Ms. Newsom is a member of the Penobscot Nation and serves as their Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. In this capacity, she ensures tribal compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, identifies and manages historic properties on tribal lands, consults with Federal and State agencies relative to historic site protection, participates in public education initiatives and serves as the tribal point of contact for all archaeological issues. Her former position include a research archaeology position with Archaeological Research Consultants, of Elssworth, Maine and Assistant Director of the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine.
Ms. Newsom has served on a variety of boards and committees at both the local and national levels. At present, she serves on the repatriation review committee for the Smithsonian Institution and was recently appointed to the University of Maine Board of Trustees.
She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research interests include the archaeology of the Penobscot River Valley and aboriginal ceramic analysis. As an indigenous archaeologist, Ms. Newsom is dedicated to working with and for indigenous communities.
As a military veteran and former leadership instructor with the Maine Army National Guard, Ms. Newsom taught courses in primary leadership, small and large group instructor training and non-commissioned officer training. Currently, she lives in Eddington with her husband, Les, and their four children. The Abbe Museum was honored to have Bonnie Newsom as the guest speaker for our Annual Meeting!