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Short monthly updates on what’s happening at the Maine State Museum.
A Flag, A Cane, and A Governor’s Best Friend
June 1, 2023 is the 100th anniversary of the death of then-Governor Percival Baxter’s beloved Irish setter, Garry II. The death of a Maine governor’s pet seems an unlikely event to note 100 years later. But Baxter’s actions following Garry’s passing made headlines around the country and are still remembered today.
Maine’s Official Tourmaline Necklace Takes Two Tacks
One necklace in Maine shows great vision for the future as well as some degree of short-sightedness. The Maine Tourmaline Necklace was beautifully crafted by Maine artisan Addison Saunders using local gold and tourmaline. In 1977, the necklace was donated to the State of Maine and presented to the Maine State Museum “for the First Lady’s use at official functions.”
Mi’kmaq Artisan Recalls Baskets and the Potato Harvest
Richard Silliboy is a Mi’kmaq artisan who specializes in making utility baskets. The Maine State Museum recently added one of Richard’s potato baskets to its permanent collection.
Thematic explorations of Maine stories and history from the Friends of the Maine State Museum.