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Seniors Record Stories to Preserve Personal History

Like most people, Hedrick Ellis grew up listening to his parents and grandparents tell family stories. As a teenager, he often tuned them out. But this year, eager to keep those memories alive, he hired a personal historian to interview his father and mother.

Dennis Stack, founder of the StoryKeeper Project, offers these tips for interviewing:

http://www.koamtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8391277 for the rest of the story.

‘Heated’ historical society meeting leads to assault charge in Guilford

By BDN StaffThursday, May 29, 2008 – Bangor Daily News

GUILFORD, Maine – A “pretty heated meeting” among Guilford Historical Society members over the display of old photographs turned uglier Tuesday when fists and hair started flying.
As members were leaving Tuesday’s meeting, the society’s secretary, Zarvin Shaffer, 38, allegedly punched member Al Hunt, 48, in the jaw with his fist, and Shaffer’s teenage son allegedly pulled the hair of Hunt’s wife, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

http://bangornews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=164942&zoneid=500 for the rest of the story.

Winter Harbor settled before Plymouth

The first European settlement in southern Maine was at Biddeford Pool. Dr. Richard Vines and his company wintered there among the Indians, years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. His boss, Sir Fernando Gorges, had been swept away by the promise of riches in the “New World,” and he financed the colony to prove that the climate in the northern part of America was hospitable enough to sustain Englishmen.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080529/LIFE/805290379/-1/NEWS14&sfad=1 for the rest of the story.


Talk on pirates

Warren Riess, a professor of history and marine science at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, will be the featured speaker and guest at 9:30 a.m. June 5 at the Skidompha Library.The program is free.

Riess will talk about “Buccaneers, Pirates, and Privateers: Reality and Fiction Through the Centuries.”During the past 30 years his research and teaching have focused on the maritime history and archaeology of the Americas.He is internationally know as director of the archaeological investigation of the Ronson ship, an 18th century British merchantman discovered in Manhattan; for his archaeological work on the Revolutionary War Penobscot Expedition, and for his articles and book on the 17th century English galleon, Angel Gabriel.His underwater archaeology accomplishments have been the subject of a one-hour special for the Maine Public Broadcasting System.
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