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Sustainability Series: Preserving Land and History – Bishop Healy’s Cottage on Little Diamond Island

Wednesday, Jan 27 - Wednesday, January 27
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Zoom
Audience: Adults

Join us on Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30pm for a discussion with Harry Pringle about the fascinating story of a historical cottage on Little Diamond Island built by the first Black Catholic Bishop ordained in the United States.

Preserving land and history: the story of Bishop Healy’s cottage on Little Diamond Island.

Earlier this year, the Oceanside Conservation Trust preserved two significant waterfront lots on Little Diamond Island. Although today the lots are covered with mature woods and look as if they have always been so, in fact one of them was once the site of a large summer cottage. The cottage was built by Bishop Healy, the first Black Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States. The fascinating story of how the cottage came to be built, and how it was later destroyed, will be the subject of Harry Pringle’s presentation. The rumor on the island has long been that it was burned down by the KKK — but is there any evidence to substantiate that rumor?

About the Speaker

Harry Pringle is a retired attorney who was for many years the managing partner of the law firm of Drummond Woodsum in Portland. Harry also served for a number of years on the Board of the Oceanside Conservation Trust, and has long been active in land conservation efforts on Little Diamond Island. When the opportunity to preserve lots which were once the site of Bishop Healy’s cottage presented itself, Harry became interested in the history of the cottage and in trying to investigate the rumors about its destruction.

Photo credit: The above photo of Bishop Healy’s Cottage (c. 1910) shows the buoy station (Rand’s) in the foreground, with the Sisters’ orphanage to the right. To the immediate left of the lighthouse in the center of the photo you can see the Bishop’s cottage, with the roofs of other still-existing cottages behind it on the other side of the island. The perspective is a bit deceptive; they look like they’re nearby but they’re not. Photo courtesy of Phil Lee, Little Diamond Island, text courtesy of Harry Pringle.

*Full Zoom Info:

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Topic: Sustainability Series
Time: Jan 27, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate

Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!