Earle Shettleworth, Maine’s state historian, will present Greetings from Camden, an illustrated history of Camden based on postcards from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation commission and the Penobscot Marine Museum, Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library

Shettleworth’s talk will be part of the celebration of the Camden Amphitheatre, culminating in a gala afternoon on July 13 to celebrate the Amphitheatre’s recent designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The illustrations for Greetings from Camden are from Camden postcards from 1900 to 1960, and will include several period views of the library and the amphitheater.

“Between the Civil War and World War I, Camden became a popular summer resort on the Maine coast,” said Shettleworth. “The natural beauty of its harbor and mountains, a fascination with its history, and the charm of its old buildings attracted visitors to its boarding houses, hotels, and cottages season after season. This golden era of tourism is captured in vintage post cards, which depict period scenes of the waterfront, village streets, summer homes, and public buildings, such as the Camden Public Library with its amphitheater.”

Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture. The Maine Historical Society’s auditorium in Portland was named for him in 1999. In 2004 Gov. John E. Baldacci appointed him as state historian, and he was reappointed to a second term by Baldacci in 2008.