The maps produced by the Sanborn Map Co., 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. Come learn about the history of the Sanborn Map Co. and the making of these maps in a talk on May 17 at the Jesup Memorial Library.
Be sure to choose your favorite corner in downtown Bar Harbor and see how it changed between 1884 and 1927. Keep an eye out for the appearance and disappearance of roller skating rinks, ice houses, laundries, millinery shops, railroad depots, livery stables, bowling alleys, ballrooms and more. Speaker Desiree Butterfield-Nagy is the archivist at the Fogler Library at the University of Maine. Copies of the maps will be on display at the library that day.
For more information, call the library at 288-4245.