Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

A Past Exhibit

Amazing! Maine Stories

June 25 — December 31, 2004

Amazing! Maine Stories, an original Maine Historical Society exhibit opened at the MHS Museum on Friday, June 25, 2004. Amazing! Maine Stories introduced Maine characters — curious, famous, and unknown — all of whose lives illuminate Maine history in unexpected ways.

Image of the Exhibit

Image: Dave the Guesser (Dave Glovsky) sitting beside his sign at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

MHS Curator John Mayer explored the deepest corners of the Maine Historical Society collections to find the materials that tell these stories. The stories were about Maine people and stretch from the 18th–century to the present, from the pulpit to the junkyard, from Casco Bay to the shores of Tripoli.

There were Native Americans and Yankee inventors, proto–feminists and old–time railroad men. Visitors met Handkerchief Moody of York, and Toy Len Goon of Portland; "Squire" Jonathan Morgan of Alna, and Dave "The Guesser" Glovsky of Old Orchard Beach.

The show's quirky, tabloid–style story was backed up by a range of extraordinary artifacts, paintings, photographs and manuscripts.

Curated by John Mayer.

Funded in part by Peoples Heritage Bank, Diversified Communications and the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund.

Online Exhibition