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Tim Garrity

Fields: Maine in the Civil War, the history of Mount Desert Island

Advisor: Richard Judd

Education: B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.H.S.A., George Washington University

Thesis Title/Topic: Mount Desert in the Civil War. Within this topic, I am exploring the effect of the war on the town’s soldiers, women, and dissenters.

Presentations: 

“John Gilley Fell at the Battle of the Wilderness” – A Civil War Cavalryman’s tombstone tells what happened to him, but gets it wrong.

“Casualties: Mount Desert’s Women and the Civil War” – Though separated from battlefields by 1,000 miles, women were profoundly affected by the war.

“The Histories of Saint Sauveur” – A historiography of the 1613 Jesuit settlement.

“The Woman Question: Francis Parkman’s Arguments against Women’s Suffrage” – The eminent historian made the case against women’s voting rights, but prominent suffragists pushed back.

“The Bar Harbor Fire of 1947” – How the town endured the frightening days of the fire, and how it recovered.

Publications: “The Histories of Saint Sauveur,” and “John Gilley Fell at the Battle of the Wilderness,” Chebacco, 2011. “The Woman Question: Francis Parkman’s Arguments Against Women’s Suffrage,” and “Casualties: Mount Desert’s Women and the Civil War,” Chebacco, 2012 (in press).

Notes of Interest: Tim is the Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. He spent twenty-five years as a healthcare executive, and then changed course in 2009, enrolling in the Master’s Degree Program in History at the University of Maine.  He worked as an interpretive park ranger in Acadia National Park in the summer of 2010, when he first encountered many of the topics he covers in his work as a historian. Tim and his wife Lynn enjoy hiking and backpacking, and can’t believe their good fortune to live in a place like Mount Desert Island.

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