Ring, Elizabeth (1902 - 1997)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Elizabeth Ring was born in Orono, she received her Master's Degree in History from the University of Maine (1926) and was a fellow in Economics and Politics at Bryn Mawr (1930-31). She taught at high schools in Plymouth NH (1923-25) and Westerly RI (1926-30). During the 1930's, she received a Coe Research Fund Grant to continue the study of local history. She taught Maine history at the University of Maine (1938) and Bates College (1939-40) and substituted at South Portland High School during WWII.

She was the first in the state to study local history as a subject area and later the first to teach it.

She was well known for her study of the McArthur Family of Limington which she used to chronicle life in a small, Maine town.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Progressive Movement of 1912 and Third Party Movement of 1924 in Maine (1933)
  • Aids to the Teaching of Maine in the Public Schools
  • Maine Bibliographies: A Bibliographical Guide (1973)
  • The Myth of a One Party State (1977)
  • The McArthurs of Limington, Maine 1783-1917: The Family in America a Century Ago (1992)
  • A Reference List of Manuscripts Relating to the History of Maine (1992)
  • Maine in the Making of the Nation 1783-1870 (1996)