MARGARET CHASE SMITH LIBRARY
Owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine.
Cover Girl Exhibit
These handpainted papier-mache dolls were a gift to Senator Smith from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in October 1954.
The Library uses the collection to interpret the life and career of Senator
Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) and place her within the context of her history and modern times.
By illuminating artifacts as they
relate to one person's devoted career in public service, the collection
is an invaluable resource for anyone studying the political, social, cultural, educational, and architectural history of twentieth-century America.
In addition to over 300,000 primary source documents in the archives, the museum collection consists of over 5,000 artifacts including but not limited to Senator Smith's residence and her furniture, ceramics, textiles, household items, clothing, and other personal belongings; memorabilia related to her congressional career and subsequent political campaigns, souvenirs and gifts from around the world reflecting her activities with state, national, and world leaders; her awards and honorary degrees; and paintings and photographs of the Senator.
The collection is on display throughout Senator Smith's home (guided tours are available), in a permanent timeline exhibit illustrating her life and career from 1897 to 1995, and in changing exhibits prepared by Library staff each year. "The World of Women's Work" opened in July 2007 as part of the Central Maine Works Program. Margaret Chase Smith's life spanned almost the entire 20th century and her early work experiences paralleled the transformations taking place for women in the workplace. The exhibit explores her work experiences as a telephone operator, newspaper reporter, office manager for a textile mill as well as her experiences with women's social clubs and as a volunteer for the homefront during the two World Wars. The exhibit is on display until the summer of 2008.
Experience some of these exhibits online by clicking on the links below.
Library & Museum Hours: |
Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (207) 474-7133 for more information concerning resources available at the
Margaret Chase Smith Library.
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