Dietrich, Mary Lou Collection

Dietrich, Mary Lou Collection
Credit: Mary Lou Dietrich Collection, Northeast Historic Film. A man playing the violin on the beach, Maine, 1956.
      film (7,800 ft) : si., b&w and col. ; 8mm
      film (100 ft) : si., b&w and col. ; 16mm
      1954 – 1970
      Orrington, Maine
      Cape Rosier, Maine
      Estes Park, Colorado
      Tampa, Florida
      This collection contains 153 reels of 8mm home movies filmed by Albert G. Dietrich and Mary Miller Dietrich and one 16 mm reel of home movies filmed by Mary's father Alton Miller. The footage was shot primarily in Maine and includes family activities and vacations with their three children, and an exchange student from Finland who lived with the Family in 1967. In addition to shots of their home in Orrington and camp life in Cape Rosier there are shots of the Penobscot Bay islands and Helen and Scott Nearing's Forest Farm in Harborside. There are also travel films from around New England including Lake Winnipesaukee, Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec and Las Animas, Colorado.
      Mary Miller Dietrich (1919-2004) was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919. She studied at Mount Holyoke College and Tufts University Medical School, becoming a M.D. in 1945. Early in her career she maintained a private practice out of her house in Orrington, Maine. She would later work at the Cutler Student Health Center at the University of Maine, Eastern Maine General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital in Bangor. She belonged to a number of medical societies, including the American Women's Association, the Penobscot County Medical Society, the Bangor Medical Club, and the American Academy of General Practice. Mary was also an active volunteer, and an accomplished artist and musician. She passed away on October 5, 2004.

      Mary Miller Dietrich married Albert G. Dietrich (1914-2002) in 1947. Albert was a social worker who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. A conscientious objector during World War II, he served with the Civilian Public Service. Albert worked at a social worker in Iowa and Nebraska before settling in Maine. There, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Maine, the executive director of Community Health and Counseling Services, and a teacher at the Bangor Theological Seminary and Bangor Community College. He was also appointed the chair of the Committee of Child Welfare, and served on multiple other committees related to mental health issues. Albert passed away on June 17, 2002. 

      Mary and Albert had three children, Mary Louise, David, and Mark, who also appear in the films. The family divided their time between Orrington and Cape Rosier, Maine. They were also friends with peace activists Peace Pilgrim, and Scott and Helen Nearing of Harborside, Maine. 
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