Maine history news and events for 30 April 09

Not much in the way of interesting articles, but quite a few events to share from the web….


May 1st,  Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Prospect, Maine reopens. The Fort Knox State historic site features one of America’s best-preserved examples of seacoast fortifications constructed in the 1800s. The new Penobscot Narrows Observatory, the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world, boasts breathtaking views of the Penobscot Bay area. Visitors to the observatory ride an elevator up 420′ feet on Maine’s fastest elevator for incredible views. Admission to these attractions is only $5 for adults and $3 for children.Click here for Non-Resident Fees


May Day Celebration

Join the Museums of Old York for a free community May Day Celebration of fun and frivolity dancing around the maypole! Please feel free to bring an appetizer, dessert or other light fare to share. There will also be some games, activities and crafts for the kids. Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Elizabeth BishopPerkins House, 394 Southside Road. Additional parking available at the John Hancock Warehouse, 140 Lindsay Road.


2009 Decorator Show House: The Before Tour!

McIntire Farm, the 2009 Decorator Show House, will be open for a “Before Tour” the first weekend of May. See the house before it is transformed and return once it is completed in July to truly appreciate our creative and talented designers! Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. at McIntire Farm, 270 Cider Hill Road in York. On-site parking is available and a donation of $5 is requested.


Museums of Old York, 207 York Street, P.O. Box 312, York, ME 03909 (207) 363-4974


$2M at Ohio auction for rare coin of Siam

Posted: 29 Apr 2009 06:34 PM PDT

Source: AP (4-28-09)

The coin world is abuzz over the auction of a rare silver dollar, one of the most valuable in the world and one of only 15 known to exist from a never-circulated group made for the likes of the King of Siam and the Sultan of Muscat.

The 1804 Adams-Carter silver dollar fetched more than $2 million in a private sale two years ago and is expected to top that again this week. The coin has been owned by a Boston banker, a Texas publishing mogul and by a collector who sold everything to help build a church school in Ohio.



Maine Maritime Museum plans exhibit on fisheries

Maine Maritime Museum has announced its upcoming seasonal programming, which runs from May through October. A new exhibit, “Net Worth: the Rise and Fall of Maine`s Fin Fisheries,” opens May 2 and continues through Nov. 29. Tours, cruises, summer camps for children, workshops and many varied programs are gearing up for the season.

The museum is at 243 Washington St. and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year`s Day. Admission is free for members and children 6 and under; adult admission is $10; seniors: $9; and children under 17: $7. For more information, or call 443-1316.


Antiques Appraisal Day set Saturday at Saco Museum

Dyer Library and Saco Museum are holding an Antiques Appraisal Day with appraiser Bruce Buxton. The event is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saco Museum, 371 Main St. The fee is $10 for one item: $18 for two items and $25 for three items.


Historical society to offer guided bus tour Saturday

The Windham Historical Society will offer a limited-seat, guided bus tour from 9 am. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, detailing many famous and not-so-famous sites around town, including the Quaker Meetinghouse, Province Fort, Parson Smith House and old mill and cemetery sites. There will be some walking involved at select sites.

This program is offered through Windham Adult Education. The fee – $19 for residents and $24 for nonresidents – is payable in advance to the Windham School Department by calling 892-1819.


The Molly Ockett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Fryeburg and Oxford Hills will honor three area high school seniors at 2 p.m. Sunday at its annual Good Citizens Tea….

The ceremony will be held at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St. Family and faculty are invited to attend the presentation. Advance reservations are required by Thursday by calling 890-9966 or e-mailing


The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogy meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road. The speaker is Kathy Amoroso, director of digital projects at Maine Historical Society.



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