Maine History Headlines for 13 July 2009

On Touring Maine’s History;we’ll have news and views of happenings around the state of Maine concerning Maine’s historical societies, museums and preservation projects. We’ll have another historic person of the week, Seth L. Milliken of Belfast, and historic business’ are the Levi Lones & Co., and the Winthrop National Bank, both of Winthrop, Maine. Our collectors corner this week looks at bottle collecting. The tour bus stops at Lovers Leap on the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor this week. Plus we’ll have more radio ads from the bygone days and some big band music from the 20s and 30s!

This weeks episode will be live at 6PM on Wednsday, July 15th

Indian Rock may still be moved

LSJ-NORWAY — State officials are trying to determine whether Indian Rock on Route 117 can be moved to accommodate major road reconstruction.

“It’s kind of an engineering issue,” Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Herb Thompson said Thursday.

The rock has a deep depression and some believe it was used by Native Americans to grind corn or to tan hides. It was set to be blasted when a $1.6 million road reconstruction project got under way this spring. But residents and officials asked the MDOT to help save the rock.

Helping to preserve an important but mostly forgotten piece of U.S. history (Maryland) (Maryland)

If local history buff Dick Charlton wants to retrace the steps of American Marines who shot at invading British forces in the Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812, he has to drive up a busy road surrounded by tire shops and fast food restaurants. “Most are not aware of it all,” Chartlon, 77, of Beltsville, said of the battlefield. “It’s almost a forgotten war, and it’s one that we won,” he added. “It was a foreign country on our territory. It was in the early years of independence as a nation and Great Britain was trying to recapture a lost territory.” The site on which thousands of British troops faced the last American resistance before entering Washington, D.C., where they would eventually burn the White House and Capitol…

Bowdoin to Host Free History Camp for High School Students

Bowdoin News – “History Camp provides an exciting, rare experience that allows students to explore aspects Maine history through interaction with historians and fellow

History Comes Alive in Bangor

WABI – Bangor City Council Chairman Gerry Palmer says Bangor and the state of Maine paid a heavy price during the Civil War. He says they wanted to bring that

Bangor’s Civil War Memorial rededicated Bangor Daily News

Listening to echoes from the past

Bangor Daily News – Middle-school-age readers will impress their Maine studies teachers and classmates with their knowledge of Bangor history. Longtime Bangor residents can

Remembering a ‘tornado of flame’ on Bangor’s harbor Bangor Daily News

Moxie growing in popularity – It’s part of Maine history.” Gross, a member of the New England Moxie Congress, hopes to encourage a few more stores and restaurants to sell the drink,

North Jay Day

LSJ-The third annual North Jay Day on Saturday saw the North Jay Grange become the focal point for cultural and historical activities. An early 20th-century Stanley Steamer was on display, as were several other antique autos. Inside the Grange, a bake sale took place and there were also a variety of knitted items made by grange members for sale. Proceeds from the day’s festivities went toward improvements at the Grange, such as a new roof and new paint. Here, Fred Legere of Canton celebrates his 98th birthday in style by playing the harmonica for the audience.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is excited to announce …

The Launch of Eight Local History Websites

Eight Maine communities participate in Maine Community Heritage Project

With training and support from MHS, teams from Bath,Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle and Thomaston spent the past year researching the history of their communities, digitizing historical items, creating online exhibits, and building websites. Community partners – adults and students alike – shared time, knowledge, collections, technology skills, resources, and expertise. Their websites, housed on the Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society’s nationally recognized statewide digital museum, provide unprecedented access to information about the history of these communities and will continue to grow: Bath, Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle, and Thomaston.

Eight new teams have been selected to participate in the project for the upcoming program year (July 2009-June 2010): Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough. As with the first group, selection was based on applicants’ enthusiasm, commitment to local partnership, and ability to complete the project, as well as the geographic, economic, and social diversity of the applicant pool. Their websites will be completed in June 2010.

The Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP) is an innovative program that promotes collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. It is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

For More Information:

Maine Community Heritage Project
Larissa Vigue Picard, Community Partnership Coordinator
207-774-1822 ext. 215;

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Events and Happenings……

Upton Fun Day a first for the community

Jul 09, 2009 12:00 am

UPTON — This town of about 60 residents will try to raise some money, have some fun and get ready for its sesquicentennial at the first Upton Fun Day on Saturday, July 18.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Portland Harbor Museum, invites you to …

A two-part lecture series:

July 15 and August 19, 7pm

ANCHORS AWEIGH: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II

Join us to learn of the bustle around Casco Bay during WWII, and the region’s important role in the war effort.

On January 24, 1941, the U.S. Navy designated Casco Bay a fleet anchorage and authorized the establishment of a U.S. Naval Frontier Base in Portland. The Frontier Base soon grew to be a U.S. Naval Station manned by thousands of sailors and serving hundreds of vessels which the Army and the Navy secretly designated as the most important naval base in the United States.

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
Naval Shore Activities in Casco Bay
Joel Eastman, Professor of History, Emeritus, USM

Hear Eastman explore the Navy’s selection of the site, the purchase and leasing of land for forts and bases, the construction of facilities for housing, training, health care, and recreation, and life on shore.

Wednesday, August 19, 7pm

Naval Sea Activities in Casco Bay
George Stewart, Retired Naval Officer
Hear Stewart discuss the mission of the base, the ships that visited Casco Bay during the war, and life on the water in the environs of Casco Bay during WWII.

These events are free.

Event Information
When: Wednesdays, July 15 and August 19, 2009, 7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
For more information call 207-774-1822;;

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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