Last Friday night, about 50 people gathered at the Swan’s Island Education Society (SIES), the community’s library, to get the first glimpses of the new Swan’s Island Maine Community Heritage Project website. Student presentations, a website scavenger hunt on iPads, history displays, and an ice cream social made for a festive and lively evening.
Titled “Swan’s Island: Six miles east of ordinary,” the site captures the unique history of the small Hancock County island. Exhibits cover islanders at work and play, women’s firsts, the Baird’s granite quarry, and old buildings. Also included is a era-by-era history of the island based on changes in transportation. A number of evocative oral history clips from interviews with island residents provide a rich audio component to the site.
The team building the website was comprised of library, historical society, and school representatives, as well as an Island Institute Fellow appointed to two one-year terms to work on a variety of projects with residents and students.