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Exploring Bar Harbor’s Sanborn Maps with Desiree Butterfield-Nagy
May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The maps produced by the Sanborn Map Company, originally created for the purpose of assessing insurance costs, continue to provide some of the most historically comprehensive coverage of cities and towns in the United States, including detailed plans of streets and buildings dating from the late 1800s for more than 12,000 towns, including several on Mount Desert Island.
Come learn about this history of the Sanborn Map Company and the making of these maps. Be sure to choose your favorite corner in downtown Bar Harbor and see how it changed between 1884 and 1927. We’ll keep an eye out for the appearance and disappearance of roller skating rinks, ice houses, Chinese laundries, millinery shops, railroad depots, livery stables, bowling alleys, ballrooms, and more.
Desirée Butterfield-Nagy has served as an archivist at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library since 2009. In addition to assisting researchers and teaching a course in Information Literacy, she participates in several projects to make Special Collections materials available online, including the department’s historic photographs