Maine History News for 01 June 2009

Publisher Urges Recognition of National Lighthouse Day

MaineToday.com; Lighthouse Digest is a news and history magazine devoted to lighthouses that is published eleven times a year from Whiting, Maine and has world-wide

US, wreck hunters race to find WWII planes

San Francisco Chronicle; Lisa Phillips, head of the Maine-based WWII Families for the Return of the Missing, considers taking the planes to be akin to grave robbing.

Mountainside monument

Boston Globe; Wreckage from a C-54A transport plane has rested for 65 years on rugged Fort Mountain inMaine. (Mark Arsenault for The Boston Globe) By Mark Arsenault and

Author hopes book will catalyze preservation action (May 28, 2009)

Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Post; “For some reason, there’s something about Maine and people not embracing historic preservation. If local people get involved things will happen.

Last Titanic survivor dies at 97

BBC: Millvina Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank in the early hours of 15 April 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton after hitting an iceberg. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in the north Atlantic, largely due to a lack of lifeboats. The 97-year-old, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, passed away on Sunday at the care home in Hampshire where she lived, a friend told the BBC…

Historical society leases Corro House in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Maine — The Lincoln Historical Society signed a 10-year agreement with Town Manager Lisa Goodwin on Friday to lease the Corro House, one of Lincoln’s oldest and most historic buildings, … more

Civil War News…

Abe’s days: Bicentennial events draw to a close in Dover

Foster’s Daily Democrat; … to flock to the museum, many of whom crowded the front gates as Lincoln arrived in a horse-drawn carriage from the Critter Barn in Berwick, Maine. …

Texas Civil War park restored just in time for another hurricane season

Source: AP (5-30-09)

The bronze likeness of Lt. Richard W. Dowling, a Confederate officer, has survived two hurricanes in the last five years, an accomplishment as against the odds as the victory he and few dozen rebel Texas soldiers won against a huge Union force almost 150 years ago.

But the double whammy of Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike last year left the Sabine Pass Battleground Park in shambles. Trees were toppled and ripped out. Historical markers were snapped off and creature comforts for visitors were swept away from one of the few Civil War battlefield sites in Texas….

Now, after a healthy dose of tender loving care from the man who alone oversees the park maintenance, and a $600,000 rebuilding program directed by the Texas Historical Commission, the battlefield site is to reopen, probably in September and just in time for the most dangerous part of the hurricane season.

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