PUBLISHED WITH THE MAINE STATE MUSEUM
Founded in 1836, 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 holdingsnearly a million objects covering every aspect of the state’s cultural, biological, and geological historyand the thousands of stories its collections tell. For this book the museum selected and photographed 112 artifacts and specimens that, together, tell an epic story of the land and its people from prehistoric times to the present.
It is a story covering 395 million years, a story told with a walrus skull and fossils, tourmaline and spear points, mammoth tusks and bone fishhooks, Norse coins and caulking irons, militia flags and survey stakes, treaty documents and wooden tankards, a temperance banner and a locomotive, Joshua Chamberlain’s pistol and a cod tub trawl, a Lombard log hauler and a woman’s WWII welding outfit, L. L. Bean boots and German POW snowshoes, and many more objects from the museum’s collections. Short narratives written by museum curators are woven around each itemincluding photos of related objectsand the ensemble has been honed, polished, and introduced by museum director Bernard Fishman.
This is a book that historians and Maine residents and visitors will delve into again and again, unearthing new treasures with each reading.
|Publisher:||Tilbury House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
P. FISHMAN has been an Egyptologist, an academic, and the director of five museums, including, since 2012, the Maine State Museum. He is a native New
Yorker with honors history degrees from Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania,
whose family operated businesses in Maine for over 40 years. He has written extensively on archaeological, historical, and museum-related subjects.