Mariah Pfeiffer

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Oral History

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Paul “Poof” Tardiff is a school teacher in Berlin. He has researched and published books on the history and lore of Berlin and the Androscoggin.

Scope and Content Note

This interview covers the course of the Androscoggin river; its development as source of industrial power and transportation; logging processes and lore; Tardiff’s research about the Androscoggin and Berlin; Dan Bosse stories; pollution; the impact of Norwegian immigrants on Berlin; Tardiff’s public presence as a historian: special lectures for elementary school students, his writing, and boat tours; political issues: Tardiff’s deliberate public non-involvement, unemployment, and means of local revitalization; local industrial innovation; the impact of the decline of the mills; river restructuring; potential research contacts; and Macy Island.

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Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.