History This Week
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Date / Time: 7/22/2009 6:00 PM
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22 July 2009; Maine history news and commentary, and of course the big news is the Historic Cowan Mill fire in Lewiston. The collectible corner subject is postcards. The historic person of the week is Charles A. Boutelle, and the historic businesses will be James A. Bain and T.W. Freeman, both of Portland. The tour bus will be stopping off at Snow Falls of Paris, ME. and we’ll hear of the tragic ending of Captain Snow, who the falls were named for. We’ll also have the usual historic commercials and the big band sounds of the 20s and 30s for your enjoyment
This week’s headlines…
Morning Sentinel – The award is part of $61825 in New Century Community Program grants announced recently by the Maine State Museum. “These grants support community efforts to …
Four Waldo County cultural organizations awarded grants VillageSoup Belfast
Washington Post -I asked her about the history of her house. “My grandmother left it to her kids and grandkids, so there are now seventeen owners,” she told me. …
Kennebec Journal – We’re pleased that the good folks who so love Augusta history — Fort Western staff, members of the Kennebec Historical Society, staff at the Maine State …
Freeskier Magazine – Unfortunately, the holiday only exists in the quaint town of Bethel, Maine. Molly Ockett was an Abernaki Indian healer who roamed Western Maine in the …
Foster’s Daily Democrat -It was the late 1600s, and when King William’s War started, colonial settlers were making what then was known as …
Bangor Daily News – On exhibit will be paintings commemorating Hudson’s 400th anniversary visit to Maine by historical artist Ron Lesser. “It’s a great historic event for Maine …
Henry Hudson to visit Belfast VillageSoup Belfast
VillageSoup Belfast -Islesboro Historical Society has revamped last year’s popular exhibition “Portrait of an Era, Charles Dana Gibson: the vision, satire, wit and exquisite …
Boston Globe – Norshoco Boy Scout Reservation, Alfred, Maine where they had a couple of TV’s set up in the dining all so all the campers could experience this historical …
Down East – And I think there are both historical and cultural reasons for that. There’s a long tradition — dating back at least to the age of the “rusticators” in the …
Kennebec Journal –… the Kennebec Historical Society, Maine State Library, Lithgow Library, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, history books, newspapers and more. …
Events and happenings…
Ride the antique ponies at Casco Days
The classic 1920s carousel is just one of the attractions at this weekend’s festival in Casco.
22 July–Historical society sponsors tour of Peary’s Eagle Island
The Pejepscot Historical Society will sponsor a tour of Adm. Robert E. Peary’s Eagle Island today. The group will depart from Dolphin Marina at Basin Point Road at 11 a.m. for a tour of Peary’s home and island trails. A picnic lunch will be provided. Return is at 1:10 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people. Advance tickets are $35 and may be ordered by calling 207-729-6606.
22 July–Historical society to hold second appraisal night
The Raymond-Casco Historical Society’s second annual appraisal night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Raymond Casco History Museum, 820 Roosevelt Trail. Harry Hepburn of Heritage Antiques in Harrison will appraise items for $5 each, with proceeds benefiting the museum. For details, visit raymondcascohistory.org or call 207-627-4989.
24-25 July–Celebrated Fiddler returns to logging festival
RANGELEY — Simon St. Pierre, nationally recognizedFrench Canadian fiddler, returns to the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum’s Logging Festival on July 24thand 25th. With his friend and fellow musician Joe Pomerleau of New Hampshire, St. Pierre will play several times over the two-day celebration
26 July–Appraiser available Sunday to assess value of antiques
Antiques appraiser Paul Lehoux will give appraisals at 2 p.m. Sunday for individuals who are interested in knowing the value of their treasured items. The event will be held at the town hall, 55 Washington St. Attendees are invited to bring up to three items. Refreshments will be served.
27 July–Gravestone expert giving talk on restoration work
Gravestone expert Kai Nalenz will give a talk, “Gravestones: Saving the Past for the Future,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. Nalenz will report on his restoration work at Colonial Pemaquid’s Olde Fort Burial Ground as part of the summer lecture series, “Pemaquid’s Place in the Colonial World.” Admission is $5 for nonmembers. The site is off Route 130 on Colonial Pemaquid Drive. For more information, call 207-677-2423.
Articles of interest…
DON PERKINS: Windham man restores oldies but goodies
Roger Atherton whiles away his time on the vehicles of yesteryear. He restores oldies for fun. You could even go so far as to say he’s keeping tradition alive. He drove some 1,200 nails by hand while restoring a 1929 Chevy two-door coach. That’s how cars were built years ago – body panels were nailed to hardwood frames – but Atherton doesn’t consider his talents special…
AP When Enid Pinkney was a girl in the 1940s, her grandmother would tell her stories about a black cemetery nestled in the northwest corner of Miami in an area once called Lemon City. Pinkney never saw any headstones or tombs on the former farm land, which gradually became surrounded by small homes, car lots and industrial warehouses starting in the 1950s and 1960s. Interstate 95 rumbles past a few blocks away…
Locomotive-Shaped Iron Could Be a Real Money Train
When a WorthPoint member decided to have an old pressing iron fashioned in the shape of a locomotive assessed, it was with the hope that the verdict would find its value a little more than its purchase price. According to Worthologist Maggie Turnipseed, the E. B. Cosby Flat Iron—which is going up for auction next month—should make its consignor very, very happy.
Read “Locomotive-Shaped Iron Could Be a Real Money Train”
People Who Inspired the Names of Antique Furniture Pieces
You’ve heard of the Murphy bed, the Gov. Winthrop desk, the Breuer chair and the Pembroke table. But do you know who those people were? And did those folks have anything to do with those pieces of furniture? Worthologist Fred Taylor supplies the surprising reasons why some styles of furniture ended up with other people’s names.
Read “People Who Inspired the Names of Antique Furniture Pieces”
KOB.com New Mexico officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday for a new state archaeology center. Fittingly, they used replicas of ancient digging sticks – used to plant seeds or dig holes – rather than shovels. The $6.4 million center on the southwest edge of Santa Fe will provide a permanent home for an estimated 10 million artifacts in the state’s collection. Currently, those items are scattered among storage sites in government buildings around town.
Globe and Mail A marine archeologist from landlocked Alberta has set his sights on finding two of the world’s most coveted shipwrecks: the long-lost Royal Navy vessels from the doomed 19th-century Franklin expedition. Rob Rondeau and his small team plan to travel to the central Arctic archipelago later this summer to launch a privately funded underwater search. The race to find the fabled shipwrecks has been continuing for more than 160 years, but Mr. Rondeau is confident his group’s research and use of state-of-the-art sonar will solve the vexing mystery.
Tuesday, July 28, 12pm
Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt
Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive, Authors; Mary Beth Owens, Illustrator
Join us to celebrate the publication of this wonderful new children’s book.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who became the thirty-second president of the United States, joyfully spent his boyhood summers on Campobello Island. It was there that he met Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy elder and former chief who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basketmaker.
Authors Soctomah and Flahive imagine the relationship that developed between these two as Tomah Joseph taught young Franklin how to canoe and shared some of the stories and culture of his people. A beautifully decorated birchbark canoe that he made for Franklin remains at Campobello Island, a tangible reminder of this special friendship.
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
This event is free and open to the public.