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A Hall and a Man: The Cyrus Pavilion Theatre

While not a hall, the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre has served the students of the University of Maine as much as any traditional hall.  Though the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre did not exist by this name until the early 1990s, it has been a part of the University for as long as most other buildings on campus […]

A Hall & A Man: Abner Coburn (Part III) – Beneficiary of Higher Education

So now we have seen just how successful a businessman Abner Coburn was, but how was he important to the University of Maine you ask?  Oh, you didn’t ask.  Well, I’m going to tell you anyway. In addition to being an established businessman, Abner Coburn was also heavily involved in politics.  He was first elected […]

A Hall & A Man: Abner Coburn (Part II) – The Shrewd Businessman

When we left off Abner Coburn was just starting to come in to his own.  Let’s see how far he got. From 1830 to 1845 Abner and Philander Coburn worked alongside their father, and when their father died in 1845, the two brothers carried on the business.  In addition to being one of the most […]

A Hall & A Man: Abner Coburn (Part I) – His Early Life

It was only by chance that I chose to feature Coburn Hall in this post, although I am sure I would have got to it eventually anyway.  When I started doing my research I came to realize that there are numerous halls that share the name Coburn.  Much to my surprise many of these halls […]

A Hall & A Man: Wingate

In this series I will discuss many of the buildings that we have all walked by hundreds of times, but never really gave a second thought (after all, we were all planning on what we were going to do once class was over… that is assuming we went).  I will give a little history on […]

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