Talk of the Towns 11/13/15

Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

Program Topic: Celebrating Acadia in 2016—Centennial Year

Key Discussion Points:
A. What are we celebrating?
Centennials of Acadia National Park and US National Park Service
B. What is the brief history of Acadia
Highlights and tensions?
Parallels to history of Mount Desert Island and national system?
C. What do we know about Acadia National Park in 2015
Key assets
Current challenges
Relation to the community, local economy?
What did we learn when the federal government shut down Acadia?
Role of Friends of Acadia
D. How are we celebrating?
How are the celebrations being planned and coordinated?
What organizations are involved?
What are some of the 2016 events you would like to highlight?
E. What opportunities does the centennial make possible to engage with the park and its mission, and what are the implications for the wider community?

Guests:

Jack Russell, Co-chair of the Acadia Centennial Task Force
Stephanie Clement, Friends of Acadia and member of Acadia Centennial Task Force
Lynne Dominy, Chief of Interpretation, Acadia National Park, Centennial Lead for park service (by phone) 207 288-2375.
Julie Veilleaux, Co-Owner, Window Panes in Bar Harbor, FOA Board of Directors, Acadia Centennial Task Force, coordinator of Acadia Centennial products effort (by phone) 207-266-2262

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