Conversations from the Pointed Firs 1/5/24: Loreen LaBar

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger
Music by Casey Neill

Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a monthly audio series with Maine-connected authors and artists discussing new books and creative projects that invoke the spirit of Maine, its history, its ecology, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life. Airs the first Friday of every month from 4-5pm. Online at

This month:
This month on Conversations from the Pointed Firs host Peter Neill sits down with Laureen LaBar, Archaeologist and curator emerita at the Maine State Museum, Laureen LaBar is author of numerous publications and books, most recently “Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community”, published in 2021 by Down East Books. Laurie received her B.A. in Anthropology from University of Vermont, and her Masters of Art from the prestigious Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware. Her interests include American decorative arts including furniture, metals, textiles and ceramics, Civil War flags, Indian trade silver, Prehistoric textiles and ceramic technology. She lives near Augusta, Maine.

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.