Historical Atlas of Maine featured in Bangor Daily News & Portland Press Herald

From ice age to digital age, ‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ completed after 15 years of work

by Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News


After 15 years, the creation of more than 300 maps, countless hours spent pouring over old documents and lots of careful editing, the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a colorful, fact-packed volume detailing 15,000 years of Maine history, has finally been published by the University of Maine Press.

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Fifteen years in the making, new atlas tells Maine’s story with masterful depth, visuals

The book, dreamed up by a UMaine English professor and completed by colleagues after his death, covers 13,000 years of history and has more than 300 specially made maps.

by Ray Routhier, Portland Press Herald

The "Historical Atlas of Maine" is 208 pages that cover a broad variety of topics.

Burton Hatlen was a poet, teacher, mentor to Stephen King and a self-described “public academic” who believed passionately in the power and imagery of language.

Where others might see the history of Maine from the last ice age to the 21st century as a collection of charts and statistics, Hatlen saw the possibility for a story, of Maine and its people, told with thoughtful words, detailed pictures and beautiful maps. In 1997, with no experience as a historian or cartographer, the English professor proposed to his University of Maine colleagues the idea of creating a comprehensive historical atlas of Maine, covering some 13,000 years of state history.

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