Maine State Museum hosts Donn Fendler on 75th anniversary of his harrowing experiences while lost for nine days in the Mt. Katahdin wilderness

Well-known book, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” to come alive on July 12 with Fendler’s stories and memories

AUGUSTA — In July 1939, 12-year-old Donn Fendler emerged exhausted and malnourished from the Mt. Katahdin wilderness after wandering lost and alone for nine days.

Seventy-five years later, the Maine State Museum is remembering Fendler’s courage and extraordinary story in a special exhibit that features the jacket he wore during his ordeal, newspaper and magazine articles recounting his story, his Boy Scout handbook, and a special medal of valor presented to Fendler by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Fendler will make an appearance at the Museum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12. He will present a free talk about his experiences 75 years ago. He will also be available to sign his well-known book for young readers, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine.” That book, and a later publication based on Fendler’s story, “Lost Trail: Alone in the Wilderness,” will both be available for sale at the Museum’s store.

Admission to the Museum will be free of charge all day on July 12. The special exhibit of  Fendler’s personal items will be on view at the museum through July 2014.

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