Letter to Editor: A rare opportunity



To the Editor:

In November of 1997, after 50 years of being in one room at the Jesup Memorial Library, the Bar Harbor Historical Society moved to the former St. Edward’s Convent on Ledgelawn Avenue. At that time, we never could’ve imagined being able to fill every room in the building with so many significant historical items from Bar Harbor and surrounding areas. However, 21 years later it is a proud achievement that we have accomplished just that and we happily continue to receive items!

Now, we have been presented with the amazing opportunity to purchase one of Bar Harbor’s most treasured historic properties, La Rochelle, the current headquarters of the Maine Seacoast Mission on West Street. La Rochelle was built in 1902 and is one of the few surviving summer cottages of the gilded age.

Personally, this has been an extraordinary journey as curator of the historical society. I have been honored to work with our community and our very active board in building our collection. I could not be more excited about the possibility of moving the museum to La Rochelle and opening the property to the public. Along with everyone on the board of directors, I have made a generous pledge in the hopes of bringing this dream to reality.

I hope the entire community will join me in generously supporting the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s quest for acquiring La Rochelle. This is a rare opportunity to preserve an important part of Bar Harbor’s history and share it with residents, the summer community and visitors for generations to come.

Deborah Dyer

Curator, Bar Harbor Historical Society

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