Art Exhibit

August First Friday Art Walk

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society displays ongoing exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. First Friday Art Walk Exhibit Party August 6, 5- 8pm. Free and Open to the Public.

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the August series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. August images displayed through August 30th; exhibit runs through October 31, 2010.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and surprising, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content. Images include a 1922 scene at Portland’s East End Beach; Chinese American children playing with their home made toy car; a rare look inside McCurdy’s Smokehouse from 1975; and a summertime clambake in Boothbay in 1915.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning more than 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1975.  

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on August 6 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Free parking in the MHS lot on Brown Street after 5pm. Local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at  http://www.VintageMaineImages.com

The exhibit is open daily through October 31, 2010.

For More Information on the Exhibit:

Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 207-774-1822 x217; dfazio@mainehistory.org

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME   04101

207-774-1822;  

www.mainehistory.org

www.mainememory.net

www.vintagemaineimages.com

Smokehouse

East End Beach

Chinese Children at Play

 Clam Bake

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Maine History News

Maine history news headlines…

Cummings Mill site to be dedicated

NORWAY — The former C.B. Cummings & Sons Co. mill site will be dedicated by its current owners, Western Maine Healthcare Corp., in the near future, hospital officials say. Details of the ceremony were not available, said Kate Wight, community relations coordinator, but they are …

Grandfather clock donation clicks with historical society
(This one’s a great piece for clock lovers from all over!)

KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Historical Society will showcase one of its new treasures during this weekend’s Kingfield Days festivities. Last year, George Stanley, a descendant of the well-known Stanley brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer, asked Society president David Holmes, if he’d …

Mount Desert Island lures leaders past and present

By REBEKAH METZLER Kennebec Journal AUGUSTA – Trains, steamships, yachts, and now planes. That’s how presidents have traveled to Mount Desert Island for summertime getaways…

Wanted: Old library chairs with stories to tell

By STEPHANIE HARDIMAN Staff Writer The VIA Group is offering cash to libraries across the nation for chairs with backgrounds…

Roxbury’s 175th anniversary to feature two parades

Two of 220 town of Roxbury 175th anniversary cookbooks, which include a wide variety of recipes collected from people in the River Valley area and their extended families, are shown here with a drawing of the town’s old train depot, which will adorn anniversary celebration T-shirts that will be s…

New cookbook for Roxbury’s 175th anniversary quickly selling out

ROXBURY — No self-respecting cook should be without the town of Roxbury cookbook, a collection of recipes from the River Valley area that began selling last month for $10 each. Out of 220 books printed and sold starting last month, 30 remained as of Friday afternoon. “We did w…

Local murals highlight historical society program

FARMINGTON — The work of Rufus Porter, well known for his painted landscape murals in local homes during the early 1800s, will be featured in a presentation by Jane Radcliff during the Farmington Historical Society’s July 12 meeting. The society meets in the basement of Henderson Me…

New mineral museum aims to involve local residents

Posted July 15-Larry Stifler likens his effort to bring world-class Maine gems back home for display in a new museum in Bethel to “a Greek coming to the British Museum to take back part of the Parthenon.” Stifler and his wife, Mary McFadden, own a summer home in Albany. Their p…

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Maine Historical Society…

The Maine Historical Society invites you to a poetry reading and workshop…

 
 

Wednesday, August 4, 5pm
COMING HOME?

A Poetry Reading by Estha Weiner and Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine

Estha Weiner brings her newest book, Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press 2009) back home to Portland, to read with Betsy Sholl.  Hear the poets, who first met at The Stonecoast Writers Conference, weave their friendship and their poems as they consider how “home” shapes and shifts over time.  Maine, of course, plays a key role in that: Estha, a Portland native, moved away to go to college while Betsy moved here 27 years ago. Book signing to follow.

 
Wednesday, August 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
MAINE REVISED AND REVISITED:
A Poetry and Writing Workshop with Estha Weiner

This multi-genre 3-hour writing workshop welcomes your poems, short fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Its only requirement is a fresh vision of Maine, past or present, an attentive ear and eye, and supportive feedback for fellow writers.  (If you have work that has nothing to do with Maine, that’s OK too.)  We will read and discuss each other’s work, discuss the writing process, and participants will receive careful, helpful feedback, towards revision. Please bring 11 copies of your work. We may add a short in-class exercise or two, and discuss how you go through your day as a writer, even if you think you can’t!  Registration required by Friday, July 30. Fee: $100/person. MHS members/students: $75/person.

For more information or to register, please email Estha Weiner at: esthalynne@hotmail.com

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and newly published Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In the Weather of the World is forthcoming from Ireland’s Salmon Press in 2011.  Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. including The New Republic and Barrow Street.  She won a 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize, a 2008/9 nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and  a 2008 Visiting Scholar at Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at City College of NY, Estha serves on the Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center and is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers Nights.

 
Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine, has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies and magazines. Betsy has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010,  9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 

For more information: 207-774-1822 or info@mainehistory.org or www.mainehistory.org 

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Museums of Old York

 

Museums of Old York

2010 Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the

Annual Meeting of the Membership at:

The Visitor Center at Remick Barn

3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

We will vote on nominees for trustee positions and officers; hear the reports of the President, Treasurer, and Executive Director, and vote on proposed bylaw changes. Once business is done, we will introduce this year’s Elizabeth Perkins Fellows and hear briefly about their work.  Some of our Junior Docents will demonstrate traditional crafts they are learning.  Refreshments will include some authentic treats from the past baked that day by Junior Docents.

For more information or to download copies of the meeting agenda or the proposed changed bylaws please visit us online at http://www.oldyork.or

Please RSVP at (207) 363-4974


Opening Night Reception

21st Annual Decorator Show House

Just a reminder that the Opening Night reception for the 21st Annual Decorators Show House is a week from this Friday, July 16th.   Be among the first to view the newly decorated home and meet the designers who made it all possible. Admission is $50 and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a tour of this spectacular home.To reserve admission to the Opening Night Reception please have people contact The Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974, or send mail in your reservation or give us a call.

The Show House will open to the public July 17th and run through August 14th on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 1 to 4 pm. The Show House is closed on Tuesdays. Parking will be on-site. A $20 admission fee will be charged at the door, advanced ticket sales available through the Museums of Old York Office.

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Penobscot Marine Museum


Meet Bestselling Author Linda Greenlaw
July 18, 3 pm

Commercial fishing captain, bestselling nonfiction author and mystery novelist Linda Greenlaw launches the Maine leg of her book tour for her latest – Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea – in a talk and party jointly sponsored by Penobscot Marine Museum and our friends at Left Bank Books.

At the First Congregational Church, right next to the museum. Free.

Windjammer Exhibit Opens

July 1, Main Street Gallery

Maine’s passenger-carrying schooners are the largest commercial sailing fleet in the developed world and a resonant image of the state’s modern coastal communities. See their history brought to life in “Earning Their Keep,” a new exhibit incorporating historic photography, artifacts, ephemera, videos, and models. The exhibit features rotating displays of top contemporary marine photographers:
·     Benjamin Mendlowitz (July 1 – August 3)
·     Michael Kahn (August 5 – 24)
·     Fred LeBlanc (August 26 – September 14)
·     Neal Parent (September 17 – October 24)

Events:

7/19-8/1
Birchbark canoe building demonstration
An authentic birchbark canoe will be built at the museum using traditional methods.

7/24
Penobscot Bay Day
Multiple events at the museum. Details TBA.

AUGUST
10:00am
Children’s Events, Blue Hill
Activities with PMM educators at Blue Hill Public Library.
10-11am Mapping Penobscot Bay (ages 4-7)
11:30am-12:30pm All About Lobsters (ages 7+)

8/4

8/5
5:00pm-10:00pm
Gala and Auction
See below for details.

8/13-15
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Visit the PMM booth at this popular annual show in Rockland.

8/21
Belfast Harbor Festival
Another PMM exhibit at a fun waterfront festival.

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Fun Times at the Maine Historical Society

There’s lot’s going on around the State of Maine this coming weekend, and the Maine Historical Society is not without its own entertaining events;

Friday, July 2, 5-8pm
First Friday Art Walk:

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine
Join us during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk for the opening of the July series of images in Exposed, our latest photography show. Enjoy refreshments from local sponsors, DJ, raffle, wild party favors, and of course great photography! Guests will also enjoy a free self-guided tour through our newest museum exhibit, ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History.
 
We’ve created this YouTube video to show you why you shouldn’t miss this event. Check facebook and flickr to see images from our May and June parties. 

If you aren’t local to Portland you can still catch the show at our Online Gallery, www.VintageMaineImages.com.

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Sunday, July 4, 12pm
Reading of the

Declaration of Independence
Herb Adams, State Representative
and Historian

Join MHS to celebrate the Fourth of July with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Longfellow House at 489 Congress Street.  An annual tradition not to be missed!!
 
MHS owns one of only 25 surviving copies of the rare 1776 Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration.  To see and zoom into Maine Historical’s copy online, click here.

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MHS on C-SPAN 2’s Book TV This Weekend!
Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World by Nick Bunker

Saturday, July 3, 4:45pm

Sunday, July 4, 1am
Monday, July 5, 8am
 
Filmed at Maine Historical in April, Nick Bunker’s book talk will air on C-SPAN 2’s Book-TV this weekend. Bunker recounts the Pilgrim’s voyage aboard the Mayflower, the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620, early tribulations, and the colony’s eventual success. Bunker’s book and talk draw in part on two research trips he made to Maine, travelling up the Kennebec Valley in search of  the beaver fur trade which financed the Plymouth Colony.

Click here to buy Making Haste From Babylon at the MHS online store.

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MHS announces new exhibit


Exhibit Opening Party:

ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History
Thursday, June 24, 5-7pm

Maine Historical Society invites you to help us celebrate the opening of ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History, a new exhibit in our gallery in Portland that will be on view from Friday, June 25 through May 29, 2011.

Zoom In! celebrates the launch of Maine History Online (www.mainememory.net/mho), a major new interpretive section of the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net), and explores the rich ways that digital technologies complement and enhance the use of physical objects – and vice versa – in the telling of Maine history.

The exhibition, curated by Candace Kanes, includes physical and digital material from more than 40 historical organizations in Maine, ranging from the Lubec, Freeport, and Island Falls historical societies; to the Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library, and McArthur Library in Biddeford; to the Muskie Archives at Bates College and Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.

Stories explored in the exhibition include: the widely popular Franco American snowshoe clubs formed by Louis-Philippe Gagné when he moved to Lewiston from Québec in 1922; Biddeford’s industrial transformation in the 19th century; peace movements in Maine; life at the Western Maine Sanatorium; and the experience of Maine prisoners of war; among others.

In development for three years with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maine History Online provides a comprehensive introduction to key themes, topics, and events in Maine history through illustrated essays, nearly one hundred new online exhibits, and hundreds of primary documents.

Created by Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.

Event Information

When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 5-7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

             489 Congress Street 
             Portland, ME  04101

For more information or to RSVP, call 207-774-1822; 207-774-1822 or email: info@mainehistory.org

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First Friday Art Walk-July

June 16, 2010

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) displays ongoing exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. First Friday Art Walk Exhibit Party.

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the July series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. July images displayed through July 31st; exhibit runs through October 31, 2010.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and surprising, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content. Images include turn of the century automobile racing on Old Orchard Beach, the 1970 student strike at Colby College, 1925 Portland Green Sox baseball, Maine governor Carl Milliken escorted in a canoe by two Passamaquoddy Indians at the 1920 Maine Centennial Celebration in Deering Oaks Park, and much more.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning more than 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1975.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on July 2 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Free parking in the MHS lot on Brown Street after 5pm. Local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at www.VintageMaineImages.com

The exhibit is open daily through October 31, 2010.

For More Information on the Exhibit:
Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 207-774-1822 x217; dfazio@mainehistory.org
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME   04101
207-774-1822; www.mainehistory.org
http://www.mainememory.net

http://www.vintagemaineimages.com

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Maine Historical Society Events

YOU ARE INVITED TO….

Maine Historical Society and the Maine Women Writers Collection of UNE invite you to…

Thursday, May 27, 7pm

Laying Claim to the Land(scape): Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

Speaker:
Shawn Michelle Smith, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Please join us to explore the photograpy of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Kingfield native and sister of famed inventors F.E. and F.O. Stanley.

Emmons made striking photographs of rural life in Maine and greater New England for four decades, from 1897 to 1937. Her photographs portray everyday practices and farming, capturing elderly New England farmers of a passing generation. In photographs of tidy homesteads, simple farmhouses, and the rituals of harvesting, Emmons reproduced the imagery of an earlier agrarian ideal, staging a way of life that had all but disappeared by the early twentieth century. Although better known for her work in the Northeast, Emmons also photographed in the Southeast, making rare studies of African American tenant farmers in the Carolinas. Emmons’s photographs were not widely circulated during her lifetime, but they nevertheless participated in important ideas about labor, landscape, race, and nation in the early twentieth century.

Shawn Michelle Smith’s books include American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999), Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture(Duke 2004), and Lynching Photographs, co-authored with Dora Apel (California 2007).

Event Information

When: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:00pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street 
           Portland, ME   04101

For more information call 207-774-1822 email info@mainehistory.org

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Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents a new exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the June series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. June images displayed through June 30th; exhibit runs through October 31, 2010.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and surprising, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content that include costumed students in 1924 comically demonstrating proper tooth brushing, a monumental Ice Palace in Lewiston; a camera club whose members boast impressive mustaches in 1898, and a woman getting tattooed in 1925.

Juxtaposing scenes of urban and rural living, of public and private moments, of performance, instruction, work, protest, play, incarceration, and exploration, Exposed has a single purpose: to illustrate the simultaneous variety of activity in Maine throughout our recent history.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning more than 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1975.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on June 4 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Free parking in the MHS lot on Brown Street after 5pm. Our local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering will provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at http://www.VintageMaineImages.com

For More Information on the Exhibit:
Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 207-774-1822 x217; dfazio@mainehistory.org
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME   04101
207-774-1822; www.mainehistory.org
				

http://www.mainememory.net

http://www.vintagemaineimages.com

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188th Annual Meeting
at the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston

Join us for our Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center (formerly St. Mary’s Church) in Lewiston, Maine.

Following a brief business meeting at 10:00 am, Denis Ledoux will present: From Facts to Memoir – From Genealogy to Stories. After a Franco style lunch, participants are invited to tour Museum LA, a few blocks from the Center.

Everyone welcome; Registration required. ($25/members, $30/nonmember) Call 774-1822 to register.

Event Information

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Franco-American Heritage Center. 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME

For more information call 207-774-1822 email info@mainehistory.org

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Maine Historical Society’s First Friday Art Walk

This just in from the Maine Historical Society:

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

April 13, 2010

CONTACT: Elizabeth Nash, Maine Historical Society, 207-774-1822 ext 206, enash@mainehistory.org
Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents a new exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

Join us at Maine Historical Society for the opening reception of our new exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine, during the First Friday Art Walk in Portland.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and unprecedented, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content that include early electrical tattooing in 1925, an 1890 bicycle race, and crowds of hundreds gathered in Monument Square in Portland waiting for the results of a 1923 boxing match.

Juxtaposing scenes of urban and rural living, of public and private moments, of performance, instruction, work, protest, play, incarceration, and exploration, Exposed has a single purpose: to illustrate the simultaneous variety of activity in Maine throughout our recent history.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1966.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on May 7 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Our local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering will provide refreshments.

For More Information on the Exhibit:

Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 
207-774-1822 x217; 
dfazio@mainehistory.org

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME   04101

207-774-1822;
 www.mainehistory.org
				

http://www.mainememory.net

http://www.vintagemaineimages.com

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General Knox and Historical Maine Buildings

Well, I’m back to blogging about Maine history again. For reasons that I won’t mention here, search engine problems drove my ranking to the bottom of the heap. But changes have been made, and hopefully people will begin to find me again. I’ve also decided to change the format of my posting as well, so don’t be surprised that things just don’t seem the same around here anymore.

Fund hike keeps University of Maine museum entry free, an article in the Bangor Daily news relates a good story regarding the UofM’s Art museum. Apparently the Machias Savings Bank has increased its annual gift to the museum to $7500 allowing the museum to offer free admission throughout 2010. Kudos to the Machias Savings Bank for their gift and caring for the arts.

We also saw this past weekend the ending of a piece of Maine history as the last two P3 Orion’s left the Brunswick Naval Air Base ending 60 years of patrolling the Eastern Seaboard and helping to protect our seaways. The base, originally used as a training and stop off base during WWII for US, British and Canadian air force planes, was temporarily closed after the war ended before being converted to Naval use. At its normal level of use, BNAS provided homes and work for about 4,000 employees and their families, providing a great opportunity for the mid coast area by way of economic stability. Too bad the base closed, we’ll miss the Navy greatly.

Champlain’s Valley Voice has a good piece regarding Maine’s own General Henry Knox in From Fort Ticonderoga to Boston: The Wintry Trek of Henry Knox. The story relates to Knox’s efforts to relocate 60 tons of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in 1775. WABI has a nice video piece regarding the historic Liberty Hall in Machiasport as the historic Restored Belvedere Tower
cupola was returned to the top of its bell tower. It’s amazing how some of the restoration takes place on these historic properties with all of the details and work it takes to return Maine’s beautiful architecture to where it once was.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that tours are now being offered at the historic Hurd Mansion on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM at a cost of ten dollars per person. Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., was quoted in the article as saying the Hurd Manor was “the most outstanding example of its style in southern Maine and nowhere in the state does a more impressive Queen Anne—Eastlake residence exist.” The paper also reports that the Sanford
Mill yard makes the National Register,
as the historic property was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yard was established by Thomas Goodall in 1867 and became a major source of employment and industry in the area, until it was sold off by Burlington Industries in 1955.

Another couple of interesting articles related to Maine history in that same paper are Ski Museum of Maine and North Berwick Historical Society holding ‘Fireside Chat’
and Funds sought for historic exhibit at North Berwick’s Olde Woolen Mill complex. Ever noticed that some papers place more interest in history than others? I think it’s important to realize that there really is a lot of activity in the preservation and sharing of history here in Maine, but the bulk of it goes on behind the scenes, relatively unnoticed by the public. Fosters Daily Democrat is just one paper that gives these projects and news the coverage they deserve. Three cheers for Fasters, and I hope they can continue with their efforts in these days of closing newspapers.

As I gear up for the coming year, I’ve decided to do my column on a weekly basis which will give me more time to get around and visit. Writing as much as I do consumes a lot of time, so I really need to begin concentrating on various projects, and some of these projects will be terminated. However, I’m still here, and things will progress. If you have some news you’d like to share, enter it into the comments or email it to me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com and I’ll consider including it. Also, if you have a link to place on the links page, or an event for the events page, please feel free to email the information to me at the same address.

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From the Maine Historical Society…

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

May 8, 2008
CONTACT: Jane Foden,
Maine Historical Society 2
07.774.1822,
jfoden@mainehistory.org

Maine Historical Society Announces Upcoming Museum Exhibition:

Art of the People – Folk Art in MaineArt of the People: Folk Art in Maine will open at the MHS Museum Friday,June 27 and continues through Tuesday, December 30, 2008. This originalexhibit features an interesting and colorful selection of objects thatreflect the diverse experiences of Maine people over the past threecenturies.

“These beautiful and historic artifacts provide a window into our past. For years, people in Maine have made quilts, samplers, rugs, carvings,portraits, and other types of decorative, personal, or useful objects as away to express their feelings and record important moments in their life – amarriage, a graduation, a death of a loved one,” says MHS Curator JohnMayer. “The materials they used, their artistic style or technique, andtheir sense of design are the essence of these wonderful objects, and inviteus to explore the dynamic nature of everyday life in Maine.”

Art of the People draws from the extensive collections of the MaineHistorical Society. Over 70 museum artifacts will be on view, featuringcarved powder horns, decorative quilts, finely made samplers, colorfulportraits, and other historic paintings. Featured items include:

* Carved and Painted Eagle, c. 1861; by ship carver EmeryJones (1827 – 1908) of Freeport.
* Man and Woman Nut Doll, 1840. The heads of these two dollswere made from nuts, their body and clothes from available materials, andyet their costumes represent the fashions of the time.
* Burning of the Second Parish Church, 1866; painted byWoodbury Hatch (1829 – 1904) of Portland, a witness to the great Portlandfire.

The exhibit is part of a statewide collaboration of eleven museums that havecreated the Maine Folk Art Trail and are presenting exhibits of theircollections during the summer and fall (http://www.mainefolkarttrail.org/).

Admission: Adults: $5.00; Children 5-17: $2.00
Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine Friday, June 27 through Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sundays excluding November: Noon – 5:00 pm

Maine Historical Society 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101207-774-1822; http://www.mainehistory.org

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