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“Boothbay Harbor’s Wharfscape: Structures, Territory and Life at Water’s Edge

  • August 11, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • JPVIS Community House

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“Boothbay Harbor’s Wharfscape: Structures, Territory and Life at Water’s Edge

Lecture by William Keller

Why study wharfscape, the place where the town meets the water’s edge?  Experiencing the edge of the harbor as a child brought triumphs, fear, wonder: could I really climb a ladder to the top of the Marine Service pier at low tide? Or crawl up the slippery rock pile in Mill Cove to the clinic at St. Andrews? Or step between floats, more-or-less attached, to reach gangplanks and wharves without railings?  Later I realized that Boothbay Harbor’s wharf environments -- created by fisheries, shipbuilding, and other marine-oriented businesses -- can be analyzed for their key role in building and reflecting community identity. What does our past and current wharfscape tell us about the town? What do the buildings and spaces signify to those who use them?  Through my ongoing study of wharfscape, I explore the world of the harbor’s edge and what it reveals about the town’s evolution and its environmental history.


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PO Box 498

87 McKown Point Rd.

West Boothbay Harbor,

ME 04575

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