Maine History News…Events…

Course to create history docents

Five historical organizations in the Portland area are teaming up to offer a volunteer opportunity for people to share their passion for history and the arts. Portland History Docents is a 10-week course designed to give volunteers a wide range of information about Portland’s history, the arts and its architecture. Volunteers will serve as guides at the Maine Historical Society…… (Portland)

Canal played big role in region’s history

Before trucks and trains shipped goods in these parts, there was the Cumberland and Oxford Canal, a 50-mile waterway linking Portland with the wilderness of Oxford County. Oxen and mules on towpaths pulled the 60-foot-long canal boats. Then, when the boats reached the open stretch of Sebago and Long Lakes, they raised their masts and unfurled sails across the broad expanse…..(Windham)

On Saturday, the Windham Historical Society will present a free program about the canal, which operated for some 40 years during the mid-19th century. The program on the Cumberland and Oxford Canal will be held at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road at 9:30 a.m. Saturday admission is free. For more information please call 207-892-1908

Bay Square lecture, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, will present “The Life of Alice Roosevelt,” an historical lecture with Jerry Wiles, at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan 26. For information on the event, call 846-0044.

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