Jay Foster will present an illustrated history of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m.

Foster's grandfather was the superintendent of Liberty Island, and in an unlikely connection, was also the superintendent of the Civilian Conservation Corps that built the Camden Hills State Park in the 1930s. His stories and photos will include photos of both Camp Camden and Liberty Island.

“I will start with a history of the Statue of Liberty, from its building and erection up to 1945, and then move the story back to the connection with ‘Camp Camden’ and the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935 to 1945,” said Foster.

Foster’s grandfather, Newell Hamilton Foster, was the superintendent of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ Camden project from 1935 to 1947, when the camp was turned over to the State of Maine. The National Park Service began working with the Maine Parks Commission in 1936 to develop a 1,500-acre park (now 5,500 acres) in Camden.

Foster and his Civilian Conservation Corps crew cleared brush, leveled terrain, built roads, parking areas, hiking trails and rustic footbridges and planted 7,000 native trees and shrubs. Utilizing local stone they built an entrance gate ensemble, toll house, picnic shelter, fireplaces with seats and tables, naturalistic steps along hillsides, and massive stone benches. Because improvements were intended to look natural, much of the designed landscape has been reclaimed by nature, although stone remnants exist today along hiking trails. Most intact is Heistad’s stone picnic shelter with its framed views of Penobscot Bay.

In another connection to Camden and Rockport history, Heistad had worked on the crew that built the Camden Amphitheatre in 1930, and designed both Beech Nut on Beech Hill and Weatherend in Rockport, as well Tanglewood in Lincolnville and the state park itself.

Foster had previously worked in the park at Bar Harbor, and after his success with the Camden project, became the superintendent of Liberty island.