History Headline Roundup August 20, 09

Here’s another batch of history related headlines I’ve rounded up for your enjoyment:

Maine-New Brunswick Lighthouse Challenge Slated For September 12

MaineToday.com –
The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the 2nd annual “Lights Across the Border” International Lighthouse Challenge that will be held on Saturday September 12.
The daylong event is a joint effort by three different lighthouse groups to have people view and visit five “Downeast” lighthouses that include, Head Harbour Lighthouse and Muholland Lighthouse, both on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, and Lubec Channel Lighthouse and West Quoddy Lighthouse, both in Lubec, and the Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine and is cosponsored by the Machias Savings Bank, and Lighthouse Digest Magazine, a Maine based national lighthouse history and news publication.

Kamouraska has a landscape that seems lost in time

Canada.com – About 400 kilometres from Montreal, it is closer than the real ocean at Gaspé or Maine, but the St. Lawrence here mimics the sea with its salty water,

History Comes to Life at Leonard’s Mills

WABI – The goal of Leonard’s Mills is to keep Maine’s forest and logging history alive and recreated authentic pioneer milling communities of yester-year.

Dig opens window on 1694 raid by Native Americans

The Union Leader -Ryan Rybka, a high school junior from North Yarmouth, Maine, recently discovered some pottery pieces and nails. “This is a lot of fun,” he said,

Bygone Era of Public Transit Comes Alive at Trolley Museum

MPBN News – Electric trolleys as a form of public transit in Maine have a limited history that began in 1887 and ended by the early 1940’s. But there is a place where

Lost pioneers: The ill-fated flight of the Old Glory

Pembroke Daily Observer – Did William Randolph Hearst have misgivings about an ambitious, but dangerous venture, or a premonition of impending doom?…On Sept 6, 1927, a Fokker single engine plane called “Old Glory” took off from a sandy runway at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Its three-man crew had set out to

Re-enactment slated Sunday at historic Bangor House

Bangor Daily News – The historic Bangor House, one of the city’s architectural gems, welcomed many famous visitors in the late 19th and early ..

CJ Pike: Newfield celebrating ‘Old Home Days’ this weekend

Foster’s Daily Democrat -The two men will discuss Maine’s role in the Civil War. The program is free and open to the public and will be held from 1 to 3 pm at the historical society

Balloon forecast is optimistic

LEWISTON – According to the National Weather Service, a spotty weekend forecast should allow some balloon launchings, with the most optimistic outlook during the day Friday. Weather should also allow the Great Falls Ball…

Duct tape theme for Old Home Days parade

PHILLIPS — What can you do with duct tape?Ask Janet White, who last year used it to create curtains for an old hearse entered in the 50th annual Phillips Old Home Days parade. She did such a good job, the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce chose that question as this year’s theme. The answers to it will be displayed during the procession that starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

Stevens to re-enact journey of Eustis’ settler Caleb Stevens

STRATTON — Philip Stevens, a descendant of Eustis settler Caleb Stevens, plans to recreate his ancestor’s founding walk from Kingfield to the intersection of Stratton Brook and the Dead River on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22.

The Dead River Area Historical Society will celebrate the town’s founding family Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society hall, hosted by the Stevens family.

Hamlin birth bicentennial celebration this Saturday

PARIS — A bicentennial celebration of U.S. Vice President Hannibal Hamlin’s birth will be held on Paris Hill this weekend with speeches, tours and a rededication of a memorial stone erected in his honor in 1909.

Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the common near the home where he was born Aug. 27, 1809. Centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations were held in 1909 and 1959.

‘Brief’ history of Bethel published

Bethel Citizen – Since 2008, when the last copy of the 1991 “Bethel Maine: An Illustrated History” was sold, the Bethel Historical Society has lacked a town history book available for general sale to tourists and local readers. That changed this month with the publication of “Bethel Maine: A Brief History,” by Stan Howe, executive director of the Bethel Historical Society.

Nelson reveals Washington’s navy

knox.VillageSoup.com – Maine author James Nelson will present his book “George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea” 6:30 pm Thursday

Antique appraisal day set for Aug. 22

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


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


Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646


Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24
Research Trip to the National Archives

Spend a day doing research at the National Archives in Waltham, MA. Located just outside of Boston, NARA’s Northeast Region facility is among New England’s renowned research facilities for research into local, regional, and national history.

Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, NARA, will lead an onsite orientation and tour for those who are interested. Following that, you will be able to search through thousands of records on microfilm, paper, and computer including: Census records covering the entire nation, 1790-1930; Naturalization records; Ship passenger lists; Canadian Border Crossings; Draft, Military Service, and Pension Records; Bounty Land Application Files; and much more. Participants will also be able to access Footnote.com, Ancestrylibrary.com, and other online databases.

Trip will depart from the parking lot of UNO Chicago Grill’s restaraunt at the Maine Mall at 7:30am and return at 6:00pm.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 207-774-1822.
Fee: $45.00; MHS Members $40.00.

Event Information

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Meet at UNO Chicago Grill’s restaurant parking lot, Maine Mall, South Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email info@mainehistory.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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