The Museum Bookshelf

Welcome to the Museum Bookshelf, where you’ll find a variety of suggestions to help you dig deeper into our shared history.

The staff and volunteers at the Museum continually consult books, journals, and other readings for our research into a variety of topics for exhibitions, collections, storytelling, genealogy and locations, and museum management (there might be a fiction book thrown in, too!).

We share these with you to provide wider insight into museum work, recommend some of our favorites, and further celebrate the history that brings us all together. All books are linked to their Amazon pages*, but we highly encourage you to check Kennebunk Free Library (or your local library) first!

*If you purchase through Amazon, please consider starting at to donate a portion of your purchase proceeds to the Brick Store Museum.

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Local History

Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce and Art in Southern Maine, edited by Laura Sprague

A Quiet, Well-Kept Place for Sensible People (Kennebunk Beach), by Rosalind Magnuson

Sketch of an Old River, by William Barry

Windows on the Past, edited by Tracy Baetz


National History

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, by Jeffrey Kluger

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865, by Patrick Rael

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)

Women’s Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood and Politics During the First World War, by Susan Grayzel

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)

The World Remade: America in World War I, by G.J. Meyer

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)


Material Culture

American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture, edited by Jules David Prown

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)

An Evolution of Useful Things, by Henry Petroski

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)


Museum Studies

Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory, by Michael Wallace

(Suggested by: Cynthia W.)