Maine History News for 01 March 2011

Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies
Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.
Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia.

Mark Your Calendars! Heritage Preservation’s 2011 Annual Meeting will be held on June 1st in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information.

Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner is the recipient of the 2011 College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation. Click here to read more.

The Underground Railroad Quilt Code – Truth or Myth?
The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War has also brought renewed interest in the Underground Railroad, and a talk this Saturday at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will examine an intriguing question: “The Underground Railroad Quilt Code – Truth or Myth?”
Information about the event notes, “The Underground Railroad (UGRR) has captured the imagination of the country, and stories of its use have been published and repeated in countless books and songs over the years. One associated story that has received much attention over the past decade has been the tale of the UGRR ‘quilt code,’ a means by which escaping slaves could ‘read’ quilts hung outside houses to find their way north to freedom….

Rural anglophones a vanishing breed in Quebec
Back in 1989, a National Film Board documentary titled Dis paraitre warned that Quebec’s French culture could disappear within a couple of decades.
That doomsday scenario has not come true. But there is a group whose presence is fading in some parts of the province. Anglophones. Quietly, without fanfare, English-speakers are disappearing from regions where the roots of both language communities run deep. For rural anglophones, the prospect of Disparaitre poses a vexing question: Who will remember them after they are gone? That is a constant preoccupation for Donald Stewart, the last anglophone in Irlande, a community of 950 near Thetford Mines whose name betrays the origins of its first settlers. Stewart, 73, is a retired miner who looks after the cemetery at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Maple Grove, a former English-speaking hamlet in Irlande that now survives only in memory. History weighs heavily on his shoulders….

204 and Longfellow’s still got rhythm
The Longfellow Chorus and Maine Historical Society host events to honor the celebrated Portland-born poet….    

Tracking down Maine’s Ulster-Scot roots So a few years ago, John Mann of Bowdoin set out to redress this historical oversight by establishing the Maine Ulster–Scot Project, with backing from The

House restorer to discuss ‘Replacing the Irreplaceable’ Lincoln County Historical Association in its annual Winter Lecture Series. Fossel, an authority on Maine’s 18th century structures, will speak on


Stories from Maine Memory Network 

Online Exhibit:  

Capturing Arts and Artists in the 1930s  Despite the economic difficulties presented by the Depression, Maine thrived with artistic activity in the 1930s. Between 1933 and 1940, Emmie Bailey Whitney, editor of the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine, and her husband G. Herbert Whitney, an accomplished amateur photographer, chronicled the work of a number of artists, writers, and others connected to the arts in Maine. Their newspaper articles and accompanying photos celebrate the 1930s version of Maine’s “creative economy.”
View the exhibit. 

Tuesday, March 15, 7 PM

Lecture: History of American Landscape and Garden Design 

Presenter: Lucinda A. Brockway, Past Designs, Kennebunk

Saturday, March 19, 10 AM-12 PM

Genealogy Workshop: Introduction to Online Genealogy Resources at MHS  

Presenter: Jamie Kingman Rice, MHS Public Services Librarian   

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