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50,000 seashells. Dust Bowl dust. Everything in between. Welcome to the old (new) Turner Natural History Club Museum

TURNER — Maxine Hinkley tugged open two drawers she’d never opened before and gasped. Stacks of bird bodies piled one on top of another. Feathers as fluffy as the day they dropped out of the sky a century ago. And around each ankle, a little ID tag: Pine Siskin, 1892. Bay-breasted warbler, 1890. The unexpected drawer of birds joined a dozen-plus stuffed animals displayed around the room. And a pine cone collection. A bird nest collection. A snake and snakeskin collection. A dirt collection in carefully labeled glass bottles, one with Dust Bowl dust.

Turner museum repository for ‘weird’ natural history

Kennebec Journal -The curator of zoology at the Maine State Museum calls it a “phenomenal resource,” maybe unique in Mainetoday. Yet Hinkley’s pretty sure that for the last …

Calais gears up for bicentennial celebration

Bangor Daily News -CALAIS, Maine — The city turns 200 this year and a bang-up birthday party has been planned. Volunteers have been working on the …

Euclid Beach carousel’s resurrection still in limbo for now

The Plain Dealer – It whirled for nearly another three decades in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, before the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit group, bought the 54 …

North Haven fellow enjoys making island history more accessible

Working Waterfront -It’s hard to overstate the importance of local history to the residents of Maine’s islands. Historical Preservation Fellow Betsy Walker has …

Rockland’s fastest sardine packer featured at museum

VillageSoup – Rockland’s most famous sardine packer, Rita Willey, now has her own exhibit at the Maine Coast Sardine History Museum …

Statue rededication highlights festival

Minot Daily News -… of the park and a piece of Minot’s rich history.” The park board hired conservator Jonathan Taggart of Georgetown, Maine, to restore the statue. …

Gingerbread House location surveyed

NORWAY — The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments is preparing a survey and map of the proposed site for the historic Gingerbread House in hopes of winning the owner’s approval to turn the building over to the Norway Historical Society.

Discover history, trails on Portland treks
The summer hikes cover areas of the city that many don’t know about.

Bangor, Blue Hill, Guilford, Lincoln among 8 chosen for heritage …

Bangor Daily News – Steve Bromage, assistant director of the Maine Historical Society, which is working on the project with theMaine State Library, said the Maine Community …

Picks from the HNN newswire

Alberta salvagers face legal troubles

Calgary Herald -A pair of Alberta brothers accused of pillaging Yukon’s history are gearing up for an unusual legal battle that sees them fighting against charges while simultaneously suing the wreckage of a Second World War bomber.

New York growth besieges Revolutionary patriots’ graves

The Canadian Press-Ed Spaeth was researching his family tree when he discovered an 18th-century ancestor likely was buried in the woods just down the hill from his Hudson Valley home. Although he can’t pinpoint Francois Martin-Pelland’s grave, historical evidence has led Spaeth to the nearby grove believed to be the final resting place of hundreds of other Revolutionary War soldiers posted here when Fishkill was the main supply source for Gen. George Washington’s northern army.

Two Centuries On, a Cryptologist Cracks a Thomas Jefferson Code

WSJ -For more than 200 years, buried deep within Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence and papers, there lay a mysterious cipher — a coded message that appears to have remained unsolved. Until now. The cryptic message was sent to President Jefferson in December 1801 by his friend and frequent correspondent, Robert Patterson, a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania. President Jefferson and Mr. Patterson were both officials at the American Philosophical Society — a group that promoted scholarly research in the sciences and humanities — and were enthusiasts of ciphers and other codes, regularly exchanging letters about them….

Exhumation of 1812 war hero stirs controversy

The Vancouver Sun -A controversy has erupted over one of the most famous corpses from the War of 1812. U.S. general Zebulon Pike was killed when retreating British and Canadian troops intentionally blew up a munitions depot during the American capture of York(present-day Toronto) in April 1813.

Oldest canoe finds its way home

Star.com -Returned from Ireland after more than 180 years, Maliseet birchbark boat inspires rebirth of craft A culturally significant First Nation’s artifact that has languished in Ireland for more than 180 years has returned to Canada, completing a circle of tradition for those on the New Brunswick reserves where it originated. The “Grandfather Akwiten canoe,” believed to be the oldest birchbark canoe in the world, was built by Maliseet craftsmen in the early 1820s before it was taken to Ireland around 1825 by Lieut. Stepney St. George, who was serving with British forces.

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