On Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockland Public Library, Parker Laite will give a slide talk about the local history of harvesting seaweed for Marine Colloids.

For more than 30 years, beginning in France and interrupted by World War II, Camden native Parker Laite traveled the world searching for seaweed and establishing processing plants for Marine Colloids in Rockland, formerly the Algin Corporation.

Algin Corporation of America was founded in 1936 on Crockett’s Point to produce carrageenan, a food thickener, from seaweed and kelp. Algin Corporation became Marine Colloids in the 1960s, and Marine Colloids was purchased by FMC in 1978.

Laite will share a PowerPoint history of Algin Corporation and Marine Colloids, with help from Marine Colloids employees Wayne Gray, Norman Stanley, and Ed Tyler. This program was inspired by Susan Pellicani’s recent donation to the Rockland Historical Society of her father Nick’s slides of seaweed harvesting for Marine Colloids.

This program is co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library and the Rockland Historical Society.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the library at 594-0310.

This is part of a continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the Rockland Public Library and the Friends of the Rockland Public Library.