"I Was Content and Not Content" . . . originally took the form of a travelling exhibit, "One Year Later: The Closing of Penobscot Poultry and the Transition of a Veteran Fmployee." The original exhibit opened in 1989 in Belfast, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Penobscot's closing. Several Maine scholars lectured that evening, including Carolyn Chute, who presented an earlier version of her essay, "Faces in the Hands." Taking Linda's edited oral history and Cedric's photographs back to the community was an electrifying experience. Audience response led us to pursue the book project. "I Was Content and Not Content" . . . is currently under contract negotiations with Southern Illinois University Press for publication in 1997. Both the exhibit and the book project were made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Maine Folklife Center and grant support from the Maine Humanities Council. We would like to thank Linda Lord for her generosity and her commitment to sharing her story. We are fortunate to have her as our collaborator and friend.
1 Louis Starr, "Oral History," Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, ed. David K. Dunaway and Willa K. Baum (Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1984) 4. (back)

2 Samuel Schrager, "What is Social in Oral History?" International Journal of Oral History 4.2 (1983): 76. (back)

3 Schrager 77. (back)

4 Kristin M. Langellier, "Personal Narratives: Perspectives On Theory and Research," Text and Performance Ouarterly 9 (1989): 255. See also Richard Bauman and Charles L. Briggs, "Poetics and Performance as Critical Perspectives on Language and Social Life," Annual Review of Anthropology 19 (1990): 66-67. (back)

5 Langeilier 255-256. (back)

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