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The Bethel Historical Society's Museum Shop is located on the first floor of the 1821 Robinson House and features items inspired by the Society's museum and research library collections, as well as books, gifts, and special publications associated with past and current exhibits.  Many of the books currently in stock relate to the history of area towns, logging and lumbering, architecture, decorative arts, Native Americans, the White Mountains, railroads, the Civil War, art, and crafts.  Among our gift offerings are White Mountain notecards; DVDs and CDs; maps; postcards; cross-stitch kits (including a reproduction of an 1841 sampler in the Society's collection); children's activity books, old-fashioned folk toys and Roy-Toy log building sets; Sunday River covered bridge mouse pads, notecards, pins and magnets; boxed Maine mineral collections; folk art paintings, prints and silhouettes in the style of Rufus Porter; paintings by local artists; and craft work by local artisans.  An area of the Shop is also devoted to books and gifts on sale at substantially reduced prices.

Hours
The Museum Shop is open year-round, Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM;  and Saturday, 1 - 4 PM, during July & Aug.
Closed Sunday and Monday, and Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving Day
.  If you have questions about the Museum Shop, please call us toll-free at 800-824-2910 or email us at info@bethelhistorical.org.

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Featured Items

NEW!  The Poetry of Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inauguration Poet and Bethel resident.  The Bethel Historical Society is pleased to offer five of Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco's books, including signed copies of One Today, which he read to an audience of several million in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013.  Prices: One Today, $8.95; Directions to the Beach of the Dead, $15.95; Looking for the Gulf Motel, $15.95; City of a Hundred Fires, $15.95; For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey (112 pp., softcover), $15.00



















NEW!  Dr. Moses Mason House Bicentenary Ornament.  To mark the 200th anniversary of the Dr. Moses Mason House, the Bethel Historical Society has commissioned a limited edition porcelain ornament with an image of the Mason House on the front and a brief history of the local landmark on the back.  One of the finest Federal style residences in the region, the Dr. Moses Mason House was begun in 1813 on a spacious lot facing onto the Common at Bethel Hill.  According to Dr. Nathaniel Tuckerman True, Bethel's renowned nineteenth century historian, the Mason House was the first on the Common to be painted white, the first on a high foundation of granite slabs, and the first to make use of exterior shutters.  The house and grounds were renovated and restored in 1972-73 by the Bingham Trust, which presented the property to the Bethel Historical Society in memory of William Bingham 2nd, the town's great twentieth century philanthropist.  Ornament is 3 inches in diameter and comes with a satin ribbon for hanging.  $12.95



“Write Quick": War and a Woman’s Life in Letters, 1835-1867.  Transcribed and edited by Ann Fox Chandonnet and Roberta Gibson Pevear, and published by the Bethel Historical Society, this long-awaited book is based on Civil War era documents, letters and diaries donated to the Bethel Historical Society by Mrs. Pevear in 2005.  Impressively narrated and edited, the book tells the story of one New England family's daily experiences on the Civil War home front and battlefield, through never-before-published primary source materials.
   Amid the gathering clouds of war, far from the nation’s centers of power, two American families felt the first ripples on the breeze. Andrew Bean, a teacher and farmer from Bethel, Maine, answered the call to the Union infantry. His younger sister, Eliza, having found both employment and a suitable marriage in the bustling mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, soon saw her husband, Henry C. Foster, enlist as well.
    In more than 150 revealing letters dispatched from camp and field and home front, as well as Eliza Bean Foster’s own diary, the honors and horrors of war play out on an intimate stage.  Seldom does a surviving cache of documents illuminate the full span of the ante-bellum and war years in such close detail, from so many different angles.  Illustrated with original documents and never-before-published photographs, the book traces Eliza’s life from New England mill girl, to young married woman and mother, to war widow and victim of consumption. Write Quick presents a valuable case history and a poignant story of one Northern woman through her own pen and the lens of her contemporaries.  The book contains over 50 photographs, illustrations, and maps, plus an index.  572 pp., softcover, $34.95


Unique and Educational Gifts

Lucy Eames Sampler Counted Cross-Stitch Kit (left).  A highly accurate reproduction (photo, left) of an 1841 sampler in the Bethel Historical Society's collections.  Colors have been carefully selected to closely match those originally chosen by Lucy Russell Eames (1827-1849) of North Bethel.  Design size is 12 1/8 x 13 1/4 inches.  Kit includes all materials needed.  $31.95

Lucy Eames Mini-Sampler Counted Cross-Stitch Kit.  A less challenging version of our 1841 sampler reproduction, but with many of the same design elements.  Design size is 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (for a standard 8 x 10 frame).  Kit includes all materials needed.  $17.95

Farrar's Map of the Rangeley Lakes Region, and the Sources of the Magalloway and Androscoggin Rivers (1876), by M. M. Tidd.  A highly accurate reproduction made from a rare 1876 original of this detailed map depicting the "Androscoggin Lakes."  The map measures 18 by 23 inches and comes folded.  Ideal for framing and displaying.  $9.95


White Mountain Note Cards (below, left).  Boxed selection of 16 beautiful cards with envelopes, featuring full-color reproductions of four spectacular White Mountain paintings from the collection of the New Hampshire Historical Society.  $9.95

Maine Minerals collection (below, right)Created by Saunders Gems of Ellsworth, Maine, this collection of 12 Maine mineral specimens are mounted on a special card which features the name of each, plus "educational facts."  Includes display box with clear plastic cover measuring approx. 6" x 8" x 1".  (Color and size of specimens will vary slightly.)  $14.95

   



Videos

   
The Rufus Porter School of Wall Mural Painting.  This teaching/documentary video focuses on fourteen rooms of decorated walls in ten New Hampshire houses.  Porter and his students painted from circa 1824 to 1845 in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, an effort that resulted in hundreds of murals—most now lost to fire, demolition, paint or wallpaper.  The hand-painted and stenciled walls shown on this DVD are filled with colorful landscape scenes reminiscent of those in the Society's 1813 Mason House.  DVD  $29.95

How to Paint a Mural in the Rufus Porter Style.  This DVD gives you a step-by-step demonstration, covering technique and supplies, and encourages you to attempt your own Rufus Porter-style wall mural.  From laying in the background, adding trees and foliage and overhead vines by hand, to using stencils traced directly from his work, you can produce a facsimile of an original Rufus Porter design.  DVD  $29.95

East by North East.  Enjoy the excitement of fly fishing adventure in a wide range of locales, including Maine's Magalloway and Androscoggin river valleys, in this 2009 video by Gray Ghost Productions.  Narrated by Joe Perham and Carter Davidson, this film features historic images of western Maine from the collections of the Bethel Historical Society.  70 min.  DVD  $19.95

   
Barns: Legacy of Wood & Stone.  Today there is a resurgence of interest in preserving historic barns, in appreciation of their architectural beauty and as monuments to our past.  In this film produced by Vermont Public Television, you'll find out how barns are restored, enjoy a rare day at a barn raising, and gain a deeper understanding of the valuable legacy left by the master builders of another time.  60 min.  DVD  $19.95

L. L. Bean (Maine Biographies).  Narrated by Jack Perkins, well known for his work with the A&E Biography series, this video traces the life of Maine's most famous storekeeper, from his youth in the hills of Oxford County to his successful career as head of the now-famous commercial enterprise in Freeport, Maine.  60 min.  DVD  $19.95

Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine.  The men that comprised the ranks of the 20th Maine were a bunch of Yankee individualists, and they came from all walks of life.  At Gettysburg, outnumbered and almost out of ammunition, the Mainers launched a desperate bayonet charge that saved the day, and possibly the entire Union Army.  55 min.  DVD  $19.95

Woodsmen and River Drivers.  A vivid historical chronicle of woodsmen and river drivers active before 1930 in the Machias River Valley of downeast Maine.  The survivors of this world of inconceivable danger and discomfort share their lives, and their story unfolds with exceptional 1930s footage from the Machias Lumber Company.  30 min.  DVD  $19.95

   
The Story of Wood in the Northeast.  Detailed narration and images in this film show woods, sawmill and factory operations in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.  From the invention of the peavey in the 1850s to the wide-spread use of the “one-man power saw” in the 1950s, this is a comprehensive look at the many uses of wood and the vast array of products derived from it.  Produced for The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association in 1953.  30 min.  DVD  $14.95

Then It Happened.  Originally released by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign, this film contains spectacular footage of the destructive Maine fires of 1947 as a warning to people of the seriousness of fire safety and the danger of drought conditions.  Footage of evacuations, burning forests and devastated communities are shown.  22 min.  DVD  $14.95

Cut and Run.  Big changes after the turn of the century and the mechanization in the 1950s cut the Maine wood's workforce in half and quickened the pace of the timber harvest.  These changes were not without negative consequences.  In this video, the overall effects to the mental and physical health of the workers is discussed, as well as the history of organized labor and the men who risked their livelihoods to fight for better wages.  Includes wonderful woods-based folk songs and narration by Marshall Dodge.  40 min.  DVD  $14.95


Legends of American Skiing.  This production starts in the gold camps of the High Sierra, takes you to the Alps of World War I, through the zany 20s, and into the hell-bent racing of the 1930s, with amazing authentic footage of epic events that makes you a witness to the creation of Alpine skiing.  Meet daredevil jumpers; ski with Toni Matt straight over the famous headwall at Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington; and see the birth of ski towns Sun Valley, Stowe, and Aspen.  Much of this story is told through interviews with early members of the influential Dartmouth Outing Club.  Interactive 2-disk set.  80 min.  DVD  $29.95

In The Blood: Uncovering the Life, Skills & Character of the Turn of the Century Maine Lumbermen and River Drivers.  Produced in 2011, this film illustrates and celebrates these individuals—their character, ethics, and history—with stunning photography, films, interviews, and a compelling soundtrack.  It was the skills, integrity and personalities of individual men that made the Maine lumber camp successful.  In The Blood brings the Maine lumberman’s turn-of-the-century reality to life with stories told by the men themselves.  73 min.  DVD  $19.95

 
Children's Items

Roy Toy Log Building Set.  Manufactured in Machias, Maine, since 1930, these sets feature solid pine logs, green roof planks, red chimneys, and appealing retro packaging.  Featured set: Small Camp (shown at left; 37 pieces), $9.95

Jacob's Ladder.   Centuries-old perpetual motion toy, known as a "Sunday toy" in 19th century America.  The blocks appear to tumble, again and again, one after the other!  $6.95

Rag Doll Kit.  A childhood favorite from long ago, this soft doll kit has pattern instructions, fabric, notions & the history of rag dolls.  Finished doll size is 11.25 inches tall.  $10.95

Medicine Pouch Kit.  Contains pre-punched suede, fringe, lacing and instructions to complete this popular Native American craft kit.  $6.95

Indian Canoe Kit.  Pre-punched suede, lacing, seat, base and painting instructions.  Approximately 4.5 inches long.  $5.95

My First Weaving Loom.  Small beginner's hand loom, with instructions, yarn and all loom utensils.  $11.95

Beginning Quilting Kit.
  Makes a pillow, doll blanket, and pot holder.  Includes fabric, batting, stuffing, needle, thread and instructions.  $11.95



Books
 
ART, ARCHITECTURE & CRAFTS (see also "New England")

NEW!  Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School : New England Landscapes: 1825- 1845, by Linda Carter Lefko and Jane E. Radcliffe.  Here is the long awaited update of research on the Rufus Porter Landscape Mural School, greatly expanding the knowledge and understanding of this uniquely American folk art field of the 1820s to 1840s.  The text provides detailed documentation never seen before in print.  The book takes the reader on a virtual tour of Porter School murals in the New England states, presenting and analyzing more than 400 colorful images, which will provide inspiration for historians, researchers, designers, and painters alike.  It offers evidence regarding the attribution of these mostly unsigned works, and encourages readers to apply that evidence in reaching their own conclusions.  In addition, there is a section concerning the preservation of historic murals and various challenges and threats to such preservation.  Finally, the book offers a “how-to” section that interprets Porter’s original published mural painting instructions in terms of modern equipment, materials, and supplies.
   Linda Carter Lefko, of Penn Yan, New York, is an artist, teacher, and scholar of the historic decorative arts known for her research, classes and lectures on various topics such as historic watercolors, school girl arts, love tokens, wall murals, and theorem painting.  Linda is coauthor of The Art of Theorem Painting, currently serves as an advisor to the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and continues her research into painted walls in New Hampshire.
   Jane E. Radcliffe, a resident of Hallowell, Maine, served the Maine State Museum in a variety of capacities for close to twenty years.  Since 1988, she has been a partner in Museum Research Associates, a firm specializing in the documentation of historical collections and computerization of collection records.  This book is the culmination of her continued research of Porter School murals.  Jane also serves on the Board of Directors of the Rufus Porter Museum, as well as Adjunct Curator at the Maine State Museum.  Numerous color photos and vintage advertisements.  256 pages, hardcover (with dustjacket).  $59.99

The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, by Don Perkins.  Although humble in their function, these carefully crafted barns have shaped the lives of Mainers for centuries.  Built long before the days of plastic and plywood, the barns have survived for generations, each with a story to tell.  In Bridgton, one barn offered comfort to a sixteen-year-old boy when his father was injured.  Another New Gloucester barn was so important to one family that its likeness was engraved on their headstones.  Some owners said they would rather see their houses burn than their barns, and others have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to restoring and preserving these buildings.  This fascinating book examines the structures, origins and evolution of Maine’s barns, demonstrating the vital and precious role they play in people’s lives.  75 images.  192 pages, softcover.  $21.99

Northern Comfort: New England's Early Quilts, 1780-1850.
  Written by Lynne Bassett and Jack Larkin, this is the definitive account of early New England's quilting heritage, featuring many full-color photographs of quilts and quilted garments from the Old Sturbridge Village collection. 118 pages, softcover.  $19.95

Hearts and Hands: Women, Quilts, and American Society.  Discouraged from writing, nineteenth century women made needles their pens and quilts their texts to record their struggles and their joys.  This fascinating book by Elaine Hedges, Pat Ferrero and Julie Silber shows how women created a great American art form from the fabric of their lives.  Contains many color illustrations.  108 pages, softcover. $19.99

Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings, by Thomas Visser.  An essential guide and a must-have for anyone interested in rural New England's historic architecture. Over 250 photographs. 213 pages, softcover.  $22.95

Book of Old-Time Trades and Tools.  Originally published in 1866 as an aid for boys seeking information about prospective trades and occupations available to them as adults.  This rare primer details the work of tailors, shoemakers, bakers, plumbers, house-painters, bricklayers, cabinet- and gun-makers, coppersmiths, millers and twenty-one other tradespeople.  Over 700 illustrations.  316 pages, softcover.  $12.95

A Museum of Early American Tools.  This absorbing Eric Sloane book, first published in 1964, describes in detail scores of early American tools and the wooden and metal artifacts made with them. Covers building tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; and the tools of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and many other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. 184 black-and-white illustrations.  128 pages, softcover.  $8.95

The History of The Sawyer Pictures.  This first book (and price guide) devoted to the hand-colored photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer was written by Carol Begley Gray and issued in 1995.  Fully illustrated, the volume is a necessary companion to the Sawyer book listed immediately below.  62 pages, softcover.  $16.95

The Hand-Painted Photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer
, by Carol Begley Gray, Michael Ivankovich and John Peters.  Published in 2002, this book includes extensive material about the hand-colored photographs of Charles Sawyer.  It also contains a title list and value guide, along with a section on conserving hand-painted photographs.  Numerous color and black-and-white photos.  60 pages, softcover.  $18.95

So Fine a Prospect: Historic New England Gardens.  This beautifully illustrated, oversized volume by Alan Emmet chronicles the story of 16 gardens through New England in fantastic detail, providing something for everyone interested in historic gardens, from grand estates to smaller suburban plots.  256 pages, softcover.  $19.95

Wallpaper in New England.  Authored by Richard Nylander, Elizabeth Redmond and Penny Sander, this well illustrated study of historic wallpapers in New England is based on the important regional collection owned by Historic New England, formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.  283 pages, softcover.  $29.95


BETHEL

Bethel, Maine: A Brief History.
  Authored by Society Associate Director Stanley R. Howe, this backward look at Bethel's colorful past begins with the granting of the town as "Sudbury Canada" in 1768.  Timber harvesting and agriculture were important occupations of the first white settlers, who built their homes overlooking the broad intervales along the Androscoggin River.  Howe outlines the birth of Gould Academy, the railroad's importance, Bethel's post-Civil War industrialization and the rise of modern winter outdoor recreation spawned by the nearby Sunday River Ski Resort.  Features 75 illustrations, many never before published.  160 pages, softcover.  $21.99

Sunday River: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.  On December 19, 1959, Sunday River Skiway opened, mostly through the work of a dedicated group of volunteers and business people from Bethel.  Since opening with a rope tow and T-bar and just a handful of runs, Sunday River has grown into one of the largest and busiest ski resorts in New England.  Author and former Sunday River Ski Patrol director David Irons explores the establishment and evolution of one of the Northeast's most celebrated and time-honored recreational attractions.  The book features numerous historical and contemporary photographs, as well as period marketing pieces.  112 pages, hardcover.  $19.95

History of Bethel, Maine 1768-1890. 
This 1981 reprint of the classic 1891 history of Bethel by Dr. William B. Lapham features new name and subject indexes, as well as an introduction by Bethel Historical Society Executive Director Stanley R. Howe. 739 pages, hardcover.  $45.00

Special Price! 
East Bethel Road.  Expanded 1984 edition of the 1959 history of the "East Parish" of Bethel by Eva M. Bean, founder of the Bethel Historical Society.  Miss Bean authored this book as an update of, and supplement to, the 1891 History of Bethel by Dr. William B. Lapham.  Includes extensive histories of home sites and detailed genealogies of many local families, plus a new foreword and every-name index.  768 pages, hardcover.  Was $50.00  Now only $29.95, while they last!

Dr. Moses Mason and His House.  Brief history and guide to the Society's 1813 period house museum.  Text by Stanley R. Howe, with drawings by Sue Wight.  12 pages, softcover.  $1.00

A History of the West Parish Congregational Church.  Published in honor of the church's 200th anniversary in 1996.  Contains many photos.  34 pages, softcover.  $5.00


CIVIL WAR

“Write Quick": War and a Woman’s Life in Letters, 1835-1867.  Transcribed and edited by Ann Fox Chandonnet and Roberta Gibson Pevear, and published by the Bethel Historical Society, this long-awaited book is based on Civil War era documents, letters and diaries donated to the Bethel Historical Society by Mrs. Pevear in 2005.  Impressively narrated and edited, the book tells the story of one New England family's daily experiences on the Civil War home front and battlefield, through never-before-published primary source materials.
   Amid the gathering clouds of war, far from the nation’s centers of power, two American families felt the first ripples on the breeze. Andrew Bean, a teacher and farmer from Bethel, Maine, answered the call to the Union infantry. His younger sister, Eliza, having found both employment and a suitable marriage in the bustling mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, soon saw her husband, Henry C. Foster, enlist as well.  In more than 150 revealing letters dispatched from camp and field and home front, as well as Eliza Bean Foster’s own diary, the honors and horrors of war play out on an intimate stage.
   Seldom does a surviving cache of documents illuminate the full span of the antebellum and war years in such close detail, from so many different angles.  Illustrated with original documents and never-before-published photographs, the book traces Eliza’s life from New England mill girl, to young married woman and mother, to war widow and victim of consumption. Write Quick presents a valuable case history and a poignant story of one Northern woman through her own pen and the lens of her contemporaries.  The book contains over 50 photographs, illustrations, and maps, plus an index.  572 pp., softcover, $34.95

Mainers in the Civil War, by Harry Gratwick.  Although the Pine Tree State did not witness any Civil War battles, Mainers contributed to the War in many important ways.  Hailing from the mainland to the islands, soldiers bravely fought to preserve the United States in most of the War's major battles.  Men like General Joshua Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top, proudly returned home to serve as governor.  Oxford County native Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president.  And Maine’s strong women sacrificed and struggled to maintain their communities and support the men who had left to fight.  Over 55 images.  128 pages, softcover.  $19.99

A Vast Army of Women: Maine's Uncounted Forces in the American Civil War.  Here is a detailed and revealing exploration of the role played by numerous women from Maine and their organizations during the Civil War. Author Lynda Sudlow spent almost a decade gathering the names of virtually every Maine woman involved in the War.  The description of women-run organizations for relief is a revealing model for how women from all states endeavored to support the war effort.  Illustrations.  264 pages, hardcover.  $24.95

Callow, Brave and True: A Gospel of Civil War Youth.  Professor Jay S. Hoar's pioneering study of the Civil War's youngest soldierboys reveals who were the latest born, youngest at enlistment, etc. 267 pages, softcover. $20.00


COOKBOOKS

Up Bethel Hill: The Cookbook of the Bethel Historical Society.
  A second printing of the Society's popular 2003 cookbook is now available!  Filled with great recipes for all kinds of dishes and tasty treats from the kitchens of Society members and friends.  127 pages, softcover.  $12.95

The First American Cookbook.  A Facsimile of "American Cookery," 1796.  Author Amelia Simmons worked as a domestic in Colonial America.  Her cookbook reveals the rich variety of foods enjoyed by her contemporaries.  75 pages, softcover.  $4.95

Good Maine Food.   First published in 1939, this cookbook by Marjorie Mosser is packed with recipes for good, wholesome food as prepared in traditional Maine kitchens.  With "spicy" commentary by novelist Kenneth Roberts.  424 pages, softcover.  $15.95

The American Frugal Housewife.  Lydia Maria Child's cookbook was first published in 1832, and a copy was owned by Agnes Straw Mason, whose residence is now one of our museum facilities.  Contains a new introduction by cookbook authority Jan Longone.  139 pages, softcover.  $7.95


GENEALOGY & FAMILY HISTORY

NEW!  Descendants of Joseph Killgore (1701-1764) of Scotland and Origin & History of the Ancient Name Kilgour, by Roy E. Killgore.  This two-volume set, published early in 2009, represents the culmination of many year's work by the author, as well as numerous others, to document the more than 20,000 descendants of Joseph Killgore and his wife, Penelope Treworgy, of Kittery, Maine.   Fully indexed and nearly 800 pages in length, the Descendants volume carries many lines—through both males and females—down to the present.  The 244-page Origin & History volume delves into the rich background of the surname "Kilgour" as it developed in Scotland over many centuries.  Hardcovers.  $39.95 per set

From An Old Leather Trunk. Ruth Crosby's story of three families—Ruggs, Conants, and Crosbys—from Massachusetts to Maine. 191 pages, hardcover.  $5.00

Genealogy of the Samuel and Frances (Pembroke) Mills Family. Eleven generation study by Blaine and Margaret Mills, with concentration on western Maine. 31 pages, spiral bound.  $5.00


LOGGING & LUMBERING

Logging Railroads of New Hampshire's North Country, by Bill Gove.  Illustrated  with nearly 150 vintage photos and more than a dozen original maps and charts drawn by the author, this book chronicles the colorful and often perilous history of the many logging railroads that operated in northern New Hampshire (and westernmost Maine).  The book features chapters on the Wild River Railroad, the Kilkenny Lumber Company Railroad, the John's River Railroad, the Upper Ammonoosuc Railroad, and the Success Pond Railroad, among others.  159 pages, softcover.  $27.95

Logging Railroads Along the Pemigewasset River.
  Based on more than three decades of research by author Bill Gove, this book examines the history of the various logging operations that worked the Pemigewasset watershed in the western White Mountains for nearly fifty years, beginning in the late 19th century.  More than 225 vintage images and a dozen original maps.  184 pages, softcover.  $27.95

Logging Railroads of the Saco River Valley.  This book by Bill Gove examines the colorful history of the six logging railroad lines that once operated along or near the scenic Saco River in the heart of the White Mountain region. 150 photos, maps and charts.  142 pages, softcover.  $24.95


MAINE

The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, by Don Perkins.  Although humble in their function, these carefully crafted barns have shaped the lives of Mainers for centuries.  Built long before the days of plastic and plywood, the barns have survived for generations, each with a story to tell.  In Bridgton, one barn offered comfort to a sixteen-year-old boy when his father was injured.  Another New Gloucester barn was so important to one family that its likeness was engraved on their headstones.  Some owners said they would rather see their houses burn than their barns, and others have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to restoring and preserving these buildings.  This fascinating book examines the structures, origins and evolution of Maine’s barns, demonstrating the vital and precious role they play in people’s lives.  75 images.  192 pages, softcover.  $21.99


Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail.  Author David B. Field, retired University of Maine professor of Forest Resources presents the story of how Maine native Myron H. Avery recruited friends from Washington, D.C.; Maine forest and warden service personnel; guides and sporting camp operators; and the Civilian Conservation Corps to extend the Appalachian Trail through Maine, despite questions of whether it would be possible to carve a trail through the state's wildlands.  Volunteers have since maintained the trail, built shelters, relocated more than half of the original hastily constructed route, and taken on the task of managing the trail's protection corridor.  This book highlights the rich history of the trail's rugged mountains and vast forests, which have provided a livelihood for generations of workers and communities.  200 images.  127 pages, softcover. $21.99

NEW!
 
Maine: The Wilder Half of New England, by William David Barry.  This long-awaited volume is a concise, solid, and surprising overview of 500 years of Maine history, from first contact between Native Americans and European explorers to the achievement of a Down East identity, national political power, and worldwide cultural identification.  Almost the size of the rest of New England, Maine was the first colonized and is the most forested, sparsely settled, and, perhaps, the most independent-minded of New England states.  Changes in the economy, religion, ethnicity, arts, leisure, and education have all shaped Maine and Mainers, with some intriguing results.  Noteworthy are the many rare and fascinating drawings, paintings, and photographs drawn from the collections of the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Special Collections at the Portland Public Library, the Maine State Museum, local historical societies (including Bethel), private collections, and even the Vatican.  Over 200 photos and illustrations, bibliography, 8 x 10, 304 pages, softcover.  $30.00

L. L. Bean—The Man and His Company: The Complete Story, by James L. Witherell.  Because his feet got wet and sore on a hunting trip, L. L. Bean developed his famous boot and started the mail-order company that would change the sleepy town of Freeport, Maine, into a huge outdoor mall.  The story begins with the Bean family (who lived for a time in Bethel), young Leon Leonwood Bean's love of the outdoors, his first forays into sales (butter, men's clothing), and then his development of "the boot" and the beginnings of an outdoors outfitting company that ran on a card file system and resisted change.  The story of L.L. Bean, Inc.'s phenomenal growth under grandson Leon Gorman is replete with Preppies, MBAs, infighting, and even parodies of a company that would eventually get its own Zip Code.  Photos, maps.  576 pages, softcover.  $20.00

A History of Maine-Built Automobiles & Motorized Vehicles 1834-1934, with a History of Maine License Plates.
  The expanded, second edition of this encyclopedic study by Society members Richard and Nancy Fraser is at last available.  Maine was a surprisingly productive field when it came to turning out automobiles, and over 230 companies, large and small, were once involved in manufacturing cars, trucks and motorized log haulers.  The book is profusely illustrated with photos, plans, patent drawings and newspaper and magazine advertisements.  Index.  518 pages, hardcover.  $49.95

Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present.
  Richard Judd, Edwin Churchill and Joel Eastman, eds.  The first comprehensive history of Maine published in decades features a narrative by respected scholars (including BHS Executive Director Stanley R. Howe).  Encompasses a wide range of topics, including native people; European exploration and settlement; the logging, fishing, and maritime industries; family and community life; economics and politics; and the arts and culture.  Features 24 detailed maps and 95 illustrations. 616 pages, softcover.  $29.95

Fly Rod Crosby: The Woman Who Marketed Maine.  Authors Julia A. Hunter and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., cover the life and times of Cornelia Thurza "Fly Rod" Crosby, who, in her ninety-two years, gained fame as a fisherman and big game hunter, wrote millions of words promoting the outdoor life in general (and in western Maine, in particular), participated in political lobbying, was well-traveled, and battled chronic health problems.  Includes a special illustrated section devoted to "Maine Views," based on images in Fly Rod's photo album.  210 pages, softcover.  $25.00


NATIVE AMERICANS

Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mount Desert Island, 1840s-1920s.  This engaging, richly illustrated, and meticulously researched book by Bunny McBride and Dr. Harald E. L. Prins chronicles the intersecting lives of Maine Wabanaki Indians and wealthy summer rusticators on Mount Desert Island during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 124 black & white photos.  190 pages, softcover.  $16.95

Father Aubery's French-Abenaki Dictionary, with English Translation by Stephen Laurent.  The publication and coordination of this unique and invaluable French-Abenaki dictionary was carried out in 1995 by Society member Charles R. Huntoon.  Thanks to Mr. Huntoon's generosity, the Society is able to offer copies of this book for sale.  Over 7000 terms are clearly defined and explained.  528 pages, hardcover.  Limited availability$40.00

Molly Ockett
, by Catherine Newell.  The second, revised edition (1991) of one of the Bethel Historical Society's most popular publications.  Mollyockett lived in New England, primarily western Maine, and Canada from circa 1740 to 1816.  Drawings, footnotes, and sources. 30 pages, softcover.  $3.00

Mollyockett, by Pat Stewart.  A fictionalized reconstruction of the life of a remarkable Abenaki woman.  Born below the falls at Saco, Maine, about 1740, Mollyockett lies on her deathbed and tells a young girl the story of her life.  Photos, maps.  169 pages, hardcover.  $14.95

Northeastern Indian Lives 1632-1816.  The detailed stories of fifteen relatively unknown Native Americans.  A chapter of the book is devoted to the life of Molly Ockett.  Edited, with an introduction, by Robert S. Grumet.  393 pages, softcover. $22.95


NEW ENGLAND (see also "Art, Architecture & Crafts")

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England.  Author Thomas Hubka has provided a new introduction to the 20th anniversary printing of this landmark study of New England's connected farm buildings, first issued in 1984.  Many structures in western Maine are examined.  225 pages, paper.  $27.95

The Art of Splitting Stone: Early Rock Quarrying Methods in Pre-Industrial New England, 1630-1825.
  The expanded 2nd edition of Mary and James Gage's book provides a detailed study of the history, tools, and methods used to split, hoist and transport quarried stone in pre-industrial New England.  An invaluable resource for historians, archaeologists and stone masons interested in identifying, dating, or recreating early stone splitting methods.  Many modern and period illustrations.  88 pages, softcover.  $10.00

Guide to New England Stone Structures: Stone Cairns, Stone Walls, Standing Stones, Chambers, Foundations, Wells, Culverts, Quarries and other Structures.  This basic field guide by Mary and James Gage identifies the many different types of stone structures found while hiking through the forest and conservation lands in New England.  Over 70 illustrations.  40 pages, softcover.  $3.95

New England Masts and The King's Broad Arrow.
  First published in 1979, this book brings to focus the early settlement of New England and the forgotten mast trade upon which the American lumbering and shipping enterprises were built.  Text and drawings by Samuel Manning.  64 pages, softcover.  $10.00


TOWN HISTORIES

History of Bethel, Maine 1768-1890.  This 1981 reprint of the classic 1891 history of Bethel by Dr. William B. Lapham features new name and subject indexes, as well as an introduction by Stanley R. Howe. 739 pages, hardcover.  $45.00

Bethel, Maine: A Brief History.  Authored by Society Associate Director Stanley R. Howe, this backward look at Bethel's colorful past begins with the granting of the town as "Sudbury Canada" in 1768.  Timber harvesting and agriculture were important occupations of the first white settlers, who built their homes overlooking the broad intervales along the Androscoggin River.  Howe outlines the birth of Gould Academy, the railroad's importance, Bethel's post-Civil War industrialization and the rise of modern winter outdoor recreation spawned by the nearby Sunday River Ski Resort.  Features 75 illustrations, many never before published.  160 pages, softcover.  $21.99

East Bethel Road.  Expanded 1984 edition of the 1959 history of the "East Parish" of Bethel by Eva M. Bean, founder of the Bethel Historical Society.  Miss Bean authored this book as an update of, and supplement to, the 1891 History of Bethel by Dr. William B. Lapham.  Includes extensive histories of home sites and detailed genealogies of many local families, plus a new foreword and every-name index. 768 pages, hardcover.  Was $50.  Now $29.95

The Smile of Providence: A History of Gilead, Maine.  The first history in book form of this scenic White Mountain community on the Maine / New Hampshire border.  Written by Howard Reiche and Hugh Chapman for the town's bicentennial in 2004, the book contains many photos, a bibliography, and an index.  96 pages, softcover.  $10.00

Available again
!  A History of Hanover, Maine, 1774-1980, with Associated Historical Events by Alfred F. Howard.  A limited number of original 1980 copies of this exhaustive and authoritative study of the town of Hanover have been made available to the Bethel Historical Society.  Incorporated in 1843, the town of Hanover was formed by combining the 3,000-acre "Howard Gore" and that part of Bethel lying north of the Androscoggin River from Newry Corner Village to Rumford line.  A History of Hanover, Maine, contains detailed chapters on town records, education, mills, ferries, veterans, and other subjects too numerous to mention.  A large section of the book is devoted to the genealogies of local families, and numerous photographs, maps, charts and diagrams appear throughout.  As an added bonus, a 75-page every-name index, compiled by BHS staff member Agnes H. Haines and not included in the original book, will be provided with each copy.  576 pages, hardcover.  $39.95

Newry, Maine 1805-1955.  Reprint of Newry's first (1955) published history by Carrie Wight.  Illustrations and map.  48 pages, softcover.  $9.95

Newry Profiles. Paula Wight's 1981 history of this Oxford County town. Many maps and illustrations.  123 pages, softcover.  $9.95

New Pennacook Folks / Early Rumford with Genealogy of First Families.  A new printing of Stuart Martin's 1980 history of Rumford.  Contains numerous maps and photos, as well as an extensive index of names.  494 pages, hardcover.  $35.00


TRANSPORTATION (see also "Logging and Lumbering")

Steam to the Summit: The Green Mountain Railway, Bar Harbor's Remarkable Cog Railroad.  Peter Dow Bachelder's thoroughly researched book traces the history of one of North America's most unique railroads.  Filled with maps, diagrams, rare photographs, and lengthy footnotes, this is a must-have for anyone interested in railroads, nineteenth century tourism, or the story of Mount Desert on the coast of Maine.  162 pages, softcover.  $20.00

NEW!  Logging Railroads of New Hampshire's North Country, by Bill Gove.  Illustrated  with nearly 150 vintage photos and more than a dozen original maps and charts drawn by the author, this book chronicles the colorful and often perilous history of the many logging railroads that operated in northern New Hampshire (and westernmost Maine).  The book features chapters on the Wild River Railroad, the Kilkenny Lumber Company Railroad, the John's River Railroad, the Upper Ammonoosuc Railroad, and the Success Pond Railroad, among others.  159 pages, softcover.  $27.95

The Rail Lines of Northern New England, by Robert Lindsell.  Packed with over 100 vintage and current photos and dozens of maps, this authoritative volume tells the story of every common carrier line that ever operated in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  414 pages, softcover.  $23.95

Maine Central Railroad Photo Album.
Features an engaging collection of large-format historic photographs of the Maine Central Railroad, accompanied by brief but informative captions.  The third printing (2002) of this highly popular title by Edwin "Bill" Robertson.  72 pages, softcover.  $13.95

A Rail Journey Through New England.  An impressive collection of photos, maps, and text focusing on railroading in northern New England from the 1920s through the 1960s. Published by the 470 Railroad Club of Portland.  120 pages, softcover.  $25.95

A Century of Railroading in Crawford Notch, by Edwin "Bill" Robertson and Benjamin English, Jr.  Containing a wealth of historic photographs, this book documents the last hundred years of railroad activity in one of northern New England's most spectacular mountain notches. 118 pages, softcover.  Limited availability.  $8.95

Building the Railroad Through Crawford Notch, by Edwin "Bill" Robertson.  Features enlargements of stereograph view cards taken during the construction of the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad (later Maine Central) in Crawford Notch between 1873 and 1875. Detailed photo captions. 64 pages, softcover.  Limited availability.  $12.95

Early Mt. Washington Cog Railway Picture Book, by Edwin "Bill" Robertson.  A collection of breathtaking enlargements of old stereograph view cards of the Cog Railway, taken mainly in the 1860s and 1870s. 68 pages, softcover.  Limited availability.  $12.95


WESTERN MAINE

Joshua Gross Rich (1820-1897): The Life and Works of a Western Maine Pioneer and Wildlife Writer.  Author William B. Krohn, a wildlife research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey stationed at the University of Maine, describes the life of one of Maine’s most notable woodsmen.  As a young man Rich moved his family to the Rangeley Lakes region where he supported himself and family by trapping, guiding, and farming.  He sold his winter catch to fur traders and as scientific specimens to Harvard University.  During his busy life, Rich owned and operated a hotel, a general store, and an early (if not the first) fishing resort on the Rangeley Lakes.  Always willing to change with the times, Rich transitioned from being a professional trapper to a trial justice for Oxford County, a pension agent for Civil War veterans, a correspondent for many newspapers, and Bethel’s humane officer.  Includes an annotated bibliography of Rich’s published works, 27 black & white illustrations, and 1 color map.  209 pages, softcover.  $29.00

Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley & Beyond.
  In this story of the famed Wild River valley, on the Maine/New Hampshire border, west of Bethel, author Dean Bennett brings to life tales of lumbering and logging railroads, of land abuse and land stewardship, of the disappearance of an entire village community, and of a rogue river whose sources lie deep within today's White Mountain National Forest.  Photos, maps, and pen-and-ink drawings by the author.  224 pages, softcover.  $16.00

Sunday River: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future.  On December 19, 1959, Sunday River Skiway opened, mostly through the work of a dedicated group of volunteers and business people from Bethel.  Since opening with a rope tow and T-bar and just a handful of runs, Sunday River has grown into one of the largest and busiest ski resorts in New England.  Author and former Sunday River Ski Patrol director David Irons explores the establishment and evolution of one of the Northeast's most celebrated and time-honored recreational attractions.  The book features numerous historical and contemporary photographs, as well as period marketing pieces.  112 pages, hardcover.  $19.95

Life on the Farm and in the Village: South Paris, Maine 1910-1925.  Jeffrey R. Parsons has edited and published essays and diaries written by several family members (his father, Merton S. Parsons; his father's cousin, Mary Clifford Colley; and his father's uncle, John T. Parsons) to describe what life was life on the Robinson-Parsons Farm in South Paris, Maine, during the first quarter of the 20th century.  For those with an interest in northern New England farm life during this important transitional period, these writings reflect both the last gasp of a vanishing way of life and the early stages of a new rural America.  Contains many maps, diagrams and vintage photos.  xxiv & 198 pages, hardcover.  $26.95

NEW!  The Gilded Age of Rangeley, Maine, by Gary Priest.  This ambitious volume focuses on the many privately owned camps in the Rangeley Lakes region, whether standing or destroyed.  With more than 500 illustrations, both old and new, the book is a must-have for anyone interested in this famed sporting and outdoor recreation area of northwestern Maine.  400 pages, softcover.  $39.95

A History of Rangeley Hotels and Camps.  This book is a second (2010), revised edition of author Gary Priest's comprehensive study of the summer hotels, sporting camps, private clubs, and children's camps that operated in the Rangeley Lakes region from the 1850s to World War II.  Includes highly detailed maps and many vintage photos of these wilderness resorts.  90 pages, softcover.  $15.00

We Took to the Woods.  Louise Dickinson Rich's chronicle of life on Rapid River near Middle Dam in the western district of the Rangeley Lakes region.  A Maine favorite for over half a century.  New introduction.  322 pp., softcover.  $16.95

Everything Happened Around the Switchboard, by Michael Hathaway.  The story of the last operating crank phone system in America at Bryant Pond, Maine, and the people whose lives revolved around it. 191 pages, softcover. $13.95

The Mount Zircon Moon Tide Spring: An Illustrated History, by Randall H. Bennett.  The first and only in-depth chronicle of one of America's oldest commercial springs, near Rumford, Maine, made famous by its unusual tidal behavior.  The text is highlighted with numerous maps, photographs, and period advertisements, plus drawings by the late Maine artist and illustrator Seaverns W. Hilton.  113 pages, softcover. $19.95


THE WHITE MOUNTAIN REGION (see also "Logging and Lumbering" and "Transportation")

The White Mountains: Alps of New England.  This book by Society Executive Director and Curator of Collections Randall H. Bennett furnishes a detailed overview of this fabled district in northern New Hampshire and westernmost Maine.  Renowned as America's first tourist playground, the White Mountain region contains the highest peaks in the Northeast, including 6,288 foot Mount Washington.  Illustrated with nearly 100 old photos, maps and postcards.  160 pages, softcover.  $24.99

The White Mountains, by Randall H. Bennett.  A chronologically arranged, profusely illustrated history of the highlands of northern New Hampshire and western Maine—a region once known as the "Switzerland of America."  First published in 1994 and now with an updated text, this book is a companion volume to The White Mountains: Alps of New England, listed above.  128 pages, softcover.  $19.99

NEW!  Logging Railroads of New Hampshire's North Country, by Bill Gove.  Illusrated  with nearly 150 vintage photos and more than a dozen original maps and charts drawn by the author, this book chronicles the colorful and often perilous history of the many logging railroads that operated in northern New Hampshire (and westernmost Maine).  The book features chapters on the Wild River Railroad, the Kilkenny Lumber Company Railroad, the John's River Railroad, the Upper Ammonoosuc Railroad, and the Success Pond Railroad, among others.  159 pages, softcover.  $27.95

Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley & Beyond.  In this story of the famed Wild River valley, on the Maine/New Hampshire border, west of Bethel, author Dean Bennett brings to life tales of lumbering and logging railroads, of land abuse and land stewardship, of the disappearance of an entire village community, and of a rogue river whose sources lie deep within today's White Mountain National Forest.  Photos, maps, and pen-and-ink drawings by the author.  224 pages, softcover.  $16.00

101 Glimpses of the Old Man of the Mountain.  Until it collapsed on May 3, 2003, the gigantic stone profile at Franconia Notch drew writers, explorers and presidents, among millions of others, who delighted in its features.  Historian Bruce Heald and the last caretaker of the Old Man, David Nielsen, have gathered 101 images of the "Great Stone Face" that, accompanied with notes on the Old Man's history, recapture the wonder of this famous natural curiosity.  128 pages, softcover.  $14.99

Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains.
  Author Jeremy Davis has compiled rare photographs, maps and personal memories to ensure that these beloved ski outposts, cherished by generations of skiers, are given recognition for transforming the White Mountains into a premier ski destination.  Contains over 170 black and white photos.  128 pages, softcover.  $19.99

Life by the Tracks.
  Written by Virginia Downs and first published in 1984 (and now reprinted by Conway Scenic Railroad and Bondcliff Books), this is the story of the grand era of steam-powered railroading through Crawford Notch as told by the famous Evans family, who, for more than 40 years, lived in a Maine Central Railroad section house perched high on the slopes of Mount Willard.  Many illustrations.  113 pages, softcover.  $14.95

When Women and Mountains Meet: Adventures in the White Mountains.  Julie Boardman's study of the remarkable women who helped shape the rich history of the White Mountains.  Here you will meet pioneers, explorers, climbers, artists, writers, scientists, and conservationists—all women of courage who had an abiding love for this region.  Numerous photos.  162 pages, softcover.  $15.95

Mount Chocorua: A Guide and History, by Steven D. Smith.  This guide devoted to one of the world's most recognizable peaks includes geography, natural history, nomenclature, a detailed historical timeline, full descriptions of trail routes, notes on visiting in winter, a detailed view description, and bibliography—plus an 1892 article by Frank Bolles, "A Night Alone on Chocorua."  Also describes White Ledge and the Chocorua Conservation Lands.  Includes over 50 photos, featuring several vintage images. 168 pages, softcover.  $14.95

Our Mountain Trips, Part I - 1899 to 1908: Being authentic accounts of camping, packing, and tramping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
  Fascinating narratives, fully illustrated with superb black and white photos, of tramping trips in the White Mountains a century ago.  Anyone who has hiked or camped in this storied region will want to read these lively recollections which have been meticulously edited by Ben English, Jr., and Jane English.  168 pages, softcover.  $19.95

Our Mountain Trips, Part II - 1909 to 1926: Being authentic accounts of camping, packing, and tramping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This second volume (see above) of White Mountain hiking accounts by Walter and Ida (Butterfield) James, and Lucy Butterfield, provide a remarkable view of the region as it existed in the years just before and after World War I.  Jane English and Ben English, Jr., have again edited and annotated these narratives, which are supplemented with a wealth of photographs and maps.  192 pages, softcover.  $19.95

Looking Out for Our Forests: The Evolution of a Plan to Protect New Hampshire's Woodlands from Fire. 
Fire Lookout Historian Iris W. Baird has unearthed the story of New Hampshire's forest protection system from unpublished papers hidden away in various files and archives.  Cooperation between lumbermen and conservationists, and hotel operators and foresters—among others—is the theme here.  Numerous rare photos.  114 pages, softcover.  Limited availability.  $20.00

The Old Man of the Mountain.  Filled with a fascinating collection of images, both old and new, this large-format book by Robert Hutchinson is a photographic memorial of the White Mountain region's most unusual natural landmark—the colossal "Profile" of stone high atop a sheer cliff on Cannon Mountain, which collapsed on May 3, 2003, smashing below into a thousand nameless fragments.  48 pages, softcover.  Limited availability$9.95

Historical Relics of the White Mountains, by John Spaulding.  First published in 1855, this is one of a dozen "classics" that should be in every White Mountain collection. Features a new introduction and a biography of the author. 111 pages, softcover.  $12.95

The History of Gorham, New Hampshire.  Originally written in 1882 by Dr. Nathaniel Tuckerman True (who also authored Bethel's first history) and now edited by Randall H. Bennett, this valuable work, with detailed sketches of local families, is available in book form for the first time.  Period engravings and maps.  New every-name index.  144 pages, softcover.  Very limited availability.  $27.95



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