Wednesday, April 29, 2009

EVENT: Aroostook, Maine Frontier

Aroostook County was a foreign land to me until I paired myself up with someone who came from there. Over the last 12 years I've come to know the area in bits and pieces. It's a place well worth knowing. This event is a great chance to learn more about its history in photos (personally, I'm very sad I have to miss it due to other obligations). If you want to see my Aroostook of the present day in photos, take a peek at my Flickr set of Northern Maine photos.

The Maine Historical Society invites you to...
WHAT: Aroostook: Maine's Last Frontier as Seen By the Eastern Illustrating, Co., presented by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian and Director, Maine Historic Preservation Commission
WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7:00 - 9:00pm
WHERE: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
COST: This event is free and open to the public.
FMI: For more information call (207)774-1822 or e-mail info[at]

Join us for a remarkable glimpse into life in Aroostook County in the early 1900s. Shettleworth will explore the arrival of modern life and technology in Maine's last frontier through images taken by the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company - a prominent Maine postcard company whose vast photographic archive of Maine and New England is only now becoming accessible to researchers and the public. These wonderful images capture downtown life, local landmarks, agriculture, and much more.

The collection is now owned and curated by the Penobscot Marine Museum which has undertaken the Herculean task of stabilizing, organizing, cataloging, and providing access to this important collection. A number of these images can be viewed at the current MHS Museum exhibit: Main Street, Maine: Downtown Views from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company.

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