History Headlines and Events…

Planned UMF arts center draws opposition
Trustees of the Historical Society join their library counterparts in objecting to the site and design.

FARMINGTON UMF arts project draws criticism

Morning Sentinel – In a non-binding opinion, Maine Historic Preservation Commission Director Earle Shettleworth Jr. said the lobby design violates four of the 10 standards for

History programs kick off today

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Old Berwick Historical Society, Historic New England and South Berwick Public Library have teamed up to present local history opportunities for children this summer. Exhibits at the Counting House, a picnic in the Jewett Gardens, and Sarah Orne Jewett’s stories for children will be the focus of four history-oriented events presented by Old Berwick Historical Society volunteers.

Historical society will feature Nile family

STRATTON — The Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Nile family on Saturday, Aug. 1. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Nile Family Tribute will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Richard Nile, one of Irene’s sons, has completed the Nile family genealogy. He will bring the documentation with him to share.

Trip offered to see Portland show

OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) and Old York Historical Society invite those interested in the story of New England’s waterfront art …

A very big plow

Winnisquam Echo -The railcar, made out of wood with an enormous steel plow welded to the front of it, was donated by Terry and Patty Gammon of Acton, Maine, who stored the …

Year of the Garden continues at Tate House Museum with hortico …

MaineToday.com – “Connecting people to Maine’s colonial roots and helping them to discover, imagine, and value the relevance of this history to our lives.

Mason House features Mining talk

SunJournal.com – in the meeting room of the Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad St. He will discuss “Why Preserving Maine’sMining History is Important to Western Maine. …

City uncertain what to do with Cowan Mill bricks

SunJournal.com -Lewiston-Auburn has a rich history of brick-making. When the industry was booming, many local buildings, including Central Maine Medical Center and those at …

Events and happenings….

Paris, Thursday, July 30: Barn restoration with speaker Scott Hatch, 7 p.m., 57 Lincoln St. Sponsored by Paris Hill Historical Society. Public welcome.

Portsmouth, Aug 1: Vintage Thunderbird Show, 1-3 p.m., The Mark Wentworth Home, 346 Pleasant St., Portsmouth. The gardens and main lobby will be open for tours. 570-7804.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug 1: Highland String Trio, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Mill Road. $6, 12 and under free. Benefits restoration of the mill site. FMI: 583-6455.

Harrison, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2: Back to the Past: celebration of sawmilling and homestead activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Road. FMI: 583-6455 or www.scribnersmill.org.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug. 1: Pig roast and bean supper, 5 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Road. $8.50, 12 and under $5.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 1: Book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., corner of Skillings Avenue and Main Street, old Paris Farmers’ Union. Sponsored by Paris Public Library. Donations of books welcome. FMI: 743-6994 or paris.public.library@msln.net.

West Paris, Saturday, Aug. 1: Book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grange Hall, Church St. Sponsored by Friends of the West Paris Library. New books by Barefootbooks also for sale. FMI: Library at 674-2004 or www.mybarefootbooks.com/marshamiles.

AUG 2, GHOSTLY LEGENDS OF PORTSMOUTH HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE with Ron Kolek, Route 1B, New CAstle. Suggested donation: adults $2, children $1. www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org

Bethel, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9: Sudbury Canada Days festival, throughout the day, downtown. Art show, historic films, period house tours, children’s games, porch plays. FMI: Stan Howe at Bethel Historical Society 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 8: Book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., old Paris Farmers’ Union building, corner of Skillings Avenue and Main Street. Bag of books $1. Benefits Public Library. FMI: 743-6994 or paris.public.library@msln.net.


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.

Tuesday, August 4, 12pm
A Brief History of New England Residential Architecture

Frank Shirley, Architect and Author

Join us for an illustrated overview of New England’s rich architectural history.

An accomplished architect and author who is a long-standing member of the Cambridge (MA) Historical Commission, Shirley will discuss and show the interior and exterior features and details that characterize Cape, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and other key styles.

Shirley is the author of New Rooms for Old House: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home and has worked closely with Historic New England.

Event Information
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

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

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.

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