On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Poland Spring Preservation Society will host a book signing for its newly released book, "Poland Spring: Images of America," at the Maine State Building on the grounds of the Poland Spring Resort.
Featured are more than 200 vintage images detailing different aspects of Poland Spring, including the oldest golf course at a resort in the United States and the Poland Spring House summer hotel opened by the Ricker family, which quickly became a popular attraction for the country's social and political elite, as well as the family's bottling plant.
The Poland Spring Preservation Society and its executive director, Jason C. Libby, worked with Arcadia Publishing to compile the book. They hope it will "show an appreciation of how ordinary events such as travelers passing by looking for a place to stay and one man's belief in the purity of his water could impact thousands of individuals and tell a part of the story of the state."
The signing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. The book will be available for purchase at the gift shop at the Maine State Building, 37 Preservation Way. All Souls Chapel will be open with free admission. Refreshments will be served.
Begun in 1976, the preservation society oversees the preservation and restoration of the Maine State Building and All Souls Chapel, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"Poland Spring: Images of America," a 128-page soft cover book, is available at area bookstores and through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com. Cost is $21.99. A portion of the book sales will help support the society's preservation efforts.
For more information, visit www.polandspringps.org or call 998-4142.