A feature piece on the renascence of Bangor, once a wealthy shipping and lumber
A feature piece on the renascence of Bangor, once a wealthy shipping and lumber town, still endowed with cultural assets unusual for a town of its size. The Bangor Public Library recently raised $8.5 million for renovations, with the help of authors Stephen and Tabitha King, enhancing an institution which for 40 years has had the highest per capita use of any city in the country. Although the city has never had the critical mass necessary to support an art museum, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra was revitalized by world-class conductor, Werner Torkanowsky, who retired to Maine and took it on. The orchestra is the longest-running, continually active, community orchestra in the nation. Downtown Bangor is dotted with opera houses, one of them home to the 25-year-old Penobscot Theatre Company. The city is also a growing commercial and medical hub for the surrounding area.
Bangor, Bangor Public Library, Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Gold, Donna, "A feature piece on the renascence of Bangor, once a wealthy shipping and lumber" (1998). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 2920.