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October 16, 2008
CONTACT: Jane Foden, Maine Historical Society,
November 2008 Events with Maine Historical Society
Saturday, November 8, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rug Hooking for Beginners WorkshopJanet Conner, J. Conner Hooked Rugs, will teach this simple, traditionalMaine craft. The workshop will cover the history and tradition of rughooking, selection and design of materials, and instruction in the completeprocess of primitive rug hooking from preliminary design to binding thefinished edge. Participants will select and purchase rug-hooking kitdirectly from instructor ($41.00 – $60.00). Kit will include all neededsupplies: hook, instructions, design suggestions, binding, burlap, hoop anda selection of one-of-a-kind heirloom and hand dyed wools.Registration and advanced payment required; call 774-1822. Fee: $35.00.
Honoring Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
In the Shadow of the Eagle: A Tribal Representative in Maine
Donna Loring, Penobscot Nation Tribal Representative to the Maine StateLegislature, will share her insights and perspectives on her experience inthe Maine Legislature, the subject of her new memoir. Donna Loring grew upon Indian Island, served in Vietnam, graduated from the University of Maine,and has had a long career in public service. FREE.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
George Washington’s Secret Navy
James L, Nelson, Historian and Author, will tell about George Washington’seffort to build a navy, a little known but vital aspect of the AmericanRevolution and the subject of Nelson’s new book. Though a frontier general by training, experience, and temperament, Washington realized that attacking and harassing the British fleet-the lifeline of British forces in NorthAmerica-was key to a Colonial victory. Despite daunting political andpractical obstacles, he built the navy from scratch and did just that. James L. Nelson is the author of fifteen works of fiction and nonfiction,including “Benedict Arnold’s Navy” and two series of novels about the age of sail. FREE.
Tuesday, November 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Folk Art in MaineRay Egan and Charles Burden, Collectors, will discuss Maine’s rich and unique folk art traditions and collections, and current trends in folk artcollecting. Egan and Burden organized the Maine Folk Art Trail this summer,the statewide initiative of eleven Maine museums. Both men arenationally-respected collectors. Egan formerly served on the board of theAmerican Folk Art Museum in New York City. Burden is a founding Boardmember of the Maine Maritime Museum. FREE.
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November 2008 Events at Maine Historical Society
Saturday, Nov. 8 Workshop: $35.00 plus kit
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 13 and 18 Lectures, Free
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress StreetPortland, ME 04101
The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine:the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and therecord of Maine’s place in a changing world.