Personal historian Meghan Vigeant will take a look at the evolution of one of Maine’s offshore communities when she presents Hootenanies to Rock and Roll: A Musical History of Swan’s Island Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, Elm Street/Route 1. The program is free and open to adults age 50-plus.

After a 2008 fire destroyed Swan’s Island’s historical collection, Vigeant stepped in to help redocument the community’s past. She spent two years there as an Island Institute Fellow, collecting stories and producing exhibits, a book and more than 30 short documentaries exploring various aspects of the local culture.

“I grew to love the people who had shared their island, their way of life, and their stories with me,” says Vigeant of her experience on Swan’s. “Many of the men and women in the book have passed away since it was first published, but their stories live on. I saw how powerful this work was for the personal lives and the families it touched.”

Advance registration for Hootenanies to Rock and Roll is required. To sign up, call Quarry Hill at 921-6116 or email

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