Most of us fortunate enough to have lived our childhoods in Maine savor the experience all the days of our lives. In this 1993 annual issue, the Editors examine some of the joys and benefits reaped by a variety of Maine children, from nineteenth-century farmboys and girls to today’s youngsters growing up close to nature in small communities on the main and offshore.
Voices of a Maine Childhood
Two dozen Mainers from every walk of life recall their formative years in the Pine Tree State.
Coming of Age on Swan’s Island
The course from childhood to adulthood is clearly marked on a Maine island, as one twelve-year-old is discovering every year. By Cynthia Bourgeault.
Too Good To Be True
Extraordinary portraits made by pioneering photographer Chansonetta Stanley Emmons a century ago idealize the joys of growing up in rural Maine.
To the Kennebec
It was only fifteen miles by sleigh to the icebound river, but for a young farmboy in the late 1800s, it was a chance to glimpse a whole new world. By Franklin F. Gould.
Days of Wonder
Photographic portfolio: Maine kids sample the great outdoors.
They Took to the Woods
With more than 220 youth camps nestled along Maine’s lakes, riven, and ocean shores, the state’s venerable summer camp tradition continues to flourish. By Jeff Clark.
Room With A View
I feet sorry for kids who do not grow up in the world of nature because I remember it as a wonderful place to spend childhood, and I think that while the world has grown more noisy and quirky nature still offers an assortment of adventures not found anywhere else. By Caskie Stinnett.
The Down East Perspective
Down East Bookshelf
Maine Childhood Classics
Cover: Maegan, age three, on the rocky shore of Maine, by Brian Vanden Brink.