History Headlines Roundup for August 14th

Roadside Maine before World War II

York Weekly -Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture. The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a National Estuarine Research Reserve

Mass. man helps save oldest family store in North America (video)

NECN – came in to save the business, and a piece of American history. This is the story of two businessmen. One from Maine, the other from Massachusetts.

Acadians Commemorate History, Celebrate Culture

The Epoch Times – encompassing the communities of Madawaska in northwestern New Brunswick, Temiscouata County in Quebec, and the state of Maine, where many Acadians live.

Antique appraisal day set for Aug. 22

Seacoastonline.com -KITTERY, Maine — From 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 22, Kittery Point’s First Congregational Church will hold an antique appraisal day.

Historical river map a big hit at Info Booth

SunJournal.com – The 19- by 20-inch map highlights the history and historical resources on the Androscoggin River. It also shows a list of historical figures connected to


Search of family roots leads to Revolutionary War soldier’s grave

FARMINGTON — When you start researching your family’s roots, you never know what you’ll find. It turns out that Connie Gove Hiltz, 77, of Farmington, has an American Revolutionary War soldier as an ancestor among others who fought to right injustices, she said. Her great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Gove enlisted at age 16 in Col. Rufus Putnam’s regiment and served in the Continental Army for three years. After the war, he received one of the first land grants in North Lubec on Soward’s Neck, which came be known as Gove Point, Hiltz said.

WorthPoint Hosting ‘What Is It Worth?’ Contest on Twitter
Do you own an antique or collectible that you’d like to know more about? Maybe it’s the railroad watch your grandfather gave you, that Batman comic book you bought when you were 7 years old or maybe the painting you thought looked interesting and bought cheap from a yard sale. Are you wondering what it’s worth? WorthPoint is hosting aTwitter contest to give you a chance to find out.

Playing is simple. Take a picture of your antique or collectible that you’d like to learn more about, and post it to Twitter with a short description. Each day, we’ll randomly choose a submitted item for a free Ask A Worthologist evaluation. Daily winners will be contacted on Twitter to obtain more information on the item and an e-mail address to which the evaluation can be sent. At the end of the contest, one winner will be chosen for the Grand Prize of a free one-year Professional profile account on WorthPoint.

Click here for more information about the WorthPoint Twitter contest

Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight
Just as the everyday collector hopes to come across a Great Find—an item bypassed by many, purchased for a pittance and worth thousands—experts can miss a valuable item staring them in the face. Will Seippel, the founder, CEO and president of WorthPoint, recently had such an experience and found a Great Find overlooked by professional appraisers.
Read “Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight”

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Portland Harbor Museum, invites you to the second in a two-part lecture series…

Wednesday, August 19, 7pm

ANCHORS AWEIGH: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II

Lecture: Naval Sea Activities in Casco Bay
George Stewart, Retired Naval Officer

Join us to learn about the bustle of naval activity around Casco Bay during WWII, and the region’s important role in the war effort.

On January 24, 1941, the U.S. Navy designated Casco Bay a fleet anchorage and authorized the establishment of a U.S. Naval Frontier Base in Portland. The Frontier Base soon grew to be a U.S. Naval Station manned by thousands of sailors and serving hundreds of vessels which the Army and the Navy secretly designated as the most important naval base in the United States.

Stewart will discuss the mission of the base, the ships that visited Casco Bay during the war, and life on the water in the environs of Casco Bay during WWII.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
For more information call 207-774-1822;
info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

The Maine Historical Society and Portland Harbor Museum invite you to…

Sunday, August 23, 12pm-3pm
Walking Tour of Fort Scammell on House Island

Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing

Join us for a walking tour of Fort Scammell on House Island in Portland Harbor. Conducted by Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing, the tour will offer an opportunity to learn the history of the 1808 fort while exploring the structure’s passageways.

Captain Cushing will transport visitors on his vessel from Long Wharf on the Portland waterfront to Fort Scammell, which is on privately owned House Island in Portland Harbor. During the ride, passengers will enjoy views of the harbor while Thompson and Eastman give an overview of the fort’s history.

Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. To register, please contact the Portland Harbor Museum at 773-3800 or by email at:director@portlandharbormuseum.org

Fee: $25.00; MHS and PHM Members: $20.00

Event Information
When: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Where: Long Wharf
Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
For more information Portland Harbor Museum; 207-773-3800;

director@portlandharbormuseum.org; www.portlandharbormuseum.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.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

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

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