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Featured Interviews on "They Came By Sea"

Sarah Brewer Sarah Sherman Brewer was born and raised in Southport, a small island off Boothbay Harbor. Her family has lived there for generations. She is a co-founder of the Midcoast Maine Fishermen's Wife's Association. She still lives on the island with her husband Maynard, a commercial fisherman, and their young son, Sherman. Mrs. Brewer has also authored Southport: The War Years, An Island Remembers published in 1996. She is currently working on a book on World War Two veterans in the Boothbay Region.

 

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.

 

James Stevens James Stevens was born in 1916 at Popham Beach and moved to the village of East Boothbay in 1920. He began working at his father's shipyard, Goudy & Stevens as a teenager, and became a fulltime employee when he finished school. He married Evelyn Thurston in 1936 and they had eight children. He became a partner at Goudy & Stevens in 1943, and retired from the company in the early 1980's.
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