Maine History News 19 June 09

Digging into Maryland’s Colonial past

Baltimore Sun Parts of Charles County’s Zekiah Swamp are every bit as inhospitable as the name suggests, choked with tick-infested woods and boot-sucking wetlands.

But as archaeologists are discovering to their delight, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries Zekiah was a growth center for the young Maryland colony.

The site of a 1674 courthouse was found last summer. Excavations this month have uncovered what might be traces of the “summer house” that Gov. Charles Calvert built to dodge his political enemies. And diggers are searching for traces of Zekiah Fort, built in 1680 to resettle several hundred “friendly” Piscataway Indians.

River maps made available
LEWISTON – Demand for a new map highlighting the history and historical resources on the Androscoggin River has been so strong the Androscoggin River Alliance has decided to distribute the maps over the next four weekends, said Neil Ward, program director for the alliance.

208 year old Vt. schoolhouse closes

AP HANCOCK, Vt. – The aged maple floorboards are scuffed and creaky, worn thin and smooth by thousands of youngsters over the years in the Hancock Village School. Banks of tall windows, a dozen panes over a dozen panes each, flood a pair of classrooms with sunlight.

A 19th-century image of Abraham Lincoln hangs on a back wall in one classroom where studies began in 1801, 60 years before he took office.

That history comes to a close on Thursday. Fewer kids and rising costs prompted townsfolk this year to vote to close the elementary school and instead pay tuition to send their roughly 20 children to neighboring schools.

Smithsonian unearths Buffalo Soldier’s story

Statesman (Texas) He was little more than a teenager, about 19 or 20 years old. Small and slight for warfare on the frontier, he had the delicate facial bones of a boy and had likely once been a slave.

He was a Buffalo Soldier: one of the legendary African American members of the U.S. Army who served at remote military outposts in the years after the Civil War.

But his grave outside an abandoned New Mexico fort had been violated. His bones were scrambled. And investigators think his skull, still with most of its hair, became a relic hunter’s trophy before it was returned to authorities in a paper bag.

Last month, experts working at the Smithsonian Institution matched the young man’s skull with a skeleton exhumed from the fort’s cemetery, solving a gruesome mystery of looted graves, purloined artifacts, and life and death on the frontier.

Group Celebrates Juneteenth

BREWER – June 19th marks a special day in African American history. Known as Juneteenth, it’s the day slaves were freed in 1865. The Maine …

Loring’s papers gifted to Maine Women Writers Collection

Indian Country Today -Our collection spans across literature and history and the work she’s done is part of history – part of Maine history and the national history. …

Events and Happenings…

Check it out: Exhibitions – BATH: Ongoing exhibits “A Maritime History of Maine,” “Lobstering and the MaineCoast” and “Percy and Small Shipyard” are continuous;

AUGUSTA: “Historical Native American Artwork” will be featured through June 30 at the Maine Capitol Complex. 287-6746

Community Ideas and Input on 2010 Public Programs and Exhibits – 6 hours ago

Freeport Historical Society’s mission is to advocate, research, collect and share the history and stories of Freeport, Maine.

From the Museums of Old York…

A York Sampler: Selections from the Past

The new exhibit at the Remick Barn Gallery is titled A York Sampler: Selections from the Past. The exhibit provides an intriguing overview of the history of York, from the 1630s to the late 20th century. The exhibit will be open throughout the season, Monday through Saturday, starting Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village.

Family Fun Saturday

Family fun days include museum tours, traditional craft demonstrations, hearth cooking, colonial games and crafts for kids of all ages! Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $20 for a family.

The Maine Historical Society invites you to…

Saturday, June 27, 10am-4:30pm
Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Library Dedication, Tours, and Campus-Wide Open House

Please join us to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated and expanded MHS library. The library will be re-named for Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown, prominent figures in 19th-century Maine history and key supporters of MHS.

Free events include:

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Dedication of the Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown Library

Under the tent adjacent to the Brown Library

Hear Barry Mills, President, Bowdoin College; Alan S. Taylor, Historian, University of CA; Karen Baldacci, First Lady of Maine; and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., State Historian.

Music and refreshments.

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Library Tours and Campus-Wide Open House throughout the day

Brown Library – Tour the library following its 2-year, $9.5 million renovation and expansion. While preserving the 1907 character of the building, the library has been transformed into a state-of-the-art research facility, housing the state’s largest and most comprehensive collections of materials related to Maine history.

Longfellow House – Visit the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, the house offers a glimpse into the life of the poet, his family, and the cultural and social history of 19th-century Portland.

Longfellow Garden – Stroll through the Longfellow Garden. Closed for two years to accommodate the library’s renovation, the garden’s character and historic significance have been restored and it is now open again to the public.

MHS Museum – View the new museum exhibition. Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library illuminates the depth and richness of the library’s collections, heralding MHS’s commitment to the history and heritage of Maine and its people.

These events are free and open to the public.

The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation and the BHA Foundation have generously provided funding for the museum exhibition. Images: MHS Collections; Buglers © Blethen Maine Newspapers.

Event Information
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822;

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