Maine History News…Events…

Sebago Lake artifacts to be Archeological Society topic;
Dick Doyle, president of the Maine Archeological Society, will give a presentation on prehistoric artifacts of the Sebago Lake region at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Little Meetinghouse on Route 302.
Gene Stewart has collected artifacts for many years and has a collection that dates back 7,500 years. Doyle of Raymond will explain how Stewart’s stone implements were used by hunters and fishermen who were here before Europeans. There is no fee, but donations are welcomed. For more information, call 892-5381.

Two boat builders to talk about history of their craft;

Jamie and Joe Lowell, sixth-generation boatbuilders, will give an illustrated talk, “The Culture and Identity of Boat Building, Past and Present,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.
The Lowell brothers come from a prolific boat-designing family noted for originating the style of Maine’s lobster boats. They are two of the few remaining boatbuilders who know how to build a boat from the drawing board. Their boats have been featured in many publications. The talk is part of the Yarmouth Arts Evening with the Artist series. For more information, call 846-6264.

City history mixes fact, fiction

BANGOR// The tale of the naming of this community is a colorful one about a drunken minister, singing his favorite ditty, who mistakenly gave the name of the song “Bangor” when asked by a clerk what the town’s name was to be.
In the story, this village was to be called Sunbury.
Instead, the clerk penned in Bangor, and John Hancock, the then governor of Massachusetts, signed the historic town incorporation document into law on Feb. 25, 1791. More at BDN

A Historic home for Historical Society

VIENNA//History has found a home in Vienna village.
The Vienna Historical Society has purchased the Waite house — one of the original houses in Vienna village and birthplace of board game pioneer Milton Bradley.
Society member Carole O’Connell said the group is excited to have a permanent home for document storage and research, as well as the opportunity to display historic objects in a museum setting.
The Cape-style home was built in the early 1800s by the Whittier family on a farm that extended from Route 41 to Flying Pond. The route is also known as Town House Road. Milton Bradley was born in the house in 1836. More at KJ

York during the 17th century

YORK// Conflicts among the English, French and native populations of Maine originated in the 17th century. These early conflicts formed the basis for much of the more contemporary culture of Maine and, it might be argued, continue to underscore relationships between state and tribal governments to this day.
On Sunday, March 1, the Museums of Old York will present a number of perspectives on the relationship between these disparate groups.
The two-part program titled, “York County in the 17th Century,” will begin at 1 p.m. at the museum’s Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York. More at SO

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