The Champlain Society gathers at camp Pemetic on the shore of Somes Sound. Each holds a tool or instrument representing their field of exploration. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Champlain Society exhibit to open

MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s Champlain Society exhibit, “Before Acadia: Adventure and Discovery,” will open at the Somesville Museum and Gardens on Thursday, June 23, from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The origins of Acadia National Park can be found in a group of Harvard University students who spent summers on Mount Desert Island during the 1880s and ‘90s. They were bright, funny and energetic, but also very committed to the appreciation and understanding of this beautiful island. Calling themselves the “Champlain Society,” they conducted systematic natural history surveys of the island’s flora and fauna, geology and weather. During the course of their summer studies, they became concerned about the island’s future. This concern carried into their adult lives and led ultimately to the founding of Acadia National Park.

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