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.
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.