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Joel Eastman

Joel Eastman, Professor of History, University of Southern Maine

Joel Eastman was born in Bridgton Maine in 1939. He earned his BA and MA at the University of Maine and his Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Joel is Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, where he has taught Maine history since 1970. He is co-editor and co-author of Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present and has written and lectured extensively on transportation. His expertise led PBS producers to include him in a NOVA series on the science behind accidents.

Mary Ellen Barnes

Mary Ellen Barnes, Executive Director, Maine Forest and Logging Museum

People and their relationship to the land fascinate Mary Ellen Barnes. How has the settlement of Maine impacted our natural resources? Mary Ellen works closely with community volunteers to explore this question. She and her crew at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley create living history events and educational programs highlighting Maine's lumbering eras. Mary Ellen has worked as an archive assistant for the Maine Folklife Center and is presently a graduate student of history at the University of Maine.

Phil Andrews

Phil Andrews, Retired Dairy Farmer and Former Fryeburg Fair Director

Phil Andrews was born in 1913 and started his first farm in 1934 in the valley town of Stow, Maine. He began his farm with 4 cows and, by the time he retired, had grown his herd to more than 500. He served as the director of the Fryeburg Fair for over 50 years and has lobbied ardently for the dairy industry in Maine. He has 4 children, 9 grand children, and 8 great grandchildren.

Tina Roberts

Tina Roberts, Women's Studies Historian

Tina Roberts is a graduate student in women's and environmental history at the University of Maine. Her article "Bird Lovers, Butterfly Ladies, and Park Protectors: Maine Women and Conservation 1890-1920" will appear in the forthcoming University of Maine Press title History of Maine Women. Originally from California, Tina received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her other research includes a history of women climbing Mount Katahdin, the evolution of women's outdoor clothing, and gardens and gardening in Maine.

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