the Castine Historical Society to develop a historical walking tour app. Her contributions to the ABC-Clio’s “The World’s Greatest Religious Leaders: How Religious Figures Helped Shape World History” will be published this summer.
Goetting will research and write an article for the 2019 edition of the society’s annual magazine, “Chebacco.” The 2019 issue will focus on Mount Desert Island’s religious history and will be edited by island summer residents R. Marie Griffith and Leigh E. Schmidt, distinguished scholars of religion at Washington University in St. Louis.
The appointment of Goetting as Visiting History Scholar further cements a growing partnership between the University of Maine and the historical society. “Our connection with the University of Maine is one of our most valued institutional relationships,” said Tim Garrity, the society’s executive director. “UMaine students bring us their energy, curiosity, and cutting-edge education to our community, while we provide them with a fresh field of research material and a setting where they can launch their careers. We are very pleased to have Ms. Goetting join us and help us better understand Mount Desert Island’s past.”