My parents went to different school systems in Portland, Maine and were a year apart, but in 1950, they both worked on comprehensive Maine book projects. The books they created are packed with maps, post cards, brochures, newspaper clippings, and essays on Maine geography, counties, industries, tourism, wildlife, outdoor activities and facts. When I found my Dad’s this week, 69 years after he made it, he sat down and read it with a big smile. He said he remembers being proud of it. I don’t know if the project assignment was part of a 130th anniversary of Statehood observance or if the book-building was part of a Maine studies school curriculum, but these gems are way up on my list of special Maine artifacts.