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Exhibits - Travelling Exhibits

We have a variety of traveling exhibits available for rent. All exhibits cost $25.00 per week plus shipping and handling. The shipping and handling costs vary from exhibit to exhibit. For more information, or to rent an exhibit, please call the Maine Folklife Center at (207) 581-1891.

Remnants Of Our Lives: Maine Women and Traditional Textile Arts

This exhibit is based upon field work done to locate, identify and document traditional textile arts practices of Maine women. The ten large panels that make up the exhibit include photographs, text, and some of the original needlework from these women. This is a smaller rendition of the Remnants Of Our Lives exhibit that premiered at the Maine Center for the Arts in 1992. The interviews and examples of the quilting, knitting, sewing, and other needlework give insights into the perspective and social dimension of traditional artistic expression and are a tribute to the character, talents and mastery of contemporary women.

Women’s Work: A Century of Maine’s Experience

Only about 500 of the Center’s 8,000 photographs pertain to women, and many of these are formal family portraits. Within the remaining, relatively small, number of photographs are several surprising photographs of women in non-traditional occupations, such as lobstering, welding, repairing cars and sawing wood. This exhibit tells the story of the diversity of women’s work in the home, on the farm, for the family, in their own businesses, and for wages. The traveling exhibit is made up of a combination of oral histories, photographs and artifacts from the lives of working women. When the full Women’s Work exhibit was displayed at the University of Maine’s Student Union, it received generous praise and generated a great deal of discussion. Online Exhibit

Swedish Traveling Trunk

Students from the New Sweden Consolidated School told the creator of this exhibit what they would like their peers to know about the folklife and history of New Sweden. The students selected folklife genres of architecture, education, foodways, holidays and recreation for inclusion in the trunk. Materials in the trunk can be used independently or in conjunction with other classroom activities. The contents of the trunk includes an educator’s manual, artifacts, such as a straw goat, a Swedish flag, a cookie press, male and female traditional costumes, a video entitled New Sweden Little Folks, cassettes of Swedish music, books on the Delecalian Horse and Swedish language and grammar, a table top display and many more items. The artifacts come with labels and educators are also provided with sample questions and activities to make the Swedish traveling trunk a fun and educational tool for teaching about traditional Swedish folklife.

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Maine Folklife Center
5773 South Stevens, Room 112B
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1891 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System