Bill Whitman, interviewed by Elizabeth Hedler, September 21, 2001, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.

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NA 2686 (local)
September 21 2001 (Date created)

Whitman talks about his family history and their Maine farm; involvement in MOFGA; organic farming as outgrowth of traditional farm life; the beginnings of the Maine Festival and the Common Ground Fair; volunteering for the Common Ground Fair; first fair in 1977; security for the early years of the fair; Windsor fairgrounds; advantages of owning the fairground; coordinating the Common Kitchen that feeds fair volunteers; getting the food for the Common Kitchen; Litchfield fair grounds; changes in the fair; changes in kitchen equipment for the Common Kitchen; influence of Common Ground on other Maine fairs; and the manure pitch. 

Creator and/or Contributor
Bill Whitman (interviewee), Elizabeth Hedler (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Rural life (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Family histories (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Agricultural fairs (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Cultural change (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Culture conflict (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Foodways (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Entertainments (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Contests (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
1800 - 2001
Geographic Coverage
Turner, Maine (Geonames)
Bar Harbor, Maine (Geonames)
Hinckley, Maine (Geonames)
Portland, Maine (Geonames)
Unity, Maine (Geonames)
Windsor, Maine (Geonames)
Oregon, United States (Geonames)
Burlington, Vermont (Geonames)
Springfield, Maine (Geonames)
Lewiston, Maine (Geonames)
Litchfield, Maine (Geonames)
Windsor, Maine (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Bill Whitman (interviewee)
Elizabeth Hedler (interviewer)
Related Subjects:
Chaitanya York (subject)
Related Objects
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