Category: Acadia History & Art

Acadia’s Historic Trails

Acadia’s Historic Trails

This spring, Acadia’s hiking trails were listed in the national register, recognizing their national historic significance and ties to the history of MDI and Acadia National Park.

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Women of Acadia: Then & Now

Women of Acadia: Then & Now

With this feature, we continue our series recognizing women of Acadia, both past and present. Here we present two sisters of the Gilded Age juxtaposed with a modern-day scientist. Their stories highlight how women’s roles have changed, yet remind us of the influence summers in Acadia can have on the trajectory of one’s life—and those of others.

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Life Under the Ice

Life Under the Ice

WINTER IS MY FAVORITE SEASON IN MAINE. The world is stripped to its barest essentials—nature’s palette is reduced to black, white, and gray; sounds are muted; animals leave traces of their activity in the snow long after they’ve left.

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Ghosts of ’47

Ghosts of ’47

While exploring Acadia National Park during the pandemic winter of 2020/2021, I stumbled upon a number of spectacular artifacts from the Mount Desert Island Fire of 1947 – relic tree stumps that have decayed into fascinating ghost like shapes resembling creatures from a science fiction movie.

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Women of Acadia: THEN & NOW – part 2

Women of Acadia: THEN & NOW – part 2

With this feature, we continue our series recognizing women of Acadia, both past and present. Here we pair Acadia National Park Curator and Cultural Resources and Interpretation Liaison Marie Yarborough with Ardra Tarbell, who served in park administrative roles from 1930 to 1969.

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Women of Acadia: THEN & NOW

Women of Acadia: THEN & NOW

With this feature, we begin a series recognizing women of Acadia, both past and present, by introducing their stories in pairs. Although a century might separate some of these women, they share one key trait: having an impact on the health and vibrancy of Acadia National Park. And sometimes, as in this case, they exhibit similar traits of leadership.

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