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Pauleena MacDougall

Elizabeth Hedler

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Fall 9-1-2002

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When Stephen Cole first phoned the Northeast Archives in the winter of 1988, to urge us to support a modest documentary of the closing of Penobscot Poultry, Co., in Belfast, Maine, he had little idea I suspect, what he was getting us all into. Penobscot Poultry — Maine's last broiler processing firm located in Waldo County, the heart of chicken processing country — was about to close down, and Steve thought the Northeast Archives should do something about it.

"I Was Content and Not Content": The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000) grew out of that modest documentation project. What evolved was a multi-year initiative, funded by grants from the Maine Humanities Council. Cedric Chatterley photographed and conducted follow-up interviews with Linda at work in the "blood tunnel," at home and in her community, and on her job search. I joined Cedric to co-curate an exhibit based on the interviews and photographs. The resulting exhibit, titled "One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Employee," appeared at six sites in the state; we hosted forums at each location and learned about the impact of plant closure in Maine's communities.


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