Maine History News Roundup; 17 June 09

Here is another batch of headlines for your pleasure. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, feel free to email me at Please make sure plenty of time is allowed for posting of events. I’ve had to reject a couple of submissions because I received them too late, sorry. On another note, Touring Maine’s History will be starting to go into full swing soon, and I am looking for people who would like to come onto the radio show as a guest and talk about your local historical society, reenactment group, preservation project, or any other history related project you’d like to share or promote. Let me know if you’re interested at the same email address.

Join us today on Maine Talk Radio at 9:00 AM, or on the podcast later. We’ll have the usual news and views, plus we we’ll be sharing radio commercials from the thirties to the fifties. We’ll also be continuing with what we call the collectors corner, where information about antiques and collectibles will be shared. This week’s highlight will be fishing and canoes. Plus, the history person of the week will be Maine Senator William P. Frye, and we will continue with the historic business of the week with Portland’s G.L. Bailey Co., of which was located at 263 Middle Street, and his specialty was sporting goods of all types. Touring Maine’s History will stop the tour bus at the world famous Cribstone Bridge in Harpswell, officially known as the Bailey Island Bridge. We’ll take a look at this singular monument to ingenuity, the only structure of its type in the world.

History along the way

The Original Irregular – By Laura Dunham Special to the Irregular NEW PORTLAND — To celebrate the completion of the Maine
History Project, a self-guided tour of the town of New

College students learn about archaeology, local history at dig – Four weeks ago historical archaeologists Pamela Crane and Peter Morrison took their University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College class to the site

Franco-American Fest June 19-21 in Lewiston – My upcoming book, “The Franco-Americans of Maine,” will have many historical photographs but I also want to represent the present-day Franco society.

Historic Carousel Rides At Willowbrook Village in Maine

Carousel News & Trader – You can imagine yourself traveling across the open plains, just like in the old westerns, in their pre-Civil War Concord stagecoach.

Developer renovates historic Brewer home

Bangor Daily News— Before local developer Charlie Milan IV got his hands on the 2-century-old Col. John Brewer House, it sat on South Main Street empty and deteriorating for a decade. Milan …

Closing the book on a Hawthorne tradition

The Times Record— As Hawthorne School writes the final chapters of its 116-year history, a bittersweet celebration…


Festival Franco-Fun 2009 will run June 19-21 at the Heritage Center in Lewiston. Breakfast opens at 7AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with crêpes served all day. A bean supper will be offered Saturday evening.

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