Acadia; as with all national parks; is a place where stories are shared about natural and cultural history. These stories can be written, spoken, or both -- all playing an intricate part in understanding the past and present of the landscape and its people.

Acadia is located in the homeland of the Wabanaki, the People of the Dawnland. It is also a national park, established by wealthy and influential residents of Mount Desert Island in the spirit of preservation. Although certain stories have dominated the timeline, it is critical to recognize the simultaneous history of indigenous people and European settlers, rusticators and laborers, and tourists and year-round residents. There is value in the words, contributions, and teachings of the communities who call this area home and those who shaped what we know the park to be today.

The following books, reports, educational materials, and oral histories are resources on Acadia's history and culture from voices across backgrounds, cultures and communities.

Books and Reports

People standing on rocks near a lake

Cultural Landscape Reports

Learn about park history through well known places like Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, Schoodic Peninsula, Sieur de Monts, and more.

People on a viewing deck watching waves crash in a rock inlet

Park Histories

Browse a collection of stories, guides, reports, addresses, and conference proceedings.

A traditional birch wigwam next to a branch with an owl perched on it

Ethnographic Overview

This historical-ethnographic overview of Acadia National Park spans almost 500 years. Find links to Volumes 1 and 2 here.


Audio and Video

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Historic Audio Files and Interviews

Songs, stories, interviews and oral histories from Acadia's past.

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Cultural Connections

The "Cultural Connections in the Park" program hosts free events connecting the public to Wabanaki stories through art and performance.

Last updated: October 28, 2020

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