Mellie Dunham: Man of Many Talents

A team from the Norway Historical Society recently finished a multi-part Maine Memory exhibit on one of the town’s more famous citizens–Alanson Mellen “Mellie” Dunham (1851-1931). The exhibit is up to kick off the second annual Mellie Dunham Shoe and String Festival, on February 11 in Norway.

Mellie Dunham playing his fiddle, ca. 1927

Mellie Dunham playing his fiddle, ca. 1927

Something of a Renaissance man, Mellie was both a master fiddler and a largely self-taught, and leading, snowshoe maker in his day. He played his music for Henry Ford, and he outfitted Admiral Robert Peary for his 1908-1909 North Pole expedition — among others.

The exhibit explores both sides of Dunham’s creative and productive life, as well as that of his family members.

 

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