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UMFK Acadian Archives exhibit "Pomme De Terre: Potato Farming in Northern Maine" opens June 12.

June 9, 2006

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The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes of the University of Maine at Fort Kent invites the public to meet Myra Theriault on Monday, June 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the opening of her exhibit entitled "Pomme de Terre: Potato Farming in Northern Maine."

This exhibit also is on view in the Acadian Archives gallery through July 30. The gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Theriaults's exhibit includes poetry, non-fiction stories, documentary photography, and three different audio CDs entitled "What is happening to the potato industry in northern Maine? Why are these changes happening? and What are the different ways farming can go?" The multimedia exploration was Theriault's final project for receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The stories Theriault portrays in her exhibit need to be heard. As a farmer Hermel Martin of St. Francis tells Theriault in the written portion of this exhibit, "When I started here there were fifty-two farms from Fort Kent to the Allagash. Now there are only two farms; only two."

Theriault is the daughter of David and Nina Theriault both of Fort Kent. Currently, she is working in Bar Harbor as an organic gardener.

For more information call 834-7536.