Maine History news for April 16th

Hello readers!

I know I’ve been away from the frontlines for a few weeks, but I’m back and raring to go. I have reformatted and started the Touring Maine’s History tour bus into a slightly different direction, so hang on tight for the ride. For information on what is going on with the publishing end of things, you can visit my new site at and check out our new format for business.


Due to some people backing out and changes in some other areas, we will not be doing any full length video projects this year, although I still intend to get in a few societies to grab some interviews nd footage. Our main goal for this year is to begin production of a periodical, “Touring Maine’s History” that will be issued at least twice a year, with the long term goal of making it become a monthly periodical.


If you’d like to help out or have some ideas for articles and such, kindly drop me an email at and I’ll take a look at your thoughts. But keep checking back for more newsand updates to the Maine history scene at Touring Maine’s History!


Orland Historical Society eyes new building

Bangor Daily News

ORLAND, Maine — The gift of land to the Orland Historical Society has opened new possibilities for housing its collection related to local history. Last summer, residents John and Kim Wardwell donated the 1.3-acre parcel to the society. The property is located near the post office about a half-mile from the current site of the society building. While the details of the transfer are still being worked out, the society has begun reviewing options on how best to use that land…..


Local groups offer genealogy newsletters

Bangor Daily News

My newest issue of Weirs and Woods, the quarterly of the Washington County Genealogical Society, was certainly a labor of love. Though editor Val Atwood was slowed down by a broken arm that is improving, she still produced a wonderful, info-packed issue. Always one to give other groups and individuals credit, she has put on the front page information about the good works of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society….


Famous gardens focus of talk at historic society

Foster’s Daily Democrat 

The program, titled “Shoals and Tidewater,” will be presented by the Old Berwick Historical Society. Landscape historian Nancy Mayer Wetzel will talk about 


Little gems of local history

Marguerite Mathews, board president of the Portsmouth Historical Society and co-artistic director and co-author of numerous historical plays at Pontine 


SIDNEY: Historical society springs to life

Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Mar 28, 2009

Jamie Rice, public services librarian for the Maine Historical Society in Portland, said the formation of Sidney’s historical society is a rare occurrence. 

Beginning Saturday, May 2, and running through October, Windham Historical Society will be open to the public Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum volunteers will be available to assist with research projects, and new displays featuring “Automobilia” and “Military Heroes” will be open at the main museum on Windham Center Road. To leave a message, call 892-1433.

Events and meetings

The Arundel Historical Society will host a bean and pasta supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Mildred L. Day School. Cost for adults is $6, students and seniors $4.50, and children under 5 are free. There will be a door prize and a display of photos, books and maps related to the history of Arundel. There will also be demonstrations in the arts of spinning yarn and quilting. Please support the historical society for this fun community supper.


Windham Historical Society will present a program on the Civil War and how it affected local communities Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. According to history, 374 men from Windham served in the Civil War. Kim MacIsaac, curator of the 5th Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island, will be the presenter. The program is open to the public and will be held at the historic Little Meetinghouse, Route 302 near Boody’s Corner, North Windham. Donations are welcome. For more information call Walter Lunt at 655-3421.


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