Maine History News…Events…

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Talk focuses on what 1800s’ sailors ate
FREEPORT — “Lobscouce for Dinner? Sailors Fare in the Late 1800s,” a talk by food historian Sandra Oliver, will be given at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. After moving to Maine in 1988, Oliver wrote “Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Foods at Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century” published in 1995. She is also the author of “The Food of Colonial and Federal America” (2005), and “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie,” co-authored with Kathleen Curtain. Tickets are $10 each; $5 for children younger than 10. Participants are invited to bring a canned good or packaged food item.

Talk on Victorian photographer slated

BRUNSWICK — Robin Kelsey, a professor of humanities at Harvard University, will give a lecture sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Searles Science Building, Room 315.The talk is about “Victorian Social Matter: Julia Margaret Cameron’s Photography,” and is in conjunction with a 0current exhibition in the museum’s galleries, “The Image Wrought: Historical Photographic Approaches in the Digital Age.” The exhibition will run through April 5. Following the lecture, the museum will host an open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to celebrate six new exhibitions that have opened since the beginning of the year. All events are free and open to the public.

Look at old Brunswick through postcards

BRUNSWICK — “Brunswick and Bowdoin College in Vintage Postcards,” a talk by Liz Coursen, takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. Coursen, formerly of Brunswick, will discuss her new book, “Brunswick and Bowdoin College in Vintage Postcards” published by Arcadia Publishing, and to share her extensive collection of postcards. A book signing with follow.

Holocaust film

AUGUSTA — The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will hold a film screening of the PBS Documentary “Inheritance” in the Michael Klahr Center on the University of Maine at Augusta campus, Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. admission is free.

Catlin-Legutko leaves Lew Wallace post

For six years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko put her heart and soul into making the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum a community treasure.Now she only will be a part of its history.Catlin-Legutko announced on Wednesday that she has accepted the position of CEO at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. An interim director will be appointed in March to lead the Lew Wallace. “I will be one of the youngest museum CEOs in the nation,” said Catlin-Legutko, who is 37. “Those calls don’t come very often.

Museum remembers gift to state from grateful postwar French

AUGUSTA — Those who didn’t get to cheer the arrival of the Maine Merci Car in 1949 will get another chance to do it this Saturday.
The French Gratitude Train, or “Le Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise,” arrived in the United States 60 years ago this month. Each of its 49 boxcars was stuffed with gifts from a thankful French people, who, two years prior, had received boxcars packed with food, fuel and clothing from the United States.
Coast Guard Commander (Ret) William H. Wilson Jr. of East Boothbay will reveal little known facts and raise some still unanswered questions about the sinking of the RMS Titanic in a talk at the Boothbay Region Historical Society, Sunday Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. The program, at the society’s museum, 72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor, is open to the public free of charge.
Author Mary Lee Dunn will speak at the Greater Portland Genealogical Society’s Saturday, March 7, meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cape Elizabeth. Dunn will talk about her book, “Ballykilcline Rising: From Famine Ireland to Immigrant America,” published in July 2008 by the University of Massachusetts Press. The presentation will start at 1 p.m. after refreshments at 12:30 p.m.
The book covers the Great Famine in Ireland in the mid-1800s, a years’ long rent strike in Ballykilcline, in the Roscommon county of Ireland, and evicted emigrants’ arrival in New York City in 1847 and 1848. Dunn will share research tips as well.
A former journalist, Dunn, an Alfred resident, is a graduate of the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., and received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Admission will be free. For more information, visit www.
Round Pond
Round Pond native, Craig Elliott has a collection of over 800 old postcards and photos of the area and has about 300 of them on his web site: sure to look at Craig’s web page and enjoy all the scenes of olden days in Round Pond!

Damariscotta ‘Pirate Rendezvous’ Seeking Sailing Vessels
The Mystic Pirates are seeking at least two additional vessels to participate in their annual invasion of Damariscotta coming on Sat., June 13. The pirates have already prepared their armed 55-foot topsail yawl the S/V Must Roos to spearhead the attack, but nefarious plans are in the making that may require additional boats, according to the pirate “Scribe” (Greg Latimer of Waldoboro), Commodore of the Mystic Pirates o’ the Damariscotta…

For information on joining the Mystic Pirates of the Damariscotta and participating in the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 380-9912 or

Edgecomb Column

The Edgecomb Historical Society and Friends of Fort Edgecomb announce that their new joint website is up. Though is still under construction, already you will find news about FOFE’s forthcoming publication, “Blockhouse and Battery: A History of Fort Edgecomb,” by Joshua Smith, and shortly information about Norman Buttrick and Leon Cranmer, who will present the findings from the 1985 archaeological excavation in April……………..

Thompson Ice Harvest Draws Large Crowd

Stellar warm weather drew out families from across the region for a day of fun filled festivities at Thompson Ice House Feb. 15. The family of Herbert Thompson, the Ice House’s last operator, and great-grandson of founder Asa Thompson, assisted with the 2009 harvest……….

Whitefield Bicentennial Quilt Square To Honor Troops

One square in Whitefield’s Bicentennial quilt will honor local military.That is the theme – recognizing and expressing gratitude to troops – that Leila Haddad has chosen. She is among the dozen or so designers and stitchers tackling the commemorative work, which is expected to be completed by the June 2009 kickoff date of the town’s 200th birthday celebration………..

Maine Historical Society Seeking Applications for Maine Community Heritage Project

The Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with the Maine State Library (MSL), is seeking Maine communities to participate in the 2009-10 program cycle of the Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP), an intensive one-year program (July 2009-June 2010) that will mobilize Maine communities around the exploration, gathering, and sharing of their local history. This program is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.Participating communities will work closely with MHS staff to build content-rich websites within the Maine Memory Network ( dedicated to the history of their communities.
In the process of creating their website, each team will: inventory local historical resources; digitize 100-200 historic items from local collections and upload them to the Maine Memory Network; write an illustrated online narrative about the history of the community (approximately 3000 words); create approximately five online exhibits that explore specific topics in local history; and come together for a community-wide celebration of their work and community’s history.The Maine Historical Society seeks applications from local partnership teams-each of which must include a local school (grades 6-12), library, and historical organization. Eight communities will be selected to participate in the year-long program which will run from July 2009-June 2010.
Participating communities will receive extensive training in digitization, access to powerful yet user-friendly online tools, guidance and support from full-time project staff, and funds of up to $7,500 to support project activities. All Maine communities are eligible to apply.
The application deadline is: April 9.
Full project details and applications are available at:
For additional information, please contact Kristie Littlefield, School Partnership Coordinator, at or (207) 653-9287.
Interested communities are also invited to attend information sessions at the following times/locations: Monday, February 23, 3pm: Bangor Public Library; Monday, March 2, 3pm: Parson’s Memorial Library, Alfred; Tuesday, March 3, 3pm: Lewiston Public Library.
Please call or email to RSVP. This is the second year that the Maine Community Heritage Project is being offered. Eight communities-Presque Isle, New Portland, Thomaston, Islesboro, Bath, Lubec, Farmington, and Hampden-are currently participating in the MCHP and building websites on the Maine Memory Network which will be launched in June.The MCHP grows out of the Maine Memory Network (, the Maine Historical Society’s nationally recognized statewide digital museum that features a constantly growing online collection of over 14,000 historical items contributed by more than 180 historical organizations around Maine; nearly 100 online exhibits that explore a diverse range of themes and topics in Maine history; lesson plans; a gallery of student history projects; online tools that allow site visitors to create and share their own exhibits; and more.
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    I always enjoy reading history. It is so very well written post.

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