Centennial events continue



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Though fewer than 100 days remain in Acadia National Park’s centennial year, numerous events remain.

The last talk in the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series on “Conservation in the 21st Century” will be made by Rebecca Cole-Will, Acadia’s chief of resource management, at the Abbe Museum on Monday, Oct. 17. Cole-Will will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and where the study of the past may lead us in the future in her talk “Is Archaeology Still Relevant in the 21st Century?”

Three events look to the past, present and future of Acadia. The 69th anniversary of one of Acadia’s watershed moments – the Great Fire of ’47 – and the resilience of park, town and The Jackson Laboratory in the seven decades since the fire will be commemorated through images and commentary at a reception hosted by the lab on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Friends of Acadia will host the centennial edition of Take Pride in Acadia Day on Saturday, Nov. 5, its most important volunteer event of the year, in celebration of what everyone can do today to care for Acadia National Park.

Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 10, the Acadia Centennial Task Force will host the final gathering of Acadia Centennial Partners and friends at a public dedication of the Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule, which will be filled with histories and mementoes from this year and sealed up until the year 2116.

For a complete list of events or to shop for centennial keepsakes, visit www.acadiacentennial2016.org.

Friends of Acadia, the organizing entity behind the Acadia Centennial Task Force, would like to thank the Acadia Centennial Partners, whose combined contributions to the celebration – including event planning, product offerings and financial support – are setting the standard for national park centennials. In particular, leadership-level contributions were made by the Centennial Signature Sponsors: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Boston Red Sox, Darling’s, “Down East” magazine, EMHS, The Hinckley Company, The Jackson Laboratory, The Knowles Company, L.L. Bean, the Mount Desert Islander, MPBN, Ocean Properties, Star 97.7 and Wallace Events.