The paper mill on the Penobscot River in South Brewer, which became known as Eastern Fine Paper Co., began as a sawmill in 1884. Over the years it grew to be an important part of the region’s economy and a significant presence in the landscape. Its closing in 2005 affected more than the men and women who lost their jobs.
This new Maine Memory exhibit, created by a University of Maine graduate student, uses Maine Folklife Center archival material, including substantial oral history audio clips, to capture the Eastern Fine Paper story. The exhibit charts the evolution of the company, gender roles, the benefits of working for the mill, and the frustration and sadness experienced by company employees as a result of the mill’s closing.