Wild Primeval Beauty: A Glimpse of Acadia National Park Through the Eyes of Its Forefather

 Amanda Ferrante

Photo courtesy of the author.

“The only thing constant is change,” a philosopher once observed.  We are reminded of this every day in trends, technology, and the general zeitgeist; regardless of whether we are receptive or resistant, we know that change is inevitably around the corner.  This adage characterized my work as a graduate intern in the Phillips Library, where I spent most of my time cataloging shipping manuscript material.  I am studying Library and Information Science with a concentration in Information Organization, and in the library I had the opportunity to combine what I’ve learned with my passion for rare and unique items. Read more

Constantly Growing: New Books at the Phillips Library

Books being prepped for transfer to museum colleagues.

Though many of our patrons are familiar with our vast store of books which are older than the oldest living person, we are also constantly purchasing contemporary books to support the current (and future) work of our colleagues at the museum and the work of our library staff.  As a reference librarian, part of my job includes receiving requests for books, finding available copies for sale, purchasing and receiving, and then sending them to the appropriate staff member once they’ve been catalogedRead more

On the trail of Childe Hassam

Hal weeks

Courtesy of the North Caroline Museum of Art.

I’m a marine biologist, and came to Appledore Island and Shoals Marine Laboratory as a Cornell graduate student to conduct my field research. I’ve no background or training in art, and even less talent. As a student, I studied rocky tidepools around the island as sites for the threespine stickleback (a small yet highly significant fish – the only fish to help someone win the Nobel prize) to reproduce and for their offspring to grow. Over several summers of data collection in the early to mid 1980s, I became very familiar with Appledore’s tidepools – and the complex rocks holding them. Read more