The Maine State Museum is America’s oldest state museum and is known to many as “Maine’s Smithsonian” because of the breadth and diversity of its holdings—nearly a million objects covering every aspect of the state’s cultural, biological, and geological history. For this book the museum selected and photographed 112 artifacts and specimens that, together, tell a sweeping story of the land and its people from prehistoric times to the present. The objects include a walrus skull, mammoth tusks, spear points, bone fishhooks, Norse coins, militia flags, survey chains, treaty documents,
wooden tankards, a temperance banner, a locomotive, Joshua Chamberlain’s pistol, a cod tub trawl, a Lombard log hauler, a woman’s WWII welding outfit, a complete water-powered sawmill, and many more. Short narratives are woven around each item—including photos of related objects. This is a book that Maine residents and visitors will delve into again and again, unearthing new treasures with each reading. Hardcover. 320 pages.