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Traveling the World for National Geographic Photos and Stores with Mari Abercrombie

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.

Traveling the World for National Geographic Photos and Stories with Mari Abercrombie

Mari Abercrombie, director of the Windover Art Center in South Newburgh, and her son, Isaac Fer, created a book of photographs taken by her father, Tom Abercrombie, as a photographer for the National Geographic Society. Mari will speak about self-publishing, show some of her father’s photos, and share stories of her parents’ travels at a brown-bag lunch at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 28. The Center is at 96 Harlow Street, Bangor. Below is an account Mari wrote:

Four decades with the National Geographic will produce a mountain of slides and stories. Between 1956 and 1995 it was Tom Abercrombie’s job to travel to exotic places and collect as much information as he could, often accompanied by his wife, Lynn. They led the life that many folks dream about — from the jungles of Venezuela to the Himalayas, they explored the planet Earth.

For his assignment on Alaska, Tom purchased and piloted a small pontoon plane to travel the state. He sailed the Pacific, the Baltic Sea, and spent two years with Jacque Cousteau aboard the Calypso. Tom loved the Middle East and covered every country in the area except Syria, learning Arabic and converting to Islam. He made the Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca four times. Lynn was able to cover areas of the Arab world forbidden to men.

Before his passing in 2006, Tom had organized his writings and slides, but never was able to put a finished book together. His daughter, Mari, and grandson, Isaac Fer, took over the book project. With the permission of the National Geographic Society they designed and published Traveling the World for National Geographic.

Mari has shared her skills with the HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival Children’s program for nearly 20 years, most recently helping volunteers work with children to make delightful hats from recycled materials. She will do so again at this years HOPE on Saturday, April 26th from 11-4 at the University of Maine’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

“The most satisfying journey is one that is shared.”

~ TJ Abercrombie

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