Maine Historical Society and Maine Olmsted Alliance Merge:
MHS offers Annual Olmsted Lecture to Celebrate
Thursday, June 17, 7pm
Harmonizing with Mountain, Lake, and Seashore: A History of Maine State Parks
Tom Desjardin, Historian, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Join us to celebrate the Maine Olmsted Alliance’s recent merger with the Maine Historical Society. This year’s lecture will explore the role that Maine’s state park system—marking its 75th anniversary this year—plays in preserving and providing access to the state’s abundant outdoor resources and historical sites.
Some of Maine’s most remarkable landscapes, whether natural, created by humans, or a hybrid of both, can be found within the 1.5 million acres under the management of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Formed in 1935 as the Maine State Parks Commission, this section of state government is celebrating its 75th year as steward of Maine’s state parks, historic sites, and public lands. From the “three long mountains and a wood,” mountain that inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay’s most famous poem in Camden (Mt. Battie/Camden Hills State Park), to the rough, scenic wilderness that transformed young Theodore Roosevelt into an outdoorsman and conservationist (Bible Point Historic Site, Island Falls), these pieces of Maine’s natural identity are the results of decades of planning and management by a staff devoted to providing unique and inspiring outdoor experiences for Mainers and visitors alike.
Desjardin is the author of Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign (Oxford University Press) and Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775 (St. Martins Press), among other books and articles.
This lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, Patriot Insurance Co., H.M. Payson & Co., and Downeast Magazine.
For more information:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.