Earlier this year, when fourth graders from two Bangor schools were creating a children’s book about Bangor’s Great Fire of 1911 there was a problem. So many drawings and so few pages available.
That’s when the Bangor Historical Society and the Maine Discovery Museum, who partnered on the book project, decided to find a way to showcase the hundreds of illustrations so the community could see all of the children’s contributions.
“The kids worked so hard on this project and we wanted to find a way for people to see the results,” Bangor Historical Society Executive Director Melissa Gerety said. “We contacted The First and asked if they would help us produce a student art show. Thankfully, they signed on as our sponsor and Bangor Mall found us space in Center Court.”
Each of the pieces submitted by the students is on display at Center Court in Bangor Mall now through July 31st.
The art was created as part of the “What Minerva Saw” book project. The project resulted in the production of a children’s book based on what students thought Minerva, a ship’s figurehead who was poised on an Exchange Street building during the fire, saw. The entire book was written and illustrated by the students. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Maine Discovery Museum and the Bangor Historical Society. Books may also be ordered via email to firstname.lastname@example.org