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Maine Historical Society Announces Publication of New Book, A Maine Prodigy

January 25, 2012

 Maine Historical Society Announces Publication of New Book, A Maine Prodigy

Maine Historical Society is excited to announce the publication of its newest book, A Maine Prodigy: The Life and Adventures of Elise Fellows White.

A Maine Prodigy tells the remarkable story of Elise Fellows White, a violin prodigy from Skowhegan whose musical talents and adventuresome spirit took her around the country and abroad in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The new book, told in White’s own words, was compiled from her autobiography, diaries, letters, photographs and other materials which were donated to MHS in 2010 by her grandson, Dr. Houghton M. White of Brunswick. Dr. White compiled A Maine Prodigy; the book was edited by Maine Historical’s Candace Kanes who also wrote its introduction.

A book launch will be held at Maine Historical Society in Portland on Tuesday, January 31 at 12pm. The event will include comments by White and Kanes, and a book signing. A Maine Prodigy can be purchased online at or at the MHS Museum Store.

White went to Boston in 1883 to study at the New England Conservatory. She played for many famous people of her day, and eventually traveled to Vienna to study and perform. Upon returning to the States, she headed to the American West where she traveled and performed as part of a musical trio—a whirlwind tour full of adventure. Eventually she married and endured difficult years in mining towns before returning to Maine.

For a sneak peek into Elise Fellows White’s story, including photographs, letters, and an online exhibit, visit and enter “Elise Fellows White” in the search box.

Maine Historical Society has been publishing material from its collections since soon after its founding in 1822. In addition to occasional book publications, MHS currently publishes the journal Maine History in partnership with the University of Maine Orono, and material from its own collections and 260+ other organizations across the state online through Maine Memory Network (

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