January 1993

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Features

Growing Up in Maine

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.

 

Departments

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

Raising Mainers

Down East Bookshelf

Maine Childhood Classics

Cover: Maegan, age three, on the rocky shore of Maine, by Brian Vanden Brink.