Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 328


Nancy Connolly was born on February 8, 1948 in Marstown, New Jersey. She attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years and the University of Southern Maine for two years. She was active with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and worked for Model Cities in Portland on the Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Task Force. After college graduation, she worked for St. Elizabeth’s Child Care Program, then with Head Start. She married Larry Connolly in the early 1970s, who worked for Model Cities and later was a state legislator for 16 years, beginning in 1972. After her husband’s death in 1988, she was granted a fellowship from the Muskie School of Public Service. After earning her master’s degree, she did consulting work, and in 1995 became the executive director for the Y.W.C.A. At the time of this interview she was working for the public service research arm of the Muskie School.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Model Cities, Portland; environmental protection in Maine; public works; urban planning and development; Vietnam War; and the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service.

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.