Maine Experience - Liberty Ships
TRT15:44 Won the Boston/New England Emmy for Historical/Cultural Program Program/Special, 2008
The men and women who streamed into Portland Maine in the 1940s to work in South Portland’s shipyards helped win World War II. The Liberty Ships built there became the backbone of troop and equipment transport. These contributions from the homeland, in many cases, were just as valuable as those who fought the battles overseas.
Maine Experience - Doctors of Osteopathy
TRT11:32 Nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy 2006
Osteopathic practitioners are commonly accepted today in Maine, but that wasn’t always the case. Their medical philosophy, which included a holistic approach and use of their hands to diagnose and treat patients, led them to be ridiculed and discriminated against by the prevailing medical community. Witness their struggle out of obscurity and into the medical mainstream.
Maine Experience - Maine's Underground Railroad
TRT14:24 Nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy 2007
Slavery is not usually associated with Maine. But the state played a role in both perpetuating this terrible institution and fighting it. This complicated tale describes the conflict between commerce and morality as it played out in mid-19th century Maine.
Maine Experience - Eastport's Last Sardine
TRT12:38 Nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy 2007
The social documentary photographer Lewis Hine visited Eastport Maine in 1911 to record the working conditions of the children employed in the sardine factories. What he found were amazing stories of perseverance under difficult circumstances.
Maine Experience - A Day to Remember
TRT 6:30 Won the Boston/New England Emmy for Historical/Cultural Program Program/Special, 2008
This profile of Charles Norman Shay, a member of the Penobscot Nation, details his story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Shay was a medic in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, called “the Big Red One” for the patch these soldiers wore on their uniforms. His battalion was sent to land on the beach codenamed “Omaha” by the Supreme Allied Command led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many of Shay’s fellow soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice that day, June 6, 1944.
Fiddling to Fame Maine Experience 2006
TRT10:10 Nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy 2006
Born in the 1800's, fiddler Mellie Dunham of Norway, ME enjoyed such national fame that he's considered the state's first "rock star." A farmer and snowshoe-maker by trade, fame struck when he was invited by Henry Ford to play at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan theatre, which in turn led to a life of constant touring and fawning stories in the nation's gossip tabloids.