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MF 045 “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee”

Number of accessions: 8
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1988 – 1989
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: Alicia Rouverol
Finding aides: some transcripts
Access restrictions: none
Description: Traveling exhibit of photos and oral history text panels based on a series of interviews with Linda J. Lord in which she talks about the work she did for 20 years at Penobscot Poultry, her feelings about being unemployed after Penobscot closed and general conversations about her life in Maine. The exhibit traveled in 1988-1989 to East Millinocket, Orono, Machias, Portland, and Augusta, with panels, presentations, and forums occuring at each opening. Speakers and panelists included Jay Davis, Bernard Lewis, Dr. Richard Barringer, Dr. Paula Petrik and Carolyn Chute. Primary researchers were Cedric Chatterly and Stephen Cole.

This project was funded by four grants totalling $8,942 from the Maine Humanities Council in 1989 and 1990. A book based on the exhibit, coauthored by Cedric Chatterley, Alicia J. Rouverol, and Stephen A. Cole received $5,000 from the Maine Humanities Council in 1990. I was Content and Not Content: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.

 
2037 Linda J. Lord, interviewed by Cedric N. Chatterley and Stephen Cole, March 1988 – February 1989, Belfast and Brooks, Maine. 152 pp. Tapes: 4 1/2 hrs. approx. w/ partial trans. A series of interviews. Lord talks about the work she did for 20 years at Penobscot Poultry; her feelings about being unemployed after Penobscot closed and general conversations about her life in Maine. A collection of 51 exhibit photos of Lord at work will be added to this accession. Text: 152 pp. partial transcript. Recording: C 0681, C 0710 – C 0717 / CD 2351 4 1/2 hours approx.

2047 Belfast Forum participants: Jay Davis, Bernard Lewis, Dr. Richard Barringer, Dr. Paula Petrik, Carolyn Chute, others, recorded by Alicia Rouverol, winter 1989, Belfast, Maine. 3 pp. Tapes: 2 1/2 hours approx. with no transcript. Audio and video recording of the Belfast Forum, a panel discussion that accompanied the opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee.” The traveling exhibit of photos and oral history text panels was based on Linda Lord’s work experiences at Penobscot Poultry (See NA 2037). Recordings: C 0567 – C 0568 / V 0047 – V 0048, V 0184 (VHS) 2 1/2 hours approx.

2137 Cederic Chatterly and Paul Rivard, interviewed by Alicia Rouverol, spring 1989, Augusta, Maine. Tape only: 1 hr. 10 min. Recording of the Augusta, Maine opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee.” On side 1, Chatterly narrates a slide show of the photographs he took of Linda Lord at work in Penobscot Poultry. Side 2 is Rivard talking about factory closings in New England and compares these closings with that of Penobscot Poultry. Recording: C 0675 – C 0676 1 hour 10 minutes.

2138 Cederic Chatterly, Dr. Richard Barringer, Dr. Paula Petrik, Dr. Petrik and Carle O’Brien, recorded by Alicia Rouverol, summer 1989, Portland, Maine. Tape only: 1 hr. 15 min. The Portland opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee.” Chatterly narrates Linda Lord’s oral history as he shows slides of the photographs. Dr. Barringer talks about reasons for the demise of the poultry industry in Maine. Dr. Paula Petrik talks about the role of women in industry. Dr. Petrik & O’Brien talk about industrial failure in Southern Maine and take questions and answers from the audience. Recording: C 0677, C 0678 1 hour 15 minutes.

2139 Beth Mahoney, recorded by Alicia Rouverol, April 13, 1989, Millinocket, Maine. Tape only: 4 hrs. Recording of the East Millinocket opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee.” Mahoney contrasts the closing of Penobscot Poultry with layoffs at Great Northern. Recording: C 0679, C 0680 4 hours.

2145 Alicia Rouverol, Cedric Chatterly, Paula Petrik, recorded by Alicia Rouverol, fall 1989, Orono, Maine. Tape only: 1 hr. 45 min. Orono opening of “Penobscot Poultry: One Year Later.” Rouverol describes the project from its conception to its end. Chatterly shows slides of photographs of Linda Lord while reading excerpts of the oral history. Petrik talks about the poultry industry in Maine and women in the workforce. Recording: C 0682 – C 0683 1 hour 45 minutes.

2146 Cederic Chatterly, Dr. Paula Petrik, Bill Little, others, recorded by Alicia Rouverol, March 21, 1989, Machias, Maine. Tape only: 1 hr. 15 min. Panel members talking at the Machias opening of “Penobscot Poultry: One Year Later.” Recording: C 0569 – C 0570 1 hour 15 minutes.

2643 Linda Lord, interviewed by Alicia Rouverol, December 1, 1994, Belfast, Maine. Lord talks about work at Penobscot Poultry; childhood chores tending chickens; work at Crowe Rope; playing in country music band; depressed economy of Belfast area and impact of government regulations on small businesses; her feelings about being interviewed for the book; work ethic; her vision problems as limiting job opportunities; further reflections on working at Penobscot Poultry in the blood tunnel; business relations with community; feelings about work. Text: 48 pp. transcript plus correspondence relating to accession. Recording: C 1938 90 minutes.


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