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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Division of MDI Begins

The Division of MDI Begins In April 1795 a vote was passed that the town should be divided. The selectmen were instructed to draw a line dividing…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Division Street School, Bangor, 1865

Division Street School, Bangor, 1865 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904)…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Years on Mt. Desert Island

… his wife, Sally Whiting, arrived on MDI in 1799. (See picture of chair at left that once belonged to Dr. Kittredge.) The Division of MDI Begins

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Bangor and Aroostook GP-38, Presque Isle, 1991

… purchased from General Motors Electro-motive Division (EMD), was delivered in September 1967. The engine sports the paint scheme developed in the…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Brackleys

In addition, miscellaneous flatware items and toothpicks were produced by another division of Strong Wood Turning Corp. on the premises.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

In addition, miscellaneous flatware items and toothpicks were produced by another division of Strong Wood Turning Corp. on the premises.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Student Narrative of MDI History

Student Narrative of MDI History Mount Desert Island (MDI) has a history that spans back over 6,000 years.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Wartime on Mt. Desert Island

Wartime on Mt. Desert Island Wartime did not pass MDI by. Many of the local men fought in the Revolutionary War and MDI continued to be represented…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Arriving in Bar Harbor

Arriving in Bar Harbor Bar Harbor steamboat landing, ca. 1885Item Contributed byMaine Historic Preservation Commission Arriving at the Bar…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Performance

Early Performance The Indian Village, Bar Harbor, ca. 1909Item Contributed byJesup Memorial Library Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, ca.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - More Permanent Settlers Arrive

More Permanent Settlers Arrive Two major waves of settlers arrived after 1768 – the first from Gloucester, Massachusetts in addition to James…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Twentieth-Century Community Life

Twentieth-Century Community Life Bar Harbor and Bar Island, ca. 1930 Bar Harbor, as it appeared in 1930.Item Contributed byMaine Historical…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Old Ell is Born

The Old Ell is Born Old Ell, Rye Field Lane, Northeast Harbor 1939Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library By the year 1898, despite having…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Sources For A Short History Of Performing Arts On MDI

Sources For A Short History Of Performing Arts On MDI Kreisler, Fritz, perf. "Beautiful Ohio." Rec. ca. 1930. Open Source Audio Collection, n.d.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - You Can Get Here From There

You Can Get Here From There Before cars were allowed on Mount Desert Island, steamboats were the primary mode of transportation to Mount Desert.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Rusticators on the Rise

Rusticators on the Rise Dr. Robert on Duck Brook, Bar Harbor, ca. 1920Item Contributed byAbbe Museum At first they came solely for scenery and…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Cottagers

Cottagers Chatwold, Bar Harbor, ca. 1900Item Contributed byJesup Memorial Library As Mount Desert Island’s visitor count rose, many wealthy…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - About Us

About Us The Mount Desert Island Community Heritage Project team is comprised of sub-teams of people representing cultural heritage and education…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Lodging and Hotels: A Savage Family Business

Lodging and Hotels: A Savage Family Business Savage Family Hotel Page Images -III Click here to see pictures and read about the hotels and inns…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Postscript: More Moving Buildings

Postscript: More Moving Buildings The Old House, Harbor Cottage, The Big Barn and the Old Ell were not the only structures in Asticou to move…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Summary: The Future: Recycle or Start from Scratch?

Summary: The Future: Recycle or Start from Scratch? Aerial View of Northeast Harbor Looking North Towards Asticou ca.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Original Mount Desert Island Pilot Project (2006)

Original Mount Desert Island Pilot Project (2006) This project began as part of the pilot phase of what would become the Maine Community Heritage…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building Community and Commerce

Building Community and Commerce Salem Towne Map, Mount Desert Island, ca. 1808 In 1808, Salem Towne Jr., Esq., was given the task of mapping…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Rusticators come to MDI

Rusticators come to MDI The mid-1800s brought about change to Mt. Desert Island. Artists, including Frederick Church, came to the island to visit…