Maine History News…

Old Fort Western’s Singing School is the place to do some singing and learn more about New England music from 1690 to 1790 and later. Meetings are for fun and are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall on Cony Street. No official performance is scheduled, but members may occasionally sing in public. Call 626-2385.

Library to hold events on history

Camden Public Library is holding several events this week. A free “Write Your Own Local History” workshop, led by author Eleanor Motley, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Plummer to appear at library as Chamberlain

Chats with Champions, Skidompha Library’s free community series, will feature living history presenter Charles Plummer at 10 a.m. Thursday at the library’s Porter Meeting Hall. Plummer will appear as Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, leader of the 20th Maine infantry regiment during the Civil War.

Speaking of Bygone days, Don Perkins has a great article about New Gloucester’s 100 year old village store…

A 100-year-old building in New Gloucester’s lower village is again a retail outlet.

The 100-year-old building at the corner of Gloucester Hill and Intervale Roads has plenty of history as a community gathering place. From 1918 up through the 1960s, this was the New Gloucester Farmers’ Union. A grain dealer from Waterville by the name of Hallway organized this union where carloads of grain arrived via the Maine Central Railroad. Local farmers purchased it directly from the car. Shares in the union were sold for $10. After that it was Peaco’s market, which sold hardware and general merchandise.

Photos from World War II

In the darkroom of her childhood home, Lantos found five dusty cigar boxes containing more than 1,000 photo negatives and journals documenting her father’s experiences during World War II. For the first time, 15 images from his private collection will be on display Jan. 16 through Feb. 15 at the Falmouth Memorial Library. The photos provide a rare and personal view of Lt. Col. Pollard’s service in England, North Africa and Italy, first with the 16th Infantry of the 1st Division, then with several Army hospitals throughout Italy. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the Combat Medical Badge.

Lighthouse in Cutler given rare telescope

A rare telescope once used by the U.S. Life Saving Service to watch for shipwrecks off the Down East coast of Maine soon will have a new home as part of the maritime exhibit at Cutler’s Little River Lighthouse. The rare brass telescope, presented to Tim Harrison, co-chairman of the Friends of Little River Lighthouse, has been in the possession of George Morrison of Oak Bay, New Brunswick, for several years. He inherited it from his father. When presenting the telescope to Harrison, Morrison said in a prepared release, “I now know that the telescope will have a good home and I entrust it to Harrison’s care for future generations.”

Remembering Wiscasset’s signature schooners

In 1997, a Wiscasset fourth-grader took part in a school history project that resulted in a series of short online articles. The project Web site is still standing, and the boy, identified on the site only as Andy, wrote: “A piece of history is sinking into our mud flats. They are one of our most famous landmarks in Wiscasset and soon they will be gone forever.”

Scott Dyer: Unearthing the road’s namesake

Cape residents are all familiar with Scott Dyer Road, but who was the man, Scott Dyer?
We are told Scott Dyer was a highly regarded sea captain, as a portrait which resides in the Thomas Memorial Library’s Maine Room certainly confirms. The painting, which came to the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society by way of someone’s roadside trash, was painted in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1854 when Dyer was 51 years old. He is holding a telescope, appropriate for a sea captain. Any other information about Dyer is contained in one slim file of receipts and deeds in the society’s archives.

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