Acadian Archives to host Route 1 book talk

1 year ago

FORT KENT, Maine – The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a book talk on “Along Route 1: Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts” by accomplished writer Susan M. Bregman on Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 “If any road can match the imagery and significance of Route 66, it’s unquestionably Route 1,” says Patrick Lacroix, director of the Acadian Archives. “Bregman’s in-depth research and the photos she collected are sure to captivate those of us living near Route 1. Her talk will help us see through a century of change in northern Maine and beyond.”

 Along Route 1 chronicles the long, rich history of one of America’s most iconic thoroughfares. Bregman’s focus on Route 1’s northernmost span reveals a fascinating mix of famed motels, eateries, amusement parks, and drive-in theaters; it also tells the story of long-distance travel and the possibilities opened by the automobile and urbanization.

 Route 1 has mirrored social and economic change across the region and the book reflects both loss and survival. Along Route 1 includes a large number of photographs that were contributed by historical societies, museums, libraries, universities, and private collections. With Fort Kent being home to Route 1’s “First Mile,” the St. John Valley is well-represented in the book. “Along Route 1: Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts” is currently available from South Carolina-based Arcadia Publishing.

Writer and photographer Susan Mara Bregman is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s New England Neon and New England Candlepin Bowling. A native New Yorker, she moved to Boston after graduating from college and never left. The author will discuss her research and her findings and take questions.

 For more information, please contact Acadian Archives Director Patrick Lacroix at 207- 834-7536.

 The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes is the premier center for the study of Acadian history in New England and serves as one of the many cultural hubs in the St. John Valley.