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Collections - MF 045 “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee” [1988-1989]

Number of Interviews:  8

Dates when interviews were conducted:  1988, 1989, 1994

Time period covered:  late 20th century

Principal interviewers:  Alicia Rouverol, Cedric N. Chatterly, Stephen Cole

Finding Aides:  transcripts, cassettes, videos

Access Restrictions:  none

Description: Exhibit. 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 occurring 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 totaling $8,942 from the Maine Humanities Council in 1989 and 1990.  A book based on the exhibit 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 Chatterley, Cedric N. and Stephen Cole.  March 1988-Feb. 1989.  Maine: Belfast and Brooks.  152 pp.  Tapes: 4 1/2 hrs. approx. w/ partial trans.  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. A collection of 51 exhibit photos of Linda Lord at work will be added to this accession.   C681, C710 – C717

2047 Winter 1989. Maine: Belfast. 3pp. 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). The forum includes talks by Jay Davis, Bernard Lewis, Dr. Richard Barringer, Dr. Paula Petrik and Carolyn ChuteC567, C568. V47, V48

2137 Spring 1989. Maine:  Augusta. Tape only:  1 hr. 10 min.  Tape of the Augusta, Maine opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee.”  On side 1, Cederic Chatterly narrates a slide show of the photographs he took of Linda Lord at work in Penobscot Poultry.  Side 2 is Paul Rivard talking about factory closings in New England & compares theses closings with that of Penobscot Poultry. C675 – C676

2138 Fall 1989.  Maine:  Millinocket. Tape only:  4 hrs.  The East Millinocket opening of “One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee” on April 13, 1989.  Bath Mahoney contrasting the closing of Penobscot Poultry with layoffs at Great Northern. C679 – C680

2139 Summer 1989.  Maine:  Portland. 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.”  Cederic Chatterly narrates Linda Lord’s oral history as he shows slides of the photographs.  Dr. Richard 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 & Carle O’Brien talk about industrial failure in Southern Maine and questions and answers from the audience. C677 – C678

2145 Fall 1989.  Maine:  Orono.  Tape only:  1 hr. 45 min.  Orono opening of “Penobscot Poultry: One Year Later.”  Alicia Rouverol describes the project from its conception to its end.  Cederic Chatterly showing slides of photographs of Linda Lord while reading excerpts of the oral history.  Dr. Paula Petrik on the poultry industry in Maine and women in the workforce. C685 – C686

2146  Winter 1989.  Maine: Machias.  Tape only:  1 hr. 15 min.  Machias opening of “Penobscot Poultry:  One Year Later”.  Accession of two tapes recorded on 3-21-89.  Panel members include Cederic Chatterly, Dr. Paula Petrik and Bill Little. C569 – C570

2643 Linda Lord interviewed by Alicia Rouverol on 12.1.94. Belfast, Maine. 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.   One tape 90 mins. with 48 page transcript. C 1938


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