Researching the Day Away

On a recent rainy day I left my B&B in Bar Harbor, drove by Eagle Lake, along the edge of Acadia National Park, past the lovely Somes Sound and stopped by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society thinking I’d spend a few minutes looking at their exhibit on the automobile.  I saw some great photos from the early 1900s, learned that the island was first open to motor vehicles in 1915 and that the “autocamping” craze soon followed.

I also got talking with historical society staff member Deb DeForest.  When I told her I’m working on book about MDI in the 1920s she said, “then you’ll want to look at our data base.”  A few keyword searches, a few oral histories, diaries and memoirs later, and the afternoon had somehow disappeared.

Here’s a photo I snapped of Deb:


The historical society is tucked away in the woods on Route 3 between Somesville and Northeast Harbor, and Deb told me she has worked there for two years.  “It’s a fascinating place,” she said.  An art historian by training, Deb said she loves her work.  “Plus look at where we are!” she added.  Immersed in the other-worldliness of island life and the captivating story of island history, I knew just what she meant.


About Luann Yetter

Luann Yetter is the author of Bar Habor in the Roaring Twenties, Portland's Past and Remembering Franklin County, all published by the History Press. She is a writing instructor at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has had a life-long interest in social history beginning with a steady diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a little girl in the Midwest. She now lives in an 18th century house in a small town in Maine and loves to "time travel" when she writes.
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One Response to Researching the Day Away

  1. Deb says:

    Come back any time!

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