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New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Maine's Paper Industry

June 2, 2017

New Exhibition at Maine Historical Society Explores Maine's Paper Industry

Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. Maine Historical Society’s exhibition Making Paper, Making Maine recognizes the historic transition taking place in Maine’s paper industry, and asks, what’s next for Maine’s economy?

When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern papermaking facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper. Through photographs, plant schematics, rare objects including a portion of the first piece of paper produced at Otis Falls, and first-person accounts of industry workers Making Paper, Making Maine explores the historic scale, scope, reach, and dynamics of the paper industry in Maine. In addition to shaping Maine’s economy for nearly a century, the paper industry provided a livelihood, identity, and sense of connection and contribution to people and communities throughout the state.

MHS is actively preserving the stories of the people and communities who have driven the industry via My Maine Stories:

Making Paper, Making Maine is supported by The Elsie A. Brown Fund, Inc.

What: Making Paper, Making Maine When: June 2 through October 28, 2017 Where: Maine Historical Society Gallery, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

About Maine Historical Society A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, Maine Historical Society is located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, MHS is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, Maine Memory Network. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, the MHS Museum & Store, the MHS Brown Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Maine Historical Society preserves and shares Maine's story to enrich life in contemporary Maine.