Maine history news for 01 July 2009

Farnsworth offers history walks in July

The Farnsworth family, whose home is now a museum, features prominently in Rockland.

Heading downtown for history – As such, she traveled to schools throughout Maine presenting programs in Maine maritime history. Her many years of experience in Maine museums have deepened …

Parks to remain open on state shutdown day

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s state parks and historic sites will remain open and staffed on Monday, July 6, even though it has been designated as the first state shutdown day of the new fiscal year, …

Rebuilding Fort Sullivan

EASTPORT, Maine — The former powder house in what was once a British-held fort has seen a lot of years since it was built in the 1800s, and today it is just a shell of itself.

Back To The Allagash In August – Lew Dietz penned The Allagash, the history of a wilderness river in Maine, which is another wonderful source on the history of the area. …

Bill Green’s Must-See Maine Historic Sites

WCSH-TV – Bill Green has been travelling the back roads and byways of Maine for NEWS CENTER for more than 25 years. He is a history buff, and offers some of his …

Dramatic reading of Declaration of Independence set at North Berwick

Foster’s Daily Democrat – History comes alive in North Berwick on Saturday, July 4 as the local Historical Society presents a dramatic reading of the …

Holy Mackerel!

Maine Antique Digest -… a once popular market fish along the northern Atlantic coast—Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Most everyone knows the history and …

State site to feature Biddeford history

Biddeford Journal Tribune -For the second year in a row, the Maine Historical Society has selected eight communities to participate in the Maine Community Heritage Project …

A guide to Gettysburg – It gives a great overview of the battle and the various key positions and it is more loyal to historical facts than most ‘historical’ movies. …

Gingerbread House location surveyed -Task force members represent various groups, including the Historical Commission, Norway Downtown, Western Maine Arts Group and other local businesses and …

Economic Woes Threaten Future of UMaine Folklife Center

MPBN News -… is a small sign above a door that reads: Maine Folklife Center . Just beyond is another sign that says Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. …

(For those of you who may be looking to make donation in the cause of historic preservation, this is a worthwhile project, by the way. It is important that we not lose the words and wisdom of those who have walked the soil of Maine before us. DLS)

From away:

A Historian Is on a Quest to Locate Lost Events
NY Times; An amateur historian is working to locate, mark and preserve the places where historic events occurred — and then were forgotten from memory.

From HNN:

Space Shuttle and Strange Clouds Key to Mysterious 1908 Explosion Ever since something generated a huge explosion over Siberia in 1908, flattening an area as big as a large city, scientists have been trying to figure out what caused it. Newsreel: Tunguska Expedition

Ancient Philippine boat re-created for odyssey

AP Adventurers who conquered Mount Everest successfully launched a replica of an ancient Philippine boat Saturday that they will use to sail around Southeast Asia and possibly to Africa to promote Filipino pride and unity.
The replica of the balangay — a wooden-hulled boat used in the archipelago about 1,700 years ago — was built in 44 days by native Badjao boat-builders from the southernmost Philippine province of Tawi Tawi using traditional skills handed down through the generations.
About 300 spectators counted down to the launch, cheering and applauding as the bow hit the water in Manila Bay.

Skeleton reveals violent life and death of medieval knight

Telegraph (UK) A 620-year-old skeleton discovered under the floor of Stirling Castle has shed new light on the violent life of a medieval knight.
Archaeologists believe that bones found in an ancient chapel on the site are those of an English knight named Robert Morley who died in a tournament there in 1388.
Radio carbon dating has confirmed that the skeleton is from that period, and detailed analysis suggests that he was in his mid-20s, was heavily muscled and had suffered several serious wounds in earlier contests.

W. Va. Has Unfinished Civil War Business

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 10:43 AM PDT

Source: CBS News (6-30-09)

State Still Has About 4,000 Unclaimed Medals, Struck in 1866; Available to Descendants of Vets.

The medals are all that remain of an order for 26,000 medals for veterans that the state placed just after the war, Division of Culture and History historian Greg Carroll said. While several states struck medals after the war, West Virginia is one of the few that has any left.

Each of the remaining medals bears the name of a veteran and his military unit. Most are for an honorable discharge. Some are for soldier’s who died from disease or wounds.

Antiques Roadshow finds $1 million Chinese jade

Posted: 30 Jun 2009 10:23 AM PDT

Source: Telegraph (UK) (6-30-09)

A woman who inherited a collection of Chinese carved jade from her father has scored the first $1 million (£600,000) appraisal from experts on the US television programme “Antiques Roadshow,” the producers said on Monday.

In a record for the show, four pieces of Chinese carved jade and celadon from the Qianlong era (1736-1795), including a large bowl made for the Emperor, were given a conservative auction estimate of up to $1.07 million.

The previous highest appraisal on the show was a 1937 painting by Clyfford Still, the American Abstract Expressionist artist, which was found in Palm Springs, California, in 2008. The painting had been given a retail estimate of $500,000.

Events and happenings:

The Matthews Museum has opened for the summer on the Union Fairgrounds and is featuring a vintage Moxie Bottle Stand built in 1905.The stand was given to the museum by the New England Moxie Congress in 2000. For more details, write to Box 582, Union, ME 04862 or go to


The Waterboro Historical society holding an antiques appraisal event Antique appraiser Frank Wood, with DeWolfe & Wood of Alfred, will head a seventh annual appraisal event, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Waterboro Town House in Waterboro Center. The Waterborough Historical Society is sponsoring the event. A limit of one item per person is requested. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 247-5878.


Porter Museum to display artworks by Tasha Tudor; The Rufus Porter Museum is featuring more than 75 original watercolors and sketches by New Hampshire artist Tasha Tudor, who died last year. The exhibit continues through Oct. 11 and includes items from Tudor’s costume collection, decorative objects and original illustrations from some of her books. Many of her books, prints, cards, videos and collectibles will be for sale. Also highlighted are examples of work by Rufus Porter and contemporaries who painted in western Maine during the 1800s. The museum, on Route 302, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and is free for children 15 and under. Information is available at, or by calling 647-2828.


Author Kerry Hardy to talk about Wabanaki field guide;The Union Historical Society will host a presentation by Rockland author Kerry Hardy at 7:30 p.m. today at the Old Town House on Town House Road. Hardy will discuss his recently-released book, ”Notes on a Lost Flute: a Field Guide to the Wabanaki.” The talk will detail the languages, landscapes and customs of ancient Maine. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or go to


Wood Island Lighthouse tours to begin today; Annual summer tours of Wood Island Lighthouse begin today and run through Aug. 29, with visitors departing from Vine’s Landing aboard the vessel Lightrunner at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays or 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations are required in advance by calling 286-3229. Tours are run on a donation basis for a suggested minimum of $10 per person. For more details, go to

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