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…………
…….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……….
SKOWHEGAN — By June 19, the committee planning a yearlong Somerset County Bicentennial hopes to have quilt squares from each county municipality.
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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.
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 http://www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org/ or call 603-431-9155.
February is Black History Month