Grant to fund publication on Washington County POW camp

PLEASANT POINT — A World War II German POW camp in Washington County is the subject of a forthcoming publication.

The American Association of University Women has awarded a $6,000 grant to support the work of University of Maine Assistant Professor Bonnie Newsom and Passamaquoddy Tribal Historian Donald Soctomah.

In 2013, the two collaborated and supervised the archaeological study of the site, one of seven German POW camps in Maine, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense munitions cleanup effort.

The grant will fund the publication of a broader manuscript that uses the results of the study to focus on the history of the POW camp on Passamaquoddy land.

The publication will shed light on an undocumented aspect of Maine and tribal history, and offer a Native American perspective on German POW camps in the state. The project also highlights a model for building tribal capacity through archaeological skills development and training in the Passamaquoddy community.

“I am honored to be a recipient of this award and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Office on this publication,” Newsom said. “It will help ensure that the archaeology of the World War II POW camp becomes accessible to the public and integrates a Passamaquoddy perspective.”

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