This summer the Belfast Free Library is hosting a lecture series in conjunction with the summer exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, “Summer Folk: the Tourists of Penobscot Bay”. The lectures will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The series will conclude on Tuesday August 21st  with an illustrated talk by Eleanor Motley Richardson titled, “Summers in North Haven.” Richardson is the author of three books about Maine: Hurricane Island: The Town that Disappeared (1989); North Haven Summers (1992) and Mechanic Street: Uncovering the History of a Maine Neighborhood (2008). She is a retired organist and organ builder, she and her husband Peter moved to Rockland, Maine in 2002 where they now run Red Barn Publishing.

North Haven was “discovered” as a summer destination by real estate speculator J. Murray Howe in 1884, along with friends Frank Chandler and Tucker Daland.  Together with the island innkeeper, Nelson Mullin, they began inviting people up from Boston and giving them a good time.  Bar Harbor was already a successful summer resort, but North Haven offered a simpler and less pretentious setup. The Thoroughfare was perfect for sailing.  The recent decline in fishing had brought hard times, and summer visitors brought welcome income.  Once known for their prime wool, the island’s farms were soon being subdivided or sold.  The marriage of year-round and summer communities has fostered both joys and tensions over the past 128 years, but the lines have faded as some summer folks became year-round and intermarriage became common.  This talk will be illustrated with photos taken from 100-year-old photo albums from many summer families.

Also on display through August in the library’s Kramer Gallery the exhibit “Greetings From Vacationland: The Postcard View”, selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection, Penobscot Marine Museum, with captions researched and written by Liz Fitzsimmons. This exhibit, a companion to the “Postcard View” exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum, portrays images of how the summer folk of the past enjoyed the many things to do in Waldo County. The exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum includes images of all of Penobscot Bay.

Maine’s oldest maritime museum, Penobscot Marine Museum is celebrating the history of tourism with the exhibit “Summer Folk: The Tourists of Penobscot Bay,” through October 21st. More information is at and, or call 207-548-2529.

For more information about the Belfast Free Library lecture series please call 338-3884 ext 10