Author Ronald Epp will present from his 2016 book “Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr” Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Although Dorr is known as the “father of Acadia” and a founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, his seminal contributions to the American environmental movement have gone largely unacknowledged. This biography is the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the establishment and development of a unique conservation model that dovetailed with the evolution of the U.S. National Park Service, which shares its 2016 centennial with Acadia.

Raised in Boston as a member of New England’s elite merchant class, Dorr adopted Maine’s Mount Desert Island as his home and the setting to apply the practical lessons of “Boston Brahmin” philanthropy that tracked back to his maternal grandfather, banker and Harvard College Treasurer Thomas Wren Ward. Yet through his finest work, Dorr transformed an elitist social inheritance into an all-consuming commitment to conservation.

The first biography of George B. Dorr ever written, “Creating Acadia National Park: the Biography of George Bucknam Dorr” is based on painstaking research both in the U.S. and abroad including federal, state and private archives. Newly discovered and uncatalogued sources are supplemented by in-person interviews in a work that appeals to both general and scholarly readers. Epp is a historian and professor of philosophy with scholarly publishing and academic library administration experience. His research over the last two decades into the Massachusetts families that influenced the development of conservation philanthropy has resulted in publications and talks to regional and national organizations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.