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Robert G. Nisbet, Editor-in-Chief

Lawrence D. Pinkham, Willard Nisbet, Jr., Managing Editors

Warren E. McAvoy, Sports Editor

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The Maine Annex, published by the students of the University of Maine at the Brunswick Campus, was launched January 10, 1947. Editors introduced the publication as "the product of a group of progressive students" attending the Brunswick Campus. The goal of the publication, according to editors, was to "tell the story of our life on this campus." The four-page, tabloid-sized paper included display advertising from area businesses. Following World War II, the federal G.I. Bill enabled approximately 2.3 million, predominantly white male Veterans to receive a post-secondary education. To accommodate increased enrollment, in 1946 the University of Maine established the Brunswick Campus at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The remote campus operated until spring 1949, when Veteran registrations waned. This two-page Extra edition of The Maine Annex features several stories related to the launch of the fund drive to build the Memorial Union on the University of Maine, Orono campus with fundraising goal of $21,000 for the Brunswick campus. Student donations from the Orono launch event netted an estimated $94,000. Where the Memorial Gymnasium was constructed as a tribute to World War I war dead among the Alumni, the Memorial Union was to serve as a tribute to 175 UMaine Alumni who died in World War II.


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