Maine History News for 04 June, 2009

Here’s another batch of gleanings and received notes from around regarding events, happenings and interesting articles regarding Maine’s history news. Enjoy, and remember, feel free to email any news, events or other items to me at I’ll get them up as quickly as I can!

Events and happenings…

From the Museums of Old York…

Opening Day at Old York!

Plan to visit the Museums of Old York this summer! Tour the buildings, hear the stories of past residents and connect with your community. Starting Saturday, June 6, the Museum is Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Start your journey at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. Admission is free for members.

George Marshall Store Gallery

This month, the main level gallery will host Coming to Light, featuring Maine artist Tom Curry. The dock level gallery will showcase Still Points, pairing charcoal paintings by Charles Ramsburg with porcelain forms made by Maureen Mills and Victoria Elbroch. The opening reception takes place Saturday, June 6 from 5 ~ 7 p.m. at the George Marshall Store Gallery,140 Lindsay Road in York Village. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 ~ 5 p.m. The show runs through Sunday, July 12. For information about upcoming exhibits, visit the George Marshall Store Gallery online!

Make sure to visit, and tell them where you heard about them!


*TRAIN RIDE — 11 am, 1, 2 & 3 pm, Sander’s Station, Bridge St., Phillips. Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. ($) FMI:


DAR MEETING — 10 am, selectmen’s meeting rm., Old Point Facility, Madison. Eunice Farnsworth-Ruth Heald Cragin Chapter. FMI: 628-3684.

Celebrating Farmington’s history
FARMINGTON — Community Celebration for Farmington History Online is planned for Sunday, June 7, from 1-3 p.m. on Academy Street. Five partner organizations from Farmington, received a $10,000 grant to create an online museum for the town. The brand new Web site will be unveiled…

Dinosaur discoveries
Students from Windham Christian Academy unearth prehistoric footprints during a Massachusetts field trip.

‘Maine Built Boats’ film to benefit Maritime Museum

The documentary ”Maine Built Boats: Art and Soul” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St.

The film features interviews with boatbuilders, designers, journalists, boat owners and historians. Proceeds will benefit both Maine Built Boats and Maine Maritime Museum.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $10, or $8 for members of either organization.

Historic New England offers free admission on Saturday

Historic New England will offer free admission to all of its house museums this Saturday in celebration of season opening.

This includes Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset and the Marrett House in Standish.

The first tour of the day begins at 11 a.m., and the last tour is at 4 p.m.

For more information, go to

Historical Society auction offers Maine summer treats

The South Portland Historical Society is holding its annual online Summer in Maine Auction through Saturday, offering a huge variety of Maine-based summer treats and activities.

To bid, go to and link to auction items.

For more information, call 347-4137 or e-mail

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, is hosting two events on Saturday. Shape note singers will gather from 1 to 4 p.m. All interested singers are invited. For more information, call Barb Ames at 353-4423. A beginners’ woodcarving workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All supplies are included in the $40 fee. Pre-registration is required. Call 926-4597.

Historic walking tours are being offered by Freeport Historical Society and Freeport Community Library at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and also on June 11. The tours are free and will be led by Annie Robinson, assistant director of the Freeport Historical Society. Meet at the library.

Columns and articles…

Fate of cemetery discussed
WILTON – Toppling stones, rising expenses and a lack of help brought Priscilla Beedy before the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to request the town take over the East Wilton Cemetery in 2010.

Boston Cane recipient ‘makes friends easily’
FARMINGTON – Work hard, be happy and avoid controversy with other people is the advice Lois Moulton gives for longevity in life.

Guide to, history of Arnold Trail of interest to Franco-Americans


Travel combined with Franco history is an interesting combination for the local tourist. One historic trek worth a try is the expedition followed by American Gen. Benedict Arnold in 1775, when he valiantly tried to capture Quebec.

“Following Their Footsteps: A Travel Guide and History of the 1775 Secret Expedition to Capture Quebec,” by Stephen Clark of Shapleigh, is a historic travel guide that re-creates the grueling experience. Clark describes each segment of the route Arnold and his soldiers traveled when they began in September 1775 to push toward Quebec during the American Revolution.

Clark is a retired teacher who also wrote “Katahdin: A Guide to Baxter State Park and Katahdin.” Clark traveled the Arnold expedition trail numerous times to accumulate the detail he published in the history guide.

DC Preservation League Lists ‘Endangered Places’

Posted: 03 Jun 2009 10:23 PM PDT

Source: WaPo (6-3-09)

The large house at 619 D St. SE dates to 1795; its windows are boarded up, moss grows on its bricks. The Maples, also known as Friendship House, is one of six locales announced yesterday on the D.C. Preservation League’s annual list of “Most Endangered Places.”

Since 1996, the league has compiled a list of sites it considers to be of historic, cultural and architectural significance that are threatened by neglect, demolition or other pressures. Some of the previous listings have received more attention.

For example, Battleground National Cemetery, in the 6000 block of Georgia Avenue NW, listed in 2005, will get some improvements through the recently approved federal stimulus package, officials said.

Historic lime kilns at risk in S. Indiana

Posted: 02 Jun 2009 04:34 PM PDT

Source: (5-30-09)

The three kilns date to the 19th century, remnants of an industry that burned limestone into lime and shipped it to cities along the Ohio River to make bricks, mortar and plaster.

Preservationists and Indiana officials thought enough of the structures, built into hillsides near Utica, Ind., to protect them from the Ohio River Bridges Project as part of a massive preservation plan.

But the kilns are now at risk — part of a dispute over who is responsible for keeping them intact and whether the project’s massive preservation plan really ensures their survival.

Civil War News…

St. Louis opens Civil War era court documents

Posted: 03 Jun 2009 09:58 PM PDT

Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch (5-28-09)

White-gloved archivists digging through brittle pages inside metal file drawers at the St. Louis circuit clerk’s office have unlocked never-before told stories of looting, betrayal and slavery in the years following the Civil War.

Now these rare documents, unearthed during a 10-year preservation project, will be available to anyone who wants to read about how Missourians attempted to bring law and order after the chaos of war.

“This is a treasure trove of information, most of which has never been seen by historians,” said Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who oversees the state archives. “These cases are attempting to right the wrongs that people saw in those years.”

Civil War memorabilia up for auction

Posted: 03 Jun 2009 09:57 PM PDT

Source: (5-28-09)

LENOX, Mass – It’s one of the largest and rarest collections of Civil War memorabilia in the entire country. And soon, it could be yours.

“This is probably one of the hardest things that we had to do, emotionally,” said Eastover Resort owner Ticki Winsor.

Eastover Resort in Lenox is the home of the Civil War Museum. But because of the bad economy, Winsor is forced to sell the entire property, including everything in the museum.

“I feel that when you have something of this magnitude, of this interest to others, that it should be seen. So we decided, with great emotion, that we would sell it,” said Winsor.

Virginia: State criticizes Wal-Mart report

Posted: 01 Jun 2009 03:46 PM PDT

Source: (5-21-09)

Virginia officials want “to set the record straight” about a proposed Wal-Mart’s impact on the Wilderness battlefield.

Kathleen Kilpatrick, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, wrote the Orange County Planning Commission yesterday after learning that the county’s planning staff “appears to suggest” that the Wal-Mart site “is not historically significant.”

The Orange Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight on JDC Ventures’ request for a special-use permit to build a 138,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter and other retail stores north of State Routes 3 and 20.

“Construction of a Wal-Mart facility at the scale and on the site proposed will, in our professional judgment, have a serious adverse effect both on the Wilderness Battlefield and on the National Park,” Kilpatrick wrote in a letter to commission Chairman Will Likins, who could not be reached for comment last night.

Bangor Opera House restoration lauded

PORTLAND, Maine — The nonprofit group Maine Preservation has recognized the Penobscot Theatre Company for its restoration of the Bangor Opera House facade. more

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