Doug Leen stands with reproduction “See America” National Park posters. Leen will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on May 28. PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG LEEN

WPA ‘See America’ posters reproduced

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In honor of the Acadia National Park Centennial, retired park ranger Doug Leen will discuss his search for and reproduction of long-lost Works Progress Administration (WPA) “See America” national park posters at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to noon.

During his early park career, Leen found the last surviving WPA “See America” park poster buried in a burn pile during a park clean-up day. This discovery piqued his interest. After a 20-year search, he discovered the remnants of this unique poster art in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The remnants were black-and-white negatives and were of poor quality. The actual posters themselves were long gone. Using these negatives, plus the original poster he rescued as a template, he republished 14 silk screen prints; a laborious five-year project costing about $150,000. The national parks then began to approach Leen and co-artist Brian Maebius about continuing this series, which currently extends to about 50 national parks.

Posters will be for sale. Call the library at 244-7065.

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