Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 416


Maralyn (Morton) Schoenberger was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Maine with her husband in 1956. Her political views were strongly influenced by a book read at the age of 16, Valley of Decision. Her husband, Walter Smith “Bud” Schoenberger, taught at the University of Maine, Orono after he graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She ran for the School Board in 1968 at the request of her daughter Corinne. She briefly lived in Silver Spring, MD when her husband took a leave of absence from the University of Maine. She was active on the Maine Democratic Committee as well as in organizing young voters. In 2000 she was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Bud Schoenberger’s political activities; Young Democrats in Maine; personality of Ed and Jane Muskie; University of Maine social life; Boy’s State; John Donovan; Muskie and Vietnam; New Hampshire incident; Mainers and outsiders; widespread participation in the Democratic Party during the 1960s; political backgrounds of her husband and his family; political activism at the University of Maine during the Vietnam War; Model United Nations; and the election of Ken Curtis.

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.