Auto Magic: Slideshow highlights early days of motorized travel

Posted March 25, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-288-4245;

BAR HARBOR — New inventions. Rapid change. Cool machines.

That was America at the dawn of the 20th century. Come hear – and see – all about it on Thursday, April 3, at the Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert St. in Motoring into the 20th Century, a program that begins at 7 p.m.

The talk and slideshow highlights key changes that enabled the invention of the automobile, and some of the resulting social changes including women behind the wheel. Offered by Raney Bench, executive director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum, this is a chance for a first look at the museum’s new exhibit for 2014.

Ms. Bench will discuss the fits and starts of early auto manufacture before mass production, and the race to make a sustainable and practical car, all before Henry Ford created his car for the masses.

America at the dawn of the 20th century was in the process of rapid and transformational growth. New inventions were being marketed to average Americans and traditional social and gender roles were being challenged. It was an exciting time, and one of the most exciting new inventions was motorized travel.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum cares for a unique collection of rare and one-of-a-kind automobiles and motorcycles which are part of the Richard Paine Jr. Charitable Trust. The collection includes steam, electric, and gasoline-powered automobiles. New England was an important part of early auto manufacture, including home to the well-known Stanley Brothers and their steam cars.

Don’t miss this interesting event at the Jesup.

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