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.
When 22 year old Thomas Gorges settled in his new home as Governor of the Province of Maine, he began to draft his letters. Five of his copy books are printed in this volume. Hardcover, 1978, 139 pages.
A joint project of the Maine Historical Society, and the University of Maine's Geography and History departments, this 9x12 Atlas grew out of a 1974 commission. Its two parts capture the state's geographical character and historical patterns and developments. Sixty-two plates illustrate various aspects of Maine from the early explorations to the bicentennial, inculding Towns and Townships, Congressional Districts, Energy Sources, Forest Production, Retail Sales, Maine Election Districts, Land Ownership, and Population Density. Also included are seven historical maps ranging from 1609 to 1973. Paperback.
This book presents local and state history in the framework of national history with peticular reference to the part Maine natives had in the building of the west and south. It was inspired by an extraordinary collection of family letters found in the McArthur attic in Limington, Maine in the summer of 1942, now in the Bowdoin College Library. Hardcover, 1996, 485 pages.
"Maine in Transition" is a selection of articles that Betty Joyce wrote for the York County Coast Star diring the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. This was a period when Maine was experiencing extensive cultural, demographic, and social change. Joyce's roving and keen journalistic eye covered a variety of subjects, ranging from colorful portraits of artists, craftspeople, concerned citizens, and even ghosts, to serious and sometimes acerbic discussions of environmental concerns and historic preservation. Hardcover, 231 pages.
Published by the Maine Historical Society in 1974, this bibliography is arranged as follows: (A) General Works, (B) Local Items, (C) Vessel Descriptions, (D) Allied Trades, (E) Records and Stats (F) Newspapers, (G) Periodicals, (H) Society Publications, (I) Dissertations (J) Manuscript Collections and (K) Miscellaneous.
"Both a labor of love and a significant contribution to Maine history, Elizabeth Ring's sprightly account of the peripatetic McArthurs of Limington is great fun to read. Her treatment of mid-nineteenth-century Maine family and village life is humerous and moving by turns and always evocative." - H. Draper Hunt, University of Southern Maine
Based on family letters, this book tells the story of the McArthur family, five sons and a daughter, coming of age in Maine in the middle of the nineteenth century. Hardcover, 87 pages.
From the very beginning of political interest in the 1840's until the actual founding of the Republican Party in 1855, NEW MEN, NEW ISSUES, follows the path of political change. The Republican party was firmly established in Maine for the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Hardcover, 1986, 166 pages.
Reprinted in 1991 from the original edition of 1928 with a new introduction by Neal W. Allen, Jr.
This companion guide for the Maine Historical Society's exhibit of the same name. Nicely illustated with text to take you through a very historic time in Maine and American drinking history. paper,1998,20 pages
Samuel B. Dunning is significant in representing the first generation of architects to work in the state's smaller communities at a time when the profession was still emerging from its carpenter-builder origins. Author John V. Goff calls attention to this overlooked architect, and highlights his work through photographs, architectural diagrams, and text. Paperback, 35 pages.
Maine historian Joyce Butler writes about Wabanaki basketry and carving in this companion book to a 1997 Maine Historical Society exhibit. The volume contains photographs and information about Penobscot and Passamaquoddy root clubs and brown ash fancy baskets. Paperback, 18 pages.