About

Our mission is to 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 for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation. The Solon Center helps community-based projects and works with community organizations like Maine Insights Newsmagazine, to make our educational materials more accessible. We are proud to have projects that defend humanity, our public lands, our cultural heritage and showcase avenues to help abate climate change.

Some initiatives are: 

  • In 2019 we launched our own Solon Center literary/art book after a statewide contest where we gathered stories from new Maine authors. It was so successful we turned it into an annual contest and Literary Art Journal. 
  • Our latest project working with Elected Officials to Protect America is Protect Earth Newsmagazine, which highlights what lawmakers from the local level on up to the Federal Government are doing to protect the earth from climate change.
  • Gallery Fukurou is our gallery/book showroom meeting place in Rockland, Maine where we discuss our projects and make deeper connections with our community.
  • Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company. We published over 100 titles. PB & Co. 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 & Company is an independent literary publishing established in 1998 with a primary focus on place, histories, things that inspire (what might be called hope), and the imagination.

Our list of community projects is much longer. Please read more about them HERE.

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. 

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing at: 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841. Our book publishing operations are at 8 Brook Street, 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.

Paul du Houx-Executive Director

Born in Los Angeles, Paul grew up mainly in Switzerland, the UK, and Southern Ireland. He is a graduate Amherst College, with an honors degree in economics and French. He began work in London writing currency reports for Maxwell Stamp, LLC. With the object of discovering more about the economy, he acquired experience as an auditor for PwC UK and in computer sales and marketing. Publishing books, art, and a news magazine led to founding the Solon Center for Research and Publishing. Paul is the author of Unicycle, the Book of Fictitious Symmetry and Non-Random Truth (Nature’s Democratic Pi). Contact our Executive Director at solon(at) tds.net – 207.672.6055

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Delores Ramona du Houx- President

Ramona is the Executive Director of Maine Insights Newsmagazine which she founded in 2005, as well as a writer, photographer and illustrator. She’s cofounder of the non-profit Solon Center for Research and Publishing, a cause-oriented organizer, Director of The Solon Center’s gallery, Fukurou, and owns Insights-public relations. She has published a novel, short stories, various news features and articles as well as children’s poems. As a public relations specialist she’s put together campaigns, written grants, opeds, designed websites, logos and ads. In 2018 she organized an Elected Officials to Protect America group of 80 veterans who are lawmakers from across the nation to help reauthorize the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. duhoux2(at)tds.net. 207.319.4727

Beau Alessi – Treasurer

Beau graduated from Amherst College with honors. Since 2007 Beau has worked for Foot Locker as a strategic analyst, IT man in New York.

In his free time he volunteers tax advice for underprivileged residents and composes songs which he performs with various bands. He has lived in Maine  and visits whenever he can to contribute his musical talents to the creative economy.

Gordon Spinney -Secretary

Gordon is an information System Support Specialist II at State of Maine Office of Information Technology.  He previously worked for Unlimited Technology in Augusta.

Gordon was the former Finance Co-Chair at Maine’s New Leaders Council, in Portland, Maine. And formerly worked as IS Assistant at Home Care for Maine. He currently serves on the Public Relations Committee for The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope.

He lives in Augusta, Maine.

Takafumi Suzuki

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Takafumi was a department head, former professor and assistant to the dean at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan. He retired from a 37-year long career in 2017 but was then asked to become the assistant dean at the new UIF, which has branches in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. He took the position at UIF to help worldwide understanding of Japanese culture and traditions. Takafumi also owns Gallery Storks of Tokyo and has held cross cultural exhibits in conjunction with Gallery Fukurou – a project of the Solon Center. He is also the director of The Japan Society for Arts, as well as a member of Kokugakai (Society of Masters of Modern Japanese Art), the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences. 

John Crowley

Chief Ranger Pilot, flying several different types of airplanes and helicopters, including his beloved Huey. John currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Public Relations Committee for The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope. John graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1986 and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. In December 1988 he was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator and selected to fly the UH-1N (Huey) gunship at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. He deployed to Honduras, then Northern Iraq for the first Gulf War and was later sent to Brunswick Naval Air Station to be a Watch Officer and later Department Head for the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape School (S.E.R.E.). John left active duty in 1996 and joined the 112th MEDEVAC Co. with the Maine Army National Guard in Bangor, Maine, to fly Hueys. He deployed to Iraq again in 2003 flying UH-60 Black Hawks, mostly from Babylon. He retired from the Guard in 2006. After a stint in the private sector went to work for the Maine Forest Service.

Alexander Cornell du Houx

After Alex was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, he became one of its most active members sponsoring and co-sponsoring 155 bills his first term, and 136 his second. In total he sponsored 14 successful pieces of legislation and co-sponsored 98 successful bills. Cornell du Houx won the Reed Award for the best public affairs campaign in 2011 for co-founding and running Operation Free, a coalition of veterans working on energy and climate security. He participated and led State Department delegations to Southeast Asia. He serves and advises on the board of the Veterans Campaign. He’s partnered with the Truman National Security Project, and founded the Maine New Leaders Council.

Alex is an instructor at the Veterans Campaign and at the University of San Francisco for their Masters in Public Leadership program. He is a certified trainer with the New Leaders Council, and the Truman Project. He served in the Marine Corps infantry and has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s currently a Public Affairs Officer with the Navy Reserve. He is a resident of 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…”