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Program 10: The Frontier Wars


Bios of IntervieweesEmerson Baker

Emerson "Tad" Baker, Chair of the History Department of Salem State College
 Baker is Chair of the History Department of Salem State College. The author of several books and articles on the early history and archaeology of Maine, most recently he has co-authored an award-winning biography of Sir William Phips. A resident of York, Maine, Baker is the director of Old Berwick Historical Society's Chadbourne Archaeology Project. He consults on a variety of historical and archaeological projects, including the PBS series, Colonial House.Bruce Bourque

Bruce Bourque, Chief Archeologist and Curator of Ethnology, Maine State Museum
 Bourque is Chief Archaeologist for the Maine State Museum and senior lecturer in Anthropology at Bates College. He is the primary author of "Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine" (University of Nebraska Press, 2001), a history of native Mainers from the earliest Paleo-Indians to the natives who greeted the European explorers. The book sums up Bourque's Maine research to date. In 1970 he began an archaeological project on Penobscot Bay's Fox Islands that has surveyed more than 200 sites so far and excavated 35. Dr. Bourque's doctorate is from Harvard University.Ed Churchill

Ed Churchill, Chief Curator, Maine State Museum
 Churchill received his doctorate at the University of Maine in 1979. He has worked at the Maine State Museum since 1971 from where he now is employed as the Chief Curator. He has specialized in early Maine and Northeast American history and Maine-related material culture, especially furniture and metals. Churchill has authored books on Maine painted furniture and Britannia and silver-plated wares and has co-edited and contributed to "Maine: the Pine Tree State" and "American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega." He has also written a number of articles.  Churchill is now developing a major long-term exhibit on Maine Homelife and has a major role in a joint effort by the Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the "HOME: the Story of Maine" project, creating what is the first multi segment video history of the State of Maine.  His longer term projects include histories of Maine-related furniture and silver.Rebecca Cole-Will

Rebecca Cole-Will, Curator & Staff Archeologist,
Abbe Museum

 Cole-Will completed a bachelor's in anthropology from the University of Maine and received a master's in anthropology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.  Cole-Will serves on the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. At the Abbe Museum, Cole-Will develops exhibitions and public programs that contribute to interpreting the complex history, culture and archaeological record of the Wabanaki.

Alaric FaulknerAlaric Faulkner, Ph.D., University of Maine, Orono
 Faulkner's specialty is historical archaeology: the archaeology of the spread of Western European culture into the New World and its impact on native peoples.  This includes the colonial archaeology of New England.  In recent years, his research has focused on the archaeology of French Acadian settlement of Maine and the Maritimes, excavating sites along the Penobscot drainage.  With the help of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in summer field work courses, he has excavated two major 17th century sites in Castine.  His field projects range from  17th century cod fisheries to 19th century logging industry and the construction of the first road to Canada. Faulkner has particular interest in the proper identification and analysis of artifacts from Colonial and Early American sites, and also in the application of computers to manage and graph archaeological data.  He also manages the Historical Archaeology Master's Option, offered jointly by the History and Anthropology departments.  He is on the Advisory Board of Jamestown Rediscovery, and has spent some of the fall of 1995 at the excavations of the 1607-1608 James Fort, long thought to have been eroded into the James River, but now "rediscovered."Mary Beth Norton

Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D, Cornell University
 Norton is a Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University. She is the author of "The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, 1774-1789" (1972); "Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800" (1980); "Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society" (1996), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and (with five others) "A People and a Nation" (6th ed., 2001). She has also edited several works on women's history and served as the general editor of "The AHA Guide to Historical Literature" (3rd ed., 1995).


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