"Food for Thought"



Opening speaker:

Raney Bench: "Auto Wars: Toot and be Darned!"


Date: September 23, 2016

Location: Birch Bay Village Inn

Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or email: learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

Between 1900 and 1916 a debate raged about whether or not to allow cars on the island. Residents who wanted to allow "those blooming devil carts" on the narrow and hilly roads of Mount Desert Island were in for a battle, often pitting them against wealthy summer residents who wanted to keep the Island rustic and peaceful.

Join us to hear how the conflict unfolded. (We all know how it came out!)

Raney Bench is Executive Director for the Seal Cove Auto Museum and Curator of “Auto Wars: Then and Now,” the centennial exhibit currently on display at the museum. She also serves as Vice President for the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, as President of Maine Archives and Museums, and on the Board of the National Association of Auto Museums. She lives in Southwest Harbor with her husband, two sons, and two totally nutty cats.