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Union River Watershed Coalition Awarded Grant for Oral History Project           

Friday, March 27, 2009

 WALTHAM — The Union River Watershed Coalition, in conjunction with the Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the Waltham Historical Society, recently announced that it has been awarded a Community Outreach grant by the Maine Humanities Council.

The grant is in support of the regional effort led by Norma Hardison of Waltham for conducting and filming oral histories of watershed people and then presenting the oral histories at a public dinner.

In 2008, Hardison organized one potluck dinner with a presentation and is planning, with the help of this grant, to organize two more oral history collections and two dinners in 2009. This is a regional program to encourage the towns of the watershed to maximize their historical knowledge and resources while increasing the awareness of their shared past.

The next watershed-wide dinner is planned for Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Waltham Town Hall. An oral history taken several years ago will be shown. Admission price is your food contribution, however donations are welcomed. The storm date is April 3. Space may be limited, so reservations are suggested.

Questions about the dinners and oral histories should be directed to Norma Hardison at 584-3754.

Questions about the grant should go to Project Director Nancy Alexander at 667-0355.

Memory Network celebrates Maine’s heritage

The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to images of thousands of historical items belonging to over 180 organizations from across Maine, including the Museums of Old York.

Through online exhibits, interactive tools, lesson plans, and in-school demonstrations, the Maine Memory Network helps communities and schools in Maine learn about, celebrate, and share their local history…..Seacoast Online


Explore new U.S. historical landmarks

On a hilltop three miles from the White House, Abraham Lincoln paced the floors of his summer cottage thinking about his Emancipation Proclamation and pondering strategy for the Civil War. There he sought the refuge and privacy of this home to be alone with his thoughts. There he mourned the loss of his young son and escaped the throngs of visitors at the Executive Mansion. President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in February 2008, enriching the country’s historical landscape and giving heritage-seeking travelers a new destination…….more at MSNBC


North Shore provides backdrop for PBS historical series

Salem – Last week 21-year-old actress Tori Cimino was asked to hitch up her skirts and run for her life. The senior at Gordon College in Wenham was chosen to act in a PBS documentary series entitled “God in America” that was filmed last Wednesday and Thursday in Salem and around the North Shore.

Cimino played 17th century Puritan Anne Hutchinson, who, after being banished from Massachusetts for her controversial religious ideas, went on to be captured and killed by Native Americans……more at Salem Gazzette


Maine Historical Society renovation work complete

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) After being closed for nearly two years, the newly renovated and expanded Maine Historical Society research library is set to open following a $9.5 million makeover.

The historical society, located behind the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in downtown Portland, houses the state’s largest collection of historic materials……..more at WBZ


Web site samples history of Maine’s Irish

PORTLAND — Matthew Barker knows more about the history of Irish immigrants in Maine than just about anybody.

He started investigating his family’s roots at the relatively young age of 8. By the time he was 11, he was a full-fledged member of the Maine Historical Society.

His family tree includes French-Canadians, Native Americans and Mayflower passengers, but Barker has long focused on his Irish ancestry…………more at Morning Sentinel


Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society Receives Grant


DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, located in Sunset, recently received a $1,000 grant through the Maine Humanities Council to further support collection of local oral history for future generations.

Deer Isle-Stonington Oral History Project founder and coordinator Nancy Dewey continues to gather and archive Island stories……..more at Ellsworth American

Old Post Cards Reveal Lighthouse History

According to Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest magazine, vintage post cards of lighthouses are quite common. “However,” says Harrison, “there are a small number of old lighthouse post cards that are of special importance because they are the only images that show how some lighthouse stations once appeared.” Continuing, he added, “And then, every so often, a post card is discovered that is considered by historians to be of historical significance, as is the case with two antique post cards that were recently donated.”…..more at Maine Business.Com


Inmates Restore Antique Hearse for Town of Knox

A piece of Knox’s history is well on its way to being restored to its original glory.

Back in December, inmates at the Maine State Prison’s Industries Program began working on the town’s antique, horse-drawn hearse.

Today, folks from the historical society paid a visit to the prison in Warren to check on the progress so far….more at WABI (with video)


Civil War group hails Hezekiah Long’s hard times

BELFAST: The Richardson Civil War Round Table presents “Hard Times, Hard Bread, and Harder Coffee” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Belfast Historical Society meeting at the Belfast Free Library.

The PowerPoint presentation and reading will feature the Civil War correspondence of Hezekiah Long of South Thomaston and Rockland, to his wife Sarah (Brown), a native of Belfast.

The 128 letters, dated September 1862 to May 1865, reveal aspects of soldier life and confirm in detail what present-day historians have written. Throughout his letters……more at Village Soup

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