Maine Historical Society invites you to

Tuesday, August 5, 12 – 1pmFull Fathom Five: A Daughter’s Search
Mary Lee Coe Fowler, Author

Join us to hear the story behind this remarkable new memoir. Mary Lee Coe Fowler was a posthumous child, born after her father, a submarine skipper in the Pacific, was lost at sea in 1943. This is the story of her search for her father, begun nearly 50 years after his death. Fowler searched through old ships’ logs, letters, and naval communiqués; visited submarine museums, the Naval Academy, and other pertinent sites; interviewed old friends and crew members who knew her dad and mom or served concurrently; and slowly reconstructed the world in which they lived.

Her beautifully written memoir reveals what she eventually learned: of the perils and hardships of submarine service in wartime, of how her father’s sub was probably lost, and of the difficulties experienced by the families of those who do not come home from the war.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Information

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 12 – 1:00 pm

Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland

For more information call 207-774-1822 or email info@mainehistory.org

Strawbery Banke celebrates half-century sharing 400 years of seaport history

PORTSMOUTH — As the city continues efforts to maintain the delicate balance of preservation and new development, Strawbery Banke rests in the South End, a 10-acre living lesson on the city’s historical heritage for the past 50 years.
Every day, an army of volunteers and historical experts use the museum campus to teach tens of thousands of annual visitors 400 years of seaport history. But very few of those visitors, as well as city residents, are aware of the museum’s inauspicious beginning and the near destruction of the city’s most valuable historic resources.

Road Trip: The Hills

Usually the b section Road Trip starts with a destination, so I thought it would be a nice change to just do what people once did when gas was cheaper, and just get in the car and go – not having an agenda and letting the journey be the destination. I headed north on Route 4 in Auburn, and when I reached Route 117 in Turner I went south for no other reason than to get off a busy road and on one where I could actually enjoy the ride.

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