Maine History News

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Civil War battles to be re-enacted
LIVERMORE – Forget about the iPod, the BlackBerry and computers. They haven’t been invented because the year is 1864 at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center.

Descendants of Meriwether Lewis Launch Solve the Mystery Web Site Source: Press Release– (6-4-09)

HOHENWALD, Tenn.—Collateral descendants of Meriwether Lewis have unveiled a Web site as part of their campaign to exhume and examine the American explorer’s remains in hopes of determining conclusively how he died. The Web site,, explains the Lewis family’s more than decade-long quest to gain federal permission for the exhumation as well as a Christian reburial. Since Lewis’ death in 1809, speculation has churned about whether he committed suicide or was killed…

With bigger budget Gettysburg filling slots and revving up Source: Evening Sun (5-27-09)

With a budget that rarely saw increases from year to year, Gettysburg park officials struggled for years to keep up with a backlog of necessary maintenance projects.

In August 2006, Pratt told USA Today that time and a tight budget were taking a toll on the battlefield’s historic structures and monuments.

“You start to look around, and there’s work everywhere that needs to be done. We just don’t have the money or people to do those things,” Pratt said at the time. “It’s a red flag that we’re getting behind, and it appears to be getting worse.”

But since 2006 – the year Pratt recently described as the park’s “low” point in terms of funding shortages and backlogged projects – Gettysburg National Military Park’s operating budget has increased by $1,651,000.

That includes $935,155 in the 2008 budget specifically for repair and rehabilitation – up from only $35,570 in 2006.


U.S. Deep-Sea Explorers Could Loose Shipwreck Treasure to Spain Source: AP (6-4-09)

Florida deep-sea explorers who raised an estimated $500 million treasure from the 200-year-old wreck of a Spanish galleon should give all the loot back to Spain, a federal magistrate judge said.

But the two-year tug-of-war over the 17 tons of silver coins and other artifacts from what is believed to be the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes y las Animas is likely far from over.

Odyssey Marine Exploration said it will oppose Wednesday’s written recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo, which will be considered by another federal judge who will issue an order later.


Conversion and restoration proposal for Gehring property goes  He said members of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission office have toured the house and will provide advice on preservation. 

Downtown Conference in Rockland to Highlight Preservation Efforts
Maine’s downtown areas, especially the smaller ones, are being challenged by the economic downturn. But the Maine Development Foundation’s Kristen Cady says 

Program focus on downtown revitalization
 National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, MDC will announce the communities selected for the new sister program to Main Street, the Maine 

Conversion and restoration proposal for Gehring property goes  He said members of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission office have toured the house and will provide advice on preservation




Upcoming events…

Acton-Shapleigh Historical Society;

19th – QUILTING, Threads of History at 6:30 p.m.

27th – 2nd Annual Craft Fair 


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