What is a Maine Story? Chapter Seven: Music and Performance

Maine has a long music history that blends various musical styles and traditions. Check out this online exhibit of Music in Maine on the Maine Memory Network website.

Then stop by the library to view an exhibition of documents related to this history in person!

Grand State of Maine, 
proudly we sing 
To tell your glories to the land, 
To shout your praises till the echoes ring. 
Should fate unkind 
send us to roam, 
The scent of the fragrant pines, 
the tang of the salty sea 
Will call us home.

CHORUS: 
Oh, Pine Tree State, 
Your woods, fields and hills, 
Your lakes, streams and rock bound coast 
Will ever fill our hearts with thrills, 
And tho' we seek far and wide 
Our search will be in vain, 
To find a fairer spot on earth 
Than Maine! Maine! Maine!

(Sheet music available here in PDF format.)

The Bangor Public Library has an extensive collection of sheet music and music books (such as the State of Maine Song booklet above).

The library even had its own Music Branch from 1929 to 1972 located at the Symphony House. The house, located at 166 Union Street, was home to the Northern Conservatory of Music. The closure of the Conservatory in 1972 and proposed sale of the house required the library to moves its collection to its Harlow Street building. One benefit to patrons was the expanded hours!