Maine History News Roundup for 18 June 2009

Antique Hearse Restored by Maine Prisoners

“It wasn’t quite as shiney, it was older” So the folks from the historical society turned to the inmates at theMaine State Prison Industries program. …

KNOX: Hearse returns from prison rehabilitated

BY DAVID LEAMING HITCHING A RIDE: Maine State Prison inmate Larry Smith uses his back to help others keep the front end of horse-drawn hearse up while …

Spotlight: Diversions listings – TOURS OF THE MUSIC HALL, Spring Historical Tours of The Music Hall will take place June 18, 12:30 pm Summer Historical Tours of Music Hall take place each …

In Maine, Residents Battle Over a Four-Letter Word: ‘Squa’

Wall Street Journal – Names such as Squaw’s Bosom Mountain and Little Squaw Brook quietly receded into history. Competing signs for a contested road in Stockton Springs, Maine. …

A Caveman’s Guide to Maine

Down East – But any caveman will feel at home in a few of Maine’s history collections. The Maine State Museum ( is a fine place to start. …

Explore Historic Maine Holes

Down East – They represent a significant era in Maine’s history, when out-of-state families spent entire summers at resorts on Mount Desert Island, in midcoast Maine, …

Antique Motorcycle Club tours coast

Bangor Daily News – By Walter Griffin BELFAST, Maine — For members of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, there’s nothing better than getting their motors running and …

First U.S. Woman on Antarctica

Edith “Jackie” Ronne never intended to leave Bethesda. She had gone to Beaumont, Tex., in 1947, to see off her explorer husband as he and a volunteer crew headed to Antarctica to fill in the blanks on the map of the last continent. She packed little more than a good suit, a good dress, nylon stoc…

Federal raids on antiquities hunters and collectors in the Southwest unearth ordinary citizens.

After federal raids last week on the somewhat casual, small-town traffic in illicit Southwest artifacts, one prominent pot hunter is dead and nearly a dozen more are under indictment.

The criminal actions grew out of a two-year undercover investigation in the Four Corners region, in which a wired informant purchased more than $300,000 in illicit antiquities. Most were bought in the high desert town of Blanding, Utah.

You might have an imaginary picture of the pot hunters and collectors who live there, a crew of dirty, well-armed black-market privateers roving the desert (in the case of many Western pot hunters, you’d be right). But the scenario becomes more complicated when you look closely at who is actually named. The federal action laid bare a little known culture of ordinary citizens who collect and sell human history.

Soldier buried with his boots on (Tennessee)

The Tennessean Archaeologists complete exhumation of remains on construction site. Using shovels, brushes and dirt sifters, the partial skeleton of an unknown Civil War solider was exhumed Monday from his longtime burial plot along Columbia Avenue by a team of archaeologists.

The newly exhumed remains, which included bones from both of the man’s legs as well as burial artifacts, will be kept by state environmental officials until a final burial site can be determined.

The man’s upper skeleton was initially recovered by crews who discovered the remains about a month ago while digging a trench. The body was found at the Through the Green site on Columbia Avenue where a mixed-use development is being constructed.

Discovery of possible cemetery reopens a chapter of Miami’s history

Miami Herald The construction crews were digging up a patch of land near Northwest 71st Street when they unearthed the unexpected: wrist bones, a human skull, skeletons of two small children. Then came crumbled headstones, nails, buttons and metal coffin handles.

The crew, working on an affordable housing project in the shadow of Interstate 95, had stumbled upon an apparently long-forgotten burial ground — and a tantalizing puzzle that has stumped Miami’s most knowledgeable archaeologists and historians: Who was buried there, and when? How did the graveyard come to be erased from history and memory? And how and where should the remains be re-interred?

So far, answers have proven elusive. An extensive search since the plot came to light in late April has turned up no names, no records, no official documents indicating there was ever a burial ground on the site — only two commercial maps, from 1925 and 1936, labeling the place a cemetery.

Citing family lore and personal memories, some longtime Miamians recall an informal burial ground for blacks at the site, which sits just east of I-95, sandwiched between 71st Street and the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks.

Unsung World War II heroes finally get their due

Posted: 16 Jun 2009 05:23 PM PDT

Source: CNN (6-16-09)

Some 65 years after their service, the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots are being honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a measure awarding the women one of the national’s highest civilian honors. The Senate passed a similar measure in May and President Obama is expected to sign it.

With only about a quarter of the former WASPs still alive and all in their late 80s or older, it was important for the House to act quickly, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, a sponsor of the bill, told CNN.

“This is a largely overlooked veterans group. They haven’t gotten the medals they deserve, the recognition they deserve,” Ros-Lehtinen told CNN.

Events and happenings…


Author Kerry Hardy to talk on ancient Maine lifeways

Author Kerry Hardy will be giving a talk, ”Languages, Landscapes, and Lifeways of Ancient Maine,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Camden Public Library.

He will also present his new book, ”Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki.”


Historical society to hold garden party and tea

The Limerick Historical Society is holding a Garden Party and Tea at the home of Eleanor Watson and Dana Sidelinger, Sokokis Trail North, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Croquet, badminton and bocce will be played, weather permitting.


Historical society to show film on Acadians’ expulsion

Dick Thibodeau will present a documentary produced by Canadian Television about the expulsion of the Acadians by the British in 1755.

The program begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St. Admission is free. For more information, call 324-2797.


The 1850 Taylor-Frey-Leavitt House Museum at Waterboro Center is open to the public free of charge each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment through Columbus Day weekend.

Added exhibits in the ell and barn include antique cobbler, optician, barber and blacksmith shops.

For more information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.


The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and Nobleboro Historical Society will celebrate three Maine authors on Sunday.

Chimney Farm, home to the late writers Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth, will be dedicated as a Friends of Libraries U.S.A. National Literary Landmark from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event will include the unveiling of the couple’s recently renovated writing shack. Speakers will include Gary Lawless, Daniel Payne and Don Wilding. Excerpts from the couple’s work, and that of their daughter, Kate Barnes, Maine’s first poet laureate, also will be read.

The event will be held at Chimney Farm, 617 East Neck Road. For details, call Alice Phillips at 549-3836.

Parker Savage, a life remembered
STRATTON — This year during the Stratton-Eustis Family Fun Days, June 26 to 28, Parker Savage Day will be observed on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dead River Area Historical Society building on Main Street. Find out more…

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