MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Island Historical Society has selected two University of Maine graduate students as Visiting History Scholars for 2019. Brittany Goetting and Darcy Stevens will help the society prepare for the bicentennial of Maine’s statehood by researching and writing articles for the 2020 issue of society’s annual magazine, Chebacco.
Goetting is a University of Maine Ph.D. candidate and adjunct instructor at the University of Maine and Husson University. Her research examines the community and identities formed by Baptists in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Her article “‘He Has Abundantly Poured out His Holy Spirit in Eden and Mount Desert:’ The Baptist Connection on Mount Desert Island, 1790-1840” will appear in the 2019 edition of Chebacco.
Stevens is a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Maine. She is originally from Kansas where she earned a masters degree in American history at Emporia State University.
At UMaine, Stevens is studying the daily lives of colonists in the years surrounding the American Revolution. She is particularly interested in the ways in which colonists who were loyal to the British crown or wished to stay neutral in the conflict navigated the social landscape, and how their political convictions affected their business and social relationships before, during and after the Revolutionary War.
“Our partnership with the University of Maine connects us with young historians as they forge their careers,” said Tim Garrity, executive director of the Historical Society. “We are happy to give them a place to practice their profession and look forward to learning all we can from them while they are with us.”
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society fosters meaningful engagement with the histories of Mount Desert Island.