Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr
By Ronald H. Epp
The first biography of the man known as the “Father of Acadia,” Forthcoming in April 2016 from Friends of Acadia
Although he is known as the “Father of Acadia” and a founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, George Bucknam Dorr’s seminal contributions to the American environmental movement have gone largely unacknowledged. Even today, those who live in or visit the coastal Maine communities surrounding Acadia National Park do not fully realize the scope of his achievements. This biography is the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the establishment and development of a unique conservation model that dovetailed with the evolution of the US National Park Service—which shares its 2016 centennial with Acadia.
Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr is based on painstaking research both in the US and abroad, including federal, state, and private archives. Newly-discovered and uncatalogued sources are supplemented by in-person interviews. This work will appeal to general and scholarly readers who care about the philanthropic roots of land conservation, those interested in what has been celebrated as “America’s Best Idea,” and above all, those who know and love Acadia National Park.
With a Foreword by Acadia National Park Ranger Maureen Fournier.
“George B. Dorr has always been more myth than man. He is seen off in the distance striding purposefully along a trail, or standing, pensively, atop a mountain ridge looking to the distant horizon. With this biography, Dr. Ronald H. Epp eloquently brings George Dorr’s life and accomplishments onto a national stage.” —Rebecca Cole-Will, Acadia National Park Chief of Resource Management
Product web page: https://friendsofacadia.org/news-publications/george-dorr-biography/
Offered to you by this Acadia Centennial Partner(s): Friends of Acadia