Research

Connecting Photography and Film with History

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Associate Professor of History Elizabeth (Libby) Bischof continues her exploration of American society within Maine's history through the lens of the camera. She is writing an article featuring the turn-of-the-century Maine photographer Chansonetta Stanley Emmons and the importance of rural Maine and mother-daughter collaboration in her photographs.  Dr. Bischof recently completed a book chapter with the Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, Maine) on the importance of regional signifiers and local affinities in personal film and home movies from Northern New England in the 1920s and 1930s.  She is also one of the lead scholars for a three-year NEH grant with the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society, entitled, Local and Legendary: Maine and the Civil War, which allows five Maine communities per year to analyze and develop community programs based on their town's experiences during the Civil War. Bischof will be collaborating with state historian Earle Shettleworth and retired Portland Museum of Art Senior Curator, Susan Danly to write about the history of photography in Maine.  Besides her research and teaching, she enjoys connecting students with local history and stories, helping them obtain internships at museums and historical societies, mentoring interests into careers, while improving the cultural and intellectual life of Maine residents.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.