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summer explorations

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

There’s good reading to be found- and agreeable weather makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some images from the large Portland Press Herald photographic negative collection we’re processing here in the Portland Room, plus a local field guide. Come on in and consult the sources for your adventures!

Taken in July 1951, here is a group of Brownies at Camp Blue Skies- a Girl Scouts Council of Greater Portland day camp. The group is working on handcrafts.

Here, the children are displaying their creative chart of leaves, as they prepare to present this at Camp Blue Skies- in Stroudwater. This photo appeared in the Portland Evening Express on July 26, 1951.

Now it’s your turn!


graphic design and the Portland Room

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Portland History

Among our niche collections in the Portland Room is an array of publications on the book arts and printing. We are welcoming more and more art students and designers to this part of the Library, as a resource for visual art processes.  Here are two selections on the topic of typographic design, old and and new!

Bocaccio frontispiece, as reproduced in the book, Early Venetian Printing : Illustrated (655.1 058 Art)

an expressive use of type forms, spelling “Jazz,” from Emil Ruder’s book “Typography : A Manual of Design” (655.2 R915-t Art).


Maine and the Shakers

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Among many fascinating topics of study in this region are the Shakers and their communities. Here in the Portland Room, we greet researchers that travel to this area to study the Shakers. Among our resources are books such as the volume pictured below, and The Shaker Quarterly.

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community is the world’s only living Shaker community. Well worth a visit, just north of Gray, Maine- with guided tours, events, and a crafts shop.

Sabbathday Lake, Maine : Shaker spice farm.

The Shaker Community in Alfred, Maine is home to the Christian Brothers. The Shaker Museum, pictured here, is on Shaker Hill Road, just off Route 4 north of Alfred. The famous song, “Simple Gifts,” was composed in the Alfred community.

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