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Discussion: 60 Years on, Living the Good Life in Maine

Posted May 03, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.

Bangor Daily News reporter Abigail Curtis will talk about her part in the newspaper’s recent multimedia retrospective, Living the Good Life In Maine about the 60-year-old“Back to the Land Movement,” on Thursday, May 15th at 7:00 PM at the Blue Hill Public Library.

The retrospective is a five part series by five different reporters, available for viewing on the newspaper’s website. The series tells the stories of people who were part of that movement, and includes the perspectives of the native Mainers whose towns they moved to, as well as children of the back-to-the-landers and what they are doing today. It also includes Helen and Scott Nearing, who inspired many of these back-to-the-landers and who built their own homestead in Brooksville, attracting legions of idealists to their doorstep.

Curtis, originally from Orono, found that some of her childhood memories of rural Maine in the early 1980s were given a lot more context through the research and reporting for this project. She says she feels grateful to the back-to-the-landers for bringing contra dancing back to Maine, because it is a favorite past time. When not hiking around the state or dancing in its grange halls, Curtis enjoys traveling. She has reported in California, Columbia, Cuba, Canada and Honduras, and received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Curtis has been with the Bangor Daily News since 2004, during which time she’s covered the news of Hancock, Knox and Waldo counties. She lives in Belfast. There is no charge for this event, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.

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