Champlain Society Meeting Records, Northeast Harbor, 1883-1886

Contributed by Mount Desert Island Historical Society


The Champlain Society was a group of Harvard University students who camped, studied, and conducted scientific research during the summer months of the 1880's on Mount Desert Island.

During the years 1883-1886, the group's mission and membership requirements changed, and these meeting records document the members' transition from scientific purpose to more social pursuits.

A prophecy of the potential demise of the Champlain Society is eloquently stated in poem and prose, including on page 32: "The study of science no more held the place, it had held in the summers before, human nature, the study of heart and of face, interested the campers far more."

The Society's annual winter meetings and banquets in Cambridge, Massachusetts, were vividly described and illustrated with menus, telegrams, and seating charts.

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About This Item

  • Title: Champlain Society Meeting Records, Northeast Harbor, 1883-1886
  • Creator: Edward L. Rand
  • Creation Date: 1883–1886
  • Subject Date: 1883–1886
  • Locations:
    • Mount Desert, Hancock County, ME
    • Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA
  • Media: Ink on paper, bound book
  • Dimensions: 2.1 cm x 1.7 cm
  • Collection: Champlain Society Logbooks
  • Object Type: Text

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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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