Merrill Library to Hold Book Reading

Machias, ME – The University of Maine at Machias’ Merrill Library will hold a book reception and reading on Friday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Room of Merrill Library for Stephanie Francis and Donald Soctomah. Together they have updated the booklet, Baskets of the Dawnland People, originally produced by Ms. Francis’ grandfather, the late Joseph A. Nicholas.

Stephanie Francis, a senior Fine Arts student at the University of Maine at Machias, began working about a year ago to help her terminally ill grandfather update the booklet, which describes the process and provides a history of Passamaquoddy basket making.  The booklet features the craftsmanship and art of not only the Passamaquoddy, but also of the Penobscot, Micmac and Maliseet tribes.

Stephanie received help on the project from her brother Scott Francis, and from Donald Soctomah, historian and Passamaquoddy tribal state representative. Together they were able to have a draft ready for tribal elder Joseph “Cozy” Nicholas to review shortly before his death.

The event is free and open to the public. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase and a selection of Passamaquoddy baskets will be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Marianne Thibodeau, Associate Librarian, at 255-1256 or

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