Our Staff

Photo of La Rochelle from the front.

Erin Cough

Executive Director

(207) 288-0000 ext.101 or (207) 560-9128

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.

Photo of La Rochelle from the front.

Laura Johnson

Operations Manager

(207) 288-0000 ext.104 or (207) 613-0973

Laura is a resident of Mount Desert and Bar Harbor, and a retired Director of Summer Programs at College of the Atlantic. She came to waitress one summer and ended up staying to raise a family and work at COA. She enjoys learning about Bar Harbor’s past and seeing how it has shaped its future. As the town continues to evolve with new people, development, technology, she hopes the community can always appreciate its history and the special town created by those who came before them.

Photo of Emily Cough.

Emily Cough

Development and Marketing Manager

(207) 288-0000 ext.103 or (207) 573-7365

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.

Photo of La Rochelle from the front.

Owen Mendelaar

Collections Manager

(207) 288-0000 ext.102 or (207) 560-9973

Owen grew up in New York City, and found a love of history through visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his dad. He graduated from College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology with a focus on Maritime History and Archiving. During his time as a student Owen completed an internship with the Bar Harbor Historical Society, which extended into a full time position working to digitize and organize the collections. He enjoys learning about niche areas of history as well as transcribing historical documents for easier future use.