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Time Travel to "Old" Bar Harbor
The Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic places,
is located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue, Bar Harbor.
The concept which eventually grew to be the Bar Harbor Historical
Society originated in the summer of 1945. In that year, a committee
was formed from the directors of the Jesup Library. They decided
to exhibit old photographs and pamphlets showing the town's past
in memory of George B. Dorr, the father of Acadia National Park,
who died in 1944.
The exhibit was such a success that when it closed, the committee
was inspired to maintain a permanent exhibit of all historical
materials relating to the town of Bar Harbor. The exhibit originally
opened in the former Children's room of the Jesup Memorial Library
on August 19, 1946.
Since then the collection has grown steadily and we gradually
outgrew our space. Fortunately, in November 1997 we were able
to purchase the building (formerly the St. Edwards Convent) at
33 Ledgelawn Avenue. Through the generosity of the year-round
residents and summer visitors we celebrated "burning" the mortgage
on December 9, 2000. The many gifts of memorabilia, maps, antique
clothing and pictures continue to expand the displays.