Maine History News…Events…

BATH — The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room has announced its fifth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society……

Opera House is designated

BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Pythian Opera House, more commonly referred to as the Opera House on Townsend Avenue, has been recognized by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior as being historically significant……

Museum family workshop

OWLS HEAD — The Owls Head Transportation Museum will host a family education workshop, “Building Your Own Electric Motor,” on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Admission is free though space is limited so advance registrations are required. To register, call 594-4418……

Exeter’s annual ice harvest
As recently as the 1950s, some Exeter families still cooled their food in an icebox.
Before electric refrigeration became popular in the 1930s, the icebox was a standard piece of kitchen equipment. Several times each week the ice truck would stop in front of the house and a burly man would haul a large chunk of ice into the house. As the ice slowly melted, the household schedule would be (dominated) by the need to empty the drip pan, often cutting short day trips to the beach…….

Vintage autos: Stanley Brothers made their mark with steam
Francis and Freeland Stanley were identical twins. They produced the most famous steam car in the world. They first failed in a steam car project in Maine, but the creation of a steam car was later successful in 1897.
They established their car factory in Watertown, Mass., near Boston. In 1888, they completed three steam carriages.

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  1. Eremita

    Much enjoyed reading about the Stanley Brothers as my mother (b. 1913 in Aroostook) has fond memories of her Uncle Arthur’s Steamer. The article did not say where in Maine the brothers were from but a quick search found it to be Kingfield and I found a link to a most interesting sounding museum there — Stanley Museum ( – Kingfield ME.html) — which also includes information on their sister, the wonderfully named Chansonetta, “important for her photographs depicting rural turn-of-the-century American life.” It sounds like the kind of off-the-beaten-path museum I so much enjoy.

    Thanks for this great blog.

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