Maine History; news headlines for 09 July 2009

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.

NEWFIELDHistorical 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

Boating history revived in St. John Valley

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 …

Old York exhibit chronicles town’s evolution -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. …

On trail of Maine’s trotting horse history

VillageSoup Belfast – … Historical Society) The trail consists of various granite markers and gravestones placed principally by Thompson in memory of noted Maine trotting …

Walking tour of Grove Cemetery moved to July 18

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…

‘City Lights’ set for Union’s Old Town House – This year’s Union Founders Day silent movie will be “City Lights,” shown 7 pm Saturday, July 18, presented by Union Historical Society. …

Micmacs acquire 600 acres of trust land on former air force base

Indian Country Today – Gale Courey ToensingPRESQUE 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;

Atwater Kent removed historical clues – 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…

Dig reveals R.I. ties to slave trade

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…

Mystery of Miami construction site cemetery grows

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)

Dear Friends,

Wecome to Summer at the Maine Historical Society. It will be another busy season with a great lineup of lectures, screenings, and family activities.

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

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!

Steve Bromage
Assistant Director, MHS

Summer 2009 Programs At A Glance

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


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