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AUGUSTA — Abraham Lincoln didn’t meet his running mate — Hannibal Hamlin of Maine — until after the 1860 Republican convention.
Back then, the nominee didn’t choose the second in command. Convention-goers did.
Why Hamlin?
Because Lincoln’s home state of Illinois was considered the West, and the party wanted an eastern Republican for geographic balance, said H. Draper Hunt, a former University of Southern Maine professor who wrote a biography of Hamlin.
TOWNSHIP 3 RANGE 12 – The first floor is restored. The second is at least halfway done. More than 50 lumberman’s tools, photographs and other artifacts are ready for display.
David and Luisa Surprenant’s dream is almost realized.
Known as the Boom House, the former river drivers’ boardinghouse will open as a museum in two or three weeks after three years of restoration. Its goal: to memorialize the epic logging and river-driving history of northern Maine.
REGIONAL (Aug 5, 2008): Admission to all state parks and historic sites will be free for Maine residents during the Department of Conservation’s annual Maine Day on Sunday, Aug. 10.More than 50 parks and historic properties from Fort Kent to Cobscook Bay, Range Pond, Fort Edgecomb and Kittery will have free admission for day use activities. Beaches, military fortifications, fishing holes, hiking and walking trails, historic homes and lakes offer recreation and history for all ages.

Sign unveiling kicks off week of history talks

AUGUSTA — The city this afternoon is poised to unveil nine signs that will show the history of the Kennebec Dam and the mills and factories it powered from 1837 to 1999.
The nine signs, part of a Museum in the Streets program, will be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Canal Street near the city’s Mill Park, a key site in the city’s industrial growth.
The Augusta Historic Preservation Commission is planning to install two additional sets of Museum in the Streets signs before the end of the year. Thirty signs will soon guide visitors around the city’s Riverfront District and nine other placards will point out Civil War locations on the Statehouse campus and elsewhere in the city.
Restoration eyed for Brooks railroad station

BROOKS, Maine – If everything goes according to plan, the historic Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad station soon will get a facelift.
The Brooks Preservation Society purchased the station from the now defunct railroad last month and plans to call for a complete restoration. The society also purchased a 1947 diesel locomotive and hopes to bring that on line as well. Preservation society head Joey Feero said Tuesday that money for the purchase was provided by an anonymous donor.
The BPS also is looking for volunteers to assist with its projects. Donations will be accepted and appreciated. BPS may be reached at 31 Veterans Highway, Brooks 04915, by phone at 991-1636 or e-mail at

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