Historical Society cuts back
LSJ— Financially squeezed by the sour economy and a poorly selling book, the Androscoggin Historical Society has eliminated its only staff position. Michael Lord, who has run day-to-day operations for almost 13 years, will finished his job next week. “In 20-20 hindsight, I guess I should have seen it coming,” Lord said. “But I thought I was pretty secure.” The decision to lay off Lord was tough, society President David Young said Friday.
Thousands in collectible coins stolen
LSJ— Several thousand dollars in collectible coins were stolen over the past two weeks from a Lambert Hill Road residence, Franklin County Sheriff Lt. Niles Yeaton said Wednesday.
The theft was reported Tuesday. The coins were kept in two folders, Yeaton said. “We are following some leads, and some physical evidence found at the scene has been taken to the crime lab,” he said. “We do have some suspects.” There was no forced entry, he said.
A Passamaquoddy passion
Allen Sockabasin, who has written a children’s book, seeks to connect tribe members to their heritage.
NEWFIELD–Historical society will hold annual fundraiser Saturday
The annual fundraiser of the Historical Society of Newfield will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Newfield Village grounds on Elm Street, adjacent to 19th-century Willowbrook Village. The event will include bake and yard sales and raffles. Hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and coffee will be sold from noon to 4 p.m.
Concert at Fort McClary benefits park, food bank
The Friends of Fort McClary and the Sugar Shack Grass Band will host an acoustic concert of bluegrass, country, folk and rock by local musicians from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort McClary State Park on Pepperrell Road, Route 103. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic and blanket. Grills are located on site. Admission is $7 for adults. Part of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Fort McClary and ”Foot Prints,” a local food bank. For details, call 439-3479 or visit www.fortmcclary.org.
Bangor Daily News -JOHN PLANTATION, Maine — Before there were airplanes or rail lines or even roads, there were the rivers. It has been close to a century since the St. John …
Seacoastonline.com -Viewing the work, a picture emerges of a very special community and how it was transformed by history and by the people who chose to settle in the region. …
VillageSoup Belfast – … Historical Society) The trail consists of various granite markers and gravestones placed principally by Thompson in memory of noted Maine trotting …
VillageSoup Belfast – Included in the tour will be Belfast notables, two governors of Maine, Civil War soldiers and sea captains. The cemetery is located on Main Street…
knox.VillageSoup.com – This year’s Union Founders Day silent movie will be “City Lights,” shown 7 pm Saturday, July 18, presented by Union Historical Society. …
Indian Country Today – Gale Courey Toensing – PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Interior Department has taken more than 600 acres of land into trust for the Aroostook Band of Micmac …
Yet another great article from Sharon Cummings;
Seacoastonline.com – The reporter considered the discovery of special interest to students of the earliest history of Maine. He wrote, “Workmen came across, at a depth of about …
News from away…
Providence Journal -Kneeling in a hole, archaeologist James Garman pokes through two centuries of soil, trash and treasures. After a few hours of digging, he and other researchers find a tarnished belt buckle from the early 1800s. “We are so close to the 18th century,” says Garman, staring at a dark line of dirt at the bottom of the pit. For the third straight year, researchers this summer have been sifting a 15-by-20-foot pit off lower Thames Street for items owned by Thomas Richardson II, an 18th-century merchant, captain and slave trader…
Miami Herald -A long-forgotten cemetery may have been the final resting place for hundreds of black Miamians, but preliminary findings suggest the burial ground was not that large. The mystery surrounding a long-forgotten cemetery unearthed by construction crews two months ago has only deepened with a genealogist’s discovery of records suggesting hundreds of black Miamians may have been buried there more than 75 years ago. Historian Larry Wiggins, using a database of Florida death certificates compiled by the Mormon church, has found 523 names of people — many of them Bahamian settlers or of Bahamian parentage and many of them infants…
(note: The following came in after I had already posted today’s headline roundup)
This email offers a sneak peek at all of our July and August programs. No printed program will be mailed this season, so full details can be found at the links below and on the MHS website at:www.mainehistory.org/programs
We hope that you will forward this and other program emails to friends who might be interested, and invite them to join us at MHS.
Thanks for your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Assistant Director, MHS
Wednesday, 7/15 – Anchors Aweigh, Joel Eastman, first of two-part series, 7pm
Tuesday, 7/21 – Uncommon Threads, Laureen LaBar and Bruce Bourque, 12pm
Tuesday, 7/28 – Remember Me, Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive, 12pm
Saturday, 8/1 – Set Sail on the Wendameen, (registration and fee), 10:30am
Tuesday, 8/4 – New England Architecture, Frank Shirley, 12pm
Thursday, 8/13 – Lighthouses of Maine, Jeremy D’Entremont, 12pm
Wednesday, 8/19 – Anchors Aweigh, George Stewart, second of two-part series, 7pm
Ongoing throughout July and August
Mondays and Wednesdays – The Children’s Hour, (fee), 11am
Fridays – The Longfellow Trail, (fee), 11am
Mondays through Fridays (not shown 7/30 and 7/31) – Film, Innocent Interlude, (includedwith admission), 2:30pm
Events are FREE unless otherwise noted
For Detailed Event Information:
Click on any of the web-links above, or contact:
Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland