The first library in Maine was founded at Kittery in 1751 by Sir William Pepperell, and the first public library was opened in Castine in 1855. Maine has 269 libraries, including the outstanding libraries of the University of Maine, the Maine Historical Society in Portland, and the Maine State Library in the capitol at Augusta. The library at Bowdoin College is also noteworthy. Each year the state’s libraries circulate an average of 7.3 books for every resident.
One of Maine’s notable museums is the Farnsworth Art Museum, and its Center for the Wyeth Family, in Rockland; another is the Portland Museum of Art, with collections of paintings by major 18th and 19th century American artists, as well as sculpture by Maine native Benjamin Paul Akers.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art also contains important American paintings and an impressive antiquities collection.
Maine also has a number of museums of special historical interest, such as the marine museums at Bath and Searsport, and the Abbe Museum, in Bar Harbor, which contains an extensive Native American collection. The Center for Maine History in Portland and the State Museum in the capitol building in Augusta also display a number of Native American relics. The town of Bar Harbor features a Museum of Natural History and in the nearby town of Southwest Harbor is the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving. The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, at Bowdoin College, features polar artifacts and exploration lore.
Maine’s first newspaper, the Falmouth Gazette, was founded in 1785 in Portland (then Falmouth). In 2002 Maine had 7 daily newspapers. Influential dailies included the Kennebec Journal, published in Augusta; the Bangor Daily News; and the Portland Press Herald.
The first radio station, WABI in Bangor, was established in 1922 and the first television station, WABI-TV, in 1953. In 2002, Maine had 15 AM and 47 FM radio stations, and 13 television stations. "Maine" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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