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Bangor Waterfront Revitalization Collection

Identifier: MF156

Collection Note

This collection consists of two interviews conducted by Pauleena MacDougall in November and December 2008 about the development of the Bangor waterfront. John M. Rohman was the CEO of WBRC, a firm of architects and engineers. Rodney McKay was Director of Community and Economic Development for the city of Bangor. Included in the collection is a copy of the Bangor Waterfront Master Plan and a Powerpoint presentation about Maine’s creative economy.


  • Creation: 2008


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2 items

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NA3714 Rodney McKay, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, December 17, 2008, at the Bangor City Hall, Bangor, Maine. McKay talks about the Bangor Waterfront cleanup; initial plans for the waterfront in the 1980s; purchasing of lots and buildings along the waterfront; cleanup of water and soil; Maine Army National Guard involvement; redevelopment above and below ground along the waterfront; replacement of the bulkhead and cribwork; future plans for the seafront and along Front Street; sources of funding; primary people and groups who kept the vision together; city interest in the project; historical preservation; challenges faced during the project; National Folk Festival’s involvement; development of the harbor for cruise ships; further development and possible connections to other cities and major attractions outside of Bangor; cultural activities; growth of downtown Bangor; ideas for development of downtown Bangor; Bangor Center Corporation. Also included: a manuscript titled “Bangor Waterfront Master Plan,” by the City of Bangor, 2 Xerox copies of color photographs of the Bangor Waterfront.

Text: 11 pp. transcript, 29 pp. master plan and 1 pp. copy business card (in CF folder) Recordings: mfc_na3714_cd2430_01 36 minutes

NA3715 John Rohman, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, November 19, 2008, Bangor, Maine. Rohman talks about the development of downtown Bangor and the waterfront; funding for the development project; effect Bangor Mall opening had on downtown Bangor; barriers to developing downtown; downtown as the heart of the community; how the National Folk Festival changed the downtown; how the National Folk Festival started; fundraising for the National Folk Festival; growth of apartments and restaurants downtown. Also included: manuscript of “Maine’s creative economy; connecting community, creativity & commerce”.

Text: 11 pp. transcript, 1 pp. notes and 23 pp. manuscript of PP presentation (in CF folder) Recordings: mfc_na3715_cd2431_01 38 minutes

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.

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Guide to Bangor Waterfront Revitalization Collection
In Progress
Amy Dias
May 2018
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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