Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Frank B. Poyas

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 018

Scope and Content Note

This is the fourth and final 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. Topics include special events, such as the Park’s 25th anniversary. The interview also covers other topics, including the proposed Pittston and Machiasport refineries and litigation thereabout; national interest in Maine’s resources; Stewart Udall’s proposal for a park in Maine; balancing environmental concerns with promoting and allowing visitors to enjoy the benefits of state parks; Harvard School of Design’s proposed innovations to Roosevelt Campobello International Park; interrelations between the National Park Service, Parks Canada, and the RCIP commission; Canadian employees of the park and their wages; Muskie’s predictions and concerns for the future of the park: tourism, the Roosevelt memory; other memorial parks vs. presidential libraries; attractions of the park; and the role of Commissioner of the Park.

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.