The Mount Desert Island Historical Society and Seal Cove Auto Museum are once again working together to offer a full-time, year-round position shared by the two organizations. The purpose of the job-share is to provide meaningful employment for talented people while working within the budgets of both non-profits. Executive Directors Tim Garrity and Raney Bench are pleased to announce hiring PhD candidate Patrick Callaway, completing his research in history at the University of Maine, Orono. Patrick will move to the Island in May to start his work while completing his dissertation.

His 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 Patrick will be caring for and cataloging collections two days a week, a passion he developed when conducting research in archives. While at the Auto Museum he will organize events and work with the public, and manage the museum store.

The Auto Museum has two other staff transitions in progress. Long-time Curator Roberto Rodriguez is retiring but will continue to work with the Museum on special projects. Because of the Museum’s growing community engagement and education outreach goals, we have hired a full-time Curator of Education, Jenna Beaulieu. Jenna had formerly been the Museum’s Events and Store Manager, the position being filled by Patrick. Finally, Hope Rowan has accepted a position doing GIS trail mapping across Maine, and while she will be greatly missed at the museum, this is the perfect fit for her skills and passions. Seal Cove has increased this position to be full-time, year-round as well, and is pleased to announce hiring Mel Rice-Schoon as Director of Development and Marketing.

As Curator of Education, Jenna will build on relationships with local schools that she developed at Island Readers and Writers. Under her leadership, Seal Cove will be in a stronger position to develop STEM programs, hands-on experiences designed to teach people critical thinking skills, and extend the impact of the Museum’s history exhibits.

Mel comes to us from the Jesup Memorial Library where she has worked as Director of Development, Director of Communications and Program Director. She brings with her a keen eye for editing plus storytelling skills honed as a journalist, editor, writer and Registered Maine Guide. She volunteers with many organizations on Mount Desert Island and chairs the Program Committee for the Acadia Night Sky Festival. Mel is looking forward to combining her skills and experience with her lifelong passion for history as the Museum’s new Director of Development and Marketing. She will begin her duties in early May.