History Headline Roundup for 8-10-09

Libraries a boon to research, even in summer months

Bangor Daily News – The University of Maine Fogler Library in Orono has changes in its hours in the summer — and throughout the school year, too. …

Peter L. Rothholz

The Cutting Edge -We were particularly impressed, however, by the Maine Historical Society which operates the impeccably preserved childhood home of Henry Wadsworth …

Lafayette loses bid to host Congres

The Daily Advertiser – But, despite a strong presentation, the host role went to L’Acadie of the Lands and the Forests in Maine in the announcement viewed live at Vermilionville. …

Acadians to converge in Aroostook in 2014

Bangor Daily News -The countdown to 2014 is on with Sunday’s announcement that northern Maine — together with neighboring regions in New …

2014 congress in NB

CanadaEast.com – Françoise Enguehard, president of the National Acadian Society, called them the “forgotten Acadians.” “There are hundreds of thousands of Acadians in Maine, …

Historical and Naval Museum a hidden jewel

Seacoastonline.com – From the frontier days of the 17th century to the modern nuclear age, Kittery, Maine, has quite literally been at the forefront of history, and this quaint …

Boston co-anchor and regular Rangeley visitor featured speaker

SunJournal.com –August 12, at the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society’s annual program at 7 pm at Rangeley Lakes Regional School. Mehegan, who worked for Boston’s WCVB-TV …

New Portland fair includes eel race

NEW PORTLAND — The 77th annaul Agricultural Fair will be held Sept. 18-20, along with the 14th annual Maine Crafts Festival at the fairgrounds on Route 146.
This year’s event will be dedicated to longtime fair manager Eldon McLean for his dedication and leadership. It’s sponsored by the New Portland Lions Club, which has about 29 members.

WWII Shipwrecks Sought in ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’

Yahoo News Researchers are on a three-week research expedition to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 in what’s called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” The region off North Carolina is home to includes vessels from U.S. and British naval fleets, merchant ships and German U-boats, all sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic. “The information collected during this expedition will help us better understand and document this often lost chapter of America’s maritime history and its significance to the nation,” said David W. Alberg, expedition leader and superintendent of the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “It continues the work conducted by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries last summer to research and document historically significant shipwrecks tragically lost during World War II.” The expedition, which began last week and runs through Aug. 24, will also help document the condition of these vessels some 67 years after they were lost. Understanding the wrecks’ current condition is a crucial first step in establishing efforts to preserve these historic sites, which serve as “time capsules from one of the darkest times in the nation’s history,” Alberg said.

Hunt for new Ohio statue goes to Edison birthplace

The Columbus Dispatch The search for a new Ohio statue for the U.S. Capitol is taking a panel of state lawmakers to the birthplace of inventor Thomas Edison. The committee is looking for a historic figure to replace William Allen, one of two Ohioans representing the state in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol building in Washington. Allen was a 19th century congressman and Ohio governor who portrayed blacks as savages and supported the rights of Southern slave owners.

Canada Finds Wreck of U.S. Aircraft From World War II

New York Times Late one November afternoon in 1942, a seaplane belonging to the United States Army Air Corps made two attempts to take off in rough waters near the village of Longue Pointe de Mingan, Quebec. After a large wave opened a leak, the seaplane foundered and sank on the second try. Fishermen who rowed out to the scene rescued only four of the nine crew members. On Thursday, Parks Canada, a government agency, said an underwater archaeology team had discovered the apparently intact wreck of what it believed to be that American aircraft. Officials said that human remains could still be on the plane. If that is confirmed, the Canadian government said, it will work with the Pentagon’s Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command to recover and identify the remains.

2 NY historic sites being sold, 3rd sale stalled

Newsay Two significant colonial American sites along the upper Hudson River are expected to change hands in an effort to preserve the historic properties, while the state still plans to buy a third 18th-century site that’s considered the birthplace of the U.S. Army Rangers. All three properties are in or adjacent to Fort Edward, a history-rich Washington County village 40 miles north of Albany. The fort the English built here was Britain’s largest military outpost in North America during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), with more than 15,000 troops. A national archaeology preservation group has an agreement to purchase the former site of the Royal Blockhouse, a British army outpost built in 1758 across the Hudson River from the fort, and an archaeologist who has led excavations here since the early 1990s is buying a riverside parcel where a merchant’s home and store were located the mid-1700s.

New Maine Memory Network exhibit:

Dear Friend,

The small community of Paris Hill, once the shire town of Oxford County, produced an inordinate number of notable citizens, among them Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s first vice president, governor of Maine, member of the U.S. House and Senate and ambassador to Spain.

Click on the link below to read about Hamlin’s early life in Paris Hill as we near the bicentennial of his birth on August 27.

Hannibal Hamlin of Paris Hill

A Bicentennial Celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Paris Hill Common. It will feature speakers, exhibits about Hamlin’s life, a walking tour of historical sites in the village, games, craft demonstrations and rededication of the Centennial monument.

For more information, contact the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum, 743-2980.

We hope you enjoy this online exhibit and the many other documents, photographs and exhibits on Memory Network.

Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of the Maine Memory Network and Maine Historical Society. MHS is a private non-profit organization dependent, in large part, on the support of its membership.

If you would like to help us sustain the Maine Memory Network, as well as receive many other benefits, please consider becoming a member.

Quick Links Maine Memory Network ;Maine Historical Society; MHS Online Museum Shop; Vintage Maine Images; HW Longfellow Website

Only a few days left!


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

The Maine Historical Society invites you to…

Thursday, August 13, 12pm
Lighthouses of Maine

Jeremy D’Entremont, Historian, Author, and Lighthouse Preservationist

Join us for a look at the history and rich lore of the lighthouses of the Maine Coast.

Jeremy D’Entremont’s latest book features more than sixty lights, from the New Hampshire border to West Quoddy Light. This program will provide an introduction to the historic photos and dramatic stories of storms, shipwrecks, and heroic lighthouse keepers featured in the book.

D’Entremont is the author of six books and numerous articles about the history of lighthouses.

Also from the Maine Historical Society;

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

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Information
When: Thursday, August 13, 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

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Summer Children’s Programs

Sailors and Sea Captains: Meet a 19th century ship captain who will show you what he takes to sea, teach you a sea shanty and take you to a deserted island where there is treasure to be found. Follow the treasure map he gives you and you might unearth gold! Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the John Hancock Warehouse on Lindsay Road. Ages 5-8. $20 members; $23 non-members. Reservations and advanced payment requuired. Call (207) 363-4974 x12 or email education@oldyork.org.

Spintastic: Learn to spin raw wool into yarn using cards and a drop spindle. Transform your white wool into beautiful colors using traditional natural dye recipes. Thursday, August 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road, in York Village. Ages 8-12. $20 members; $23 non-members. Reservations and advanced payment required. Call (207) 363-4974 x12 or email education@oldyork.org.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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