History This Week


Listen to History This Week on Maine Talk Radio

Date / Time: 7/29/2009 6:00 PM

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Touring Maine’s History; News, headlines and commentary on current events in the field of history, Maine’s historical societies and museums and preservation efforts. We’ll also talk about some upcoming events. And we will have a historic person of the week, the Hon. Fred N. Dow, and some business profiles from the 1800s. This week we’ll look at three Oakland businesses, Hubbard & Blake mfg, the Mills Brothers Livery business and Stephen Blaisdell, a marble and granite works. Book review; Maine, the Pine Tree State and the tour bus will be stopping off in Freeport Maine at the Pettingill Farm.

Headlines and articles…

Pirates aim to invade Boat Builders Festival
PPH- The buccaneers will sail into Boothbay Harbor aboard their flagship, the S/V Must Roos.

Franco American Heritage Center gets makeover

LSJ- Lou Jordan works in her office on the bottom floor of the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Tuesday. Jordan, the center’s volunteer coordinator, will have her wedding reception in the center’s Heritage Hall, at left, next summer. Jordan met her fiance, Albert Grandmaison, during a music concert on the center’s main floor. “It’s like living a fairytale life,” Jordan said while describing her future husband.

New Nordica Homestead Museum caretakers enjoy the history

LSJ- The Nordica Homestead Museum is open from June 1 to Sept. 15. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The home is open by appointment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by calling 778-2042.

Bonnie Lander is learning about history, and a lot about opera, while reading through old letters written to and about Lillian Nordica. “You’re holding a piece of paper that’s 150 years old,” she said of why she wears gloves to encase the letters in sleeves. “Many of them were sent from Paris, Italy and Russia.” On June 30, Lander and her husband, Wint, became the new caretakers of the Nordica Homestead Museum on Holley Road. They are settling in to the caretaker home and learning about the opera star and her belongings.

Quartz Bridge repairs underway

LSJ- Work on the so-called Quartz Bridge which spans Main Street over Bird Brook is progressing. Local businessman Tony Morra said the idea to restore the bridge came to him one day as he was working on his property next to the bridge. “I kept seeing that bridge and I mentioned it to Andrea Burns (president of Norway Downtown) and the idea just took off,” Morra said Thursday.

Tests could help identify bodies in UNC cemetery

Daily Tar Heel The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and other town groups are starting a project to identify grave sites in the black section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
The research will include two different studies that can show where grave sites are in the black section of the cemetery, in hopes of later discovering the exact identities of people who are buried there.
Once the tests have been completed, it is possible that up to 100 black people who worked at the University in the 18th and 19th centuries can be identified.

US treasure hunters file appeal in “Black Swan” case

Reuters US treasure hunting firm Odyssey filed a challenge Wednesday to a court ruling ordering that it surrender to Spain treasure recovered from a 19th century Spanish shipwreck. The discovery of the sunken treasure, from a ship code-named “Black Swan,” was announced in 2007.

Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings
When considering the purchase of an oil painting, Worthologist Harry Rinker has some tips on determining whether the piece is worth buying. Harry offers up his rules for authenticating oil paintings, as well as a list of the six different kinds of artists who may have produced the work in question.
Read “Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings”

Binnacles: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles
At first glance, a person without maritime knowledge might see a binnacle and assume they are looking at a diving helmet. It’s a common mistake, says Worthologist Laura Collum, who also says that since binnacles come in many sizes and shapes, they make for an attractive nautical addition to your home décor. But what, exactly, is a binnacle? Laura explains.
Read “Binnacles: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles”

London’s Big Ben Appears on Thousands of Collectibles
Big Ben is probably the most famous clock in the world. As an iconic symbol ofLondon, there have been, over the last 150 years, thousands of souvenirs cast with its image. But is Big Ben the clock, the bell, the tower or the whole assembly? We have the answer, as well as some antiques and collectibles that may strike your fancy.
Read “London’s Big Ben Appears on Thousands of Collectibles”

A gem amid the stones

PORTLAND — For years, few people have stepped inside the mortuary chapel in the Evergreen Cemetery. Built more than a century ago to give the poor a proper send-off, the granite chapel had fallen into disrepair, its heavy wooden doors locked. But after spending around $10,000 last fall to spruce up the interior, managers of the city-owned cemetery want the chapel to once again play a role in the city’s public life. Last month, cemetery officials notified local funeral directors that all services will be held inside the chapel instead of graveside during the winter months, unless a family requests otherwise.

Penobscots seek recognition of athletes

Bangor Daily News -In addition to his interest in securing their place in athletic history, Rice is concerned that racism persists in Maine, including at some high schools …

Legislature Backs Recognition For Sockalexis WCSH-TV

Curran Homestead offers glimpse of farming history

Bangor Daily News – ORRINGTON, — Visitors this weekend to the Curran Homestead, a living history farm and museum on Fields Pond Road, enjoyed a trip back …

Professor to lecture on Hamlin

SunJournal.com – He has lectured and published on the middle period of American history. Hamlin served in the Maine Legislature, the US House of Representatives, …

History buff keeping Fort Kent’s stories alive

Bangor Daily News – FORT KENT— As a young boy, Chad Pelletier’s father would tell him stories of days gone by while the two piled wood or worked at other …

Noted Harvard geologist to speak on preserving our mining history

Bethel Citizen – “We hope people will come to the lecture and hear Carl explain why working together to preserve Maine’s mineral history is important,” he said. …

Magazine offers treasure-trove of WWII data

Bangor Daily News – Forty years ago, when I began living at Kennebec Hall on the University of Maine campus, the sight of a certain postman entering the lobby brought smiles to …

Brick by brick, schoolhouse will go down in history

KeepMEcurrent.com – “I tried for a number of years – me and Nina Stitson,” said Hamilton, who enlisted the help of the Maine Preservation Society for money to restore the …

Civil War Reenactment at Fort Knox

WABI -Members of the 20th Maine set up at the Fort for the weekend, for their annual encampment. They reenact scenes from the Civil War as a living history lesson

Omitted ad forces Orange to postpone Wal-Mart hearing

http://fredericksburg.com Barely four hours before the public was to be heard yesterday on a proposal to build a Wal-Mart in the Wilderness battlefield area, Orange County officials canceled the hearing because of a technicality. Wal-Mart personnel found that one of two legally required notices advertising a May 21 public hearing before the county Planning Commission had not been published by the local weekly newspaper. County officials were notified of the problem yesterday morning and decided to cancel last night’s hearing “out of an abundance of caution,” acting County Administrator Julie Jordan said. “We regret the inconvenience to everyone,” she said, “but the proper publication requirements were not met.” County Attorney Sharon Pandak said the legally required advertisements had to be published once a week in the two weeks before the hearing. She said the Orange County Review ran the first ad, but not the second.

Events and happenings…

Genealogical society plans fair to mark its 30th year

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will mark its 30th anniversary with a Genealogy Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, features genealogical research, software demonstrations, member presentations and a luncheon. To register, email gpcmgs@gmail.com or call 892-2098.

Historical society offering walking tours of downtown

Freeport Historical Society hosts a new guided walking tour of downtown Freeport beginning at noon Thursday at the Harrington House. In this 45-minute tour, participants will learn about architectural history as well as stories of those who resided in the homes. Additional tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Aug. 7. Call 865-3170 for additional dates and cost.

Shaker Village courses cover basil uses, oval-box making

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village hosts two workshops this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn the uses of basil – growing tips and harvesting for fresh and dried. Pre-registration is required for the $30 workshop. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make a No. 0 and No. 1 Shaker-style oval box. The workshop fee is $50, and pre-registration is required. Call 926-4597 to register. Go to www.shaker.lib.me.us for additional events.

Horse-drawn carriages on display at Skyline Farm

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum is open every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. through Aug. 23. Visitors can spend the day viewing vintage horse-drawn carriages and sleighs similar to those that may have traversed metropolitan streets during the late 1800s. Edith Wharton’s book ”The Age of Innocence” is being celebrated as part of The Big Read series. Knowledgeable docents will explain why the type of carriage or sleigh often signified the owner’s economic status and social standing during the Gilded Age. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, go to www.skylinefarm.org.

History-themed sailing planned on Wendameen

Presented by the Maine Historical Society, historian Jim Millinger will host a sail-and-learn session aboard the Maine schooner Wendameen. Participants can learn about Portland Harbor’s past and present and take a turn raising the sail, turning the wheel and taking in the scenery on the historic ship from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday . Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 774-1822 to reserve a $40 spot aboard the Wendameen. For details, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Author to give overview of region’s architecture

Author Frank Shirley will be featured at the Maine Historical Society’s Book Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. He will give brief history of New England residential architecture, specifically New England’s cape, Gothic revival, Queen Anne and other key styles. The discussion is free and takes place at Maine Historical Society. Learn more at www.mainebhistory.org or by calling 774-1822.

Documentaries will show scenes of 1940s Portland

A series of color documentaries about scenes of life in Portland in the 1940s will be shown at the Maine Historical Society every Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. through July and August. The film screenings are narrated by historian Joel Eastman and are free with admission. For more information, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Historical Society to raise funds through flea market

The Scarborough Historical Society’s annual fair will present flea market items, baked goods, clothes and books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, rain or shine, will take place at the Scarborough Historical Museum. There is no charge. Call 883-6276 for more information.

Photographer will speak about ‘Vanishing America’

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink will present an illustrated talk on his new book, ”Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library. There will be books for signing at the talk, made available by the Owl & Turtle Bookstore.

Brick Store Museum has vintage postcards exhibit

The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., is offering a new exhibition, ”Mailed From Maine: Vintage Postcards of the Kennebunks.” The display offers a glimpse of the Kennebunks through more than 100 postcards selected from about 1,200 in the museum’s permanent collections. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is by a suggested $5 donation. For details, call 985-4802 or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Antique car show, festival to benefit work on seminary

The Parsonsfield Seminary’s 20th annual Antique Car Show and Family Day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the campus on 401 North Road, Route 160. The event features a pancake breakfast and lunch items, plants, books and bake sales, craft vendors and live music. Automobile registration is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Awards will be given to winners at 2:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit campus restoration efforts. For more details, call 793-2384.


Pirates aim to invade Boat Builders Festival

The buccaneers will sail into Boothbay Harbor aboard their flagship, the S/V Must Roos. By day, Greg Latimer is a special projects coordinator and writer for the Lincoln County Publishing Co. in Newcastle. But on a few weekends each summer, he’s out to prove that the sword is mightier than the pen – or at least that it’s more fun to use when making a point.


WHAT: Seventh annual Boat Builders Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Shipbuilders Park and Ocean Point Marina on Route 96 in East Boothbay

ADMISSION: Adults $12 in advance or $15 at the gate; students ages 18 and younger admitted free

TICKETS ARE available at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce office, 137 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor

FOR MORE details, call 633-4818 or go towww.bbrlt.org./bbrlt_boatbuilders

SPONSORED BY the Boothbay Region Land Trust, the event celebrates the history of the area’s working waterfront and the recovery of Washburn & Doughty’s shipyard, leveled by fire in 2008. The festival benefits the land trust. Highlights include a parade, two film viewings, children’s activities and tours of area shipbuilding businesses and boats.


The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..


At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.


Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

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