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Life on an Island:
Off the Rock-Bound Coast of Maine--
Supplementary Resources

By looking at Life on an Island: Early Settlers Off the Rock-Bound Coast of Maine, students can more easily appreciate the experience of living on Little Cranberry Island and Baker Island, and compare that way of life to experiences in their own community. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of materials.

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is a unit of the National Park System. The park's Web page details the history of the park and visitation information. Included on the site are photographs, environmental education, a naturalist journal, and much more. A comprehensive bibliography is available on the Environmental Education page with such subjects as island life, maritime history, and the history of the Cranberry Isles and Maine. Also provided are suggestions for student literature.

The Cranberry Isles, Maine
The Cranberry Isles Web pages offer a wealth of information on the islands including information about the Gilleys of Baker Island, Life on Baker Island, the history of Cranberry Isles including early settlement with an account of the Hadlock family, and much more.

Lighthouse Resources:
National Park Service
The National Park Service's National Maritime Initiative specializes in preserving America's maritime heritage. Included on their Web site is information about Baker Island Light, and text from Lighthouse Keepers in the Nineteenth Century that summarizes the experiences of keepers very much like William Gilley.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a unit of the National Park System. The park's Web pages offer an on-line visitor center that provides several unique perspectives on island living. Browse through the Apostle Islands Scrapbook for stories from the area's history, including an account titled "I Hate Lighthouses!," detailing what life was like for wives and children of lighthouse keepers.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park
Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park is a unit of the California State Park System. The park created a Virtual Tower Tour of Pigeon Point Lighthouse detailing how a light station was ran in the 19th century.

Maritime Resources:
The Mariners' Museum
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA features several on-line exhibits dealing with a variety of different maritime subjects including lighthouses and keepers.

National Maritime Museum Association
The National Maritime Museum Association features a history of the schooner, C.A. Thayer. Included in the history are facts about different commercial uses of schooners, living conditions on board, nautical terms, maritime terminology, and more.

Maritime Heritage Program
The National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program works to advance awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States by helping to interpret and preserve our maritime heritage. The program's Web pages include information on National Park Service maritime parks, historic ships, lighthouses, and life saving stations.

 

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