Maine History News…Events…

Portland: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum:

Did you know that the first 2 foot wide gauge tracks were laid in Maine in 1879 in what became known as the Sandy River Narrow Gauge Railway? Or how about this! You can rent an entire antique narrow gauge train or coach for a special occasion. If you are a train buff, enjoy Maine history or are simply curious, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is right up your alley. Family friendly, great displays and good energy are what makes this another one of Maine’s great museum treasures. This interesting museum houses their own collection of over three dozen train cars as well as having others on loan. After Feb. 21 the narrow gauge trains are up and running again for a fun 1 ½ mile excursion along the Portland waterfront.
For more on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum visit them at www.mngrr.org
58 Fore St. Portland Maine 04101 207- 828-0814

Credit union donates $5,000 to museum

JAY – Otis Federal Credit Union donated $5,000 to Maine’s Paper and Heritage Museum on Thursday to help raise matching funds to restore the museum’s exterior. The group is trying to raise $25,000 to match a $25,000 grant through the Livermore Falls business enterprise grant program for handicapped access and to restore some of the features of the building from the 1960s. To find out more about the museum or fundraisers the Web site is www.papermuseumofmaine.org.

Maine museums receive grants for First Ship project

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and the Maine State Museum in Augusta each will receive $25,000 on Friday from Maine’s First Ship, the volunteer organization that is attempting to build a reconstruction of the Virginia, the first ship built in Maine at the Popham Colony……

Brewer bricks once found fame nationally

There is an old saying that downtown Boston was built of Bangor lumber and Brewer bricks. Having never heard about Brewer bricks, I did some additional research and found out that, if anything, it is an understatement. Besides Boston, you can add a host of other cities in the United States and abroad to the list of places where Brewer bricks (and a few from Bangor and other towns along the Penobscot) added beauty and durability to the architectural landscape for much of the 19th century…….

A tradition frozen in time

SOUTH BRISTOL- It’s nearly time to harvest the ice.
On the Sunday of Presidents’ Day weekend, hundreds of volunteers will meet beside a frozen pond at the Thompson Ice House, now a small museum. For the better part of the day they will cut 300-pound blocks of ice from Thompson Pond using the same methods and many of the same tools five generations of the Thompson family relied on for about 160 years……

Ice harvest takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15. There will be hot chocolate, coffee, hot dogs, and similar fare as a fund-raiser. Most volunteers arrive between 9 and 10. It’s all over at about 2 p.m. Dress in layers.
Route 129, 12 miles east of Damariscotta. Look for sign on left.South Bristol, Maine207-729-1956 (Barbara Hamlin)207-644-8120 or 207-644-1882 (Ellen Shew)Open July and August on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 1-4 p.m. Suggested contribution: adults $1, children 50 cents.
Articles of research interest

An interesting biographical article from Sharon Cummings;

Kennebunkport’s Consul to Zanzibar
By Sharon Cummins
January 29, 2009 6:00 AM
Charles Ward of Kennebunkport became the second American Consul to Zanzibar in 1846. Not the most diplomatic of diplomats, his explosive relationship with the Sultan Seyyid Said nearly ended United States-Zanzibarian trade with a bang.

sharonlynn@roadrunner.com.

At Old York: Edward, Abigail Emerson prominent early residents

By; Cindi Young-Gomes
Abigail Lyman and Edward Emerson Jr. were born in York in 1765, only two weeks apart. As members of privileged families, they certainly would have known each other from a young age. Edward proposed to Abigail, and the happy couple married Nov. 27, 1787, after a year’s engagement. Such a lengthy engagement at the time was unusual, but Edward preferred to wait until his financial circumstances had improved enough to support a wife and family in a comfortable fashion.

Events

Longfellow Days event;

Sunday, Feb. 1″Poets in the Community I” features readings by Maine poets Ted Bookey, Sheryl Hansen and Ed Gottfried. 1 p.m. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library. Free.

Event;

Feb. 5: Schuss-Boom and Schuss-Bust: Fast-Paced Growth and Face-Plants.

Join the Museums of Old York and York Public Library for a fireside chat presented by the Ski Museum of Maine. This narrated digital slide show starts with the period of unprecedented growth and popularity of skiing in the decades following WWII. It includes the story of Big A, the ski area that operated on Mount Agamenticus during the 1960s and 1970s, which epitomizes the boom-bust cycle. From noon to 1 p.m. and again from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn. Free; donations appreciated.

Event;

FEB. 18

The Brick Store Museum will host a school vacation workshop for kids in grades 4 through 8, They’ll sift through clues from historical records and artifacts in the Museum’s collections to piece together the identity and background of an actual person from Kennebunk’s past. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 11. Cost is $25 per child ($20 for museum members); family discounts available. 985-4802 http://www.brickstoremuseum.org.

The Kennebunkport Historical Society is planning a trip to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware this spring. It will be a two-night, three-day trip that includes motor coach, accommodations and museum admissions and tours. The trip is tentatively planned for the third week of April. Costs are approximately $500 to $550 per person, double occupancy. FMI call 967-2751. A minimum of 20 participants is needed and reservations need to be made ASAP. This is being offered to members first as a benefit of their membership.

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