Champlain Society Camp Asticou Log, Northeast Harbor, 1882

Contributed by Mount Desert Island Historical Society


This logbook documents the scientific studies, discoveries and explorations of the Champlain Society, a group of undergraduate Harvard University students who camped on Mount Desert Island during the summer of 1882.

Scientific studies consisted of documenting, obtaining, and preparing geological, zoological, and plant materials. Activities in camp included sailing, rowing, forays to the post office, and socializing.

The campers also commented on events on the Island, including musicals, dances, and even a highway robbery. Of particular note is the entry for August 9, 1882, "Captain made a call on us. He announced that the gentlemen owning land near and at N.E. Harbor were trying to form a society to protect the natural beauties of this part of the Island. A discussion of the plan followed." These conversations were the birth of Acadia National Park.

This book includes the camp and yacht log from the summer of 1882.

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About This Item

  • Title: Champlain Society Camp Asticou Log, Northeast Harbor, 1882
  • Creation Date: 1882
  • Subject Date: 1882
  • Location: Northeast Harbor, Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Bound book, ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 21 cm x 17 cm
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Mount Desert Island Historical Society
PO Box 653, 353 Sound Drive, Mount Desert, ME 04660
(207) 276-9323

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