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June 18, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Congratulates Maine Author Micah A. Pawling

New Book Chronicles Historic Expedition in Maine


Augusta- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap welcomed Maine Author Micah A. Pawling to the Hall of Flags in Maine’s State House today to commemorate the publication of Pawling’s new book, Wabanaki Homeland and the New State of Maine: The 1820 Journal and Plans of Survey of Joseph Treat. “Micah Pawling has done a tremendous service for our state and country,” Dunlap said, “by presenting this important historical event to the masses. The exploration undertaken by Joseph Treat on behalf of the newly founded state of Maine, with the invaluable aid of John Neptune, then lieutenant governor of the Penobscot Tribe, is akin to the famous expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.”

Pawling’s meticulous research included poring over the actual hand-written journal and maps created by Joseph Treat during his 1820 exploration. The original documents are preserved at the State Archives. “An invaluable by-product of Pawling’s effort is a digital version of Treat’s writings and maps, created by staff at the State Archives,” Dunlap explained. “Now these events can be thoroughly investigated by even casual historians, without compromising the very delicate original documents.”

Joining Dunlap at the commemoration was the author and several members of the Maine Legislature, including Donna Loring, Representative of the Penobscot Nation, and Donald Soctomah, the Passamaquoddy Tribal Representative.

The newly published volume was edited and annotated by Pawling, who also wrote the book’s introduction. Copies of the new book are now readily available from a variety of retailers, as well as on-line from the University of Massachusetts Press.

Micah A. Pawling is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Maine.