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Writing and photography by Janet Mendelsohn

In her thorough, affectionate, and engaging exploration of Maine’s obscure and popular museums, Janet Mendelsohn provides an excellent guide to navigating Maine’s wealth of history and art. The book eloquently reminds us of Maine’s dedication to its art, culture, and history, and the importance of looking back as we continue to move forward.

— Maine Magazine

Maine’s Museums: Art, Oddities & Artifacts, published by Countryman Press, is available now in paperback or ebook from Barnes & Noble or Amazon  or your favorite local bookseller.

Why museums? Here’s what I told the Portsmouth (NH) Herald:  

At book events I’ve been talking about ways to create interesting theme destinations for daytrips and vacations based on your special interests. I’ve also been telling folks about the wonderful people I met while researching the book. They’re passionate about the stories revealed in their collections of fine and folk art, maritime and local history, natural science, Native American arts, and some really weird stuff. The book has nearly 100 photographs shot by me and interviews with Donna McNeil, former director, Maine Arts Commission; Earle Shettleworth, Jr., State Historian; and internationally acclaimed painter Barbara Ernst Prey.

More reviews:

Kennebec Journal – by George & Linda Smith, The Travelin\’ Maine(rs)  Maine’s Museums, Art, Oddities & Artifacts,” by Janet Mendelsohn (The Countryman Press), is a treasure trove of information about — well — Maine’s treasures.  As native Mainers, we were astonished by the hundreds of interesting places and things we’ve not seen in our home state. We’re pouring through Janet Mendelsohn’s very informative book…Join us!  Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel

‘Art, Oddities & Artifacts,’ Kittery journalist compiles Maine’s first museum book — Maine Living — Bangor Daily News by Aislinn Sarnacki

Portland Press Herald Q&A – August 15, 2011 by Bob Keyes

For A Legacy of Excellence: A History of Mount Auburn Hospital (1987-2008) came this:

We had a large scale writing project involving numerous interviews and lots of archival materials. Janet handled everything seamlessly. She delivered the project with minimal coordination on my end and the final product was outstanding.

Kelly McDade, Director of Marketing,Mount Auburn Hospital,Cambridge, MA