Title

An article on "organic museums," where visitors can encounter the intimate and t

Authors

Colin Sargent

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

5-2005

Pages

28-37

Abstract

An article on "organic museums," where visitors can encounter the intimate and the odd. The Maine museums include: the Neal Dow Memorial in Portland, where tour guide and custodian, Rob Quatrano, 50, finds parallels between his life and Neal Dow's; the L .C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, a natural history museum directed by Deborah Stabler, which contains oddities like a marlin caught by Ernest Hemingway; the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley, where Reich, a former student of Sigmund Freud, developed his extreme theories and was eventually jailed for selling "orgone boxes" meant to concentrate sexual energy; and Castle Tucker Museum in Wiscasset, a "Yankee Parthenon" owned by SPINEA but lived in and run by a descendant of previous owners, Miss Jane Tucker, who guards the Tucker legacy and offers tours.

Subjects

Museums

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