Maine State Museum goes to the dogs

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A Chinook, image courtesy of Perry Greene Kennel

Dog lovers, especially Chinook fans, take note: Rick Skoglund, owner of Waldoboro’s Perry Greene Kennels, and Jessica Mauer, of Lewiston’s Great Mountain Chinooks, will be visiting the Maine State Museum, in Augusta, with their Chinooks, on April 24, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Museum admission is free for the day.

The program is in conjunction with the exhibit, “An American Breed in Maine,” which shows the museum’s recently-acquired Perry Greene Kennel collection.  The collection, donated by Skoglund and  his wife, Martha Kalina, documents the history and popularity of the Chinook breed in American culture.

Arthur Walden of New Hampshire began the breed as sled dogs in 1917.  By 1947, Perry Greene had acquired the breed from Walden and moved to Waldoboro, where he operated the only kennel in the world that bred and sold Chinooks. The breed is most famous for its travels with Admiral Richard Byrd on his expedition to the South Pole in the 1920s. Read the breed’s history here.

While here, don’t miss the rest of the museum. It really is one of Maine’s unsung assets.