While World War II raged overseas, the people of midcoast Maine responded with remarkable achievements on the homefront. The shipyard at Bath Iron Works launched a new destroyer every seventeen days. Bowdoin College had more military than civilian students and held three commencements per year. Boothbay Harbor, Bailey Island and Damariscotta all had military bases, and anyone who owned or sailed a boat was recruited for coastal defense. Women worked at machine shops, registered their neighbors for rationing and volunteered for the Civil Defense and Red Cross. Author Margaret Shiels Konitzky reveals the stories of local heroes and the relentless spirit of midcoast Maine.
Margaret Shiels Konitzky grew up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University. Peggy escaped from the business world in 2001 to pursue her true passions of history and museums. She currently manages several historic house museums for Historic New England and lives with her husband, Gus, and their mischievous cat, Raffi, in an 1830 house in Topsham, Maine.