Contact: Patty Henner, 581-4100
ORONO — The history of the trotting horse and Currier & Iveslithography — and their connections to Maine — are topics beingcombined for a brown bag lunch lecture at noon, Dec. 6, at theUniversity of Maine Page Farm & Home Museum.
“Currier and Ives: The Maine Connection” will feature a discussion byUMaine alum Clark Thompson, an authority on the Maine trotting horseand its place in Maine history from 1840-1895.
A trotting horse historian since 1977, Thompson, also a former Bangorattorney, has served on the Board of Directors for the Bangor StateFair and focuses his research on Bass Park. For the last three years hehas worked on a Maine heritage trotting horse trail to memorializetrotting horses or racetracks from southern Maine to Bangor. Thompsonalso is a member of the Page Farm & Home Museum Board of Directors.
Thompson will display several Currier & Ives lithographs, known fortheir iconic depictions of life in rural America, including manylithograph prints of horses on farms, racetracks and pulling sleighs,wagons and fire-fighting apparatus.
The talk is free and open to the public.
The Page Farm & Home Museum on the Orono campus collects,documents, preserves, interprets and disseminates knowledge of Mainehistory relating to farms and farming communities between 1865 and1940, providing an educational and cultural experience for the publicand a resource for researchers of this period. The museum can bereached at (207) 581-4100.