Some Maine History Notes…

When new meets old…

A proposed CVS pharmacy in Saco may have some problems as the potential for the case of some abutting properties being of historical value is being researched. Full story can be found at the Journal Tribune. Apparently the project will require the demolition of several properties and has come under fire by several interested parties and had registered their concerns with the planning authority.

Meanwhile, Seacoast Online reports on another construction project in South Berwick, this one resulting in a demolished structure, however unintentional it was. The structure, located at 25 Ash Street had collapsed in December as it was being lifted off its foundation for repairs. Partial demolition had already been done as it was an extensive remodeling project including the addition of an additional unit in the rear of the property. I understand some folks are not too happy at the turn of events.

Future historians in the making…

I find a refreshing article in the Bangor Daily News regarding that city’s Heritage Project. The article says that “students at the William S. Cohen School were researching the events of 1937, the year the notorious Brady Gang was gunned down in Bangor, when the students found a photograph…” That photograph turned into a real history detective project as the young folks took the initiative to ascertain the validity of the find. The photograph reportedly had a notation on the back stating that it was taken during the Brady Funeral. Their research determined that the photograph could not be authentic as an automobile in the picture had not been made at that time, eliminating the possibility of it being taken at that funeral. Great sleuthing, kids. I hope this leads you into the field of history as you grow older.

Sharon Cummins has another great article in the Seacoast Online’s “French espionage in colonial Wells“. The piece describes the convolutions of a Louis Allain from the era of the 1680s to early 1700s. Apparently Monsieur Allain was a French spy.

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As winter reaches its sort of mid peak and we look towards the warming of the springtime sun, my thoughts go out to the seasonally closed historical societies around Maine. Soon, folks will be getting ready to start meeting up again and look to airing out the local museums that are normally closed through the months of snow. I wish them all good luck with their openings, and hope to resume visiting around the state as well. I’ve taken some time off from Touring Maine’s History to tend to some other things that needed attention, and I’m sliding back into the editors seat now. I’ve lots of plans, and with God’s grace they’ll match His plans as well and I’ll get some videos finished that I had started last year.

Keep checking in for more news roundups and commentary on Maine’s world of historical societies and happenings, and if you’ve anything to share, just drop me a line at editor@touringmaineshistory.com. And don’t forget to visit us on the web at www.touringmaineshistory.com as well.

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