Margaret Shay with urchin baskets, Portland, 1923

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Penobscot Nation member Margaret Shay was featured in the Portland Sunday Telegram because her daughter, Pauline, petitioned Governor Baxter to remove religious curriculum from the schools on Indian Island.

The article noted that the Shays were skilled basketmakers who supported themselves and the education of a younger daughter, Violet, through making baskets in Portland.

They specialized in candy baskets, which they sold in Portland and Massachusetts—including contracts with Russell Candy Company and Kibby Candy Company.

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  • Title: Margaret Shay with urchin baskets, 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: 8.3 cm x 10.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.6951
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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