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:

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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.

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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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