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Historical Items

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Item 13195

Potato barrels at harvest, Caribou, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1930 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Item 19035

Memories of potato harvest, Monticello, 1928-1940

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1928 - 1940 Location: Monticello Media: MP3

Item 20634

Potato harvesting, New Sweden, ca. 1930

Contributed by: New Sweden Historical Society Date: circa 1930 Location: New Sweden Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Maine Eats: the food revolution starts here

From Maine's iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Sourcing food, preparing food, and eating food are all part of the heartbeat of Maine's culture and economy. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots in Maine: to the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

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Passing the Time: Artwork by World War II German POWs

In 1944, the US Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner of war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Some created artwork and handicrafts they sold or gave to camp guards. Camp Houlton processed and held about 3500 prisoners and operated until May 1946.

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Prisoners of War

Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 13 of 13

Former farmer Larry Park talks about how a potato harvester works.  SOURCES Richard W. Judd” AROOSTOOK A Century of Logging in Northen Maine”…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Harvest Memories - Page 1 of 5

… the potato field, the longer it would take to pick the potatoes. The pickers would make about 25 to 30 cents for a barrel.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13

The potatoes would be picked from a section of the field allotted to the picker. If the section is too long, the picker would get behind and probably…

My Maine Stories

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Growing up on a potato and dairy farm
by Paula Woodworth

Life growing up and working on a potato and dairy farm was hard work but fun in Aroostook County.

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Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old
by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s

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Ah, les Fameuse Ployes!
by Alain Ouellette

Growing up in an Acadian French family and eating ployes