Winter Weekend

Choose a book, any book, only it must be a powerful one. Then read it—even if it is over 1,000 pages—and come to Bowdoin College in early March for the Maine Humanities Council’s Winter Weekend. Each year, this program offers the opportunity to explore a pivotal text with scholars on hand to discuss different aspects of the book. Don Quixote in the new translation by Edith Grossman was the text for 2005. Past works include Moby Dick and Anna Karenina. Winter Weekend provides an opportunity for devoted booklovers to congregate and luxuriate in the company of great literature and each other.

Barn Again!

In 2005, the Maine Humanities Council brought to Maine a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon. Between April and October, the tour visited the Saco Museum, the Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille, and the Bethel Historical Society.

The exhibit provided both general information about barns across the United States and Maine-specific panels about topics that included styles, historical uses, and preservation issues. Each local site also added its own stories and artifacts.

The Smithsonian Institution has a unique arrangement with the state humanities councils to make traveling exhibits available for state tours. Besides reaching a broad public, the Smithsonian’s goal for this program is to provide small museums with high-quality exhibits. Feedback from the sites after the tour indicated that Barn Again! had done precisely that.

The Maine tour of Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon was made possible by the Maine Humanities Council and funded in part by We the People, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

National Sponsors: Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibition Fund, Smithsonian Educational Outreach Fund, Federation of State Humanities Councils, The Hearst Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Building Museum, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Trust for Historic Preservation

Barn Again! is a registered trademark owned by the Meredith Corporation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


“As I do interviews and conduct research for the audio tour, I keep asking myself, ‘Who knew?’ The scope and diversity of life and culture along the corridor is, well, kind of mind-boggling.”
—Rob Rosenthal, Audio Producer, Shunpike Audio, talking about the Kennebec-Chaudière International Corridor’s audio tour
In 2005: 110 Maine Humanities Council grants were awarded to organizations and groups in 63 towns, reaching thousands of Mainers statewide.
Skowhegan Indian by Bernard Langlais

The Skowhegan Indian by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), a Kennebec-Chaudière corridor landmark, dedicated in 1969.

photo courtesy
margaret chase smith library
Abbe Levin, project director of the Kennebec-Chaudière Audio Tour project, with Victoria Bonebakker, Associate Director, MHC.

Abbe Levin, project director of the Kennebec-Chaudière Audio Tour project, with Victoria Bonebakker, Associate Director, MHC.

photo: erik c. jordensen