September 2020–Raina Sciocchetti began working with the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society Aug. 31 as the society’s Island Institute fellow.

Raina is a recent graduate of Unity College, where she majored in environmental writing and media studies with an emphasis in sustainability societies. She hails from a small coastal community in Northern California, where she “became more aware of its story of depleted natural resources, rapid changes and growing challenges.”

Raina’s work plan encompasses engagement within the region, including partnering organizations, local schools and citizens and Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society volunteers and members. The Historical Society has a wealth of artifact, archival and family history to share. Its goal is to use its resources to connect the community to the local, natural and human history. Raina also will be working to better organize and further develop the Urann Historic Home project collection.

Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years.

Fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges.

Anyone wishing to participate in or support these efforts in any way is welcome to contact the Historical Society at P.O. Box 44 Sullivan, ME 04664,, or 207-422-0995.