Maine History News…Events…

Maine museum brims with classic power sleds
Turner- If there’s a heaven for snowmobiles, it’s in an unobtrusive western Maine warehouse whose owner calls it the state’s best-kept secret. Shiny, restored power sleds dating back a half-century line the wooden shelves of the United Sports Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Museum. They include long-discontinued brands, rare if not one-in-the-world models, behemoths pushed by rear engines, and one that would work well in a James Bond flick with its exhaust pipes jutting menacingly from the front hood……….

Wiscasset Awaits Verdict On 1776 Historic Paper
Wiscasset-Acquisition of a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence once in Wiscasset’s possession depends now on a Virginia Supreme Court decision…….

Paul Bunyan turns 50, but what does his future hold?
BANGOR, Maine — He looms 37 feet over Main Street, inanimate yet full of life: a smiling, bearded, flannel shirt-wearing behemoth with a peavey in his left hand and an ax slung over his right shoulder. Part city guardian, part tourist trap, the statue of Paul Bunyan is as indelible an image as Bangor has, a constant reminder of the Queen City’s history as the one-time lumber capital of the world………

Stone walls
Exeter — Join the Exeter Historical Society on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. for a presentation by Kevin Gardner titled Discovering New England Stone Walls. The program will take place at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St., and is free and open to the public. Since the publication of The Granite Kiss in October 2001, Gardner has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England.FMI call 603-778-2335, or

Tiny Bar Mills library celebrates big birthday
It will be back to the future for the Berry Library, located on Main Street in Bar Mills, on Jan. 31. The library will mark its 80th birthday with a celebration, including a history of the building as well as future ideas for improvement of the structure, which opened on Jan. 5, 1929…….

Photographs immortalize dying industries
Guy Saldanha is gathering remnants of a quickly-disappearing America through photography. His exhibit, “Gathering Remnants,” on display at Frontier Café until February 21, provides a glimpse into the backbreaking world of America’s industry in an era where bodily labor is quickly becoming replaced by machinery………

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