Maine History News…Events…

Today’s show today at 10:30 will be a full two hour show! We will talk about Maine history news, Bangor’s sesquicentennial, and Abe Lincoln, as his birthday is this week. As a treat, I have pulled the episode of CBS Radio’s ‘You Are There’ that acts out Lincolns assassination. We’ll also talk a little bit about the Coon Sanders Nighthawks Band from the 20’s, as the Bangor Band celebrates their 150th this month as well.

Bangor Band celebrating milestone

BANGOR– The Bangor Band, believed to be the nation’s second-oldest community band, will celebrate its 150th anniversary Monday night with a concert at the Bangor Opera House. The concert is free, band president Lori Wingo said, but any donations will go in part for the band’s scholarship fund. Wingo said the concert will feature music from the band’s century-and-a-half history…………

Bangor Band has marched through Queen City’s history

…….A balmy evening at the little gazebo in the park near East Market Square (where City Hall sits today) was the preferred setting a century ago. “How Bangor people have flocked to the Band concerts on summer evenings in the charming little Central Park; filling every inch of the ground, lining the sidewalks and calling together parties of friends at all the windows and on all the verandas in the neighborhood,” the Commercial editorial said. But any time of year was a good time for striking up the Bangor Band, and the group’s 50th birthday was certainly good enough……….

SOMERSET COUNTY Panel seeks ideas to mark bicentennial

SKOWHEGAN — By June 19, the committee planning a yearlong Somerset County Bicentennial hopes to have quilt squares from each county municipality.

Susie Estabrook, who works at The Fabric Garden in Madison, plans to sew the squares together into a quilt, which will be distributed through the towns. Its final resting place will be a wall of the county courthouse.
“I think it would…………….

Help name History Teacher of Year

In partnership with Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Maine Historical Society is seeking nominations for the annual Maine History Teacher of the Year Award. The award is designed to promote and celebrate the teaching of American history.
Diana Dionne-Morang, a U.S. history and language arts teacher at Gardiner Regional Middle School in Gardiner was the 2008 winner.

The annual award honors one outstanding teacher of American history from each state and U.S. territory. This year, only elementary teachers are eligible. The selection of the state winner is based upon several criteria, including experience in teaching American history for at least three years; a deep career commitment to teaching American history; evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom; and close attention to documents, artifacts, historic sites and the other primary materials of history.
The Maine winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be in the running for the National History Teacher of the Year award to be selected this fall. In addition, his or her school library will receive a core archive of history books and materials.
The application deadline is March 15. For more information, please visit or contact Carolin Collins, Maine coordinator, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, (207) 774-1822, ext. 212;
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. For more information, please visit
Symposium Celebrating the Bicentennial of Lincoln’s Birth
PORTLAND– The Maine Humanities Council, Maine Historical Society and the American and New England Studies Program at USM will present a public symposium, Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium, on March 21, 2009 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at USM’s Abromson Community Education Center. The symposium will coincide with Lincoln commemorations around the nation throughout this year………….

All about lighthousesKITTERY— The public is invited to join representatives of the American Lighthouse Foundation and its chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, on March 7, 1 p.m., for a fun and informational event at the First Congregational Church. Mr. James Gabbert, National Park Service historian, will serve as the keynote speaker for this special event announcing ALF’s new ownership of Whaleback Lighthouse.Bob Trapani, executive director of ALF, along with Ross Tracy and Jeremy D’Entremont of FPHL, will discuss the organization’s stewardship of Whaleback Lighthouse, a 50-foot granite tower offshore from Kittery at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Admission is free. The church is at 23 Pepperrell Road (Route 103), about two miles from U.S. Route 1. For more information, visit or call 603-431-9155.

February is Black History Month

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