Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine on August 17, 1948. Earle’s father, Earle Sr., was born in Connecticut and came to Maine to manage Woolworth’s on Congress Street in Portland from 1933-1946, then opened a small chain of 5 & 10 cent stores, E. G. Shettleworth Company. Earle wrote a history column, “Portland’s Heritage” for Portland Press Herald during his high school and college years. He attended Colby College, class of 1970, with a degree in architectural/art history and later Boston University, receiving a Master’s in architectural history. He did a pictorial history of Maine for a bicentennial project in 1968-1969. Governor Curtis appointed him to the Archives Board in 1969. He joined the Historical Preservation Commission in 1971 and became Director of the Commission in 1976.
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