The Government Shutdown and the Abbe Museum

Effective today, October 1, the federal government began a partial shutdown. Locally, this means Acadia National Park is closed, indefinitely. The Abbe wishes first and foremost to state our unequivocal support of the park and acknowledgement of how difficult this has been for all park staff.

The closure of Acadia National Park has direct implications for some of the Abbe's programming and other offerings. Here are the things to know about how the government shutdown has affected the Abbe:
  • The Abbe's location at Sieur de Monts Spring is closed. Luckily, this location was scheduled to close on October 14th, and while we are certainly sad to see it close early, we hope visitors to the downtown location will enjoy the installation of Saint Sauveur, a new exhibit that has been on display at the Sieur de Monts Spring location over this summer. We hope to have the exhibit in place very soon.
  • Our popular program, "Tea, Popovers, and Archaeology" will continue, if the Park reopens by October 21. Should the shutdown be prolonged, we will re-tool this program - please stay tuned for updates.      

    In acknowledging the loss that is the early closing of Acadia National Park at a time of year when the park is so beautiful, we also wish to encourage visitors to continue to enjoy Mount Desert Island and the many activities, outdoors and in, that are still available. We are happy to direct guests to ways to enjoy the island while the park is closed and offer any additional support possible to enhance each visitor's experience this fall. 
    David E. Putnam, Lecturer of Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, will shaure his personal evolution as a prehistoric archaeologist in Maine, and how his own attitudes about the interests of Native American/First Nations people in archaeological issues initially reflected those of his peers and community. - See more at: