By Jo Israelson, with Holly Hurd-Forsyth, Curator You’ve probably heard of Helen Keller (1880-1968), famous American author, educator, and disability rights activist, but did you know she spent time on Peaks Island? As a young child in Alabama, Keller was afflicted with an illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis) that left her blind and …

View of the Fifth Maine Regiment building shortly after its construction in 1888

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. –Ralph Waldo Emerson The Fifth Maine Museum recently embarked on the exciting new project of creating a Historic Structure Report …

Newspapers, clippings, and scrapbooks are well-represented in the collection of the Fifth Maine Museum. Until very recently people got the majority of their news from local papers and magazines.  Stories from the magnificent to the mundane filled the pages, often amply illustrated with engravings (in the 19th century) and photographs (in the 20th). Bowling …