History Headline Roundup for 8-12-09

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Date / Time: 8/12/2009 7:00 PM

Category: History

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We’ll look at this week’s headlines and happenings in the world of history this week. History person of the week will be the Hon. Lemuel G. Downes. We’ll look at four businesses from the Dexter area, H.A. Blethen, Charles T. Moses, Levi Brigdham and G.W. Lincoln. Plus we’ll have an assortment of old radio ads and big band tunes from the 20s and 30s. and don’t forget that this week is Woodstock’s 40th!

River Views: Early mail deliverers posted impressive service

LSJ-(David A. Sargent) Mail delivery may be reduced to five days a week if some of the proposed cost-cutting measures of the U.S. Postal Service are put into effect. That may seem unthinkable after decades of Monday-to-Saturday service, but a …

Revolutionary War Reenactors Bring Distant Era To Life

MPBN News – Keith Shortall – A gun battle broke out yesterday at an historic site in mid-coast Maine. No one was hurt. It wasn’t even a real skirmish, but a re-enactment, performed by a …

Women pilots in WWII honored

Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Larry Grard – LIVING HISTORY: Betty Brown, of Skowhegan, speaks recently about serving as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) during World War ll. …

Local historical societies collaborate

By Valerie Tucker Special to the Irregular
STRONG -— Two local historical societies find teamwork and innovative collaborations help them survive in rural Maine. Strong’s historical society doesn’t have money for a computer or scanning equipment to digitally preserve its artifacts. Instead, members keep notebooks of carefully handwr…(subscription required)

New art center design presented

LSJ-FARMINGTON — News that a 100-plus-year-old tree would be saved and remain where it is near the town library drew applause from people at a public hearing Monday on the proposed Emery Community Arts Center. More than 50 people attended the Farmington Planning Board’s hearing on the center, most ready to speak, many opposed, at the Municipal Building. Concerns had been previously raised by Farmington Public Library trustees, Farmington Historical Society and the Maine Historical Preservation Commission on the proposed building.

Senate Committee Apologizes to All Native Americans for Violence and Maltreatment by U.S. Citizens

CNSNews.com The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a resolution by voice vote last week apologizing “on behalf of the people of the United States” to all Indian tribes for the mistreatment and violence by American citizens. Senate Joint Resolution 14, sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), states that its purpose is “to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the Federal Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.” In Section 1A, No. 4 of the resolution states that the apology is on behalf of U.S. citizens for harm they have done to “Native Peoples.” In the resolution, native peoples are defined as people who “inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of people of European descent.”

Relatives Try To Determine How Meriwether Lewis Died

The Chronicle of Higher Education By 1806, the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had solved the greatest question about their young nation: What lies beyond the wilderness? Three years later, Lewis’s death. at age 35. gave rise to a new mystery: one that hasn’t been solved in 200 years: Did he die by his own hand, as many textbooks claim, or was he, in fact, murdered? The collateral descendants of Lewis, who had no children, brought their case to Washington last month. For 13 years, the group of nearly 200 relatives has been asking the government’s permission to exhume Uncle Meriwether’s body, which is buried on federal land.

Shipwrecked: Archaeologists explore graveyard of sunken ships in Baltic Sea

AP The fire began in the galley, where the crew had kept a stove burning while they visited a tavern ashore. As the flames devoured her stern, the Anna Maria sank through the ice in the Stockholm archipelago. The Anna Maria is part of a vast graveyard of ill-fated ships hidden in the murky waters of the Baltic Sea, protected from the shipworm that destroys wooden wrecks in saltier oceans. Some 20,000 shipwrecks have been found — half of them in Swedish waters — dating back to as far as the Viking age. Researchers believe as many as 80,000 more could still be waiting to be discovered. Eriksson and his colleagues plan to offer boat tours where visitors can see some of the most spectacular wrecks through a camera attached to a remotely operated vehicle. The idea is modeled on a shipwreck tour in Lake Champlain, in Vermont, that uses the same technology. The boats would have flat-screen TVs installed, and the story of each shipwreck site would be told through 3D animations and old sea charts.

Free 1930 US Census Through the Month of August

Footnote; The 1930 US Census is one of the most powerful resources available to anyone who wants to learn more about their ancestors. During the month of August, Footnote is giving everyone free access to Footnote.com‘s interactive 1930 US Census.

8,000-year-old human skeleton found in a Turkey tomb

Taranga.com An 8,000-year-old human skeleton was found during excavations in one of the oldest residential areas in southern Turkey, a media report said. The skeleton was discovered inside a Neolithic-age tomb unearthed in Yumuktepe Hoyuk of the southern Mersin province by archeologists from the Italian Lecce University and Turkish Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Twisted histories last the longest

Telegraph (UK) According to a new study, Hollywood films that take liberties with the past damage people’s knowledge of history – even when they once knew the correct facts. But while this is likely true, it’s nothing new. Writers from Shakespeare to Walter Scott have fired our imaginations with gross but entertaining fallacies: Cleopatra, Richard the Lionheart and Richard III have never recovered from the extreme makeovers they received according to Elizabethan or Victorian tastes. Alexandre Dumas rewrote the Counter-Reformation in France; Schiller created folk heroes from scratch (a revisionism abetted and amplified by the Italian librettists employed by Donizetti, Bellini or Verdi). Dickens’s image of the French Revolution was 100 times more powerful than Carlyle’s, imprinting the English mind with a deep distrust of libert, egalit et fraternit. And the best historians were unable to salvage the Emperor Nero’s reputation after the hatchet-job in Henryk Sienkiewicz’s best-seller, Quo Vadis.

Northern Maine to host Acadian World Congress

Northern Maine will join neighboring Canadian provinces in playing host to the 2014 Acadian World Congress, which is expected to draw thousands to the region and participation by 44 countries from the Francophone world. La Societe Nationale de l’Acadie President Francoise Enguehard said the August 2014 event will be held in northern Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and the Temisoucata region of Quebec. The announcement was made during the current Acadian World Congress, which is being held on the Acadian Peninsula of northeastern New Brunswick. Organizers said the 2014 international event could bring more than $50 million to the region and create more than 200 jobs.


Furniture workshops, walks offered at Shaker Village

Master woodworker Chris Becksvoort will hold a workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Saturday on basic through and half-blind dovetailed drawer construction.

Another workshop Saturday will teach the seven-step method of caning a woven chair. Pre-registration is required for both classes, which cost $35.

Two guided nature walks also will be offered Saturday. Learn about the extensive natural environments that are part of this National Historic Landmark.

Call 926-4597 for details.


Book signing to be held at Preservation Society

The Poland Spring Preservation Society will host a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. today. The publication features more than 200 vintage images of Poland Spring’s grand hotels, the golf course and the Ricker family, who founded Poland Spring and Poland Spring water.

The free signing will be held at the Maine State Building. Copies will be for sale at the gift shop. For more information, visit www. polandsprings.org or call 998-4142.

Portland Spirits Alive tour to look at events near cemetery

Spirits Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Eastern Cemetery, will conduct a history tour beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The tour will focus on the events of the 17th and 18th centuries that occurred within sight of the cemetery.

Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for students and free to children under 12. Call 318-2982 for cancellation information.

South Portland Spring Point lighthouse open for tours Saturday

The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The lighthouse is one of only 40 caisson-style lighthouses in the U.S. and the only one open to visitors. Visitors must be over 4 feet 7 inches tall and wearing walking shoes.

The event requires a $5 donation and will be canceled if there is rain or fog. Call 699-2933 for information.


Historical society schedules lecture about ephemera

The Yarmouth Historical Society will host a discussion on ephemera, or everyday items, such as movie tickets, posters or greeting cards.

Ephemera can tell much about an era, the technology and the lives of the individuals using the item. Elizabeth Baird will lead the discussion at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Cousins Island Community House.

Admission is $3 for members and $5 for others. Call 846-6259 for details.

Brunswick Pejepscot Historical Society plans Chamberlain barbecue

The Pejepscot Historical Society will host its second annual Chamberlain barbecue from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joshua L. Chamberlain House, 226 Maine St.

A lecture, ”A Tale of Two Flags,” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple.

For information, call 729-6606 or go to www.community.curtislibrary.com/pejepscot.htm.


Annual YMCA Antiques Show to include nearly 40 dealers

The 48th annual Bath Area Family YMCA Antiques Show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the YMCA facility at 303 Centre St., featuring nearly 40 dealers. Admission is $5 for adults and $4.50 for children.

For details, call Polly Thibodeau at 443-8983.


Colonial Pemaquid program looks at the 17th century

The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid will sponsor a program by Warren Riess at 7:30 p.m. on Monday detailing ”The World of 17th Century Pemaquid” at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130.

Admission is $5, and free for members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

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

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

Chicago area historical sued by property owner for loss in deal…

Cash for gold a hot fad, but be careful with your precious treasures…

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