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Ponce’s Landing, Long Island

Headlines and articles on Maine history news

Historic Town House to hold unveiling ceremony in Dixmont

DIXMONT, Maine — An unveiling ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the historic Dixmont Town House, 702 Western Avenue in Dixmont. A historic marker recently was provided and installed at the Dixmont Town House by Central Maine Power Co. The Dixmont Historical Society invites the public to attend the ceremonies. Refreshments will be served. The Town House will be open to view the work that has been done to save the historic building, and members of the Historical Society Committee will be on hand to discuss future plans. For more information, call 234-2271.

Chamberlain Days kicks off Thursday
BRUNSWICK — The Pejepscot Historical Society will sponsor Chamberlain Days, a series of lectures, workshops, and other Civil War related programs for the general public. Programming begins at 7 pm Thursday in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis…

Holy History! Churches share stories
The editors were made up of people who had writing skills as well as a knowledge of local history, said historical society Member Sallie Huot, who was one of the editors, as well as the writer of the chapter on the history of Trinity Episcopal Church…

Work of 1800s itinerant artist focus of talk, tours
These are the pastoral views painted on the walls of local historic homes by artist Rufus Porter. History buffs and art admirers attended the Aug. 6 Townsend Historical Society “Porter Landscape School Murals: a Talk and Tour,” led by Rufus Porter…

Historic Orono mill torn asunder as town makes way for condo project

ORONO, Maine — When an excavator’s grapple peeled part of the roof off the old Webster Mill on Monday evening, the crowd that had gathered to watch the demolition of the more than 130-year-old building let out a cheer. The cheers grew louder when the grapple came down on the…

‘Sacred ground’ of Popham settlement commands archaeologist’s attention

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Dr. Jeffrey Brain sat on a boulder at the edge of a nondescript field near the mouth of the Kennebec River, enjoying the view. Fishing boats puttered by in the swirling currents, cutting through blazes of sunshine cast up by the rippling water. A clam harvester donning…

An island prison: Rugged St. Croix Island brought ghastly death to early settlers

Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories examining Maine’s historic role in the settling of the New World. The other two parts will run Monday and Tuesday. ROBBINSTON, Maine — When French settlers set out to claim parts of the New World at the turn of the 17th…

States Poke Fun at Themselves through Postcards
Looking for a fun collection that won’t break the bank or something for your children to collect? Worthologist Bonnie Wilpon says that one collection that’s easy to start while on vacation is state humor postcards, which can be found in gas stations, restaurants, hotels, airports and local shops, in addition to postcard shows and on online collecting sites for when you get back home. While every state likes to poke fun at itself and its residents, there are some jokes that transcend state boarders: Can you guess what “bird” is claimed by 30 different states as their “official” winged denizen? Bonnie will show you some examples. Read “States Poke Fun at Themselves through Postcards”

‘Clipperways’ to be razed

The 113-year-old home has been called ‘the jewel of Prouts Neck.’ The new owner will build another house…

Museum News:

Museums of Old York

Upcoming Programs
For a complete and up-to-date calendar please see our website.

August

19, 26 Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. Join our Tavern Mistress and the Junior Docent ladies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn as they prepare colonial fare, creating a full meal using 18th-century recipes and techniques over the open fire. Stop in Fridays around 3:00 p.m. to taste what’s been created. Hearth cooking demonstrations are free with a ticket to at least one of the Museum buildings.

25 History Brought to Life. Watch the history of the Old Gaol come to life as amateur actors portray the prisoners kept under lock and key. Listen to stories of thievery, debt, embezzlement, murder and escape! Meet the Gaol keeper responsible for keeping these scofflaws locked away and his wife who cooked for and fed them. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.

September

18 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed. Join Old York staff for a guided tour of areas outside the village proper. Email Richard Bowen for more information.
23 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern. Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Dinner at the Tavern can be the perfect antidote to the blues of shorter days. Enjoy the best of the harvest season in the charming candlelit rooms of the 18th century. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages to accompany their hearth-cooked meal.Friday, September 23, 6–8 p.m. $30 per person ($25 members). Reservations required. Email Richard Bowen for more information.

29 History Brought to Life. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates. See above for more info.

October

6 Who Discovered York? Observe Columbus Day in a different way by learning about the several “discoveries” of York from the 1630s – 1900s. Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. Remick Barn.
15 Marketfest! The Museums of Old York will be a busy place Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferds Tavern will be open to the public for $1. Visitors can watch the Tavern Mistress cook a full meal over the open fire, enjoy traditional crafters, and check out our new upstairs exhibit on WWII home front efforts. Outside of Jefferds Tavern children and adults can help press apples into cider, enjoy home baked goods and have fun making a rag doll at our kids table. The Remick Barn Visitors Center will be open for $1 with the upstairs exhibit on life in 17th century York, titled “The country heer is plentiful”, open all day. Downstairs people can view the pies entered in our Autumn Pies pie contest, or have their photo taken in costume in our Old Time Photo Booth. The pies will be judged in the Remick Barn at 2 p.m. The 1719 Old Gaol will be open all day so people can see the original stone cells and learn about the prisoners incarcerated within. For $1 join us at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to watch theatrical prisoner performances and hear stories told by the jail keeper! If you would like to enter a pie in the Autumn Pies contest, or are interested in volunteering at the Museum for Marketfest, please email education@oldyork.org.

29 Haunted Historical Halloween. For the third year in a row, Old York invites you to meet the ghosts of the long-departed residents of the local area. Look for details in September. Saturday, October 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Maine Historical Society


Monday-Friday, 2pm

FILM SCREENING: Innocent Interlude, Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine 1940-41

Take a tour of Portland in the early 1940s through this remarkable series of color films made by city officials. (60 minutes) More info

Wednesday, August 24, 11am

Family Tour of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House More info

Thursday, August 25, 11am

The Longfellow Trail: An Urban Expedition: Guided walking tour through downtown Portland More info

Saturday, August 27, 2pm

FILM SCREENING: The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats

In this episode recorded in 1962 (the only episode of the Dave Astor Show that still exists), Dave and his students celebrate the opening of the new Jordan’s Meats plant in Portland with song, dance, and lots of fun. (60 minutes) More info

Penobscot marine Museum

Greetings From Hampden: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Collection: Slide talk by Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist. Sponsored by Hampden Historical Society. At Kinsley House, 83 Main Rd., So. Hampden, ME. For more information: hampdenmaine.com or 207-862-2027, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Historic Photos of Jonesport: Kevin Johnson will show historic images of Jonesport and environs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection. At Peabody Memorial Library, 162 Main Street, Jonesport, ME. For more information: 207-497-5644. Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

Shadowbox Workshop: Learn how to make dioramas inspired by the work of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau. At the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. To register, contact Susan Henkel: 207-548-2529 ext.202. Sept. 17, 9 a.m.

And We’ll Be Exhibiting at:

Belfast Harbor Fest, Aug. 20

Camden Windjammer Festival, Sept. 2-4

Common Ground Fair, Sept. 23-25

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Today’s postcard pick shows both Ponce’s and Trefethen’s Landing on Long Island, just outside Portland Harbor. Roberta Gomez Ricker has a story called At the Base of Ponce’s Landing in our new book, Salt & Pines, available through your local bookseller or online at History Press. It is a fine story that describes not only some of the hardships island living presents, but some of the joys life on one of Maine’s islands can bring as well. Islanders are a special kind of people, and this story will help at least one tale live on when all else has been forgotten. You may have caught the piece on the book in this past Sunday’s Portland Press’ Audience section, but if not head on over and check it out here. Volume two is just about ready to go, with just some minor editing and image placements remaining, and I’m currently accepting submissions for volume three. If you’d like to learn more, email your questions to me at editor@remembermemedia.com

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Glass ‘Houses’ in Thomaston

Glass ‘Houses’ in Thomaston Christopher Glass, author of “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses,” will be the featured speaker at the Thomaston Historical Society’s program Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. The evening will begin with…

Blueberry pancake breakfast to be held in Ellsworth The Blue Hill Historical Society will host a tour of historic Gettysburg Oct. 17-21 with departure locations in Bangor and Portland. The deposit deadline is Aug. 15 and the final payment deadline is Sept. 12…

Discovery of 2 books reveals Strong history The society recently received a grant from the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net) that will allow the Strong team to purchase a high-quality scanner, computer and archiving materials. The Maine Memory Network was…

Strong groups awarded grant for history project The Strong Historical Society, the Strong Public Library, the High Peaks Alliance, and Strong School have partnered to begin a local history project, funded by a grant recently awarded by the Maine Memory Network…

History symposium scheduled for Aug. 4 in Machias Earl Shettleworth, of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will be the keynote speaker at the History Symposium being sponsored by the Machias Historical Society. The theme of the symposium will be “Historic Preservation is Alice and Well in…

Author to sign mystery novel at Blueberry Festival Wilton author Barbara Schestopol Craig will sign copies of her book, “The Wilding House,” on Friday and Saturday at the Wilton Historical Society during the Blueberry Festival. Wilton author Barbara Schestopol Craig will…

Wrapping Your Mind around Wicker Furniture Everybody knows what wicker is, right? It’s that woven stuff that’s painted white. It may even be that stuff used in some chair seats. Or is that cane? Or rush, or reed? It turns out, Worthologist Fred Taylor explains, the word wicker in furniture terms actually refers to a process rather than a product. Follow along as Fred weaves the story of the evolution of wicker furniture, from ancient Egypt to the late Victorian period of the 1880s and 1890s to today. Read”Wrapping Your Mind around Wicker Furniture”

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Maine Historical Society

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Online Exhibit:

Practical Nursing in Waterville

This exhibit was created by staff at Kennebec Vally Community College, one of Maine Memory Network’s 210+ Contributing Partners.

Thousands of nurses were trained at the Maine School of Practical Nursing in Waterville from the 1950s through the 1980s. Read the story.

MHS News

September 1 Deadline for

Maine Memory Network Grants

Does your community have a story to share? Or a historical collection it would like to provide better access to? MHS is accepting proposals to help YOUR community share its history through Maine Memory Network:

  • Digitization grants (up to $750) are provided to help organizations and local teams use Maine Memory to digitize, catalog, and manage their collections online.
  • Online exhibit grants (up to $1250) are provided to help organizations and local teams share historical stories online. Topics might reflect any aspect of your town’s past, and range from the history of local businesses and industries to the community’s experience during a national event (e.g. the Civil War).

Encourage your favorite local organization to apply! Grants are accompanied by extensive training and support designed to help communities complete their projects and develop a broad range of skills. Detailed information.

From the Collections

MHS Online Catalog and Maine Memory Network recently updated!

If you are looking for a historical object from our collection, or want to browse through Maine artifacts, you can visit our online catalog PastPerfect. We recently added nearly 500 records and over 1,200 images to the catalog, which now contains almost 32,000 searchable records and 23,500 images for museum objects, photographs, manuscript letters, architectural drawings, and newspapers.

Newly added highlights: CMP collection objects, additional images from the Portland Press Herald glass plate negative collection, panoramic photographs, and additional Fogg collection autograph letters, including examples from artist Paul Akers and naturalist Louis Agassiz.

Additions to Maine Memory Network happen every day and we are now featuring 20,155 records! Contributors such as the L.C. Bates Museum and the Dyer Library Archives/ Saco Museum have been busy this summer adding new photos.

You can see what’s new to MMN and even subscribe to an RSS feed for new images and exhibits!

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Museums of Old York

Programs for adults

Thursday, August 4
Author Talk with David Remington at Remick Barn.
We are very pleased to offer an evening with David Remington, who will speak on his recently published book, Ashbel P. Fitch, Champion of Old New York. This biography of his great-grandfather provides a rare glimpse into the gilded age of New York City’s political world. Free for Members of Old York. $5 for nonmembers. Remick Barn, 7 p.m. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Saturday, August 6
Indian Encampment.
Well-known re-enactor, Ken Hamilton, presents a 17th-18th-century Indian Encampment during the day in front of the Remick Barn and Jefferds Tavern. This is a not-to-be-missed event with exciting activities for all age groups. Donations are appreciated. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Thursday, August 11
“History Challenge!” Game Show.
Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game who. Answer questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Call 207-363-4974 or email rbowen@oldyork.org to register your team. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

Through Saturday August 13
Emerson House — 2011 Decorator Show House.
Our fundraiser continues with tours on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. The house is closed to visitors on Tuesdays. Tickets are $20 at the door. We also have just a few tickets remaining for our final luncheon and designer discussion on August 10 at The York Harbor Reading Room. Tickets are $55 and include lunch, lecture and a full show house tour. To purchase tickets, please call (207) 363-4974. Visit our website for updates on the show house and other special events.

Sunday, August 14
Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed.
Join Old York staff for a guided tour of the Highland Farm area off Rte. 91. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for details and reservations.

Monday, August 15
2011 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium & Exhibit Opening. The Revitalization of Jefferds Tavern and Grand Opening of the Exhibit — Rebecca Bush, Tess Kahn, Lisa Hartung, and Emily Shafer; Report on Library and Archives Project — Jessica Frankenfield, Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine, 5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m. Reception immediately following. Email development@oldyork.org for more information.

Fun for kids and families

Friday, August 5
Hearth Cooking Demonstration.
Join our Tavern Mistress and the Junior Docent ladies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as they prepare colonial fare, creating a full meal using 18th -century receipts and techniques over the open fire. Watch and help as they prepare everything from fish and chicken to bread, pies and pudding using traditional methods such as Dutch ovens, iron kettles, and the bake oven. Stop in around 3:00 p.m. every Friday in July and August in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn to taste what’s been created. Hearth cooking demonstrations are free with a ticket to at least one of the Museums buildings. Email education@oldyork.org for more information.

Through Thursday, August 25
Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs.
Our summer camp programs for children build on the core curriculum of our school programs and provide children with learning experiences in a fun and supportive environment. Download a brochure and sign-up form for Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs for Children. Reservations are required for all programs. Programs run 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and cost $23 ($20 members) unless otherwise indicated. For more information email education@oldyork.org or phone (207) 363-4974.

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Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores.

Those who are fortunate enough to have grown up in Maine know that it has a way of life and sense of humor unlike anywhere else. Spend time on a lobster boat with Roy Fairfield or Tim Sample, or on Echo Farm in Auburn as Dave Sargent relates it. Phil Candelmo talks about life in Portland during World War II, and Luthera Burton Dawson teaches us a bit of “Mainespeak.” These are only a few of the stories told here and of the thousands cherished by Mainers. If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in Maine’s bygone days, follow along with our contributors and see what tales they have to tell about this state’s unique spirit.

Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores. I have made a few concessions to changes of the cover and some images, but the stories are all there. It is now available through your local bookstore and on Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can order it direct by clicking the buy now button above, or following this link: https://historypress.net/indexsecure.php?prodid=9781609493684. You can paste the link into your browsers search window if it does not work by simply clicking it.

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Maine Preservation Honors University of Maine

Effort under way to save the Greenville Junction Depot; railroad workers … Hall, who is spearheading the project, said the Maine Historic Preservation Society in 2008 listed the depot as one of the most endangered historical buildings in the state. Much of the depot, built in 1889 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad…

Authors and their books The Cushing Historical Society’s Arts in the Barn series will focus on local authors in “Cushing Authors and Their Books.” Each summer weekend, one or two local artists display their works for Arts in the Barn…

Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s antiques show celebrates 31st anniversary The 31st annual Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale will be held Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at Camden Hills Regional High School. Started and promoted all these years by John and Liz DeSimone of Goosefare Antiques…

Lexington residents band together to preserve its history According to the Historical Society’s research, the area was first settled in 1807 and was part of a large tract of land given by Massachusetts lottery. William King served as the land agent and later became the first Maine governor…

Maine Preservation honors UMaine for Coburn Hall renovations Portland; the Brown Library and Longfellow Garden at the Maine Historical Society in Portland; Gilman Place-Gilman Street School in Waterville; Littlefield School in West Bath and the Mill at Saco Falls-Laconia Mill in Biddeford…

1812 battlefield park in Michigan to expand Privately owned land once envisioned for an industrial recycling plant or a new hotel now is public property that can be used to expand the River Raisin National Battlefield Park to more than four times its current size. U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn, and a host of other dignitaries were on hand at the federal park Wednesday morning for a ceremonial deeding of the additional property to public ownership. It could add more than 143 acres to the federal park’s current 42-acre site and includes property north of the current federal land bordering Mason Run and also east, across Detroit Ave. from the park site near E. Elm Ave. and N. Dixie Hwy….

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Opening Night Reception
Friday, July 15th, 6pm to 9pm

Join the Museums of Old York for this delightful annual summer event. Meet the designers and see their incredible transformation of this historic property while enjoying a fun evening of jazz by Peter Dugas and great food catered by
Kitchen Chicks.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 207.363.4974

Opening Night Reception presenting sponsor

Directions to Emerson House

From I-95 in Maine, take exit 7 and merge onto the spur road, heading east towards U.S. Route 1. Go right on U.S. Route 1 south. At first traffic light turn left on York Street towards York Village, and at the Civil War monument in the heart of the Village turn left on Long Sands Road. Emerson House is located on the right at 31 Long Sands Road, just past the entrance to York Public Library, and just before Woodbridge Road. Parking is available in several area lots, including York Public Library.

The Decorator Show House is open July 16 – August 13
For more information regarding the Emerson House visit:
www.oldyork.org

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From the Maine Historical Society

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Online Exhibit:
Hermann Kotzschmar: Portland’s Musical Genius

Portland’s municipal organ is in the news: the nearly 100-year old gem, housed in Merrill Auditorium, needs a major renovation.

Portland’s City Hall burned in 1908. When the new City Hall opened in 1912, the Kotzschmar Organ was its centerpiece. Its story reflects an interesting moment in American culture, and Portland’s own rich musical heritage. While municipal organs were once prevalent in the United States, only two remain. (The other is in San Diego.)

This exhibit explores the life and musical career of Herman Kotzschmar (1829-1908), the longtime Portland organist for whom it is named.

Coming Soon

Tuesday, July 19, 12:00pm

Book Event: Deering: A Social and Architectural History

Speaker: William D. Barry, Historian (and MHS reference librarian!)

Tuesday, July 26, 12:00pm

Screening: Rapid River Races, 1940

Presenter: Zip Kellogg, Author and Paddler

Tuesday, August 2, 12:00pm

Book Talk: Portland’s Greatest Conflagration: The 1866 Fire Disaster

Speakers: Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, Authors

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Maine Museum Highlights for June

From the Museums at Old York

Junior Docents Back for the Summer

This summer we have fifteen Junior Docents ranging in age from 12-18. Seven of these students will be joining us for the first time this summer from Wolfsboro and Stratham NH, and Kittery ME. The rest of the teens, all from York have been with the program for two to six summer, finding time to volunteer at the Museums between summer sports and part time jobs. New and returning docents will be busy once again giving costumed interpretation to visitors, working on colonial crafts, creating an exhibit for the York Public Library and assisting with the Morning Adventures for children. For more information about the Junior Docents Program, please visit our website.

Museums Open for the Season

Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(NOTE: museums are closed on July 4 for the holiday)
Library and Archives Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tours: 10:00 a.m. Elizabeth Perkins House; 11:00 a.m. Emerson-Wilcox House; 12:00 p.m. Ramsdell House, 1:00 p.m. Emerson-Wilcox House,
2:30 p.m. Elizabeth Perkins House.

For more information, please call the Visitor Center (207) 363-1756 or visit our website.

Programs for Kids and Adults

For a complete and up-to-date calendar of Museums of Old York programs see our website.

July
4 Museums of Old York are closed for the holiday

5 (thru August 25) Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs
Our summer camp programs for children build on the core curriculum of our school programs and provide children with learning experiences in a fun and supportive environment. Download a brochure and sign-up form for Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs for Children.
Reservations are required for all programs. Programs run 9am-12pm and cost $23 ($20 members) unless otherwise indicated. For more information email Zoe Keefer-Norris or phone (207) 363-4974 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (207) 363-4974 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

7 “History Challenge!” Game Show
Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game who. Answe questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Contact Richard Bowen at rbowen@oldyork.org or phone (207) 363-4974 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (207) 363-4974 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register your team. Meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

10 Lost York: The History That Nature Has Reclaimed
Mt. Agamenticus hike. See the remnants of the WWII military installation and the Big A Ski Area from the 1960s-70s. Explore cellar holes and rock walls from the past. Discuss the legends of St. Aspinquid and topics related to local Native Americans and their customs and rituals. Contact Richard Bowen at rbowen@oldyork.org or phone (207) 363-4974 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (207) 363-4974 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to reserve your space or to get more information. Meet at Mt. A summit. 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

22 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern
Join us for a summer sampler of local seafood, beef, fresh vegetables, and desserts of local fresh fruits. Weather permitting, we will move outside to the bluestone terrace. We will supply all of the food, so please feel free to bring your own favorite summer beverage. Friday, July 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. $30 per person; $25 for members. Reservations required. Contact Richard Bowen at rbowen@oldyork.org or phone (207) 363-4974 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (207) 363-4974 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to reserve your space or to get more information.

28 History Brought to Life
Watch the history of the Old Gaol come to life as amateur actors portray the prisoners kept under lock and key. Listen to stories of thievery, debt, embezzlement, murder and escape! Meet the Gaol keeper responsible for keeping these scofflaws locked away and his wife who cooked for and fed them. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.

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From the Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum has added a new picture framing department to serve the museum’s own needs and well as those of retail customers. Professional framer Lin Calista, formerly of Frame by Frame in Searsport, has joined the staff to manage the shop.

The museum has an ongoing need to mount and frame photos, paintings and other objects for its collections, travelling exhibits and educational programs. This new capability enables us to provide retail customers with the same services. A range of framing materials and styles is available, from standard-quality to archival. Museum members and artists having their own work framed receive a 10 percent discount.

Hours

Tuesday through Friday, 10-4,

Saturday 10- 2.

(Closed Sunday and Monday)

The Museum Framer at Penobscot Marine Museum

Located in the Admission Center, 40 E. Main St., Searsport, 207-548-0334

email
www.museumframer.com

Year 75 is Under Way – Help Us Celebrate with a Sponsorship

This year’s headline exhibit is 75 for 75, featuring 75 items from the museum’s 75 years. Click here for a look at every item in the exhibit, and join us in celebrating our three-quarters-of-a-century milestone by sponsoring one or more items. Your name will appear beside the exhibit item and online (of course we’ll also respect requests for anonymity), and you’ll be helping us pave the way toward a full century.

Free Admission for Military Families

Active-duty military personnel and their families now enjoy free admission at Penobscot Marine Museum, due to our new “Blue Star Museums” program.

“Penobscot Marine Museum is proud to give a little something back to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces in recognition of their dedicated service to our country,” said Executive Director Liz Lodge. “We look forward to welcoming them and their families with free admission for the entire year.”

More than 1,300 museums nationwide are participating in

Blue Star Museums, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. For the complete list of participating museums, visit www.arts.gov.bluestarmuseums.

Art Sought for ShipShapes

An exhibit of whimsical boat-themed sculpture is going on display at Penobscot Marine Museum, and the public is invited to contribute additional pieces to the community art project.

Called ShipShapes, the exhibit features boat models made from a variety of unexpected materials: buttons, felt, cardboard, costume jewelry, alphabet blocks, sea shells, bottle caps, or just about anything that spurs the artist’s imagination. Any kind of boat or ship, real or imaginary, can be depicted. The only requirements are that it stands up by itself and fits into an imaginary one-foot cube. Click here for more

Lighthouse Challenge Includes PMM

The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is a two-day self-guided driving tour of Midcoast Maine’s lighthouses (Dyce Head, Fort Point, Grindle Point, Rockland Breakwater, Owls Head, Marshall Point and Pemaquid Point) and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to visit and climb the towers of seven lighthouses in one weekend.

Penobscot Marine Museum is a “bonus site” on the tour, and participants who visit us will receive a small memento. More information.

More Events and Exhibits

Searsport Lobsterboat Races and Antique Power Day

A town-wide day of activities: Lobsterboat races, antique engine and lobsterboat exhibit, crafts for children, rowing race, craft sale and more. 7/9, all day

Penobscot Bay Day – 75th Birthday Edition

Free museum admission, birthday cake, crafts, live music, balloons, presentations, demonstrations, the Grand Opening of the new Seabag Visible Storage Center, and more. 7/23, all day

And We’ll Be Exhibiting at:

Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show, Rockland, Aug. 12-14

Belfast Harbor Fest, Aug. 20

Camden Windjammer Festival, Sept. 2-4

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From the Maine Historical Society

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Online Exhibit: Working Women of the Old Port

This exhibit explores the many places and ways that women worked in Portland in the early 20th century–from canneries and schools, to department stores. The exhibit is based on the book, Working Women of the Old Port: A Portland Women’s History Trail. This self-guided tour was developed by the Portland Women’s History Trail and the USM Department of History. View exhibit. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

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MHS receives State Historic Preservation Award for Renovation of

Brown Library and Garden

Maine Preservation has awarded MHS a 2011 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Brown Library and Longfellow Garden. The award was presented at a ceremony on June 9 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Maine Memory Network Recognized by Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine has included Maine Memory Network in its annual listing of the 101 best family history websites. Click here to view the full list which will be published in the magazine’s September 2011 issue. Family Tree is America’s largest-circulation genealogy magazine, helping readers discover, preserve, and celebrate their family history.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden

Open for the Season!

Hours and Tours

Monday-Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm. First tour at 10:30, then tours on the hour.

Sunday, noon – 4pm. Tours on the hour, last tour at 4pm.

Admission*

Members: Free

Adults: $12

Seniors, AAA, Students: $10

Children: $3, Under 6: Free

*Price includes admission to the Museum exhibits and Beat the Heat movies.

The garden is always free and open to the public during business hours.

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Two Maine Museums

From The Museums of Old York;

Museum Opens June 4 for 112th Season
New Exhibit Highlighted

We are pleased to announce the opening of our season with a new exhibit at the Visitor Center Gallery in Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road. The display features over 200 objects including rare surviving weapons, furnishings, and trade items. Common household objects include the 18th century mousetrap pictured above, borrowed from collector Hollis Brodrick. Thanks to loans from local historical institutions and private collectors, visitors will have a chance to view many artifacts from private collections that you will not be able to anywhere else. Visitors can also tour nine historic buildings, including favorites: the Old Gaol, Elizabeth Perkins House, Emerson-Wilcox House, Jefferd’s Tavern and John Hancock Wharf. The museum will be open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Visitor Center 207-363-1756 or visit our website.

Museums of Old York Programs

May
21 Muskets, Swords, & Powder Horns

Observe Armed Forces Day at Old York. Back in 2011 after being received with great interest in 2010, this program will give enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to view uniforms and weaponry from Old York’s collections. Certain items will be available to handle (with white curatorial gloves). Weapons from the 18th – 20th centuries will be featured. 2:00 p.m. at Remick Barn.

June
2 History Challenge Game Show

Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun, and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game show. Answer questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Email rbowen@oldyork.org to register your team. 7:00 p.m. at Remick Barn.

4 Museum Opening Day and New Exhibit at Remick Barn
See information above.

12 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed
Join Old York staff and local historian Ron Nowell as we head into the woods to find long-abandoned homesteads, cellar holes, stone walls and graveyards in an area of York settled around 1800 but abandoned by 1910. Listen to the stories of the individuals who lived round Mt. A making a living off basket-making and other traditional crafts. Discover Franklin’s Tomb and hear how he dug it for himself only to be buried in the pauper cemetery upon his death. Call 207-363-4974 or email rbowen@oldyork.org to let us know you’ll be coming and find out where to meet. 2:00 p.m. Free.

23 History Brought to Life
Watch the history of the Old Gaol come to life as amateur actors portray the prisoners kept under lock and key. Listen to stories of thievery, debt, embezzlement, murder and escape! Meet the Gaol keeper responsible for keeping these scofflaws locked away and his wife who cooked for and fed them. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.

For a complete and up-to-date calendar of Museums of Old York programs see our website.

From the Penobscot marine Museum;

Diamond Anniversary Year to Open with New Exhibits, Free Reception

Maine’s oldest marine museum will open the doors on its 75th year on May 27 (the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) at 10 a.m. Be among the first to view our wonderful new exhibits, “75 for 75” and “The Art of the Boat.” (See following articles for details.)

At 5:30 p.m. on Opening Day, we will hold a free reception in the Main Street Gallery, where “The Art of the Boat” will be on display. Come enjoy refreshments, meet our new executive director, Liz Lodge, and mingle with some of the exhibiting artists.

75 for 75: the Museum on Exhibit

This year’s signature exhibit, “75 for 75” will showcase 75 artifacts from our first 75 years. Ranging from marine paintings and ship models to full-size boats and 19th-century domestic artifacts, “75 for 75” is spread across several of the museum’s 13 buildings. “It’s kind of a capsule history of the museum which is, itself, an ongoing record of Maine’s and Searsport’s maritime histories,” says Curator Ben Fuller. The show runs for the entire exhibit year: May 27 through October 23.

We are still seeking individual and business sponsors for this high-visibility exhibit, with opportunities starting at just $175. Contact Liz Lodge: 207-548-2529.

The Boat as Art

Boat enthusiasts – and that includes more than a few of our readers – will be fascinated, intrigued and challenged by “The Art of the Boat”:

a juried exhibit of works by more than 50 contemporary artists exploring the themes of the boat as a work of art and the boatbuilder as artist.

“We asked artists to balance the art that is in the boat with their own artistic vision,” said Curator Ben Fuller. The jury, consisting of an art writer and critic, a yacht designer, an artist, and an art collector, selected works for the exhibit from more than 300 submitted in all media.

On display will be paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures — some literal and representational, others symbolic and abstract — all expressing a unique appreciation of the artistry inherent in the boat’s functional form. The exhibit is presented to honor the memory of George S. Wasson, a Maine artist, author, and boatbuilder who was one of the museum’s spiritual founders 75 years ago. It will run from May 27 through October 23.

More Events and Exhibits

Opening Day and Reception

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for its 75th year with exhibits for all ages. See articles above. 5/27, 10 am – 5 pm (exhibits); 5:30 – 7 pm (reception)

Antique Auto Display

Members of the Antique Auto Club of America will visit the museum with dozens of cars dating to 1915 and earlier. 6/30, 3-4 pm

Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge

PMM is a “bonus” site on this self-guided driving tour that includes several lighthouses and lighthouse-related museums. More information. 6/25-26, all day

Searsport Lobsterboat Races and Antique Power Day

A town-wide day of activities: Lobsterboat races, antique engine and lobsterboat exhibit, radio-control model racing, crafts for children, rowing race, craft sale and more. 7/9, all day

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Dresden Dig Site Preserved

News headlines…

Camden Cake Walk: Treasure trove of sweets, community history A Mothers Day weekend collaboration of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society and 10 historic inns, the cake walk takes place Saturday, May 7from 1 to 4 pm, rain or shine. Earliest cake walks saw participants strutting or dancing, with the best winning…

Museum locates property Organizers of a living history museum aimed at showing how native Americans once lived in Maine have found property in Gardiner where they hopes to erect a permanent village…

Experts authenticate stone cross unearthed in remote Mahoosucs
Watercolorist Nainsi Muirin of County Magalloway reminds readers that according to Celtic legend, on the day a freestanding cross is set in place, evil will be gone within its view before sunset. With the rising of the next new moon, the reality of evil returns, and the future of the community… xxread more here

Maine Maritime Museum passes national muster
The Maine Maritime Museum on Monday announced it has achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums, a designation the museum claimed is bestowed upon fewer than 5 percent of U.S. museums…

Deal preserves Dresden dig site
After nearly 25 years waiting at the gate — the last three of which involved heavy negotiations and deal-making among multiple parties — a Dresden property considered to be one of the most archaeologically significant sites in Maine is protected for research…

Work on Virginia replica to begin this summer
An organization that has long steered a course toward building a replica of the 1608 pinnace Virginia, believed to be the first English ship built in the New World, will begin construction this summer…

From our friends at Worthpoint…

Groans and Grins: Collecting Punny Postcards
Many postcard collectors have serious collections. They’re interested in preserving hometown history, amassing and cataloguing every postcard printed by a particular publisher or studying the changes in technology over time. But sometimes, postcards are just plain fun! Worthologist Bonnie Wilpon writes about some of the humorous cards she picked up for a little as 25¢ but still tickle the funny bone nearly 100 years later. Check out some of her punny postcards; they just may elicit a grin (or a groan)! Read”Groans and Grins: Collecting Punny Postcards”

Three-Mold Inkwells Highlight Vintage Bottle Auction
Three blown three-mold inkwells— each created sometime between 1815 and 1835 by Boston & Sandwich Glassworks —will highlight the upcoming Internet and catalog auction slated for April 29-May 7 by American Bottle Auctions. Among the other bottles that will surely gather attention is a collection of Western whiskey bottles and flasks and the only perfect example of a Julius Goldbaum known to exist. Find out more about an auction that’s sure to be a real corker. Read “Three-Mold Inkwells Highlight Vintage Bottle Auction”

May Happenings at the Museums of Old York…

Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1; Before Tour of 2011 Decorator Show House

Come see historic “Emerson House” before it is transformed by a talented group of interior and landscape designers into our show house. Located at 31 Long Sands Road, Emerson House is a beautiful Georgian Colonial residence whose earliest roots date back to 1719. A special weekend open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. Admission fee is $5. All proceeds support the museums’ education programs, exhibitions and preservation inititatives. Parking is available in the village and area lots. The Decorator Show House will run from July 16 through August 13, with an opening night reception planned for July 15. For more information, call the Museum office at 207-363-4974 or email
development@oldyork.org.

11 May Day Celebration

Join us for a traditional celebration of Spring! Build a tambourine, rattle, or drum and create a crown made from flowers and vines. Play your instrument and wear you crown as we parade around the gardens urging the flowers to blossom and bloom. Our parade will end at the May Pole where we’ll learn the traditional dance that weaves the long ribbons into a beautiful pattern of Spring colors. Do you play the fiddle or flute? Bring your instrument to play some tunes while we dance. Preregistration suggested. Everyone is welcome! Wednesday May 11, 3:00-5:00pm. $5 suggested donation. This event will take place at the Elizabeth Perkins House located just over Sewalls Bridge on Southside Rd.

13 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern

Celebrate spring with a hearth-cooked dinner of spring lamb and other seasonal favorite dishes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own favorite beverages to complement the meal. Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $30 non-members and $25 members per person. Reservations required. For more information contact Richard Bowen or click here for menu.

21 Muskets, Swords, & Powder Horns

Observe Armed Forces Day at Old York. Back in 2011 after being received with great interest in 2010, this program will give enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to view uniforms and weaponry from Old York’s collections. Certain items will be available to handle (with white curatorial gloves). Weapons from the 18th – 20th Centuries will be featured. Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Remick Barn.

4th Annual Old York Antiques Show

The 2010 Old York Antiques Show was a huge success and we plan to make 2011’s even better! This year’s show, which is a fundraiser to benefit the museums’ education programs, will be held September 10 – 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Museums of Old York Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road, with a preview party planned for September 9. For more information, call the Museum office at 207-363-4974 or email development@oldyork.org.

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Gold Prices and Opera Houses

If your historical society or genealogy organization has news to share, an event scheduled, or other information you’d like to share here, please email the info to editor@touringmaineshistory.com
More news and events from the world of Maine history…
Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches The value of gold and silver has been rising as the Great Recession has dragged on, and Worthologist David Mycko says this is bringing on the demise of literally thousands of gold and silver antiques and collectibles of all nature. But watches, he says, have been hit particularly hard. As a watchmaker and collector, this pains David more than others. He gives one example of a perfectly fine antique watch whose days could be numbered before it is melted down and sold for its gold value. Read “Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches”
Boothbay Opera House: Fixing up the old gal
The old Opera House has never looked better. Especially when you realize she has passed her 117th birthday.
She closed this winter to allow local workers and volunteers to do a bit of fixing up, including installing a new heating system, patching a few leaks and holes, adding a new (old) floor, new seats, sound system, seating, balcony railing, painting and so on, and so on, to the tune of more than $400,000.
Castine eyes repairs to Emerson Hall
Town officials have hired an architect to conduct an assessment of Emerson Hall in an effort to determine what repairs might be necessary for the 110-year-old building to continue serving as town hall. There are obvious signs both inside and outside the building, according to Town Manager …
State pledges $1 million for 2014 World Acadian Congress
Organizers of the World Acadian Congress, who believe the event will bring a huge economic boost to Aroostook County and parts of Canada in 2014, are steaming forward with their plans after learning that the state will commit $1 million to the festivities over the next …
Augers named to Franco hall of fame
Gilles Auger has been creating a database of Franco-Americans who came to Sanford from Quebec to work in the mills. As he records those who came and their relations in Quebec and elsewhere, the database has grown to 80,000 names. As well, he reads a half-dozen French language newspapers daily on the Internet, especially the ones from Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, and while he’s keeping up with the news, he checks for familiar names.
Opera House gets grants, a third of the way to goal
FUNDS NEEDED — The Opera House in Norway. The Opera House Corporation needs to raise an additional $127,500 in order to pay for the stabilization work.
Woodland Margins; Georgetown Historical Society Spring Exhibit
The opening reception and artists talk will be on Firday, 1 April from 4 to 6 PM and the open house will be Saturday, 2 April, from 10 AM to Noon. The exhibit will run until 15 June. The GHS is open at no charge on Wednesdays from 10AM to 5PM. FMI: http://www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.org/ or call them at 207-371-9200.
From the Maine Historical Society;
Sardine packers, Lubec, ca. 1976
Community Website:
Lubec’s history reflects its close ties to the sea and its proximity to New Brunswick. Many stories from that history–including the rise and fall of the sardine industry and tales of smugglers, the American Revolution, and life around Passamaquoddy Bay–are captured in this rich website built and maintained by community members from the Lubec Historical Society, Lubec Memorial Library, Lubec Landmarks, and Lubec Consolidated School. 2011 marks the town’s bicentennial. Read more and explore the website.
Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM
Music, refreshments, and two exhibits: Zoom-In: New Approaches to Maine History (through May 29) and Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine (through May 3). More info.
Sunday, April 3, 10 AM-4 PM
Discovering Maine’s Jewish History
The 2nd Maine Jewish History Conference
Location: Roberts Union, Colby College
Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a day-long conference featuring talks, panels, and workshops presented by community, professional, and student historians. Learn about early Jews in Lewiston, Jewish back-to-the-landers, anti-semitism in Portland, openness in Eastport, communal life in Old Town, social life in Old Orchard Beach, and much more. Leading scholars will place the experiences of Maine’s Jews within the broader context of American Jewish history. Registration required (includes lunch and materials). Download the registration form. Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Old Maine Jewry. For more information, please visit: http://web.colby.edu/jewsinmaine/
Thursday, April 7, 7 PM
In partnership with Maine Humanities Council
Facilitator:
Emerson Baker, Professor of History, Salem State College
Join us for an exploration of Arundel, Kenneth Roberts’ fictional account of Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Québec during the American Revolution. This event is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit the Maine Humanities Council’s website or call MHC at 207-773-5051.
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Maine History News for Sunday, February 20, 2011

More news and headlines from Maine’s world of history! Winter is pretty dull up here in Maine, historically speaking, but there’s still lot’s going on around the state. Fortunately, we’re only a few short weeks away from the unofficial start of mud season and the restarting of many of our historical society’s seasonal cycles. I’m hoping to be able to get in a lot more time around the state this year and finally get Touring Maine’s History running at the speed I’d like it to be at. If you or your society has news or events to share, feel free to e-mail them to me at dlsoucy@touringmaineshistory.com, and please check out our website at www.touringmaineshistory.com. Time is still somewhat restrictive, so I intend to do one weekly post every Sunday of these news headlines and event calendars, so try to get your info in to me by Saturday evening if you can.

I’m also planning on doing a series of historical society highlights later on this year which will be a good promotional tool if you’d like to be included.

Franco genealogical library looking for new home

AUBURN — Normand Angers doesn’t seem surprised that the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society has to find a new home after 10 years.  He’s matter-of-fact about it. “We just need a place to go, and as soon as possible,” Angers, president of the library, said…

Ice or snow, to market we will go

Sarcophagus, anyone? Itchy for antiquity? Though it’s no longer there, for many months you and your forklift could have scooped one up at Brunswick’s Waterfront Flea Market, despite the cold outside. How about a pair of mint-condition grey suede chaps – with fringe (hi-ho…

Save Teaching American History Grants–Contact Your Senator Now!

The National Coalition for History is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible urging them to save the Teaching American History (TAH) Grants Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants).…Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY 2011. It is absolutely vital that our members send emails as soon as possible to save TAH and Civics funding in FY’11. We will be sending a separate sample letter regarding FY’12 appropriations and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) later this spring….

Portrait of the past Retired Maine doctor digs into the past…

Dr. Newell Augur is a retired gastroenterologist from Portland – the one in Maine. He’s also a bit of a history buff. It’s easy to understand why.

Winter Lyceum returns to Left Bank

‎According to Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette, “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt,” and will explore Maine’s influence on Teddy Roosevelt

‘Clam wars’ specter haunts border dispute testimony

‎LD 69, “An Act To Restore the Historical Town Boundary between Harpswell and gained approval by the Maine Legislature — should have settled once and for

 

 

News from the Penobscot Marine Museum…

New Stubbs Paintings for Collection;

The recent addition of two new paintings brings PMM’s permanent collection of works by artist William Pierce Stubbs to 15. The son of shipmaster Reuben Stubbs, William was born in Orrington, Maine, in 1842. He commanded a ship from 1863 to 1873, but began painting ship’s portraits in 1871. He moved to Boston in 1876 and set up a studio, mainly producing marine portraits. William Stubbs died in 1909….

“Main Streets” Photos Come to Penobscot County

“Main Street, Maine,” PMM’s popular traveling exhibit of vintage photographs, is on display at the Newport Cultural Center through

May 3….The show features dozens of 75- to 100-year-old images from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection. Many of them show Main Streets when the modern townscape was evolving, with transportation shifting from unpaved roads and horses to paved roads and automobiles. Captions for the exhibit were written by Maine State Historian, Earle Shettleworth….

Save the Date! 
    When: April 2, 2011
    What: ART PARTY
Please set aside the evening of April 2nd for a benefit dinner to be held at the Museums of Old York’s Remick Barn and Jefferds Tavern. We are planning a festive and artistic dinner party as a means of raising funds for the on going upkeep and needed repairs of the George Marshall Store.

 
 

As one of the properties owned and maintained by the Museums of Old York, the Store has been used as a contemporary art gallery for the past 15 years. So many people have told me how much they enjoy the gallery and its idyllic setting. It is my hope that people’s enthusiasm for this special place will result in a successful and fun fund raising event.

 
 

An invitation by mail will follow shortly but in the meantime mark your calendar for ART PARTY!

Many thanks,

Mary Harding

Curator, George Marshall Store Gallery

Museums of Old York

Tel: (207) 351-1083
140 Lindsay Road, York Maine
mhardingart@gmail.com

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Maine History News for 16 Jan 2011

Online Exhibit: Protesting in Maine

As Americans pause today to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we honor Maine people who have protested and worked for social change. Mainers played an active role in the movement for civil rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and ’60s, fighting for racial equality in Maine, at rallies in Washington DC, and in marches, protests, and actions throughout the South. This online exhibit explores some of the issues, causes, and moments throughout Maine history when Mainers have stood up and fought for change. View the exhibit.

Maine Ski museum focuses on Nordic, manufacturing history

KINGFIELD — The Ski Museum of Maine is presenting  two Fireside Chats focusing on the state’s rich skiing heritage on Friday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 23. The first is titled “Maine’s Nordic Skiing Heritage: 1870-2011&r…

Tourists Mimic Polar Pioneers, Except With Planes and Blogs

Tourists, adventurers and history buffs are lining up to visit the South Pole this year and next in honor of the 100th anniversaries of two polar expeditions.

From the Penobscot Marine Museum:

PMM Presents Three Historic Photo Exhibits

This winter and spring, Maine residents can enjoy three free exhibits of vintage photographs from PMM’s photography archives. Free receptions are scheduled for two of the exhibits later this month in Belfast

 
 

Both Belfast exhibits are from the museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. collection. The largest single collection of historic photography in Maine, the Eastern collection consists of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and other New England states and upstate New York. A publisher of “real photo” postcards, Eastern Illustrating was founded in Belfast in 1909, and remained in business into the 1950s.

 
 

The third exhibit, in Ellsworth, is from the collection of The Atlantic Fisherman – once the industry’s premier trade journal for New England. The collection provides an unmatched look at commercial fishing during the fifty years after engines replaced sail.

 
 

All three exhibits will be available to travel around the state at the conclusion of  their scheduled runs. Parties interested in hosting exhibits should contact Kevin Johnson: 207-548-2529 ext.210

 
 

WALDO COUNTY THROUGH EASTERN’S EYE

On display: now through April 30

Free Reception: January 27, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Allen & Sally Fernald Gallery, U-Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast

Times: M-F, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – noon

Description: Town and country views from almost every town in Waldo County. Research was conducted by individuals and historical societies from throughout the county.

More information: 207-338-8000

MAINE AGRICULTURE: VIEWS FROM THE PAST

On display: Jan. 26 – Mar. 21

Free Reception: Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., Belfast

Times: M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Description: Images of potato and dairy farming, the poultry industry, corn husking, canning operations and other scenes from Maine’s agricultural past. Researched by renowned Maine historian William H. Bunting.

More information: 207-338-6575

 
 

IMAGES FROM THE ATLANTIC FISHERMAN

On display: now through March 31

Where: The Maine Grind, 192 Main Street, Ellsworth

Times: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Description: Photos from 1920s to the 1950s of working boats and the men who crewed them; shore-based fishing methods; and shoreside supply, processing and distributing activities.

More information: 207-667-0011

From the Maine Historical Society;

Online Exhibit: Les Racquetteurs

Snowshoeing took Lewiston by storm during the first half of the 20th century. The spark: Louis-Philippe Gagné, a newspaper editor who immigrated to the area from Quebec in 1922. He brought his love for the sport, and quickly helped form more than a dozen hugely popular snowshoe clubs that hosted athletic events and provided an important social space for the Franco community. Visit the exhibit.

Elise Fellows White

Library staff have recently finished processing a collection of materials related to Elise Fellows White (1873-1953) given to MHS by Houghton White in 2010. Elise was a violin prodigy from Skowhegan whose musical talents and adventuresome spirit took her around the country and abroad from an early age. She kept journals and saved letters, programs, and photographs throughout her life, all of which offer wonderful glimpses into life in Maine and beyond. The collection is now available to researchers in the library. See the catalog record, and related material on Maine Memory.

HNN’s Coverage of the AHA

Highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Boston
David A. Walsh

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Joshua Chamberlin’s Civil War Letters Online

Here are a few more headlines from around the state of Maine’s newspapers. If you have any headlines you’d like to share, please forward them to me at editor@remembermemedia.com, and please enclose a link to the article as well as the contents first couple of lines. Thanks for your help!

Not your Run of the Mill lumberman: George Gustin going strong at 78

WALES — From a padded seat in a tiny wooden and Plexiglas enclosure, George W. Gustin pressed buttons and pushed and pulled two fat gray joysticks, controlling the position and passage of a thick oak log. After mechanical dogs rolled and adjusted the log, vertical and horizontal saws trimmed it neatly into uniform 12-foot-long planks….

Dover-Foxcroft club caters to train buffs

There’s a new train on the tracks in Piscataquis County, and locomotive engineers are needed. more

America’s First Mile dedicated in Fort Kent

As of Sunday afternoon, C.R. Joy had the boasting rights and distinction of being the first visitor to Fort Kent photographed in front of the new granite sign marking the start of U.S. Route 1. In addition to marking the start of the 2,000-mile highway ending in Key West, Fla., the large white, gray and black granite stone debuted the town’s new slogan, “America’s First Mile.” more

Maine archive puts Civil War-era letters online

AUGUSTA, Maine — In 1862, Joshua Chamberlain, a 34-year-old language professor at Bowdoin College, wrote to Maine’s governor saying he wanted to serve in the war between the North and the South, … more

Reuse of mill celebrated

BIDDEFORD — More than 150 years ago, in 1845, Laconia Mill 1 was built. It was one of the first buildings to house Biddeford’s burgeoning textile industry. Eventually, the city’s mill district grew to an estimated 1.5 million square feet, and thousands of people were employed by the mills….

Developer seeks OK to demolish historic house

FREEPORT — Discussion of a proposal by a New York City-based company that owns several retail buildings in downtown Freeport — to demolish one of the last remaining historic Mallett houses on Depot Street to reconfigure a parking lot — was among the agenda items the Municipal Facilities Committee was scheduled to consider at a meeting this morning at the town hall….

Pictures from ‘The Forgotten War’

BRUNSWICK — For almost 60 years, Robert Galloupe has saved the 35mm negatives and yellowing snapshots he took while serving in the Army during the Korean War….

Christmas will be upon us soon, and what better gift is there for Christmas than a Maine history book. Salt and Pines, volume 1 is available at the low price of $20.00 plus shipping, but you need to order it quickly to have it by Christmas time! Simply click onto the Title link and you’ll be taken to a secured ordering site….

Salt & PinesSalt & Pines

Available as print: $20.00 or available as a download: $10.00

Salt & Pines: tales from bygone Maine is an anthology of stories and poetry about living in Maine’s bygone days. From the Islands of Casco Bay to the backwoods of Maine you’ll find tales to bring memories of your own to mind. Join us as we share Maine’s bygone days with;Allen Sockabasin, Ann Allen Brahms, D.L. Soucy, Dave Sargent, Doris Doggett, Jeanne Mason, Linda Aaskov, Luthera Dawson, Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Philip Candelmo, Philip Turner, Rene Cloukey, Roberta Gomez Ricker, Roy Fairfield, Ruth Richardson Maloney, Terrell Crouch, Thomas Carper, Tim Sample, Tom Fallon, Trudy Chambers Price, Salt & Pines, a taste of the ocean, the sound of the wind in the Maine forests….a combination you cannot find in any other state.

 

From the historical societies and museums…

Maine Historical Society;

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Online Exhibit:
Gifts from Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms

Gluskabe, a hero of the Wabanaki people, created the Indians and taught them to make what they needed while using the land and resources wisely. This online exhibit, featuring items from the collections of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, demonstrates how the artistry used to create objects was deeply connected to the natural world.  View the online exhibit.

Thursday, November 18, 7:00 PM 

Book Event: The Killing of Crazy Horse
Speaker: Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist 

Join us for a special evening that will be recorded for C-SPAN 2’s Book TV.

MHS is fortunate to host acclaimed journalist Thomas Powers who will discuss his new book. Crazy Horse was perhaps the greatest Indian warrior of the 19th century, and his victory over General Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 shocked the country. The details surrounding Crazy Horse’s death in federal custody the next year were the subject of great dispute and have remained controversial for more than a century. With the Great Sioux War as background, and drawing on many new documents, Powers will recount the final months and days of Crazy Horse’s life. Watch for Powers on WCSH’s 207 on Wednesday, 11/17. More…

New Exhibit Opens in Lecture Hall Gallery

Wednesday, November 17
The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection
 
This selection of holiday cards demonstrates the wide range of artists who called Maine home–such as Dahlov Ipcar, Stell and William Shevis, and Waldo Peirce— and exemplifies the personal connections of Mildred Burrage, whose love for the holidays is seen throughout her collection.

Join us December 3rd for the First Friday Art Walk and exhibit opening reception.

 

 

Penobscot Marine Museum;

 

Thanks for a Great 2010

Maine’s sardine industry was the subject
of our successful history conference.
 

75th Anniversary Exhibits Preview 

 
 

An exciting schedule of events is taking shape to celebrate Penobscot Marine Museum’s 75th anniversary in 2011. Among the highlights will be two major exhibits:

The Art of the Boat will honor George Wasson, author of Sailing Days on the Penobscot and one of the founding spirits of Penobscot Marine Museum.
  •  “75/75!” – 75 Favorites from PMM’s First 75 Years.
    The curator’s pick of the best, most historic, and most fascinating items in our collection. Located throughout the museum and on the web.
  • The Art of the Boat. A juried art show that explores the boat as art and the boatbuilder as artist. Artist submissions are invited. More information.

 

After of strong year of increased visitor traffic, Penobscot Marine Museum has battened down its exhibits for the season. Exhibits will re-open Friday, May 27, 2011 (Memorial Day weekend).

During our last open weekend, attendees of our 2010 history conference were treated to an evening and a full day of live and recorded media presentations, documentation and discussion about how Maine’s once-thriving sardine industry simply disappeared – a topic whose ramifications provide food for thought concerning employment and competitiveness on national and global levels. Speaking of food, the conference’s luncheon, the Great Sardine Cook-off, was a pescivore’s delight.

Of course we’re not going into hibernation just because the exhibits are closed. A number of presentations are scheduled through the rest of the fall, winter and spring, and we’re busy planning activities and exhibits for 2011. In addition to the items listed below, stay up to date by checking the website.

Historic Photo Exhibits and Talks

From the Atlantic Fisherman Collection

PMM’s photographic archives department has scheduled several exhibits and talks. All events are free. (Contact the venue to confirm dates and times.)

  • Historic Photos of Machias and Environs. Slide talk by photo archivist Kevin Johnson. At 28 Center St., Machias. November 18, 6:00p.m. Sponsored by Machias Historical Society.
  • Selections from the Atlantic Fisherman Collection. Exhibit at Maine Grind, 192 Main Street, Ellsworth. Now through April 30, 2011.
  • Waldo County Through Eastern’s Eye. Exhibit from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing collection. At the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast. January 2 through April 30, 2011.
  • Main Streets of Waldo County (presentation). Slide talk by Earle Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian and Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. At Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. November 30, 7:00 p.m.
  • Main Streets of Waldo County (exhibit). At Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Now through December 30.
  • Historic Photos of Winterport and Environs. Slide talk by photo archivist Kevin Johnson. At Victoria Grant Civic Center, 40 Abbott Park, Winterport. December 13, 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Winterport Historical Society. For more information: 207-223-4035.
Morrill, Maine (Eastern Illustrating & Publishing collection)

 

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