Featured interviews on "Trails, Rails and Roads"
Joel Eastman, Professor of History, University of Southern
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, Executive Director, Maine Forest and Logging
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
Phil Andrews, Retired Dairy Farmer and Former Fryeburg Fair
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, 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.