This talk will focus on a new book, Maine Sporting Camps, written by George Smith and published by Down East Books, including a history of the camps. Maine once had over 300 sporting camps. Nearly all are only memories today. Yet, at the remaining camps, as Smith explains, “History meets hospitality at Maine sporting camps today.
While they were once rustic and remote, today’s camps offer more comfort and convenience, but it is still the wild Maine outside the cabin door that attracts many of us.” Smith will also talk about his book, A Life Lived Outdoors.
George A. Smith, of Mount Vernon, has done a lot of things in his life, from writing comprehensive plans for rural Maine towns to managing statewide referendum campaigns. He served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for 18 years, growing the membership from 4,000 to 14,000 and making it one of the state’s most influential organization. For 13 years, George hosted, with his friend Harry Vanderweide, a unique television talk show called Wildfire.
The Kennebec Historical Society November Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Maine State Library, located at 230 State Street in Augusta.
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