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Forest Bunker

Forest Bunker, Retired Engineer, Bangor and Aroostook Railroad

Ever since he was a small boy, Forest Bunker knew he wanted to be an engineer. The first time he rode a train was in 1918, when he went with his mother from Bangor to Van Buren to visit his grandparents. Forest worked for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad from 1942 until 1975.

Wayne Duplisea

Wayne Duplisea, Retired Engineer, Bangor and Aroostook Railroad

Wayne Duplisea retired from the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in 1986, after 43 years of service. Following the steps of his father and uncle, he became a steam locomotive engineer after only three years as a locomotive fireman, making him, at 21, the youngest engineer on the railroad and in the history of the B&A.

Eldred Rolfe

Eldred Rolfe, Professor of Geography, University of Maine, Farmington

Eldred Rolfe grew up in Western Maine and attended Farmington State Teachers College. He then went on to earn his MA and Ph.D. at Michigan State University before returning to Farmington. He has been a professor at UMF since 1966 and has had two stints as chair, first of the Geography Department then, later, of the Department of Social Sciences and Business. His interests are in world population issues, political and economic geography, and the geography of Maine. He has recently completed the fourth edition of his popular book the Geography of Maine.

Kathleen Shea

Kathleen Shea, Education Coordinator, Maine Historical Society

Kathleen A. Shea is the Education Coordinator at Maine Historical Society. She is a graduate of Colby College and received her MA in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine. She is an avid historian of the 20th century roadside and has studied and written about the history of Route 1 in Maine. Formerly the Coordinator of Educational Programs and Events at Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, Kathleen has also served as Museum Guide/Teacher at the Mark Twain Memorial and Stowe-Day Foundation sites in Hartford, CT.

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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.
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