Lecture Series at The Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor

It’s a compelling sensation to see a familiar place – a building, neighborhood, or grand vista – in a photograph from long ago. 

That was one of the several distinct pleasures of Earle G. Shettleworth’s recent illustrated talk “Charles A. Townsend’s Mount Desert,” part of the Thursday evening lecture series at The Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor. 

Charles A. Townsend was a Bucksport-based insurance salesman who ventured into photography to capitalize upon the growing popularity of picture postcards during the first three decades of the twentieth century.  Along the way he documented fascinating changes on Mount Desert Island and produced some important images of the past.  

So we learned from the well-delivered remarks of Mr. Shettleworth, Maine State Historian and Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Committee, who also charmed us by reading some of the messages on those postcards. 

Too bad if you missed Mr. Shettleworth, but, if you’re on MDI during the next few weeks, there’s still the opportunity to take advantage of this worthwhile offering from The Claremont. 

Here’s what is still coming up: 

Aug. 19         John Singer Sargent’s “Daughters of Edward D. Boit” – Erica Hirschler, Croll Senior Curator of American Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Aug. 26         China Then and Now – Ambassador Nicholas Platt, President Emeritus of the Asia Society

Sept. 2         Conservation of Island Historic Gardens: The Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve  –   Betsy  Hewlett, Collections Manager & Carole Plenty, Executive Director, Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve

Lectures start at 8pm and are free.

For more ideas on what to do on a trip to Mount Desert Island, visit OUR ACADIA.  From restaurants to kayaking trips to farmers’ markets, it can help you make the most of your vacation to Maine.


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