Island and Acadian Passages, Part II: Conservation to Resilience
Site: Mellon Room, Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor
This course will explore six passages in the development of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park since establishment of the park in 1916: 1) Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads: The Great Acadian Sculpture 1912-1958, 2) A New Deal for Acadia: The Civilian Conservation Corps 1933-1942, 3) Conflagration and Community: The Fire of 1947, 4) Transitions, Boundaries and Friends: 1960-1986, 5) Friends of Acadia – the First 33 Years 1986-2019, and 6) Acadia in the Anthropocene. The course will combine illustrated presentations and co-learner discussion.
About the instructor
Jack Russell was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. Educated for a tweedy academic life as a literary historian, in the 1960s he redirected his energies to a half-century as community organizer, policy analyst, organizational leader, and single-shingle consultant. Since returning to MDI in 2006, he has worked on conservation, written on national and local politics and regional history, offered ASC courses on Acadian and island history, Walden and Moby Dick.