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Vandals repeatedly damage Narrow Gauge Railroad cars

PPH-The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad on the city’s eastern waterfront was struck by vandals over the weekend.

Executive Director Susan Davis said someone threw rocks through five windows in three coaches, which were in the railroad museum’s yard at Portland Yacht Services. In the past three months, vandals have damaged more than 100 windows and several doors in coaches and cabooses on the Fore Street property.

Davis decided to publicize the vandalism in hopes that someone will provide a tip to police on the identities of the vandals.

Davis said the railroad needs a better security system. She said it would cost about $4,350 to purchase cameras, lighting, poles, wiring and the labor to install the devices.

The railroad has applied for a $3,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and its museum serve about 30,000 people a year.

Sagadahoc Preservation offers home, garden tours

PPH-Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. will host its seventh annual “Open Houses and Hidden Gardens Tour” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, offering self-guided tours of structures and gardens in Bath’s North Historic District, including information about the histories and their architecture.

Advance tickets are $20; admission is $25 thereafter. Proceeds will benefit the Winter Street Center.

For more details, go to

History interpreter to give two shows of period magic

PPH-Living history interpreter Robert Olson will perform period magic tricks of the Colonial era on Saturday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130.

Two shows will be offered, at 1:30 and 3 p.m.; both are free and open to the public. Rain date is Sunday.

For more information, go to or call 677-2423.

Shaker Village offers walk, several different workshops

PPH-A presentation on how to make a Shaker-style herb cabinets will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Route 26. The deadline to register is June 16.

There will be a guided walk for children through the Shaker woods to make fairy houses from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sabbathday Lake. The cost is $30 for the child and adult.

Chris Becksvoort will give a presentation on how to expertly sharpen woodworking tools from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The cost is $25. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 926-4597.

R & R Spinners will give a workshop on different spinning techniques and working with various fibers 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on any of the programs, call 926-4597 or go to

The West Bath Historical Society will host its annual meeting and potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Old West Bath Meeting House, Berry’s Mill Road. The event is open to all, free of charge. For details, call 443-4449.

The Baxter Museum, boyhood home of James Phinney Baxter, is open for the summer season. The museum displays the family bedroom, paintings, historic artifacts, Annie Louise Cary memorabilia and some items from the Civil War. The historic home on South Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays until August. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For details, call 839-3878.

Song Swap

Join fellow musicians and singers to trade familiar, not-so-familiar and original tunes and enjoy some spontaneous collaboration. All are welcome to play their own or others’ work. The variety in musical styles and instruments will add to the fun. While the emphasis is on players, everyone is invited to attend whether to play, provide backup or simply listen. Friday, June 12 from 7 ~ 9 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. Suggested $3 donation.

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Alice Ramsey’s Historic Cross-Country Drive

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Archeological Evidence Of Human Activity Found Beneath Lake Huron

Posted: 09 Jun 2009 02:08 PM PDT

Source: Science Daily (6-9-09)

More than 100 feet deep in Lake Huron, on a wide stoney ridge that 9,000 years ago was a land bridge, University of Michigan researchers have found the first archeological evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes.

The researchers located what they believe to be caribou-hunting structures and camps used by the early hunters of the period.

A paper about the findings is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors are O’Shea and Guy Meadows, director of the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and a professor in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.

O’Shea and Meadows found features that they believe to be hunting pits, camps, caribou drive lanes and stone piles used to attract the caribou to the drive lanes. Drive lanes are long rows of rocks used to channel caribou into ambushes. The 1,148-foot structure they believe is a drive lane closely resembles one on Victoria Island in the Canadian subarctic.

Hawaii archives holds mystery Lincoln document

Posted: 09 Jun 2009 02:25 PM PDT

Source: AP (6-9-09)

But how did an innocuous Civil War-era memo bearing Abraham Lincoln’s signature end up in the state archives of Hawaii, which was still a kingdom at the time? State researchers are trying to find out.

The memo dated Sept. 22, 1862, orders the secretary of state at the time to affix the U.S. seal to a separate piece of paper, a proclamation dated the same day.

Hawaii records indicate they’ve had the memo — but not the proclamation — for at least 74 years.

Centuries-old slate discovered at Jamestown dig

Posted: 08 Jun 2009 03:28 PM PDT

Source: AP (6-8-09)

Archaeologists have pulled a 400-year-old slate tablet from what they think was an original well at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, a historic preservation group announced Monday.

The slate is covered with faint inscriptions of local birds, flowers, a tree and caricatures of men, along with letters and numbers, according to Preservation Virginia, which jointly operates the dig site with the National Park Service. It was found May 11 at the center of James Fort, which was established in 1607 along the James River in eastern Virginia.

Researchers at NASA Langley put the slate through three-dimensional digital analysis so they could decipher its pictures and text. The imaging system normally is used to inspect materials for aerospace use.

Archaeologists find Civil War cannons in Pee Dee River

Posted: 08 Jun 2009 03:18 PM PDT

Source: The Inependent Mail (South Carolina) (6-5-09)

State archaeologists working in the Pee Dee River on Friday found two cannons used in the Civil War.

Chris Amer, deputy state archaeologist and head of the Underwater Archaeology Division at the University of South Carolina, teamed up with the Pee Dee Research and Recovery Team, state archaeologist and USC research associate professor Jon Leader, representatives from Francis Marion and East Carolina universities and students plan to raise the five-ton cannons used aboard the C.S.S. Pee Dee. They expect to raise a third.

They have also found the site where Mars Bluff once stood in Marion County. Mars Bluff was a Confederate naval yard from 1862 to 1865, built inland because of its wealth of natural resources and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

New law expands ban on ‘squaw’

Bangor Daily News – History Month? squa….re. square….squa……squash…..squa….t….squat….squa…nder….squander…. Holy cow sesame street outsmarted maine

Five free things to do in Portland, Maine – The Portland Freedom Trail. You can’t beat this one. Enjoy a day in the fresh air with the progeny, learn a little history, go home feeling like super parent. The walk can get tiring for little legs, so bring a stroller. This is great for all ages, and one of my favorite Portland freebies. There’s a downloadable self directed walking map. Don’t forget the water bottles and sunscreen, folks.

Ski Museum plans Exhibit Open House – The Ski Museum of Maine has grown tremendously over the past year. This would be a great time to visit and ski some of Maine’s exciting skiing history.

Portsmouth Harbor tours to begin on June 16

York Weekly – Neil Odams will provide a historical tour of the Piscataqua River basin, with points of interest on both theMaine and New Hampshire shores including

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