Past Programs

The Titanic’s Legacy in Bar Harbor (Video)

Watch Mac Smith tell dramatic stories of passengers - from their boarding, to the sinking, and for those who survived, their rescue. Mac Smith is a former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times and is a Navy veteran. He lives in the town of Stockton Springs, in the village...

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MDI Summer Music History (Video)

Enjoy an illustrated talk by David Schildkret on the history of the “vibrant summer music scene” on Mount Desert Island. Mr. Schildkret explored hymn-singing, social music-making, town bands, and the presence of world-class concert artists at Bar Harbor’s Building of...

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The History of St. Edward’s Convent (Video)

Watch as Jennifer Booher presents her latest research on the design and construction of the St. Edward's Convent (former home of the Bar Harbor Historical Society) on Ledgelawn Avenue. St. Edward's was designed by Milton Stratton of Bar Harbor and completed in 1917....

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History of Bar Island (Video)

Using archival evidence and her deep knowledge of local oral history, Debbie Dyer explored the history of “Rodick Island” (Bar Island) from Mr. Pineo and his kennels, to the fish weirs and Canoe Club on the shore line.

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The “Summer Embassies” of Bar Harbor (Video)

While the formal embassies stood in Washington, D.C, the capital city's sweltering climate drove many American politicians and foreign diplomats out of the city during the summer months of the pre-World War I era. During this period, Bar Harbor was a popular...

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The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (Video)

From the diamond mines of India and royal palaces of Europe to the shores of Bar Harbor and finally the halls of the Smithsonian, Dr. Richard Kurin simultaneously traces its journey through history and reveals the truth behind the gem of legends. Dr. Richard Kurin is...

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