Pauline Shay holding picnic basket, Portland, 1923

Contributed by Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media


Pauline Shay, a member of the Penobscot Nation, petitioned Governor Baxter in executive session asking to, "rid the city school on Indian Island in Old Town of all religious control or to have permission given for her sister Violet to attend the mainland schools."

As a result of Pauline Shay's request, in September 1923, the state's superintendent of schools, Augustus O. Thomas, ordered that the text books used on Indian Island be changed to reflect those on the mainland, but to allow the religious sisters to continue their work as teachers. The story was reported in the October 7, 1923 Portland Sunday Telegram.

The Shay family were prolific basketmakers and supported their educational efforts through sales of their work.

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  • Title: Pauline Shay holding picnic basket, Portland, 1923
  • Creator: Portland Press Herald
  • Creation Date: 1923
  • Subject Date: 1923
  • Locations:
    • Old Town, Penobscot County, ME
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Glass plate
  • Dimensions: 10.8 cm x 8.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.6950
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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