About

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, and other events and initiatives. We work to help the humanities flourish.

The Solon Center helps community-based projects and works with community organizations like Maine Insights, a 501(c)4 statewide newsmagazine, to make our educational materials more accessible. With the help of Maine Insights we are looking forward to the launch our own Solon Center literary/art magazine in 2018.

Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company.

Polar Bear & Company publishes books that enhance our cultural heritage, creative economy, and democracy. We strive to improve the quality of life through literature and art. We hope to give well-intentioned, creative people avenues for their words, wisdom, wit and other talents, so they can reach individuals to create stronger communities.

Polar Bear’s titles range from books of the Maine coast, lakes and rivers, like Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine, (canoe routes that had never been documented), to the series of picture books about Clipper the Maine Island Puppy, to Maine historian Neil Rolde’s titles of cultural significance.

Democracy flourishes when creativity is allowed freedom of expression.

Solon Center for Research and Publishing is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections.

Please read more about our community projects HERE.

The Solon Center, 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841

And at Polar Bear, P.O. Box 311, Solon, ME 04979

What’s in a name?

Solon is considered on of the first founders of democracy, in Greece. He was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet. For us the name fit, plus we started out in Solon, Maine.

From our Articles of Incorporation:

“This charitable institution has been organized and is incorporated as a public benefit corporation in pursuant to the Maine Nonprofit Corporation Act . . . and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes . . .

“In furtherance thereof, but not by way of limitation, the primary purpose of the Corporation shall be to encourage the growth of Maine’s communities through education and literary means. The Corporation shall be organized and empowered to do everything necessary, proper, advisable or convenient for the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes, and to do all other things incidental to them, or connected with them, that are not forbidden by law . . .”

Contact our Executive Director: Paul Cornell du Houx at solon@tds.net - 207.643.2795

Delores Ramona Cornell du Houx- President

Beau Alessi -Treasurer

Gordon Spinney -Secretary

John Crowley

Alexander Cornell du Houx