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This is a book that Maine residents and visitors will delve into again and again, unearthing new treasures with each reading.
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.
Edited by Bernard P. Fishman, Director, Maine State Museum