In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

Life on a Tidal River

Ebb and Flow of Bangor History

Cohen Students

Throughout the school year 2009-2010 more than 120 7th grade students in Mr. Ron Bilancia's quarterly Maine Studies classes worked on this project. All students received instruction on how to handle artifacts and how to scan these artifacts. They also learned how to do "Good History." One day each week students were divided into four groups: one scanning artifacts with Bill Cook, Bangor Public Library Special Collections librarian, and the other three working with teacher Ron Bilancia, librarian Priscilla Soucie, and Bangor Museum and History Center curator, Dana Lippitt, researching and/or cataloging primary sources to find information on Everett (Shep) Hurd and the Brady Gang and ultimately writing the text for this exhibit. Throughout the year many volunteers from the Bangor community came into the classroom to tell the Cohen students about Shep Hurd, the Brady Gang, Bangor in the 1930's, and antique cars. Many of these volunteers came into the classroom each quarter so that all students would have a similar experience.

Below are some photos of our students working on this project.