Maine Government News
Maine State Library Proud to Share Terrific News of Camden Public Library
March 14, 2013
Maine State Library
Linda Lord, State Librarian, is proud to share and promote the great news the Camden Public Library received this week. “This week the Camden Public Library was informed that the library and its Amphitheatre was designated a National Historic Landmark,” commented Lord, “the Camden library is a lovely and special place for so many people and we’re fortunate they are part of Maine’s family of libraries.”
Nikki Maounis, Camden Public Library Director, and Dave Jackson, Camden Public Library Parks Director received the news on Monday from the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.
“We are thrilled to be recognized in this way,” said Camden Library Director Nikki Maounis. “I would like to thank Dave Jackson, our Parks Director, who spent several years researching, writing, and presenting this proposal to the National Parks Service. This national designation recognizes Camden’s historical contribution to American arts and culture. The national landmark designation will be invaluable to the library in our ongoing efforts to maintain and preserve this beautiful space for future generations. The designation puts the library on the map, quite literally. And that’s a good thing for public libraries everywhere as well as for the Town of Camden.”
“It’s a dream come true,” responded Dave Jackson.
Maine’s Senators Susan Collins and Angus King praised the announcement that the Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library has been selected as a new national historic landmark. The grounds of the Amphitheatre and library are among the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape design. According to the National Historic Landmarks Program, it is an outstanding representation of the contributions made by the landscape architecture profession, private benefactors, and national associations to develop public landscapes in the United States that celebrated natural regional beauty, scenic character, and rich cultural history.
The Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library are among 13 new national historic landmarks designated by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.
For more information, http://www.librarycamden.org/