AUGUSTA — The governor’s Blaine Area was once decorated Friday no longer simply with vacation decorations but in addition with shows and pieces commemorating lady in Maine historical past and the 100th anniversary of girls’s suffrage within the state.

Decorations had been as soon as once more arrange by way of the Kennebec Valley Lawn Membership, which has been adorning the Blaine Area for greater than 35 years. They met early this summer time to interpret Gov. Janet Turbines’ theme of “Ladies in Maine Historical past” and procured items from around the state showcasing the paintings of notable stateswomen, outdoorswomen, poets, singers and extra.

Turbines led a excursion of the home on Friday. The entrance lobby is devoted to the 100th anniversary of girls’s suffrage in Maine, getting the proper to vote. The entrance reception room’s theme is “Land, Water and Barren region,” paying tribute to naturalists, farmers, writers and gardeners together with Celia Thaxter, Sarah Orne Jewett, Helen Nearing and Kate Furbish.

The solar room, devoted to arts and letters, options Dahlov Ipcar’s home made embellishes and a cushy sculpture Okapi, “Sacred Grove” over the fireside. The room additionally options Edna St. Vincent Millay’s yearbook from Megunticook Prime Faculty, courtesy of the Edna St. Vincent Millay abode in Rockland; books of poetry and prose, courtesy of Merrill’s Book shop in Hallowell; and the magnolia theme from her iconic photograph at Vassar. Finally, the room options the ostrich plume at the most sensible of the tree that is a part of the gown Lilian Nordica is dressed in in an image at the piano, a scrapbook stuffed with articles and ephemera, a photograph of her as “Columbia” within the suffrage struggle and lots of of her recordings remastered.

Different shows within the find out about, billiard room and circle of relatives eating room come with mementos to lighthouse keeper Abbie Burgess and different pieces on mortgage from the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland; a willpower to Cornelia “Flyrod” Crosby, the primary Maine information; and a willpower to “the 4 Mollys,” according to the “4 Mollys: Ladies of the Morning time,” an exhibition opening Jan. 31 on the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor.

The formal eating room, devoted to former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (a detailed circle of relatives pal of Turbines) and Maine’s army, can pay tribute to “The Woman of Maine” with a nod to her love of purple roses, ancient images and honorary oak leaf wreaths for her carrier at the militia committee.


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