Public Presentations

All presentations, which might feature slides and audience discussion, occur at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Southwest Harbor Historical Society / Manset Union Church, 192 Seawall Road, unless otherwise noted.

Business Meetings (Open to the public)

All business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Historical Society / Manset Union Church, 192 Seawall Road, unless otherwise noted.

 

2019 Events

2019 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
28 June (Friday)

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

"Remembering Pemetic High
School"
Presented by Sharon Lawson, Phil Whitney, and Kathe Walton. Pemetic High School opened its doors in 1908, having separated from the Town of Tremont in 1905 and creating the Town of Southwest Harbor to support a high school. Sixty years later in 1968 the last high school class graduated. Join us for a night remembering the Pemetic High School of SWH, Tremont, the Cranberries, and Swans Island students, teachers, staff and antics!
17 July (Wednesday)

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

 "Lobstering 101, Plus" Presented by John Stanley and Holly Masterson.
21 August (Wednesday)

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

 " 'I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight,' John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero" Presented by Cindy Robertson.  John Brown, who is buried in the Manset burying ground behind the Manset  Meetinghouse, crewed on John Paul Jones' Bonhomme Richard during its famous battle against the British vessel Serapis in the North Sea.
18 September (Wednesday)

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

"The Evolution of the Claremont Hotel" Presented by Maurice “Joe” Marshall. In 1978 the Claremont Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1884, it stands as one of the last reminders of Maine's early summer resort period of the 1870's and '80's. Presenter Joe Marshall has a personal connection to the hotel.
16 October (Wednesday)

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

"Past Insults, Planned Restorations, and
Preparing for an Uncertain Future in the Marshall Brook Watershed"
Presented by Brian Henkel. The Marshall Brook watershed, including Bass Harbor Marsh, has been impacted by many activities. Friends of Acadia, along with Acadia National Park, are working to assess and hopefully repair some of these impacts. Brian Henkel will discuss some of the known impacts and potential improvements to promote ecological integrity. He'll then ask, “What do you see and what are your priorities?” 
TBA = To be announced

2018 Events

2018 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
18 July Harbor House  "Fishing at Mt. Desert Rock" See Fishing at Mt. Desert Rock, a film by Laurence Newman and his son Jarvis demonstrating handlining and trawling during the 40's and 50's. Cipperly Good of the Penobscot Marine Museum will provide background narration. 
22 August

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

 "History of the Manset Union Church" Built in the early 1800's the church is the oldest one on the island. Located at 192 Seawall Road, it has recently been purchased by the Southwest Harbor Historical Society as its headquarters and museum. 
19 September

Manset Meetinghouse

192 Seawall Road

"Historic Cemeteries of SWH" The newly formed Southwest Harbor Historic Cemeteries Committee will give an overview of its work so far and its plans for the future.
TBA = To be announced

2017 Events

2017 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
16 August Harbor House  "Past SWH Summers" A panel of summer residents and locals will share memories of personalities and goings-on in the area. Organized by Karen Craig
20 September Harbor House  "Memories of the 1947 Fire" Organized by Lynne Birlem  
12 October at 2:00 PM Bass Harbor Library As part of Celebrate SWH Week, The Southwest Harbor Historical Society and the Penobscot Maritime Museum present Fishing at Mt. Desert Rock, a film by Laurence Newman and his son, Jarvis. The film demonstrates handlining and trawling for cod, pollock, halibut, and tuna. There will also be a slide presentation on lobstering.
TBA = To be announced

2016 Events

2016 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
17 August Harbor House  Acadia centennial program: A program on Southwest Harbor 100 years ago in 1916, Phil Whitney, Presenter 
14 September Harbor House Kathe Newman Walton presents films from her private collection.   
TBA = To be announced

2015 Events

2015 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
June Harbor House Fiddling Music: Ralph Stanley, violins; and Jim Vekasi, mandolin
July Harbor House Gilley Museum: Nina Gormley, Executive Director/Curator
August Harbor House Lobstering: John Stanley, Presenter
September Harbor House OUR NEIGHBORHOOD-MANSET SEAWALL.  Book preview.  John and Becky Burnham, Presenters
TBA = To be announced

2014 Events

2014 Presentations
Time: 7 pm
Date:
Place Subject
21 May Harbor House 100 Years of Men's and Women's Hats, Norma Spurling, Presenter
18 June Harbor House Bob Quinn, Storyteller of Eagle Island
16 July Harbor House Early Island Doctors, Joe Marshall, Presenter
 
20 August Harbor House Rich and Grindle Boatbuilders, Laurie Schreiber, Presenter
17 September Harbor House Southwest Harbor 100 Years Ago, Rich Viera, Presenter
 
16 October Harbor House Willis Ballard, Local Photographer, Charlotte Morrill and Meredith Hutchins, Presenters
 
TBA = To be announced
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