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Curran Family Homestead Project

Identifier: MF015

Scope and Contents

The collection focuses on the Curran Family Homestead, a living history museum in Orrington, Maine. Interview topics include: memories of Alfred, Eddie, and Catherine Curran; dairy farming in East Orrington during the first half of the twentieth century; MA Crook and Sons Hillside Dairy; relationship between the Kimball family and the Currans; swimming in the Fields Pond in the summer; tobogganing on the Curran property in the winter; a genealogy of the Curran family; growing up in Orrington and spending time on the Curran farm; daily management of the farm; food preparation during the winter; an ice house; farm livestock; making alcohol during prohibition; working on the Curran farm; Alfred’s younger years; farming practices; life in Orrington in the early part of the 1900s; the layout of East Orrington in the 1920s –1930s; East Orrington’s saw mill; and the Audubon Society.


  • Creation: 1996

Conditions Governing Access

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18 items

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Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Collection Note

A series of student interviews done for Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ 1996 class.

Guide to the Curran Family Homestead Project
Digital Objects Available
Amanda Marden
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States