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Hardcover, 8.5” x 11″
543 pages with color and
b/w photographs and illustrations
ISBN 978-1-63381-194-2

by John Bird

Focusing on the people and other key factors that shaped the story, this book chronicles Rockland’s beginnings as part of Thomaston, its rapid rise and separation from the parent community, and its cultural and material maturation followed by signs of stagnation and decline, concluding with a description of its cultural and economic reinvigoration


John Bird grew up in Rockland, Maine, and following graduation from Bowdoin College began a thirty-year career as a teacher and school head in independent schools in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southwest regions. Returning to midcoast Maine, John spent seventeen years as a leadership and planning consultant. He is the author of one other book, also about his hometown.

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