Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Frank B. Poyas

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 017

Scope and Content Note

This is the third of a series of interviews with Edmund S. Muskie conducted by Frank Poyas. At the time of the interview, Poyas was historian of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park and Muskie was serving his eighth term as Park Chairman. The interview is dedicated to discussions of many aspects of the Park’s history and operation. This interview focuses specifically on the Park’s facilities and special events. The interview covers the acquisition of several properties, including the Tucker Brown cottage, the Dead River land, the Prince cottage, and the Patterson property. Competing with the Campobello Company for the acquisition of property, anxiety over expansion, the gift of a boat called Lucinda presented by the Rotary Club, a possibility of a conference center, property values, and United States-Canadian relations are also discussed. Several special events are also discussed, including Lyndon B. Johnson’s visit and his presentation of a Presidential flag, the laying of the visitor’s center cornerstone, and the Park’s official opening, which was attended by the Queen Mother.

Use Restrictions

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.