Acadia Senior College

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So You Think You Know Maine?

Earl Brechlin

Online via Zoom
Join author and historian Earl Brechlin for a four-session class exploring some of the people, places and events that have made Maine, and Mount Desert Island, what it is today.

In session one we’ll learn about legends and giants of the Great North Woods, and how their shared paths created many of the trails and routes, both literal and societal, we still follow today.

In session two we’ll discuss the Mount Desert Island area during World War II when the area was a hotbed of defense activity including a “secret” radar base atop Cadillac Mountain, Nazi spies landing across Frenchman Bay in Hancock, and the possible crash/shoot down of the Navy Blimp K-14 off Mount Desert Rock. What really happened?

Next, we’ll look at Baxter State Park’s hidden logging past, delving into long-lost photographic scrapbooks of Appalachian Trail pioneer and native of Lubec, Maine, Myron Avery. Long before the 220,000-acre preserve, and adjacent land became the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the area was a hive to logging activities with numerous dams, entire towns, and calamities such as forest fires.

The last session will cover myths, legends, historical firsts, and the enormous talent of Maine’s early inventors, explorers and artists, drawing from Brechlin’s latest book Wild! Weird! Wonderful! Maine! Many of the areas discussed await your own discovery and exploration today.
About the instructor

Earl D. Brechlin is the author of Wild! Weird! Wonderful! Maine! released in June of 2020 by Islandport Press. He also brought the history, magic, and beauty of Maine’s North Woods alive in his book of evocative essays Return to Moose River, published by Down East Books in 2018.

Earl was the founding editor of the Mount Desert Islander, a weekly newspaper that has repeatedly won first place for general excellence from the National, New England Press Association and Maine Press Associations. He is the holder of more than 100 awards for news and featuring writing, and photography. A Registered Maine Guide, Brechlin is a former Maine Journalist of the Year and is the author of eight books published by Down East Books and Hunter Publishing including adventure and hiking guides to Maine and Acadia National Park, and postcard history books about regions of Maine and New England. An adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic for 17 years (Journalism) Brechlin worked as an editor, journalist and investigative reporter in Maine for more than 37 years. He is a former board member and instructor for the Acadia Senior College and currently serves as President of the Bar Harbor Historical Society. He plans to step away from his position as Communications Director at Friends of Acadia in January of 2021 to pursue another book project full time. He resides in Bar Harbor with his wife Roxie, a retired kindergarten teacher.

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