Between the Civil War and World War I, Castine became a popular summer resort on the Maine coast. The natural beauty of its peninsula setting, a fascination with its early history, and the charm of its old buildings attracted visitors to its hotels and cottages season after season. This golden era of tourism is vividly captured in vintage post cards, which depict period scenes of the waterfront, village streets, homes, churches, public buildings, and historic sites. On Thursday, August 22nd at 3 p.m., State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will give a PowerPoint presentation based on post cards from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Penobscot Marine Museum.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., a Portland native, became interested in historic preservation due to the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. In 1964 he became a member of the committee which founded Greater Portland Landmarks. Since 1971 he has served on the board, was appointed the architectural historian, and then the director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Most recently, Mr. Shettleworth has served two terms as State Historian.
For more information on this program contact the Wilson Museum 207-326-9247 or www.wilsonmuseum.org