Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

Umbazooksus & Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered

January 28 – June 5, 2005

Image of the Exhibit

Umbazooksus and Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered, an original exhibit presented by the Maine Historical Society, opened MHS Museum on Friday, January 28, 2005. Drawing from the library collection of Maine Historical Society, Umbazooksus and Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered chronicled the memories of a number of Maine woods visitors in the early decades of the twentieth century, represented in photographs, journals, and other writings. "This exhibit explores the nature of those memories and the journeys that spawned them," noted exhibit curator Candace Kanes. "Memories of their days in the woods, encountered by those who followed, have helped to define Maine."

The exhibit featured the journals, diaries, and photographs of Henry Withee of Rockport, who paddled the Allagash in 1911; Margaret Stevens and Neal Allen of Portland, who spent their honeymoon in the area near Moosehead Lake in 1909; John W.G. Dunn of Philadelphia and St. Paul, MN, who went on frequent hunting–fishing trips to the Moosehead—Ragged Lake area from 1890-1904; and Emmie and Herbert Whitney of Lewiston and Charlotte Millett of Gorham, who traveled frequently to Katahdin in the early 1930s. The exhibit also included a re–created early 20th–century campsite, a canvas canoe and paddles, cameras, and fishing and camping equipment.

Curated by Candace Kanes.

Sponsored by L.L. Bean.

Online Exhibition.