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In 1947, at the request of the Maine Agricultural Extension Service, personnel of the USDA and Extension Service studied three Maine towns: Addison, in Washington County; Easton, in Aroostook County; and Turner, in Androscoggin County. The purpose of the studies was to determine the factors related to participation in Extension and other community-based activities; results of the research were summarized in Hay et al. (1949). The 1986-89 study of Addison analyzed in this publication is a component of a research project that focuses also on Easton and Turner and Landaff, New Hampshire. The current study is not, per se, a duplication of the earlier research. The two projects employed different research methodologies. In the 1986-1989 series of studies, the author relied on key informants to obtain data related to the structure and functioning of key institutions in the four communities and focused on social change in each of the communities. To obtain the necessary data for each of the major social institutions—economics, education, family, government, religion, and the process of social stratification—the author interviewed residents of the town and personnel of relevant institutions and agencies. During the three-year observation and interviewing process, the author interviewed more than 50 Addison residents. All formal interviews were tape recorded and later transcribed. The author also used town reports, a published history, local documents, and newspapers.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Addison, Maine, social conditions, rural sociology
Ploch, L.A. 1990. Addison—Its persistencies and changes. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 829.