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The sights and sounds of Maine. Through our connections with not-for-profit organizations around the state, we are able to bring you the best CDs and videos on Maine History and themes. museumstore@mainehistory.org.

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS DVD
In 1755 Acadians were deported from Nova Scotia and scattered throughout the world. Some ended up in the American Colonies, some in English prisons, and other as far as the Falkland Islands. Despite the years and miles that separate their descendants, every five years Acadians from around the globe to remember their history and heritage. Here are some highlights of the "Congres Mondial Acadien 2014" held in Northern Maine and the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. DVD. 2 hours.
$24.95
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ACADIAN TRADITIONS-PRESERVING ACADIAN WAYS in the ST. JOHN  VALLEY DVD
Acadian Traditions is an hour long film exploring how Acadian ways have survived in the St. John Valley of Northern Maine into the 21st century. Brought to the valley by their refugee ancestors in 1785, these early Acadian practices have been remarkable preserved. Color DVD. 60 minutes.
$24.95
ACADIAN TRADITIONS-PRESERVING ACADIAN WAYS in the ST. JOHN VALLEY DVD 3749
ACADIANS OF THE ST. JOHN VALLEY DVD
"Acadians of the St. John Valley" is a one-hour long film that discovers where these Acadians came from in Old Acadia and how they made their way to the St. John Valley of Northern Maine. The film follows the plight of these refugees as they carve out a new life for themselves in a harsh landscape, making do with very little, but succeeding by carrying with them the values and skills that helped them thrive in Acadie. Running time 1 hour.

Click to see excerpt from film
$24.95
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ALWAYS ACADIA DVD
A new look at one of America's favorite national parks. Hosted by former NBC News correspondent, Jack Perkins. Join him in this tribute to the people who created Acadia National Park and to those who keep and preserve it. 50 min.
$15.95
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BUXTON, MAINE: AN AMERICAN STORY DVD
Three years in the making, Buxton, Maine: An American Story details the rise and fall of Buxton’s earliest industries. This wide-ranging and fascinating look at 235 years of regional history is told through the voices and the memories of local people. Produced with a grant from the Narragansett Number One Foundation, this engrossing, sometimes sentimental, and ultimately inspiring documentary will inform, educate and entertain Buxton residents and anyone interested in local and regional history. Produced and directed by Patrick Bonsant, with editing collaboration from Matthew Fletcher. 150 minutes
$24.95
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FROG MONSTER AND OTHER PENOBSCOT STORIES DVD
Three animated movies of Wabanaki legends retold by students in grades 3-8, Indian Island School, Penobscot Nation, Maine. All three videos available on one videotape. Shown: People’s Choice Award, American Indian Film and Video Festival, Oklahoma City, OK; Taos Talking Picture Festival, Taos, NM; Kid’s First, Native Americas International Film Exposition, Santa Fe, NM; New England Children’s Film & Video Festival, Boston, MA; Purchased by the Video Art Collection for all Washington State Public Schools; Honorable Mention, 11th Visions US Home Video Competition, Los Angeles, CA. Best of Two Rivers Film and Video Festival National Tour; and Chicago International Children’s Film and Video Festival.
$19.95
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FROM STUMP TO SHIP DVD
FROM STUMP TO SHIP, filmed in 1930, survives as the best, most vivid and complete film record of the long log business. People who know the business and those who see it here for the first time, agree that this film brings to life the priceless heritage of generations of woodworkers and their families. remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are uniquely enhanced by the original script, written to be read with the silent footage of the 1930s.

The soundtrack is brought to life by Tim Sample, narrator and renowned Maine humorist, and in the role of filmmaker, Alfred Ames. B/W 28 minutes. DVD.
$19.95
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GATHERING SONGS CD
GATHERING SONGS (CD)

Native American music from Maine.
$14.95
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GIANT HORSES
This 30 minute documentary examines the unique working relationship between humans and domestic animals within the current and traditional context of horse pulling - and addresses the question of "what is abuse?".
$19.95
GIANT HORSES DVD
GRANITE BY THE SEA-DVD
Published by the Vinalhaven Historical Society, this 29 minute DVD delves into the history of granite quarrying on the island using photographs from the 1870's to the 1930's.
$17.95
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HELEN NEARING Conscious Living/Conscious Dying DVD
This video examines the lives and deaths of Maine authors Helen Nearing and her husband, Scott, who were best known for their book about homesteading practices called "Living the Good Life." More than a biography, this hour-long documentary looks at the Nearings' commitment to self-sufficiency and voluntary simplicity and unveils the spiritual philosophy that underlay their lives and work. In DVD, 56 minutes. ISBN_1-56029-830-8
$22.00
HELEN NEARING Conscious Living/Conscious Dying DVD henecolidy
HENRY DAVID THOREAU-SURVEYOR of the SOUL
Thoreau wrote that he "was born in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights, and individual thinking in our time. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." DVD format. 114 minutes.
$29.95
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ICE HARVESTING SAMPLER DVD
Ice was one of northern New England's most important industries at the end of the 19th century. Although modern refrigeration technology ended the large scale export of river and lake ice, cutting and storing ice was still widely practiced in the 1940s. This compilation shows newsreel and amateur footage harvesting on rivers and lakes for commercial and private use. The narration by Philip C. Whitney, president of the New England Tool Collectors Association, enhances our understanding of the process and brings these moving images to life. 33 minutes, b&w, silent with narration, DVD.
$14.95
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INNOCENT INTERLUDE DVD
"Innocent Interlude" takes you on a amazing tour of Portland, Maine on the eve of major change. In 1940-41, city officials made a remarkable series of color films of life around Portland. They captured longshoreman unloading ships on the waterfront, a soap box derby on Park Avenue, ice skating at Deering Oaks Park and much more. "Innocent Interlude" captures how people worked and played more than sixty years ago and documents numerous locations around the city. This 60 minute video provides a rare color, moving glimpse of life in Portland in the years between the Depression and World War II. Narrated by historian Joel Eastman. DVD. 60 minutes.
$24.95
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KING SPRUCE DVD
This 23-minute documentary presents a detailed account of spruce-wood harvesting in northern New England, detailing the hazards and techniques of lumberjacking. It climaxes with a mind-boggling logjam, cleared first by men and then by dynamite. DVD.
$14.95
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LAST LOG DRIVE DOWN THE KENNEBEC DVD
This half-hour program from Maine PBS centers upon the last log drive down the Kennebec River in 1976. The impact of the end of the log drives -- on jobs, the environment, highway safety, and the tourist trade -- are discussed. DVD
$19.95
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THE LIFE and GARDENS of BEATRIX FARRAND
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in 20th century America. This compeling film chronicles the life of Beatrix Farrand, the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50 year career. The film takes the viewer on an inspiring journey across the country as we explore more than 50 Farrand garden-related sites and discover how her design work is still relevant today. 40 minutes.
$24.95
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LIFE AND TRADITIONS OF JOSEPH NICOLAR DVD
Self-published in 1893, Joseph Nicolar’s The Life and Traditions of the Red Man told the story of his people from the first moments of creation to the earliest arrivals and eventual settlement of Europeans. This was one of the few sustained narratives in English composed by a member of an Eastern Algonquian-speaking people during the nineteenth century. At a time when Native Americans’ ability to exist as Natives was imperiled, Nicolar wrote his book in an urgent effort to pass on Penobscot cultural heritage to subsequent generations of the tribe and to reclaim Native Americans’ right to self-representation. The extraordinary work weaves together stories of Penobscot history, precontact material culture, feats of shamanism, and ancient prophecies about the coming of the white man. An elder of the Penobscot Nation in Maine and the grandson of the Penobscots’ most famous shaman-leader, Old John Neptune, Nicolar brought to his task a wealth of traditional knowledge.

Nicolar’s grandson, Charles Norman Shay, has produced a video companion to Nicolar’s book, the story of his grandfather’s life, called Life and Traditions of Joseph Nicolar. It is an affectionate examination of his grandfather and his way of life. 40 Minutes
$15.95
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LITTLE EAGLE SINGERS CD
Songs of the Passamaquoddy youth. Track List: All My People, Intertribal Song, Wah Ha, Red Sky, Veterans Song, Welcome Song, Turtle Song, Woman's Song, Trail of Tears, Pine Cone, Scooby Do
$15.95
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LONGFELLOW READS LONGFELLOW-CD ONLY
Listen as Layne Longfellow reads 18 of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's most beloved poems. Music by Michael Hoppe. 50 minutes running time.
$15.95
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LONGFELLOW READS LONGFELLOW-DREAMS THAT CANNOT DIE ILLUSTRATED EDITION CD
Listen as Layne Longfellow reads 17 of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's mot beloved poems. Musical accompaniment by Michael Hoppe. This edition comes with an illustrated booklet containing information about the poet and his poems. 50 minutes running time.
$19.95
LONGFELLOW READS LONGFELLOW-DREAMS THAT CANNOT DIE ILLUSTRATED EDITION CD 2279
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LUMBERJACK SKY PILOT DVD
"Lumberjack Sky Pilot" shares true life experiences of lumberjacks during the 1930s and 1940s as filmed by Reverend Frank Reed, one of many itinerant preachers or "sky pilots," who visited lumber camps in the North Country. DVD. 60 minutes.
$19.95
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N'TOLONAPEMK - OUR RELATIVES' PLACE DVD
"We Passamaquoddy People have lived on the St. Crox River watershed for ten thousand years or more, since the ice retreated and the rivers flowed in the opposite direction. This film goes back to the beginnings to examine what we know of our early days here and how our lives today reflect the past. It centers on the shores of Meddybemps Lake, at an EPA Superfund cleanup site which was discovered to be the location of an ancient Passamaquoddy village. We now call that settlement N'tolonapemk, which means, 'Our Relatives' Place.' For 9000 years N'tolonapemk was a hub from which our relatives could travel throughout the St. Croix watershed. [This film] travels along the region's waterways, shores and woodlands to reveal its beauty while telling some of the story that Our Relatives' Place has revealed." 2006 DVD, by the Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Playing time 50 minutes.
$20.00
N'TOLONAPEMK - OUR RELATIVES' PLACE DVD 0-06548-62924-8
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OLD MAINE SWEDISH FARMS DVD
In 1870 Swedish settlers flocked to far northern Maine to farm--creating a unique colony where the Swedish language is still spoken in the 21st century. But the few who still speak Swedish is dwindling, and the language will die out with the thirty or so older resident who continue to speak it. "Old Maine Swedish Farms" captures their stories of growingup on the farm in Maine's historic Swedish Colony while they survive to tell their tales. This film captures a unique and fascinating chapter of Maine history.
$24.95
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AN ORAL HISTORIAN'S WORK DVD
You'll accompany Professor Ives through a series of tape-recorded interviews with woodsmen and riverdrivers who worked in the Maine woods in the 1920s. Watching this oral history project unfold, you will learn the techniques Professor Ives has refined in thirty years of work in the field.
$39.95
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OUR LIVES IN OUR HANDS DVD
This documentary film shows the Micmac Indian way of life in Northern Maine, focusing on the traditional craft of woodsplint basketry. Like other native groups in northeast America, Micmac tribes people in Aroostook Country have relied on basketmaking and migrant seasonal labor for subsistance since the mid 1800's. A video for people interested in contemporary American Indian, traditional arts and crafts, rural life in Northern New England and the Maritime provinces. DVD. 50 min. Color.
$24.95
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PASSAMAQUODDY THUNDER CD
PASSAMAQUODDY THUNDER Honoring the Family in Songs. Track List: Flute Music, Mother Earth Honoring Song, Medicine Song, Teach me the Way, Sockabasin, The Eagle flies, Sacred Land, John Wallis, Greeting Song, Thank You for my Children.
$15.95
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RICHARD ROBERTS PIANO
Richard Roberts (1933-2016) was one of Portland's premier pianists. Trained at Julliard, he came back to Portland and spent his life teaching, encouraging, and performing. Here are 17 tracks from some of his concerts - compiled by the Portland Rossini Club in his honor. 80 minutes.
$5.00
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A WOODSMAN? DVD
This is a collection of pulpwood industry training films from the mid-1940s. "It Pays to Be Trained" commically compares a skilled woodsman and a stubborn and untrained lumberjack who discovers that a small paycheck is his reward. "Helpful Hints in Preparing Pulpwood" details proper techniques in felling trees, the use of a pulp hook and axe, as well as setting up pickets and skids to stack a cord of wood. "Use and Care of a Bucksaw" gives a straightforward look at assembling, sharpening, and the proper use of maintenance of the versatile bucksaw. "Twitching" shows the strength of twitch horses and the cooperation between the horses and their teamsters in the woods. "Your Cord of Wood" gives a broad overview of what becomes of a cord of wood after leaving the woodlot. Total running time: 58 minutes. DVD.
$16.95
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STACKPOLE BRIDGE DVD
When city councilors in Saco, Maine voted in 2007 to tear down and replace a rare 19th century stone arch bridge, local residents quickly organized a campaign to save the beloved structure. Little did they know their efforts to save Stackpole Bridge would require a sustained 8-year effort, leading them through a maze of politics, community soul-searching, and monetary wrangling. This is a revealing documentary focused on rural historic preservation. 35 minutes.
$12.95
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THE STORY OF THE ACADIANS DVD
The Story of the Acadians begins with the arrival of the French at Isle St. Croix off the coast of Maine in 1604. Learn how the first French settlers brought with them pre-fabricated homes, hear about their strong relations with the native people, and witness the intricate system of dykes they introduced into North America. Most of all, learn how the French became Acadians with a culture of their own - of family values, of hard work and of determination never to be destroyed despite numerous attacks by the British, which culminated in their Deportation from Nova Scotia. Narrated by Layne Longfellow, whose relative Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the story of the Acadians in his poetry. Available in DVD; will only play on 2003 or later-model DVD players.
$24.95
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TATER RAISIN' FOLK DVD
“Tater Raisin’ Folk” captures the sights and sounds of the handpicked potato harvest at a few of the farms where the tradition of picking potatoes by hand still takes place in Aroostook County. The show begins at planting time, features the Potato Blossom Festival at Fort Fairfield, and ends with the harvest at farms dotted around The County. This is old time potato farming at its best with unforgettable characters at work in stunning locations from around The County. “Tater Raisin’ Folk” will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. Most of all, it reveals what inspires these “Tater Raisin’ Folk.” Narrated by Layne Longfellow 55 Minutes
$25.00
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WABANAKI: A NEW DAWN DVD
The Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn Land, have lived in what is now Maine and Maritime Canada for more than 11,000 years. It was not until the early 1600s that Europeans came to live in the terrietory inhabited by an estimated 32,000 Wabanaki. This contact was disastrous. "Wabanaki: A New Dawn" shows the quest for cultural survival by today's Wabanaki... the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot People. The voices in the video offer hope that the Wabanaki will use their cultural and spiritual inheritance to survive and thrive in the third millenium. A 1995 film, presented by the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. In DVD.
$24.95
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WILDERNESS AND SPIRIT DVD
Five years in the making,Widerness & Spirit, A Mountain Called Katahdin captures the spirit of Katahdin and the people who have been drawn to Maine's "Great Mountain." The film explores ways of thinking about the wilderness and how people from many walks of life, past to the present, have found spiritual solace and strength in this mountain called Katahdin. DVD 2002,100mins.
$24.95
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WOODSMEN AND RIVER DRIVERS DVD
This is the story of a vanished American industry - a tale of woodsmen and river drivers active before 1930 - in the Machias River Valley of down east Maine. The survivors of a world of almost inconceivable danger and discomfort share their lives, and their story unfolds with exceptional 1930s footage from the Machias Lumber Company.

"Woodsmen and River Drivers" carries us back to winter life in rough-hewn lumbercamps, a spring of raging waters, frozen boots, and life-threatening log jams. We hear of drivers drowning in the icy flood. We witness summer in the deafening mill as bare hands hold wood from unguarded saw blades. Finally, we accompany the lumber to port for loading aboard the last of the Machias schooners.

A vivid historical chronicle, "Woodsmen and River Drivers" is also an emotional experience. You will long remember the pride of people whose everyday life took ingenuity, raw muscle and skill. DVD. 30 minutes, 1989.
$19.95
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GRANITE BY THE SEA-DVD
Published by the Vinalhaven Historical Society, this 29 minute DVD delves into the history of granite quarrying on the island using photographs from the 1870's to the 1930's.
$17.95
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