The Somes Pond Center supports research and education on and celebration of the landscapes of the Mount Desert Island region created by nature and conserved and enhanced by human design.
Somes Pond Center (SPC) envisions four projects as our contribution to the Acadia Centennial:
1. Revalorization of Oldfarm. The SPC now seeks funds for an ANP-overseen cultural landscape assessment at Oldfarm and for subsequent work to make the site an appropriate interpretive memorial to Mr. Dorr. We have partnered with the CEOs of JAX, the MDI Biological Laboratory and the Abbe Museum in this campaign.
2. Presentation: We are looking at providing a suitable lecturer for a 2016 presentation. One person we are pursuing is Ethan Carr. Ethan Carr, eminent historian of landscape design in our national parks, is the author of Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture & the National Park Service (1998) and Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma (2007). His lecture could be part of the Centennial series on Conservation in the 21st Century.
3. Publication of Magnificent Mount Desert II: Collected Essays by Judith Goldstein. SPC has brought forth Judy’s essays on MDI and ANP history.
4. Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, creators of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, have given SPC permission to present the Acadia National Park segment of their celebrated broadcast during 2016. We hope the authors will join us.
SPC is eager to work with other Acadia Centennial Partners on their initiatives and ours.
Somes Pond Center - Mailing Adress
PO Box 44
East Blue Hill, Maine 04629