Maine History News for 19 May 2009

Conference on ‘Loyalism’ to Explore Counterrevolutionary Patriotism

May 19, 2009
Contact: Betsy Arntzen, (207) 581-4225

ORONO — The public is invited to an international conference, “Loyalism and the Revolutionary Atlantic World,” June 4-7 at the University of Maine and in Castine.

Organized by the UMaine Canadian-American Center and the Department of History, the conference has attracted dozens of scholars from the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia to present research and explore critical aspects of the American Revolution. 

The conference will examine the role of perhaps the most understudied Revolutionary topic among historians in the United States: Loyalists — those who opposed the Patriot movement. It also will introduce an “Atlantic” perspective, which will help move analysis of the American Revolution beyond its familiar nationalistic boundaries into a larger trans-national region of influence and significance, according to co-organizers Liam Riordan, associate professor of history and authority on early America and its political, religious and ethnic makeup, and Stephen Hornsby, Canadian-American Center director.

A $75 fee covers meal and coffee break expenses. Conference organizers can assist with local accommodations for travelers.

The conference will take place at Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall, on the UMaine campus, and on June 6 at the Castine Historical Society. Castine was a prominent British military site and loyalist refuge on Penobscot Bay.

Conference sponsors include Canadian American Center, the Maine Humanities Council, the UMaine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of New Brunswick, the Castine Historical Society and the Maine Historical Society.

Additional details, including schedule, presentation locations, and information about accommodations, can be found on the Canadian-American Center Web site, or by calling Betsy Arntzen at the center at (207) 581-4225. The conference is free to UMaine faculty, staff and students; advance registration by May 31 is requested.


Maine State Museum celebrates Wabanaki creativity

Bangor Daily News 

The exhibit “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costumes” will open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Maine State Museum in Augusta, according to co-curator Bruce Bourque, chief archaeologist and curator of ethnology at the museum. Admission will be free all that day.

Special curator-led tours will be given 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, call 287-2301 or


Shettleworth to tout Townsend photographs

VillageSoup Belfast – May 17, 2009

Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. will give a slide talk presentation “The Photographs and Postcards of Charles A. Townsend,” at the Belfast Historical Society program meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.


Economy puts lighthouse museum in jeopardy

NECN – May 18, 2009

But without help from the public, the lights may go out for good at the nation’s largest lighthousemuseumMaine’s lighthouse museum reminds visitors that 


PORTLAND, MAINE – Opening day at the Tate House Museum in Portland is Wednesday June 17th with free house and garden tours from 10AM to 4PM. 


Tuesday, May 26, 12pm
A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812


James Ellis, Author 


Join us to explore the role that Maine and New England played in the War of 1812, the subject of Ellis’s new book.  His book, based on extensive research from Machias to Mystic, including at the MHS library, presents a largely untold story of the travails and triumphs of common people in the region during the Second War of Independence.


Ellis’s talk will pay particular attention to events in Maine, including the capitulation of Eastport and eastern Maine, the pillaging of Hampden and Bangor, the mobilizations at Wiscasset, Bath, and Portland, and the epic sea fight between the Enterprise and the Boxer


This event is free and open to the public. 

Event Information
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street

           Portland, ME   04101

 For more information call 207-774-1822; 

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