Porter Fox to speak at the Jesup Library, May 28 at 7 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF JESUP LIBRARY

MDI man tells of 4,000-mile odyssey

BAR HARBOR — Porter Fox spent three years exploring the 4,000-mile border between Maine and Washington state. Fox, who is from Southwest Harbor and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School, will talk about his book “Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border” and his journey at the Jesup Memorial Library on  Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.

The northern border of the United States was America’s primary border for years and is the world’s longest international boundary. While the southern border is now the fixation of much discussion, Fox sets out to demystify the northern border telling stories of its past and the people who now call this area, known as “Northland,” home. Fox traversed the border by canoe, freighter, car and foot. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox followed explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast, crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter, tracks America’s fur traders through the Boundary Waters and traces the 49th parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.

Fox packs his narrative with colorful historical characters (Captain Meriwether Lewis, railroad tycoon James J. Hill and Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Northwest Angle and Washington’s North Cascades). Along the way, he weaves in the tales of the border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders he meets during his travels to tell the story of a border racked by climate change, water wars, oil booms, and border security.

This talk is sponsored by First National Bank and First National Wealth Management.  Books will be on sale that night courtesy of co-sponsor Sherman’s Books. For more information about the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 and for more information on Fox visit porterfox.com.

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