Bowdoinham Story BridgesBowdoinham Story Bridges is a story listening and story sharing project centered on local history in Bowdoinham, Maine.

On Sepember 10 at Celebrate Bowdoinham, we launched our first small display of stories. The signs displayed QR codes, linked to a brief clip from an interview with an elder Bowdoinham resident about life in Bowdoinham in the early-mid 1900s. QR codes to different stories were posted at sites in downtown Bowdoinham, all within walking distance of the waterfront. The interviews were conducted in 1982-1984 by 8th grade students from Mt. Ararat Junior/Senior High School.

This project is produced by the Bowdoinham Public Library in partnership with local Theater Artist Dana Legawiec and supported by a grant from the American Library Association through the Civic Imagination Stations program.


Story Bridges: Fishing and Merrymeeting Bay

Linwood Rideout, interviewed here in 1983, explains the economic significance of Merrymeeting Bay to its citizens.

Story Bridges: Dickenson’s Store

Dot Dickenson ran the small store in the center of Bowdoinham’s Village. In 1909 her father, R.A. “Dick” Dickenson established the store and ran it . . . read more »

Story Bridges: Mrs. Williams Saves the Team of Horses

Linwood Rideout tells a story of the Ice harvest in the early 1900’s.  Wesley Williams lived out on Abbaggadasset Point, along Browns Point Road, where . . . read more »

Story Bridges: Harry Prout answers “Why Bowdoinham?”

He has been called the Prince of Parsnips… Harry Prout, who farmed vegetables and berries in East Bowdoinham for over 50 years, explains why he . . . read more »

Story Bridges: “Getting Up March Hill”

Linwood Rideout, interviewed here in 1983, described the significance of the Ice Cutting industry in Bowdoinham that began around 1850. Among other reasons, the money . . . read more »


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