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Speculating on Scenery: Downeast Maine's Resort Development Boom, 1880-1900
The topic of our next History Hour is Speculating on Scenery: Downeast Maine's Resort Development Boom, 1880-1900. The dramatic growth of Mount Desert Island as a summer destination in the late nineteenth century sparked a land craze in Downeast Maine. Between 1880 and 1900, more than two dozen land companies worked in this area to create bustling new summer resorts, but few were met with success. Willie Granston, a native of Mount Desert Island and PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University, will draw from his extensive research to discuss several elaborate development efforts, considering the grand plans put forth, the efforts to market these new resorts, and what—if anything—was actually realized.

Jun 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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