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Pauleena MacDougall

Jason Canniff

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Fall 9-1-2010

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In April, 2010 we launched our Drive Dull Care Away campaign to raise the Sandy Ives Endowment fund to $1 million. Folklorist Nick Spitzer, who produces and hosts American Routes on NPR agreed to be our honorary chair of the campaign and came to Maine to speak at the University in support of the Maine Folklife Center and preserving the legacy of its founder, Edward D. "Sandy" Ives. The Ives legacy of teaching, fieldwork, publishing and public programming has come under threat due to University budget cuts. First the academic position was cut (teaching), then the archivist's position was cut (fieldwork and preservation) and the administrative assistant position was cut (general support). The Folklife Center's board of directors and remaining staff has worked on strategies to maintain and rebuild folklore at the University of Maine. We currently have adjunct teachers, a volunteer librarian who is assisting in the archives and strong student support to take care of day-to-day operations and accessioning of materials coming into the collection.


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