Keywords: Folk art
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Contributed by: Maine State Museum
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Silk and hair on paper
For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.
Emmie Bailey Whitney of the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine and her husband, noted amateur photographer G. Herbert Whitney, captured in words and photographs the richness of Maine's arts scene during the Great Depression.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.
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… written commentaries -- and are important as folk art as well. Some of the illustrations are available, organized into various topical categories…
… and explained and postulated about, architecture, folk art, the greater Bangor area, gardening and farming, transportation, education, politics…
… many of his surroundings in amazingly detailed folk art-style sketches, many enhanced by watercolors.