Historical Maine Atlas discussed

BAR HARBOR — Some 15,000 years of Maine history are detailed in the fascinating “Historical Atlas of Maine,” an extensive collection of maps, facts, photos, drawings and more that will be the subject of College of the Atlantic’s final Coffee and Conversation event of the summer on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. The event takes place in COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History and is free and open to the public.

Atlas co-editor Stephen Hornsby will join Sarah Hall, COA’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair in Earth Systems and Geosciences, to discuss the book.

Hornsby, a Canadian studies professor at the University of Maine, worked with his colleague, history professor Richard Judd, to put the Atlas together over the course of 15 years. The book offers an extensive, probing exploration of the many cultural, economic and environmental factors that have created the Maine we know today.

University of Maine scholar Burton Hatlen conceived of the project and put a committee together in the late 1990s to begin work on it. Hornsby and Judd worked on the book in their spare time, enlisting the aid of cartographer Michael Hermann to create dozens of intricate, colorful, information-rich maps for the book.

The atlas presents in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the year 2000. It is meant to be visually engaging, interesting and equally accessible to scholars and laypersons. The book was published in December 2014.

Coffee and Conversation is COA’s summer morning series spanning the political, cultural and social issues shaping our world. Guest speakers include writers, scientists, business leaders and artists. Visit

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