UMM Releases History Book

Randall Kindleberger writes history of 100-year-old institution

Randy Kindleberger

MACHIAS, ME – Hours before the University of Maine at Machias’ 98th Commencement on Saturday, May 16, history professor Randall Kindleberger gave a reading from her new book, The University of Maine at Machias, 1909 –2009, A History.

Kindleberger wrote the book at the suggestion of President Cynthia Huggins to mark the school’s 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated over the next three years.

A crowd of nearly twenty-five faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, gathered in Portside to hear the author read from her new book and provide insight into how the history of the 100-year-old institution came together.

“I’ve been working on this project for more than two years,” said Kindleberger. “I’ve been affiliated with UMM for nearly half of my life, and the opportunity to explore its history and now to see the finished product has been very rewarding.”

In addition to reading and discussing several excerpts from her book, the author spoke about the challenges she faced putting the pieces together.

“I couldn’t possibly survey all the sources or interview everyone involved,” said Kindleberger. “So many people in Washington County have some connection to UMM.”

Kindleberger said that she tried to balance the celebratory and the analytical and hopes that the book will appeal to readers interested in higher education and Washington County as well those associated with UMM. There are forty-plus photos in addition to the text.

Copies of the book are available for $10 at UMM’s Murdock Bookstore or by calling (207) 255-1210.

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