Maine Historical Society Events…News clips

Honoring Veterans Day
Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Tuesday, November 11, 12 – 1pm
In the Shadow of the Eagle: A Tribal Representative in Maine
Donna Loring, Penobscot Nation Tribal Representative to the Maine State Legislature
Join us to hear Loring’s insights and perspectives on her experience in the Maine Legislature, the subject of her fascinating new memoir (Tilbury House 2008). Maine has seated tribal representatives in its legislative body since the 1820s-the only state in the nation to do so. Those representatives don’t have voting power, but they are able to advocate for Maine Indians on legislative issues ranging from efforts to change offensive names, teaching Native American history, casinos and racinos, the interpretation of sovereign rights for tribes, as well as other bread and butter issues that affect all Mainers.

Donna Loring grew up on Indian Island, served in Vietnam, graduated from the University of Maine, and has had a long career in public service.

This event is free and open to the public.
Event Information

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 12-1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email

World War II history buff takes his interest to new heights These aren’t your grandfather’s model airplanes. Forget putting together planes that are small enough to fit on a desk and simple enough to make in a week. These replicas are about as authentic as a model plane can be without taking off on its own.

How juggling spuds helped Mainer survive
WOOLWICH — During the Civil War, 12,913 inmates died from the extreme conditions in the Confederate prison in Andersonville, Ga. One Union soldier who didn’t was Pvt. George H. Pray, a clever Mainer whose stage act perhaps saved his life.

Free Admission for Veterans at Transportation Museum
OWLS HEAD (Nov 8): The Owls Head Transportation Museum will offer free admission to all veterans of the U.S. armed services Tuesday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Castine Rejects Historic District

CASTINE — On Tuesday, voters here rejected a proposed ordinance change that would have made the entire town a historic district.

History Has Its Place

Members of the GMS History Day Team have begun preparing for their competition later this school year. The students will create an independent study project representing this year’s theme, “The Individual in History.”

Photos of 350th will be shared with public Monday
SCARBOROUGH (Nov 9, 2008): The winning photos of Scarborough’s 350th Celebration Photo Contest will be unveiled during a meeting of the Scarborough Historical Society, Monday at 7 p.m., at the society’s headquarters, adjacent to Engine 6 of Dunstan Fire Station.

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