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Exhibit: The Maine Woods

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Katahdin from the mouth of Abol, ca. 1900 / Maine Historical Society

Text by Candace Kanes
Images from Maine Historical Society

The Maine woods have been photographed, promoted as a tourist destination, and written about in fiction and non-fictional adventure accounts for more than a century, helping to create the image of Maine as the place to go for wilderness experiences.

Individual visitors to the woods promoted this lore of Maine as they kept journals and diaries and took photographs of their adventures, which they then shared with family and friends. The telling of stories and sharing of remembrances encouraged more people to go the woods for vacations.

Many of these images, as well as numerous others, are part of the current exhibit at Maine Historical Society, "Umbazooksus and Beyond: The Maine Woods Remembered" (January 28-June 5, 2005).

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