History Headlines Roundup for 09-09-09

Here’s this week’s sprinkling of history headlines from around Maine…..

800-year-old apple ‘healthiest to eat’

telegraph.co.uk Researchers claim that the Pendragon apple, which has been grown in England since the 12th century, contains higher levels of plant chemicals linked to health benefits – including reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar – than other varieties….

Dutch Royals Visit New York 400 Years After Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage

AP Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, got a rousing welcome from West Point cadets as they visited the U.S. Military Academy for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage….

Labor Day reverence is lost, say historians

SignOnSanDiego.com (Union Tribune) We don’t labor, not most of us anyway. It’s a day off, and an odd one. It’s the only national holiday where the thing we are celebrating is the thing we’re getting paid not to do: work….

Professor to share Bath family legacy

At age 13, Nathan Cogan, delivered an 87th anniversary recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the Civil War memorial on Center Street in Bath. On Sunday, Cogan, now 72 and a Portland, Ore., resident, returns to Bath to deliver another celebratory dialogue. Fourscore and seven years ago, his forefathers gathered to sign a charter dedicating the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue….

Search hopes to find 510-year-old Newfoundland church

National Post (Canada) Newfoundland and Labrador’s top archeologist has revealed plans to search for the remains of a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay — a project aimed at adding to a string of recent discoveries about explorer John Cabot’s history-making voyages to Canada in the late 15th century….

Lincoln’s last signature?: Signed envelope, believed to be real, found at flea market

The Morning Journal “Let this man enter with this note. April 14, 1865. A. Lincoln.” The short sentence is written on a small envelope, tattered and discolored with age. But it has been a ticket to a big adventure for Bruce Steiner, who stumbled upon the lost fragment of history at the bottom of a box of assorted papers he purchased at Jamie’s Flea Market in October 2006….

Civil War Battlefield Funding Taking Shape

DNRonline.com HARRISONBURG – Funding to preserve 178 acres of the Civil War battlefield at Port Republic is nearly in hand, according to a letter from the national Civil War Preservation Trust. In a letter received last week, the trust said it is joining forces with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation headquartered at New Market to buy the development rights on the land….

Standish man’s efforts preserve the land he loves

In the 1940s, Gene Stuart spent part of his youth plying Sebago Basin in an old wooden rowboat. Now in his late 70s, Gene Stuart is proud to live along the Sebago Lake Basin in Standish where his family first settled more than 200 years ago. Thanks to dedication and foresight secured a decade ago, 53 acres of these woods and fields are forever protected with an easement through the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Normally closed to the public, folks will have a special opportunity to walk the property on Saturday when the land trust holds its annual business meeting, picnic lunch and outdoor family walk here from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m….

Saco Museum exhibit to focus on factory girls’ contributions

Maine’s empty old factory buildings were once bustling with thousands of young girls who worked up to 12 hours a day doing hazardous industrial jobs. An upcoming permanent exhibit at the Saco Museum will bring attention to the area’s young and hard-working factory girls of the 1830s through the 1850s. Opening this Oct. 30, “A Factory Girl Boardinghouse Bedchamber” will reveal how the factory girls lived. The purpose of the exhibit is to focus on Saco’s industrial history, particularly on the lives of the girls, many of them French-Canadian, who provided labor for the mills during the mid-19th century’s industrial expansion…..

Trolley museum restores historic locomotive

York Weekly – The ceremony also commemorates the opening of a new gallery exhibit “History in Motion: Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities” and the launch

VIENNA Historical Society rehabs home

Kennebec Journal – Preserving local history presents many challenges, but a Maine State Museum grant program has helped launch renovations efforts at

Books to Showcase Maine’s Family Farm History

WABI -Berry’s creating books to highlight Maine’s farming history, but he’s researching that history in an unusual way. He’s using old aerial photographs taken

Keeping history alive in Windsor

Kennebec Journal -Up to 70 people will dress in period costumes during the Windsor Fair this week and put on demonstrations giving a detailed picture of rural life in Maine.

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