Talk of the Towns 10/14/20 The History Trust: Connecting historical resources for all time

Producer/Host: Ron Beard

What were the origins of The History Trust… given that there are many local organizations who preserve historical records and objects, why was it important to create a new organization? What about Mount Desert Island and the surrounding communities gave rise to The History Trust? What inspiration does the rich tradition of local land trust hold for local history?

Who are the organizations who have come together voluntarily to create The History Trust… guests share their individual organizations missions and holdings and why they are committed to both their own organizations and to The History Trust? Bruce or others list the other organizations and what they are known for, their rationale for joining…

How does it all work… tell some stories of how the work is beginning to demonstrate the value of your approach? Examples of what current member organizations hold in their keeping and are sharing through The History Trust?


Bruce Jacobson, Project Manager, The History Trust
Raney Bench, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Pauline Angione, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Helene Tuchman, Tremont Historical Society

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.