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Designing Acadia

Maine Historical Society
Date: Thursday Jun 16, 2016 - Saturday Jan 14, 2017


Designing Acadia, an exhibition at Maine Historical Society in Portland, explores the concept, design, and layout of Acadia National Park. The exhibition provides an opportunity for audiences in Portland and Southern Maine to encounter Acadia National Park and its legacy on the centennial of the park’s founding in 1916.

The outdoors are an essential part of Maine’s history and identity, and Acadia National Park has had a special presence in the imagination of both Mainers and visitors from around the world. The creation of the park puts Maine at the center of key national stories: the conservation movement, the development of the national park system, and ideas about recreation, philanthropy, and politics that shaped the 20th century.

MHS’s exhibition focuses on the physical design and layout of the park. When ANP was created, it was on land that had been used for centuries by Native Americans, local farmers and fisherman, and, more recently, wealthy rusticators. The purposeful design of the park sought to create vistas, sight lines, and diverse opportunities for visitors to experience Mount Desert Island’s special and varied landscape.

The exhibition is accompanied by public programs, educational activities, and outreach from June through December 2016. Charles Birnbaum, President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, will deliver MHS’s Annual Olmsted address on May 19, 2016.

Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Contact Name: Dan D'Ippolito
Contact Phone #: (207) 774-1822
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Event Sponsor(s): Maine Historical Society 

This is a free event.

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