Maine History newsclips….

New museum opening

CASCO – The Raymond-Casco Historical Society has announced the grand opening of its new museum at Watkin’s Farm, Route 302, South Casco. For more information, visit or call Wayne Holmquist, society president, at 655-7672 or Elizabeth Bullen, VP, at 998-3123.

Scarborough remembers its history

Scarborough is now an affluent suburb of Portland, but there have been times when residents struggled.
During the Depression, for instance, when a steamer carrying a load of wool — some of it with a checked pattern and some of it plain — ran aground, the practical residents weren’t above doing some salvage work.
“Kids for the whole next year had wool clothing that was either checked or plain,” said Susan Dudley Gold, who edited “Scarborough at 350: Linking the Past to the Present,” a history of the town published ahead of this weekend’s town birthday celebration.

Castine Celebrates Community, History

CASTINE — This Friday will mark the beginning of a five-day celebration of the town’s history, community, arts scene and natural wonders.
The first annual event is designed to entice new visitors to Castine, according to Julie Van de Graaf, owner of the Pentagoet Inn and a member of the Castine Merchants Association.

Camden Area History Center announces move to Camden library

According to a press release Wednesday morning, the CAHC is making the move to a more central location for greater public access. The move to the library on Atlantic Avenue will also provide physical access to the library’s special collections on Maine history, as well as use of the website and database and access to the history center’s archival database — all in one public location.

Maine’s oldest Catholic parish to celebrate its bicentennial

NEWCASTLE, Maine – The oldest continuing parish north of St. Augustine, Fla., and the first in the nation to be named for Saint Patrick will hold its bicentennial celebration this weekend in Newcastle. St. Patrick Catholic Church will hold activities to mark the completion of its first church building in 1808 and to honor the community’s founders.

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