MOUNT DESERT, Maine – Virginia Mellen has been appointed Administrative Assistant at Mount Desert Island Historical Society. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing core administrative services in addition to providing support for the creative and development work of the organization. She replaces Deborah DeForest, who has taken a new position at the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve.
Mellen is a 2012 graduate of College of the Atlantic. Her work experience includes internships with the Abbe Museum and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C. On behalf of Friends of Island History, she was the lead surveyor on a study of the current state of area archival catalogs. She has experience as a Co-curator for The Naturalist’s Notebook, Researcher and Curator for the Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and as an Interpretive Ranger for Acadia National Park. She has provided website content for College of the Atlantic and is currently employed as a buyer for A&B Naturals Food Store.
The Society will welcome Virginia Mellen and say farewell to Deb DeForest at the opening of a Penobscot Marine Museum exhibit of postcard images on Thursday January 9, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Sound School House.
Mellen lives in Bar Harbor with her husband Eli Mellen, a Web Designer and Front-End Developer for Beard and Beanie Creative in Bar Harbor.
With a history center at the Sound School House, museums, bridge, and gardens in Somesville, and collaborative programs throughout the community, the Mount Desert Island Historical Society keeps, discovers, and celebrates the history of Mount Desert Island. The Society office is open throughout the year, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive in Mount Desert.