To the Editor:
If you have not yet visited the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum at its new home at La Rochelle, you are in for a delightful surprise. Formerly the home of the Seacoast Mission, the West Street estate is a perfect venue for display of the extensive collection of artifacts that tell the story of our beautiful town. The collection has been expertly assembled by Carolyn Rapkievian, executive director of BHHS, who comes to us from her long career as a Smithsonian curator. Each of the first floor rooms of La Rochelle is devoted to separate exhibits devoted to different aspects of our history, such as the Rusticators, the Great Fire of 1947, life in the Cottage Era, the Wabanaki people, the maritime and steamship industries and much more.
The museum opened on July 4, with all the precautions associated with the pandemic … limited hours, masks, etc. Now it is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a really good time to see this amazing exhibit before the crowds arrive. You will be so glad to see not only the exhibits but also the gorgeous “cottage” built by the Bowdoin family in 1902.
I hope everyone will make this a destination. We have a treasure here in the heart of Bar Harbor. Those of us who have made our home here, whether from here or away, will understand our heritage more fully by seeing what came before us; what made us what we are now.