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October Speaker Series on Zoom: Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine’s Bygone Log Drives with Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler

October 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

October 8
Free, registration required

In the early days of interior commercial logging, passage by river was the sole means of moving timber from stump to sawmill. By the time photojournalist Kosti Ruohomaa photographed a series of Maine log drives in the 1950s, river driving was only used on remote stretches of water where roads had not yet been built or improved for large trucks. It was labor intensive: skilled crews ushered logs downstream with hand tools, relying on strength, agility, mettle, and “keeping your head in the game”. The work was a spectacle and made for dynamic photographs; this was good fodder for Ruohomaa’s camera.

Using a selection of these images, PMM Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler will give us a glimpse of a lost enterprise; the subculture that grew up around it has made a lasting image in our historical mind’s eye. Register

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October 8, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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