Presque Isle resident and retired farmer Claude Lamoreau recently donated an 1856 map of the United States to the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library.

City of Presque Isle
City of Presque Isle

The full color map, appraised at $5,800, represents what pre-Civil War era map makers felt the United States and its neighbor Mexico may have looked like.

Mr. Lamoreau’s parents emigrated from Canada in the 1920s to a large farmhouse in Easton.  This map apparently made the move with the family and was stored in the attic where Claude and his brother discovered it as young children.  Years later, a now married Claude reclaimed the map with his wife, Marilyn, and proudly displayed it in their home for decades.

Lamoreau and his wife discussed the eventual disposition of the map, and, prior to her passing, the decision was made to donate it to the library to be displayed for the public to view.  Sonja Eyler, Library Director, called the map, “A magnificent gift to the whole community, which now belongs to every citizen.”  The five foot high by six foot wide map, after being curated by the library’s artist-in-residence, Cliff Boudman, will be displayed on a prominent wall and will be included in tours of the library.

For more information on the map or the library and its services, please contact the library by phone at (207) 764-2571, in person at 39 Second Street, or on the web at

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