Executive Director Carolyn Rapkievian

Carolyn Rapkievian is the Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Historical Society.  She has held leadership positions in history, science, nature, art, cultural, and children’s museums for close to 50 years including most recently, over 25 years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Carolyn has lectured internationally about the role of museums in understanding history and promoting cultural understanding. She lives in Bar Harbor and is an Abbe Museum trustee.  Carolyn is an Armenian dance teacher and coordinates a project to document historic dances. Her husband David is a violin maker, plays fiddle in several bands, and plays oud for Carolyn’s Armenian dance workshops.


Development DirectorJames Whitehead

Jamie moved to MDI six years ago and has worked with a number of area non-profits including Camp Beech Cliff and the Union River Center for Innovation prior to joining the Bar Harbor Historical Society in 2019. Before moving north, he lived in New York City and Washington, DC and worked in a variety of political advocacy, non-profits, early stage finance, and renewable energy project management. Jamie now lives in Seal Harbor with his daughter Cece and his cats Dave and Halo.


Operations Director – Erin Cough

Erin is a long time resident of Bar Harbor, living downtown with her husband Joe and dogs. Her lifelong love of history led her to a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from SCAD and restoration of several historic homes along the East Coast. She is a partner in the fabric and craft store, Fabricate, and has been involved in MDI businesses both private and public organizations for the past 20+ years. Erin is a Bar Harbor Town Councilor, Board member of the BH Village Improvement Association, and Board member at Acadia Community Theatre. She loves to cook, bake, and enjoys her front porch with her friends and family.


Digital Archivist- Mazie Smallidge

Mazie grew up in Blue Hill and spent lots of her childhood on MDI visiting her grandmother in Seal Harbor. She graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor with a degree in Human Ecology, focusing on folktales and illustration. Mazie’s love of history led her to volunteer at the Bar Harbor Historical Society and now is working to digitize our collections. Her work at the Historical Society has made her interested in pursuing a Master’s in Archival Studies in the near future. She enjoys learning the history of the island and uncovering the stories of people who lived in the area before her.


Visitor Services Lead – Emily Cough

Emily is a Bar Harbor native with a love of history, despite graduating with an English degree from Thomas College, which made working for the Bar Harbor Historical Society an exciting venture for her. She also loves traveling, cooking, and baking in her spare time.


Visitor Services Associate – Laura Johnson