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Bruce Borque     Bruce Bourque is Chief Archaeologist for the Maine State Museum and a Lecturer in Anthropology at Bates College. He is the author of scholarly articles about archaeological investigations in Maine and the maritime region and the book Prehistory of the Central Maine Coast(1992). His Ph.D is from Harvard University.

Sandy Ives     Edward "Sandy" Ives received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1962. 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 is currently semi-retired from teaching, but continues to direct the Maine Folklife Center. 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


      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.