At one time America's silk industry was the largest in the world. Silk was late to be industrialized, well after cotton and wool. Nonetheless, nineteenth-century American entrepreneurs rapidly built a silk industry with levels of production once unimaginable. "American Silk, 1830-1930" traces the evolution of the American silk industry through three compelling and very different case studies: the Nonotuck Silk Company of Northampton, Massachusetts; the Haskell Silk Company of Westbrook, Maine; and the Mallinson Silk Company of New York and Pennsylvania. The case studies span the development of the U.S. silk industry from its beginnings in the 1830s to its decline in the 1930s, when synthetic imitators such as rayon began to dominate the market. Written by Jacqueline Field, Marjorie Senechal, and Madelyn Shaw. 2007 hardcover, 326 pages.
From March 26 to June 26, 2016, the UNE Art Gallery featured an exhibit on the art of Mildred G. Burrage. The exhibit traced the 70 year career of Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983. Born in Portland, Maine, but living later in Kennebunkport and Wiscasset, Mildred traveled the world throughout her life. This catalog highlights her work from the France years, World War I, Maine, her portraits, maps, the American West, Mexico and Guatemala, World War II and ending with her mica paintings. A timeline of Mildred's life and work in also included as well as a list of her exhibitions. Color photographs throughout. Paperback. 56 pgs.
Have you ever looked at an old family photo and thought their clothing was dull looking? Gray, black and white are what we see but in reality Victorian women wore clothing in apple green, orange, cinnamon pink and a whole range of other bright colors and subtle shades. This coloring book will change the way you view those old pictures. Includes suggestions of 8 pencil colors that were matched as closely as possible to the original colors used. Black and white illustrations ready for you to color! Paperback. 40 pgs.
One of the most respected sports writers of her time, Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby used her abilities as an angler, hunter, and writer to share, conserve, and promote the abundant beauty of the Maine woods for women as well as men. From her early days as a sickly yet feisty little girl, through her lifelong struggle with illness, this story explores and illuminates Cornelia's persistence and strength. Colorful illustrations throughout. Paperback. 35 pgs.
Laminated bookmark with tassle features a quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: "Women are like tea bags-they never know how strong they are until they get in hot water."
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective explores the history of toques and top hats, bowlers, and bonnets to add another dimension to understanding your family photographs Fanciful, frilly, and fascinating, women’s hats made a fashion statement. There were hundreds of choices available each season. And they came with names like Leghorns, Gainsborough’s, poke bonnets, and wide-awakes. Home factories produced trim and hats for milliners, while enterprising women raised small birds destined to be stuffed for hat adornments. Men’s hats could be utilitarian. Abraham Lincoln and the men of his generation often carried papers in their stove pipe hats. Their desire for beaver hats led the animal to the brink of extinction. Using the clues in this book, you’ll learn interesting facts about your ancestors by studying their photographs and the hats they wore for portraits. Paperback 190 pages
Is there anyone who hasn't had a bad hair day or obsessed about the right hairdo for a special event? Probably not, and this obsession is far from a modern phenomenon. Using the clues explained in this book, you can learn a surprising amount about your ancestors by studying their portraits. Paperback 126 Pages
A novel rich with a knowledge of life; telling of a kind of people, and of one particular American family, who seem timeless and enduring as the rocks and tides of their own Maine country. The tang of salt water is strong in the women as in the men, and the sea itself is the solid, ever-changing background for "The Fire Balloon." First published in 1948, by the author of "Spoonhandle." 2004 paperback, 347 pages.
In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?
Features women inventors Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Patsy O. Sherman, Ann Moore, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, Jeanne Lee Crews, and Valerie L. Thomas, as well as young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy. Illustrated in vibrant collage by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet. Paperback. 60 pgs.
For the Franco-American Women's Institutes' 20th Anniversary, this anthology of written works and visual arts has been published to mark the present, active, creative lives of the women of the French heritage culture. This anthology provides a snapshot of the French heritage women's lives as they exist in the present. Paperback. 340 pgs.
Here Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a 30-day sword fishing voyage aboard one of the best outfitted boats on the East Coast. Complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick. Paperback. 265 pgs.
Tundra's Great Idea Series are early-reader biographies. The third book in the series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three and by the time she was twelve she was working at the local cotton mill, alongside her two older brothers. One day she saw a worker get injured by a shuttle which had come loose from the giant loom, and the accident inspired her to invent a stop-motion device. It was to be the first of her many inventions. Margaret devoted her life to inventing, and is best known for the clever, practical, paper bag. When she died in 1914 she had ninety inventions to her name and over twenty patents, astounding accomplishments for a woman of her day. Monica Kulling deftly uses easy-to-read language and lots of dialogue to bring an amazing, inspiring woman to life. Color illustrations throughout. Paperback. 32 pgs.
In this hilarious and moving true story, Greenlaw reveals her keen eye for the dramas of small-town life, as well as her talent for fascinating nautical description. A must read for anyone who loves boats and the ocean and lobsters, anyone who has ever reached a crossroads in life, and anyone who has wondered what it would be like to live on a very small island. Paperback. 238 pgs.
Maine nurses have served tirelessly as caregivers and partners in healing at home and abroad, from hospitals to battlefields. The Division of Public Health Nursing and Child Hygiene was established in 1920 to combat high rates of infant mortality in Washington and Aroostook counties. During the Vietnam War, Maine nurses helped build the Twelfth Evacuation Hospital at Cu Chi and bravely assisted surgeries in the midst of fighting. In the early 1980's, nurse disease prevention educators in Portland rose to the challenge of combating the growing AIDS epidemic. Through historical anecdotes and fascinating oral histories, discover the remarkable sacrifices and achievements of Maine's nurses. Black & white photographs throughout. Paperback. 183 pgs.
"A Maine Prodigy" is the story of Skowhegan native Mary Elise Fellows White, compiled from her autobiography, diaries and other primary sources. Marked as a violin prodigy from an early age, Elise goes to Boston in 1883 to study at the New England Conservatory. "A Maine Prodigy" evokes the joys and struggles of a woman who seeks refinement, artistic recognition, and financial security from childhood to old age. Throughout the book we have her sharp eye and articulate voice. "Surely someone must find my diaries worth keeping...I have put myself into them, heart and soul. All the life I have known is depicted in them..."
In April of 1897 Mrs. Hermann Kotzschmar of Portland, Maine made her first, eagerly anticipated trip to Europe. She traveled with seven others from Maine, including her daughter Dorothea who was between her second and third year at Smith College. During her five months away, Mrs. Kotzschmar sent 23 letters back to Portland's Daily Press and to The Kennebec Journal in Augusta. It was customary in this period for travelers to keep a diary, either in the form of a personal journal or as letters to family. It was more unusual to send such letters back to the local newspaper. The newspapers printed a disclaimer following the end of the first letter: "The Press will publish from time to time letters from Mrs. Kotzschmar describing her tour through Europe. These letters will probably appear weekly, the one we publish above is a guarantee that they will be bright, interesting and well worth reading." Twenty-two more letters, one written each week, were actually published. This book by Janice Parkinson-Tucker is the first in a series of books about the Kotzschmar family, also including "Behind the Pipes: the Story of the Kotzschmar Organ," and "Hermann Kotzschmar: An Appreciation." 2004 paperback, 278 pages.
"Mobilizing Minerva" analyzes the strategies of female physicians, nurses, and women-at-arms who linked military service with the opportunity to achieve professional and civic goals. Since women armed to defend the state during war could also protect themselves, the author argues here that Americans began to focus on women's relationship to violence-both its wielding against women and women's uses of it. Intense discussions of rape, methods of protecting women, and proper gender roles abound as the author draws from rich case studies to show how female thinkers and activists wove wartime choices into long-standing debates about woman suffrage, violence against women, gender based discrimination, and economic parity. Paperback. 244 pgs.
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This biography chronicles the extraordinary life of twentieth century performing artist Molly Spotted Elk. Born in 1903 on the Penobscot reservation in Maine, Molly ventured into show business at an early age, performing vaudeville in New York, for royalty and mingling with the literry elite in Europe. Using extensive diaries in conjunction with letters, interviews, and other sources, Bunny McBride reconsrtructs Molly's story and sheds light on the pressure she and her peers endured in having to act out white stereotypes of the "Indian." Paper, 1995, 287pp.
"My Life in the Maine Woods" recounts Annette Jackson's north woods experiences during the 1930's when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. She is an avid sportswoman and nature lover and writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of wilderness throughout the seasons. This 2007 edition expands on Jackson's original, including not only new photographs, author biography, and foreword, but also new material from Jackson and revisions she made following its original 1954 publication. Black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 216 pgs.
This is a fascinating reflection on the life of an accomplished public historian through a series of oral history interviews conducted by her author/historian granddaghter. It is an amazing story that illuminates the real joys and real struggles of one woman's life in Maine during the twentieth century. The author deftly crafts the story with historical narrative, quotes from her grandmother, memoires from other informants, and her own reflections. Paperback, 188 pages.
From beggar and thief in 17th century England to a respected landowner in the early colonial Province of Maine, Marietta's remembrances tell of her troubled childhood in rural England, her adventurous journey to the New World and the tribulations of surviving in a country dominated by men, Puritans and Indians. 363 pgs. paperback.
We know who drove in the rivets on airplane assembly lines during WW II. But what about World War I? Who assembled all those fabric-covered biplanes? Who shaped and filled the millions of cartridges that America sent over to the trenches of Europe? Who made the gas masks to protect American soldiers facing chemical warfare for the first time? Before Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder of WW II fame, this book introduces us to the women of an earlier generation and their valuable contribution to the war effort during WW I. Black and white photographs throughout. Paperback. 240 pgs.
Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The most famous poet of the jazz age, the petite Millay captivated the nation. She smoked in public, took many lovers (men, women, single, married), flouted convention sensationally and became the embodiment of the New Woman. She was a true spellbinding original. Paperback with full index and footnotes. 550 pgs.
SOUTHERN LADIES and SUFFRAGISTS-JULIA WARD HOW and WOMEN'S RIGHTS at the 1884 NEW ORLEANS WORLD'S FAIR
Women from all over the country came to New Orleans in 1884 for the Woman’s Department of the Cotton Centennial Exposition, that portion of the World’s Fair exhibition devoted to the celebration of women’s affairs and industry. Their conversations and interactions played out as a drama of personalities and sectionalism at a transitional moment in the history of the nation. These women planted seeds at the Exposition that would have otherwise taken decades to drift southward. This book chronicles the successes and setbacks of a lively cast of postbellum women in the first Woman’s Department at a world’s fair in the Deep South. From a wide range of primary documents, Miki Pfeffer recreates the sounds and sights of 1884 New Orleans after Civil War and Reconstruction. She focuses on how difficult unity was to achieve, even when diverse women professed a common goal. Such celebrities as Julia Ward Howe and Susan B. Anthony brought national debates on women’s issues to the South for the first time, and journalists and ordinary women reacted. At the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, the Woman’s Department became a petri dish where cultures clashed but where women from across the country exchanged views on propriety, jobs, education, and suffrage. Pfeffer memorializes women’s exhibits of handwork, literary and scientific endeavors, inventions, and professions, but she proposes that the real impact of the six-month long event was a shift in women’s self-conceptions of their public and political lives. For those New Orleans ladies who were ready to seize the opportunity of this uncommon forum, the Woman’s Department offered a future that they had barely imagined. Paperback. 267 pgs.
Set on a Maine island, this 1956 novel is back in print. Says Bryce Muir, "No other writer has ever told stories about Maine fishing towns as well as Ruth Moore.... Reading Ruth Moore is like visiting somewhere we belong; some granite island out there in our past, some village we all grew up in." 1987 paperback, 309 pages.
Fanciful, frilly, and fascinating women's hats made a fashion statement. There were hundreds of choices available each season - with names like Leghorns, Gainsborough's, poke bonnets, and wide-awakers! This coloring book will change the way you view your old family photos. You'll learn about the colors popular for 19th century hats and head wear for men, women, and children. Color pencil suggestions were matched to those colors seen in actual 19th century engravings. Paperback. 40 pgs.
First published in 1943, this novel is back in print. According to the New York Times, "It is doubtful if any American writer has ever done a better job of communicating a people, their talk, their thoughts, their geography, and their way of life." 1986 paperback, 342 pages.
This series of short biographies of notable women ranges over centuries and cultures, from fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who imagined a world in which women achieved power and influence, to the writings of nineteenth century suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and twentieth-century novelist Virginia Woolf. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich updates de Pizan’s Amazons with stories about women warriors from other times and places. She contrasts Woolf’s imagined story about Shakespeare’s sister with biographies of actual women artists who were Shakespeare’s contemporaries. She turns Stanton’s encounter with runaway slave upside down, asking how that story would change if the slave rather than the white suffragist were at the center. She uses daybook illustrations to look at women who weren’t trying to make history but did. She also celebrates a renaissance in history inspired by amateurs, activists, and professional historians. Paperback 320 pages
Wildflowers of Maine presents a selection of the color paintings of pioneering botanist Kate Furbish (1834-1931). Including some of the more prominent flowers to be found in Maine, plus a few rarities, this delightful gift formatted edition is a treat for the senses and a testament to Kate Furbish’s lifelong passion to record all of Maine's plants and flowers in meticulous watercolor paintings. Color illustrations throughout also with a map of Maine indicating where the flowers were found. Hardcover. 127 pgs.
One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Frances Perkins capitalized on the President's political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-Era programs that are today considered essential parts of this country's social safety network. More than a biography of an extraordinary woman, it is a window into another time through which we are able to observe the birthing pains of reforms we now take for granted. Paperback. 458 pgs.
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A short but rich exploration of the lives of four Wabanaki women. The narrative begins with Molly Mathilde, a mother, peacemaker, and daughter of a famous chief. Born in the mid-1600s, when Wabanakis first experienced the full effects of colonial warfare, disease, and displacement, she provided a vital link for her people through her marriage to the French baron of Castin. The saga continues with the shrewd and legendary healer Molly Ockett and the reputed witchwoman Molly Molasses. The final chapter focuses on Molly Dellis Nelson (known as Spotted Elk), a celebrated performer on European stages who lived to see the dawn of Wabanaki cultural renewal in the modern era. "Women of the Dawn" is lyrical and poetic but based on many years of fieldwork and scholarship. Winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Paperback, 131 pages.
Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, the book introduces the reader to remarkable Maine women such as Margaret Chase Smith, Dahlov Ipcar, Martha Ballard, Louise Nevelson, Molly Ockett and many others. Ages 9 and up. Paperback. 136 pgs.