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David Smith

David Smith, History Professor Emeritus, University of Maine

David C. Smith has immersed himself in history for over 60 years. Since he was a child in a one room schoolhouse in South Paris, Maine, history was just always on his mind. From this beginning, blossomed a history professor with four college degrees who is also the author of thirty books and over 125 published scholarly articles. Professor Smith has conducted significant research in the fields of historic climatology, and the history of World War II, specializing in the history of women's participation. He is well known for his work in agricultural and forestry history as well as for being an authority on H. G. Wells.

Robert Spear

Robert Spear, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Maine

Maine is fortunate to have Robert Spear as its Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. He is a third generation dairy and vegetable farmer. He has served as a State Representative as well as Chair of the Agricultural and Taxation Committee. Commissioner Spear has been a member of the State Farm Bureau for twenty years and is a 4-H leader. For 16 years he served as a selectman for the town of Nobleboro, where he resides.

Frank Popper
Deborah Popper

Frank and Deborah Popper, Professors, Rutgers & College of Staten Island/City University

Frank, a land-use planner, teaches in the Urban Studies Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey and has a masters degree in public administration and a doctorate in political science, both from Harvard. Deborah teaches geography at the College of Staten Island/City University on New York and has earned a doctorate in geography from Rutgers University

The Poppers have put forth the controversial "Buffalo Commons" thesis that has stimulated a national debate about the future of the Great Plains. They are now exploring other instances of large-scale rural regional desettlement, including the one in Maine and the rest of northern New England in the late 19th century.

Richard Judd

Richard Judd, Associate Professor of History, University of Maine

Richard Judd is Associate Professor of History for the University of Maine. His latest book entitled Common Lands, Common People: The origins of Conservation in Northern New England was published by Harvard University Press and is considered one of the most significant studies of American conservation history. He is also the author of Aroostook: A Century of Logging in Northern Maine and the editor of the Maine Historical Society "Quarterly." His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Irvine.

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