All the romance of early railroading in northern New England pervades Boston & Maine in the 19th Century. This fascinating journey begins in the 1830s with an 8-mile line that just kept growing. By the end of the century, Boston & Maine was traveling over 2,324 miles of track. This first pictorial history of the Boston & Maine explores the heyday of an enterprising railroad. Using spectacular images, most of which have never before been published, the book takes us along scenic stretches of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Paperback 128 Pages
The years from the American Revolution to the Civil War were a formative period in Maine's history. The author hopes this book will provide some information on a few of the people and ideas that have helped make the state of Maine what it is today. Chapters include: Building the Roads from Boston; Forming the Stage Lines; Taverns, Inns, and Hotels. Black and white photographs, maps and charts along with color photographs throughout. Bibliography and index included. Paperback. 260 pgs.
This book celebrates the preservation of seventeen brightly painted banners that were carried by members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in an 1841 Portland parade. In 2010 these proud emblems of the nineteenth century working class were threatened with dispersal to private collections and out-of-state institutions. Maine's cultural community came to the rescue by purchasing them at auction and placing them at the Maine Historical Society. Each color image of the banner is accompanied with a history of the trade it represents as well as historic photos, prints, or other related documents. Historical background on the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, the Portland banner parade of 1841, Portland's merchantile ecomony in the 1820s, and a history of Mechanic Associations in New England are also included. Paperback. 59 pgs.
The slate gravestones of southern Maine bear evidence to the regions fascinating history, from shipwrecks and famous wartime sea captains to countless ordinary citizens. Master stone-cutter Bartlett Adams memorialized the tragedy and triumph of the region in nearly two thousand gravestones. Through deep and original research, Ron Romano narrates the early history of southern Maine and examines the artistry and legacy carved in stone. Includes "Anatomy of a Gravestone" drawn by Holly Doggett, a list of Maine cemeteries surveyed by town, a bibliography and black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 171 pgs.
This book tells the story of Consumers Water Company and includes many anecdotes never before revealed to the general public. The Company was organized in 1926 by seven entrepreneurs, six of whom lived in the state of Maine. With virtually no cash investment but, rather, with some hard work, creative financing, and plenty of guts, they soon created a multimillion dollar water utility holding and management company. Written by John van C. Parker. Hardcover, 160 pages.
Though tiny, the herring has played an enormous role in history. Battles have been waged over it. International economic alliances have formed over it. Major cities owe their prosperity to it. Political powers have risen and fallen with herrings own rise and fall in population. How can this all be attributed to this unassuming little animal? In Herring: A Global History, Kathy Hunt looks at the environmental, historical, political, and culinary background of this prolific and easily caught fish. Over the centuries, herring have sustained populations in times of war and hardship, and the fish’s rich flavor, delicate texture, and nutritious meat have made it a culinary favorite. Its ease of preparation just grill, broil, fry, pickle, salt, or smoke and serve have won it further acclaim. Engaging and informative, the book features fifteen mouth-watering recipes. It will appeal to food lovers, history buffs, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a British kipper, German Bismarck, Dutch matjes, or Jewish chopped-herring. Color photography throughout. From "The Edible Series". Hardcover. 143 pgs.
A heavily illustrated exploration of Central Maine Power Company's first century, 1899-1999. Clark T. Irwin Jr. gives a concise biography of the company's founders and also tells of the river, the setting, and the people through the years. hardcover 110 pages
For more than four hundred years the people of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsiders’ attempts to control them while harvesting the astonishing bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Today’s independent, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to the communities imbued with a European sense of ties between land and people, but threatened by the forces of homogenization spreading up the eastern seaboard. In the tradition of William Warner’s Beautiful Swimmers, veteran journalist Colin Woodard traces the history of the rugged fishing communities that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has long provided their livelihood. Through forgotten wars and rebellions, and with a deep tradition of resistance to interference by people “from away,” Maine’s lobstermen have defended an earlier vision of America while defying the “tragedy of the commons”—the notion that people always overexploit their shared property. Instead, these icons of American individualism represent a rare example of true communal values and collaboration through grit, courage, and hard-won wisdom. Paperback 384 pages
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.
Subtitled "How the State's Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Doers are Growing a New Prosperity" and with chapter headings such as Rediscovering our Innovative Spirit, The Building Blocks of the Next Economy, What We Need to Consider, A Plan for the Next Economy, What Are We Going to do About It?, and The Next Economy is Already Emerging. With contributions from Colin Woodard, Steve Bromage, Catherine Renault, Don Gooding, Eloise Vitelli, John Lovell, John Piotti, George Smith, Jim Shaffer, Sue Inches, Ryan Neale, Phil Coupe, Fletcher Kittredge, Chuck Lawton, Cathy Lee, Lucy Van Hook, and Kristina Egan. Paperback. 199 pgs.
This book is a celebration of the life and work of Herbert E. Sargent, a well-respected business leader who was active and generous in his community. Yet, despite his successes, family and friends always came first. Black and white photographs throughout. Hardcover. 445 pgs.
This is the story about ships' masts and mast timber during the period of English settlement in colonial North America. Chapters include "The Wooden Economy", "Mast Woods", "Settlement and the Beginnings of New England Trade" and "The Broad Arrow Policy". Paperback. 52 pgs.
The Portland Company commenced operations in 1846 in Portland, Maine, under the leadership of John A. Poor. It was founded primarily to manufacture railroad locomotives for the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad. The company played a major role in the economy and development of the State of Maine and countinued in business until 1982, producing a wide range of cast-metal and fabricated products. This collection of photographs and captions gives you the feel of the old company. paper, 2002, 128 pages