Bangor- On this very date 175 years ago, Bangor became a city. And tonight, residents will kick off a year long celebration. The city known best known as the home of author Stephen King and a famous Paul Bunyan statue, has a rich history with a cast of other rather colorful characters.
It was a violent incident that prompted Bangor to reorganize its government and declare itself a city back in 1834. “There was a murder, either by some sailors of an Irishman, or an Irishman killed a sailor in a brawl and some rioting broke out,” says Dana Lippitt, curator of the Bangor Museum and History Center……..
Greenwood Town Meeting, 1813-2008
“Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States in 1831 to understand a country whose politics and society were radically different from those of his native France, of Great Britain, or any of the nations of Europe. He saw the new nation as an experiment in equality— an experiment whose results would have major consequences for human progress……………(Great piece regarding the history of local politics,dls)
Ice harvest set for Fields Pond
ORRINGTON- “On Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. we’ll go out on Fields Pond in Orrington and harvest a block of ice,” said Dr. Bob Schmick, Curran Homestead’s volunteer director of education programs.
“This will be a first for the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum, so it is intended to be informal and experimental rather than a formal historical re-enactment,” he said. “Using authentic ice harvesting tools from our collection and substitutions for those we don’t presently have — but seek for future annual harvesting — we will cut a block of ice from Fields Pond and transport it up the hill to the kitchen of the Curran House, where it will be placed in our vintage oak and zinc-lined ice box for the first time in many decades.”…………
For more information call Schmick at 843-5550.
Maritime museum launches a new generation of Bath boatbuilders
BATH- After 13 years building a tradition with students from South Bristol, the Maine Maritime Museum’s boatbuilding program has welcomed its first local class, a team of 14 eighth-graders from Woolwich Central School.On Wednesday, area parents and school district officials were invited to the boat shop for the Woolwich students’ first day of construction on the class’ wooden skiffs. There, the guests mingled with museum boatbuilding instructor Kurt Spiridakis, museum education director Jason Morin, shop volunteers and a room full of well-versed kids.
LEWISTON – A neighborhood of Lewiston homes dating back to the pre-Civil War era – whose occupants included mill owners, merchants and members of Congress – has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.Together, they create a showpiece of the city’s history and architecture, said Christi Mitchell, an architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
From the Lewiston Sun Journal….
Upton: Forest Lodge
Fayette: Kent Cemetery
Developed shortly after 1880 by Elias H. Kent, a local farmer, the Kent Burying Ground is among the most unusual rural grounds in Maine. Occupying 0.35 of an acre, the raised burial ground is notable for its design – concentric rings of burial plots organized around a central monument, a characteristic it shares with the nearby National Register-listed Wing Cemetery in Wayne.
A 162-acre property homesteaded by the Lagassey family starting in the mid-19th century, 91 acres of fields have been historically sown to potatoes, hay, oats and canola, with 64 acres of wood lots and the home site, which includes the 1946 Lagassey House, a 1916 Acadian-style barn, outbuilding and shed. The farm, which is still under cultivation, was listed for the manner in which it reflects broad patterns of agriculture within the Saint John Valley.
Boothbay Harbor: Pythian Opera House