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Collections - MF 019 “Foxfire Bicentennial” Interviews

Number of Interviews: 4
Dates When Interviews Were Conducted: 1975
Time Period Covered:
Principal Interviewers: Colleen Colby, Mary Ann Shopshire, and Melody Richardson
Finding Aides: brief index
Access Restrictions: videotape for in-house use only.

Description: Four interviews conducted in Maine as part of the Foxfire Bicentennial Project. This was a nationwide project sponsored by Reading is Fundamental (RIF), and coordinated by Eliot Wigginton, founder of Foxfire, of interviews with elderly people about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future of the nation, as part of the celebration of America’s Bicentennial. The project resulted in the publication of a book entitled “I Wish I Could Give My Son a Raccoon,” in 1976. The three interviews conducted in Maine focused on farming experiences, hunting and trapping, and making maple syrup. Also included is a videotaped interview with Mary Turner, which was televised in 1976 on Channel 10 (WCBB).

1052 Ireland, Florence. Summer 1975. Maine: West Peru. 3 pp. Tape: 1 hr. No cat, or trans. Interview with Mary Turner, 72, by Mary Ann Shopshire and Melody Richardson, about her life and experiences as a self-sufficient farm wife. Foxfire Bicentennial Project. T1058 – T1060

1053 Ireland, Florence. Summer 1975. Maine: Rumford Point. 7 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Wilder Kimball and his sister Evaline Kimball, by William Gates, about farming, oxen, hunting and trapping. Foxfire Bicentennial Project. P969 – P976, P980 – P982. / T1061 – T1062

1054 Ireland, Florence. Summer 1975. Maine: Fryeburg. 8 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Florence Baker, 90, by Colleen Colby, about early life, work, farming, making maple syrup. Foxfire Bicentennial Project. T1063

1642 Ireland, Florence. Spring 1982. Maine: West Peru. 4 pp. Tape: Video, 1/2 hr. No cat. Interview with Mary “Grammie” Turner, made for showing on Channel 10 (WCBB) in 1976. RESTRICTED. V-43

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