Maine History News…Events…

Crank phone statue dedicated in Maine
The western Maine town where America’s last hand-cranked phones were used now has a reminder of its place in history: a 14-foot statue of one of the antique phones.

‘Year without a summer’ topic of Berwick Academy talk scheduled for Oct. 23
About two centuries ago, several New England newspapers, including the Dover Sun of Dover, New Hampshire, reported than an 85-year-old Vermont man was lost in the woods in a snowstorm. What made the story remarkable was that this exposure occurred in the month of June.

Portland protecting Chinese heritage
When the Empire Restaurant opened July 6, 1916, it was one of the swankiest places in Portland to have dinner… On Saturday at 2 p.m., the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine will place a marker on the building at 573 Congress St., where Empire Dine and Dance is today.

Friendship’s book of historical homes receives preservation award
“Friendship Homes: If These Houses Could Talk,” a book that reveals Friendship’s history by examining the human history held within 41 Friendship houses, has been chosen by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to receive an annual preservation award.

Local historian leading tours of 2 ‘haunted’ communities
When darkness falls and decent folk turn in, a woman in a long, red cloak trolls the silent streets of Wiscasset holding a lantern before her.She might look other-worldly, whisking withered, musty leaves around otherwise empty streets, but the woman is not an apparition. She’s only there to tell about some.

EVENTS:
Bangor Ghost Lamp Tour 7 p.m.
When: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Where: Downtown Bangor Waterfront, Front St. Bangor
Cost: $ 5
Category: Special Events
Description: 7 p.m. Imagine presidents, gangsters and ghosts as you take this educational and entertaining evening walk through Bangor history. Meet at the River Front parking lot. Admission: $5, children under 12 free. 942-1900, www.bangormuseum.com/html/toursandactivities.htm “Raising Maine”

Call For Submissions:
Ports, Forts & Sports; Maritime History Call for Articles
The Call for Papers is out for the 2009 Annual Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History, Steamship Historical Society of America and National Maritime Historical Society, “Ports, Forts and Sports: Maritime Economy, Defense and Recreation through Time and across Space.” If you missed the announcement on H-Maritime, you may not have heard that papers from graduate students are especially encouraged and solicited–so get writing, and build that CV! (Maritime Blog post)

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