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The Mad Whittler, Gaylon Jeep Wilcox Sep 2011

The Mad Whittler, Gaylon Jeep Wilcox

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“The Mad Whittler” is about Rangeley’s former dump, which may not sound like a traditional subject for poetry. The dump was, before being closed, a major attraction where people from all over gathered to watch bears forage.


Man Made Lake, Gaylon "Jeep" Wilcox Sep 2011

Man Made Lake, Gaylon "Jeep" Wilcox

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“Man Made lake” is a commentary on the flooding of a twenty-five mile stretch of the Dead River in Western Maine, which submerged Flagstaff Plantation, Dead River Plantation, and Bigelow Township


Life On The Farm In The Old Days, Sunny Stutzman Aug 2011

Life On The Farm In The Old Days, Sunny Stutzman

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Sunny Stutzman's story relates some basic differences between life on the farm in the old days and now, but also generally differences between life on the farm and anywhere else in society.


Acadian Food, Michael Corbin Aug 2008

Acadian Food, Michael Corbin

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In short, Acadians did not allow harsh weather, poor soil conditions, and an uncertain (or even hostile) political conditions to limit their culinary choices.


Learning Family Healing Traditions, Natalia Bragg Aug 2008

Learning Family Healing Traditions, Natalia Bragg

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The story told here explains the process of teaching traditional medicine to a new generation. In Natalia Bragg's case, it was something of an accident.


Building Peapods, Eric Dow Mar 2004

Building Peapods, Eric Dow

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Eric Dow talks about how he came to build the type of boat known as a “peapod.”


Flunking A Test & Hiroshima, Lydia Franz Apr 2002

Flunking A Test & Hiroshima, Lydia Franz

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The stories recounted here by Lydia Franz concern her experience in the United States Army as a cryptanalyst during World War II.


The First Manure-Pitch, Mort Mather Sep 2000

The First Manure-Pitch, Mort Mather

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The Common Ground Country Fair (CGCF or “the Fair”) is Maine’s signature celebration of rural living, organic food and agriculture, and local enterprise.


Boat Launch, Pete Mcfarland Dec 1997

Boat Launch, Pete Mcfarland

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Maine has a long and broad tradition of boat building, and in many coastal towns boat launches were a social event.


The Ounegan Mill Strike, Richard Davies Nov 1996

The Ounegan Mill Strike, Richard Davies

Maine Song and Story Sampler

This story describes a strike that took place at the Ounegan Woolen Mill in Old Town and explains how students at the University of Maine became involved.


Thompson Document 01: An Introduction To The Henrietta Thompson Collection, Henrietta Thompson Dec 1992

Thompson Document 01: An Introduction To The Henrietta Thompson Collection, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A very brief introduction to the Henrietta Thompson collection.


The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney Apr 1991

The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Little Mohea," also known by many other names and spellings, is an old song that likely developed from an older English broadside song known as "The Indian Lass." Most folklorists agree that "Mohea" probably developed in its American form among sailors, and some even point to whaling ships specifically.


Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell Jan 1991

Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Bye-Bye Longjohns" is a musical representation of how most Mainers feel by the time March rolls around. For some, this feeling comes even earlier. The song was written in western Maine over the course of the late twentieth century.


The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins Jan 1991

The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In the old days of the Maine Lumberwoods, March and April marked the end of cutting and hauling lumber for the winter. As loggers came out of the woods, either before returning for the river drives or just headed home until next Winter, many made their way to cities and went on drunken sprees that became legendary.


Krakoviak, John Supruniuk Jan 1991

Krakoviak, John Supruniuk

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Krakoviak" is a tune named after a style of dance that originated in the area around Kraków in southern Poland (there the dance is called krakowiak). The tune heard here is one of many variants of the song to which the dance is performed.


Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl Jan 1990

Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Jag har en van" is an old Swedish pietistic hymn, with words and music written by Nils Frykman in 1895. Swedish hymn writer Nils Frykman was part of the Swedish Free Church movement in old Sweden during the second half of the 19th century.


Mail Story, Albert "Cap" Collins Jul 1988

Mail Story, Albert "Cap" Collins

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In this story, Albert "Hap" Collins talks about his maternal grandfather who worked as a mail carrier, delivering mail from the mainland to Long Island in Blue Hill Bay.


Raatikko, Walfred Hamari Jan 1988

Raatikko, Walfred Hamari

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Raatikko" is a traditional Finnish song and dance. The song tells of a mountain in southern Finland, Kyöpelinvuori, which is known in Finnish mythology as the place haunted by the spirits of virgins who die young.


Thompson Document 21: A Letter From Ruby Johnson To Henrietta Thompson, Ruby Johnson Jul 1980

Thompson Document 21: A Letter From Ruby Johnson To Henrietta Thompson, Ruby Johnson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Ruby Johnson to Henrietta Thompson. It seems that Johnson is here responding to a request from Thompson that she send some Burmese phrases for Thompson to include in her Walk a Little Faster history of the Walkout.


Thompson Document 20: A Letter From Ruby Johnson To Henrietta Thompson, Ruby Johnson Jul 1980

Thompson Document 20: A Letter From Ruby Johnson To Henrietta Thompson, Ruby Johnson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Ruby Johnson, a nurse who participated in the 1942 Walkout from Burma to India, to Henrietta Thompson. Johnson was the first of the Walkout participants Thompson interviewed, and Thompson particularly enjoyed this meeting and was indebted to Johnson not only for offering an account of her own experiences, but also for making Thompson aware of a number of nurses who had participated on the Walkout in Burma and also Hla Sein in the U.S. who initially resisted being interviewed about the Walkout. In this letter, Johnson mentions having recently seen Hla Sein, who was by then ...


Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent Jan 1980

Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent

Maine Song and Story Sampler

A home-made song from Quebec, Youpe! came to Maine the same way many other songs traveled through Maine and the eastern Canadian provinces: with lumbermen who crossed the border in both directions. It was especially popular among French-Canadian lumberjacks who adapted to their own use an earlier song called "Le p'tit bois d'lail."


Herring And Pollock, William Lawrence Jan 1979

Herring And Pollock, William Lawrence

Maine Song and Story Sampler

To say that “Herring and Pollock” is a fish story is an understatement.


Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier Jan 1976

Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The "Green Corn Dance" (or simply "Corn Dance") is a Penobscot song and dance tradition based on the legend of the first mother that tells of the origin of important horticultural plants. Briefly, the legend tells how first mother was sad because there was no food for her children.


The Auto Rest Park, Reid Hand Apr 1975

The Auto Rest Park, Reid Hand

Maine Song and Story Sampler

For several decades, one of the most popular entertainment venues in the Bangor area was a place called the Auto Rest Park located on Rt. 2 in Carmel.


Thompson Document 09: A Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson Jan 1974

Thompson Document 09: A Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Henrietta Thompson to Jack Belden following his letter of Dec. 1973. Here Thompson is asking for Belden’s version of an account she has heard, she says, “from a dozen or more people,” of American officers proposing to leave the nurses (most of whom were refugees) behind at the start of the walk out of Burma, and to escape without them. Unfortunately we do not have Belden’s response to this letter (if he wrote one), but in the “Addenda” Thompson provides a new version of this story, which may summarize Belden’s recollection of the event.


Thompson Document 10: Henrietta Thompson's "Addenda" To Jack Belden File, Henrietta Thompson Jan 1974

Thompson Document 10: Henrietta Thompson's "Addenda" To Jack Belden File, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

Henrietta Thompson's notes on Jack Belden. These notes seem to be a combination of Thompson’s memories of meeting Belden and perhaps a summary of Belden's account of an argument that took place at the start of the Walkout; several of Thompson's interviewees mentioned this argument that revolved around the suggestion, by one or some of the Americans, that they leave some of the group behind in order to expedite their own escape from Burma.


Thompson Document 08: A Letter From Jack Belden To Henrietta Thompson, Jack Belden Nov 1973

Thompson Document 08: A Letter From Jack Belden To Henrietta Thompson, Jack Belden

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Jack Belden to Henrietta Thompson. About the Walkout, Belden writes to Thompson: “The only way such a small affair could have significance is a from a human standpoint where it could be fictionalized into a symbol.” On the whole, Belden seems to wish to convey that he regards Thompson's project with ambivalence. As he does in all of the letters in this collection, Belden refers to his poverty, here he also mentions being badly treated by his publishers.


Thompson Document 07: A Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson Nov 1973

Thompson Document 07: A Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Henrietta Thompson to Jack Belden dated Nov. 12, 1973. Thompson writes to Belden with characteristic warmth, mentioning a mutual acquaintance and a recent review of Belden’s China Shakes the World (1949).


Thompson Document 04: Letter From Jack Belden To Henrietta Thompson, Jack Belden Oct 1972

Thompson Document 04: Letter From Jack Belden To Henrietta Thompson, Jack Belden

Henrietta Thompson Papers

This is the first letter Jack Belden wrote to Henrietta Thompson. Responding to Thompson's letter proposing that they meet to discuss the Walkout, Belden describes himself as “sympathetic to but not overly excited or approving of your [Thompson’s] project.” Nevertheless, Belden writes that he will be at his address "most of the time," and that Thompson may visit him there. The letter is undated, Thompson notes that she received it on October 3, 1971.


Thompson Document 26: Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Tun Shein, Henrietta Thompson Sep 1972

Thompson Document 26: Letter From Henrietta Thompson To Tun Shein, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

A letter from Henrietta Thompson to Tun Shein, which is evidently in response to a letter Tun Shein had sent her. Thompson mentions some of their mutual acquaintances and asks whether either Tun Shein or his wife Lulu recognize any of the names on a list of Walkout participants who were then presumably still living in Burma, but whom she had been unable to meet during her brief visit.