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Theresa Secord Hoffman

Theresa Secord Hoffman, Executive Director, Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

Basket making is critical to Theresa Secord Hoffman's identity as a Penobscot woman. The late Madeline Tomer Shay, a renowned Penobscot basket maker, taught her the art in 1988. Theresa takes pride in using the blocks, molds and gauges passed on by her great grandmother. Theresa continues her dedication to native tradition by serving as the Staff Geologist for the Penobscot tribe.

Dona Brown

Dona Brown, Professor of History, University of Vermont

Dona Brown, a native of Texas, has found her home in the lush green hills of Milton, Vermont. She is a scholar of New England tourism and is the author of Inventing New England: Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century. Most recently, she edited A Tourist's New England: Travel Fiction, 1820-1920. She has also written several essays on tourism. Dona's most recent interest is in agriculture policy and back-to-the-land movements.


Edward "Sandy" Ives, Former Director of the Maine Folklife Center

Edward "Sandy" Ives received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1962. Now semi-retired, he has taught at the University of Maine since 1955, first as Instructor in English and beginning in 1964 as Professor of Folklore in the Department of Anthropology. He has received numerous honors and awards including an honorary LL.D. from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1986 and the Annual Harvey A. Kantor Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Oral History in 1979.

Ed Churchill

Ed Churchill, Chief Curator, Maine State Museum

A native of Wisconsin, Ed Churchill received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. He completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maine. Joining the Maine State Museum in 1971 as a historical researcher, Ed became Curator of Decorative Arts in 1978 and was assigned to his present position as Chief Curator in 1985. Ed has done extensive research on early north-eastern America, New England and Maine history and has been co-editor and contributor to two books, American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega (1994) and Maine, The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to Present (1995) and has written several articles on early Maine and the northeast.

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HOME: The Story of Maine on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network was made in partnership with the Maine State Museum. Major funding was provided by the  Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency committed to fostering innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning. Additional funding provided by Elsie Viles.
Major funding for previous seasons of  HOME: The Story of Maine was made possible by a grant from Rural Development, a part of the USDA. Special support is provided by The Maine State Museum and Northeast Historic Films.