A gift packet of postcards from Maine will be distributed to early arrivers at five Maine State Parks and four key cultural organizations on Friday, August 19th. 

Melissa Macaluso of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the commemorative postcard packets will be given out to the first 200 arrivals on Friday at participating parks which include Maine’s first state park, Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle, and Maine’s first saltwater state park Reid State Park in Georgetown, as well as Camden Hills State Park, Rangeley State Park, and Sebago Lake State Park.

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100 years ago in 1916, Maine declared April 19 as Post Card Day to help boost the state’s tourism industry. This year, inspired by the Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2016 postcard exhibits and theme, “Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine”, the Maine Office of Tourism is celebrating the centennial year of the declaration with a reprinting of eight historic postcards from the museum’s collection that represent locations in each of the state’s eight tourism regions.

Macaluso says Aroostook, Reid, Camden Hills, Rangeley and Sebago are representative of the quality of the State Park system "with 48 parks and historic sites across the state that are as varied as the Maine landscape.”

She says the Maine Office of Tourism is also partnering with four of Maine’s key cultural organizations to distribute to visitors, including the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Portland Museum of Art.

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Maine Tourism Office Director Carolann Ouellette says there has been a renaissance in the popularity of postcard sending in today’s social media era because it shows extra thought and care on the part of the sender and creates a memento for the recipient that will last beyond that day’s social feed but which can also then be posted on social media.

She says people can post the cards on their social channels and suggests tagging them with @VisitMaine.