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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

Curatorial Program

The mission of the curatorial program at Acadia National Park is to preserve the natural and cultural history of Acadia NP and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site and to preserve the history of the administration of the park. Towards this purpose, historical artifacts, archival documents, and natural history specimens will be acquired, preserved both physically and intellectually, and interpreted through educational programs and research.

More than 1.4 million objects and documents are in the collection from both Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. Items in the collection date from 1596 to 2004 and include the following:

  • Archeological materials (prehistoric and historic) pertaining to Ancestral Wabanaki sites in the park, the Carroll Farm Homestead, Islesford (Little Cranberry Island), and the settlement of Saint Croix Island
  • Historic artifacts and archival documents pertaining to the Cranberry Isles (including town records, genealogical materials, shipping industry); the Carroll Family of Southwest Harbor; the administrative and cultural history of Acadia NP and Saint Croix Island IHS; U.S. Lifesaving station; Islesford Wharf Company; Islesford Collection Inc.; George B. Dorr (the founding father of Acadia NP); the Mount Desert Island Region; and Maine Acadian Culture.
  • Plant and animal specimens collected at Acadia National Park including the William H. Procter invertebrate and Harold White dragonfly/damselfly collections.

The Acadia National Park Museum Collection can be viewed at:

William Otis Sawtelle Collections and Research Center: Located in Bar Harbor at park headquarters, the center is dedicated to William Otis Sawtelle, founder of the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. The center houses historic artifacts, archival documents, and natural history specimens currently not on exhibit at the Islesford Historical Museum or the Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center. The museum items represent the natural and cultural history of Acadia NP and Saint Croix Island IHS; the Carroll Homestead of Southwest Harbor; George B. Dorr, one of the founding fathers of Acadia National Park; the Town of Cranberry Isles; "New France;" and the administrative history of Acadia and Saint Croix.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:00, by appointment, year round. Access to the collection for scientific research, genealogical study, or development of a publication is permitted. Prospective researchers need to contact the park's museum technician for an appointment.

To arrange an appointment to conduct research or if you have research questions contact the park museum technician at:

Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207-288-8729
e-mail

Archival documents in good condition (determined by the museum technician) may be photocopied for a small fee. Photographs (in good condition) may be reproduced for a fee (contact the curator for current prices). Artifacts may be loaned to other historic institutions for exhibitions.

Islesford Historical Museum: Founded by William Otis Sawtelle in 1919 and located on Little Cranberry Island. The permanent museum exhibits explore life in the Town of Cranberry Isles (a set of five islands located in the Gulf of Maine) during the 19th century, when schooners were the mode of transportation and oceans were the highways.

Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center: Exhibits explore the natural history of Acadia and depicts how the park monitors those resources. The Nature Center is open mid-May to early October. Admission is free.

 

Did You Know?

CCC members take a break from their work to admire the view along the ocean.

The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.