Lucey, Beaulieu join historical society

MOUNT DESERT — Leah Lucey and Jenna Beaulieu have joined the staff of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Lucey is the new administrative coordinator, providing support for the essential operational, financial and administrative functions of the society. Beaulieu has been hired as outreach and collections coordinator and will work to engage the public with the historical resources of the society and care for the collection. Beaulieu is also the store and events manager for Seal Cove Auto Museum. The two organizations will share her services.

Lucey graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Montclair State University in New Jersey. While still in college, she worked as the assistant to the vice president of a property management firm, a job that expanded to full-time after graduation. For the past three years, Lucey has lived and worked between Maine and the Caribbean as crew on private and charter sailing yachts. She lives in Bar Harbor.

“The skills necessary to manage a racing yacht seem very transferable to the abilities needed to operate a dynamic and progressive nonprofit organization,” said Tim Garrity, the society’s executive director. “We are very happy to welcome Leah aboard.”

“I am excited to call Mount Desert Island my forever home, and to take on this new role where I can continue to learn about the histories of the island, and serve the historical society,” said Lucey.

Beaulieu has previously worked as a program associate for Island Readers & Writers, a freelance writer and photographer, a reporter for Fiddlehead Focus, an award-winning newspaper in Northern Maine, and a library assistant for the Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes in Fort Kent, Maine. She holds a bachelor’s in English from University of Maine at Fort Kent.

“After working on several shared events between the Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society, it was clear she would be a good fit for both organizations, and we’re happy to share her time to ensure she has full-time work in a field she loves,” said Raney Bench, executive director of Seal Cove Auto Museum. “This has the added benefit of reducing overlap on shared events between the two museums, thereby streamlining costs and overall work.”

As she considered her new role, Beaulieu added, “There’s a particular thrill to diving headfirst into a historical collection, and I can’t wait to help communicate the rich and vibrant history of the island to its community and friends.”

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