Because March is National Reading Month, and 2020, Maine’s bicentennial year, it is a good time to seek out books about our state that will enrich your appreciation of the place that we call home. Books for all ages provide personal interpretations of Maine and the people who have populated its varied geography, according to a news release from Louise T. Miller, education director of Lincoln County Historical Association.

Young girl reading by Seymour Joseph Guy 1877. Photo courtesy of the Lincoln County Historical Association

Maine’s coastline has been an important factor in the state’s heritage. The people who toiled in the heartland of Maine harvesting timber or farming the rocky soil left behind by glaciers displayed the same ruggedness of spirit as those who worked along the coastline in fishing and ship-building.

Visit an online library and take a reading tour of the state.

Some titles for adults to consider include: “Collections of the Maine Historical Society” first published in the 19th century, they offer numerous first hand accounts of life in Maine; “20,000 Years” by Bruce Bourque; “Maine – the Spirit of America” by Edgar Allen Beem; “Wabanaki Homeland and the New State of Maine,” 1820 journal of Joseph Treat, edited by Micah Pawling; “Maine – A Narrative History” by Neil Rolde, “My Life in the Maine Woods: A Game Warden’s Wife in Allagash Country” by Annette Jackson; “Uncommon Threads, Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costume” by Bruce Bourque and Lareen Labar; “The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier” by Colin Woodard; “French and Indian Wars in Maine” by Michael Dekker, and “Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine” by Lincoln Paine.

Stories that might interest young readers include “Island Boy” by Barbara Cooney; “Stopping to Home” by Lea Wait; “One Morning in Maine” by Robert McCloskey; “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney; “Colors of Maine” by Davene Fahy; “ABC’s of Maine” by Harry Smith; and “White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett.

The association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, and the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden.

For more information, visit lincolncountyhistory.org and Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association Maine.