AUBURN — Everett F. Greaton, a resident of Auburn, shot thousands of feet of 16mm film during the nearly 40 years he spent promoting Maine tourism before 1965. Many of those movies have been converted to a digital format and survive today.
Winston S. Greaton, his son, will show a selection of the movies at a meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Auburn Public Library. The public is invited to attend. Donations will be accepted.
Everett Greaton was a pioneer in the tourist business and promoted hunting, fishing, summer camping and other activities during his years as executive director of the Maine Development Commission, and then as the head of recreation development for the Department of Economic Development.
Winston Greaton said his father served under 10 different governors, and was instrumental in boosting tourist revenue from $85 million to $324 million. “We had more than 90 reels of film which my dad sent all over the country, promoting Maine.” These have been converted to digital format by the Northeast Historical Film Association and are kept in that group’s archives.
Winston Greaton was born and grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School in 1939 and Bates College in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946, stationed in the China-Burma-India theatre for two years.
After the war he was employee benefits manager for First National Stores in Somerville, Mass., and then with Great Northern Paper Co. in Millinocket. He and his wife Mary live in Lewiston.