Maine History News…Events…

Restoring history in Florida…

House adopts resolution honoring Augusta archivist

The Maine House of Representatives this week adopted a resolution to honor the memory of Samuel Schoppee Silsby Jr., a longtime Augusta resident and the state’s first archivist… Silsby, who died in November at age 80, was a lawyer who wrote a “History of Statutory Law in the State of Maine” in 1964…

The journal’s journey

The five volumes of Sarah Connell Ayer’s diary, as well as two of her childhood letters, are preserved in a small box at the New Hampshire Historical Society. The journals were given to the society in the early 1900s by Margaret Jewell, a longtime donor, according to Donna-Belle Garvin, the society’s director of publications….Sarah’s diary was published in 1910 by Lefavor-Tower Co. of Portland, Maine….


Longfellow Days 2009, scheduled for February 2 through February 26, will examine how the nation’s foremost 19th-century poet promoted cross-cultural immersion, introducing American legends and traditions to European audiences, while exposing Americans to the literary heritage of Europe.

Digging the ‘big ditch’

It took men three years to dig Maine’s “big ditch”, through roughly 18 miles of primitive Maine terrain. The digging began in 1829. When the Canal was completed, it was in use for almost 40 years as a major transportation route from Portland to Sebago Lake….The Windham Historical Society will present a program on the Cumberland & Oxford Canal at the Windham Public Library Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited….

‘American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook’

Travelers and armchair historians alike will find plenty of food for thought in “American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook,” edited by Frances H. Kennedy. Ten years in the making, it is the first guide to indigenous historical sites open to the public….Interpretive centers, museums and other locations from Maine to Alcatraz are listed beginning with the most ancient places of significance in each geographic sphere…

N.B. natives, educators hail release of Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary

…The irony has never been lost on Imelda Perley. The only time she would usually hear fluent Maliseet, the language with which she grew up on New Brunswick’s Tobique reserve, was during funerals…Perley estimates that less than two per cent of the 5,000 Passamaquoddy-Maliseet people living in a handful of communities in New Brunswick, Maine and Quebec are fluent in their native tongue. But her ongoing struggle to preserve and restore the language to common use has been given a major boost with the release of a Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary….

Signs mark historic places

Strolling through Farmington’s history just got easier. Signs highlighting stops and points of historical interest which cover the culture of the town’s railroad, canneries, churches and schools went up Monday as part of a new historical walking tour.

Guilford group looks to future after hard year

After a difficult year, members of the Guilford Historical Society are looking forward to 2009 with optimism.
“Our travails of the past we hope to keep behind us,” President Sieferd “Stubby” Schultz said Tuesday. Schultz was speaking about an assault that took place among members in May.

As a reminder…

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