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The Nina and the Pinta Arrive in South Portland

History at the helm Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta sailing ships arrive in South Portland, where visitors are welcome to come aboard…

U.S. Mint releases medal marking 9/11 attacks Officials from New York and the United States Mint unveiled the 9/11 National Medal on Monday just three months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The one-ounce silver medal’s heads side features Lady Liberty with the inscription “always remember 2001-2011,” while the reverse side portrays an eagle against the backdrop of cascading water. The medal, which went on sale Monday, is available at an introductory rate of $56.95 through August 18, after which the price will go up to $66.95…

Preserving History At Salem Maritime National Historic Site Creaking on the tides under the weight of its three masts and 55 miles of rigging, the Friendship is a floating reminder of a time when the upstart United States laid a commercial claim to the high seas. From tiny Salem, Massachusetts, up the coast from another Massachusetts seaport that soon would become known as the whaling capital of the world, ships set out to navigate the globe and return home with spices, water buffalo hides, silks, and porcelains.

Tractor festival set for this weekend
A few years ago, Mike Pratt attended a Maine Antique Tractor Club festival and caught a dose of “classic tractor fever.” Since 2000 he’s accumulated nine Cockshutt tractors and a few others. Pratt, now vice president of the club, is ready to talk tractors as…

Still in the dark about Ram Island Ledge Light Nine months after a Windham surgeon bought the property at auction, his plans are still unclear…

Park ranger takes care of stuff postcards don’t show Maine at Work: On the upside, the Fort Williams Park job involves talking with visitors from around the world…

Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts& In Comfort
Now that the outdoor antique and collectible shopping season is in full swing, with dozens of garage sales, flea markets and the very best in outdoor antique shows populating acres of land each weekend, antiquers are flocking to these sales. Michelle Staley, who has been an antique buyer and dealer for more than 30 years, offers some tips and tricks she has picked up over the years that might make your trip to these shows a little more productive and a lot more comfortable… Read “Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts & In Comfort”

Rockland Historical Society receives grant to scan historic photographs The Rockland Historical Society received a $5000 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to scan and catalog over 2000 historical photographs. The project will take one year. The scans will enable the historical

Corinth celebrates 200th birthday Tuesday’s celebration kicked off with a barbecue chicken dinner prepared by the Corinth Fire Dept. followed by an opening ceremony with Corinth Historical Society quilt presentation, a poem by Donald Clark and speeches by representives for Maine’s…

Priceless map collection on display in Dennysville The entire collection of maps is a reflection of that history, he said. “This historical society is not a musty, dusty collection. History is living.” The maps show what was important to the settlers of two centuries ago, he said — the water…

Beacon calendar June 23 Presentation on history of Mount Waldo Granite Co., by Stephen Haynes, curator of Maine Granite Industry Historical Museum, 7 pm June 23, Frankfort Elementary School Gym. Group discussion follows. Light refreshments available

Surry Historical Society to hold annual meeting The Surry Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 pm Monday, June 27, at the Old Town Hall on Route 172 in Surry. The featured speakers will be residents of Surry with “Local Yokel Yarns.” There will also be a short

From the Maine Historical Society:

Online Exhibit: Great Bangor Floods, Great Student Work

The end of the school year is a perfect moment to celebrate the newest contributions that students have made to Maine Memory Network. This spring, 7th graders at Cohen Middle School in Bangor researched the historic 1902 and 1976 Penobscot River floods. This exhibit shares what they learned, and recognizes the integral role the river plays in the life of the community–for better and for worse. View the exhibit.

Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out:

Adornment & Identity in Maine

June 24, 2011-May 27, 2012

Opening Party: Thursday, June 23, 5-7pm

MHS members are invited to preview and celebrate the opening of our new museum exhibit this Thursday evening, June 23, from 5-7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday.

Dressing Up offers a fascinating look at how Mainers have “dressed up” for a variety of occasions over nearly 300 years. The exhibit features a broad selection of adornments from the MHS collection, many never before displayed, including hats, jewelry, shoes, hair combs, walking sticks, and several complete costumes. Objects are accompanied and illuminated by photographs, paintings, journal entries, and more.

According to exhibit curator Candace Kanes, Dressing Up explores the choices we make to look our best. “Every hat or shoe, buckle or brooch tells a story about who we are, who we want to be, and how we want others to see us. And every social occasion makes its own demands, whether we are trying to fit in or stand out.”

Learn more about Dressing Up.

Coming Soon

Monday, July 4, 12pm

A Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Speaker: Former State Rep. Herb Adams

Learn more.

New Program Added!

Thursday, July 14, 4pm

Illustrated talk at MHS + West End Bicycle Tour!

“I Am An Old Wheelman”: John Calvin Stevens and the Art of Bicycling in Maine 1880-1900

Presenter and Ride Leader: Sam Shupe

Join us to learn about this significant yet largely unknown aspect of John Calvin Stevens’ life. During the last decades of the 19th century, the prominent architect was a passionate cyclist who was instrumental in creating and sustaining bicycle culture in Portland. This illustrated talk at MHS will be followed by a leisurely bike tour of several Stevens-related sites in Portland’s West End. Learn more.

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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.

News Feed

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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Norway’s Luther Farrar House Destroyed by Fire

Here is another batch of headlines for your history reading pleasure. As always, if you have something to share that is Maine history related please email it to editor@touringmaineshistory.com. If it’s an event, make sure you get it to me in plenty of time to share.

Loss of historic house a ‘tragedy’ for downtown
The destruction by fire of one of the oldest houses on Main Street has left another hole in one of the state’s most complete downtown National Historic Districts. “For Norway Downtown whose rehabilitation efforts hinge on significant historic buildings, this is a tragedy…

New barn for the Searsmont Historical Society A dedication ceremony for the new Searsmont Historical Society Barn will be held Saturday, May 28, and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, pig roast and barn dance.— Some small towns are…

Next Maine Event: Bug Light a breezy beacon for kite connoisseurs South Portland Historical Society board members will be manning the barbecue, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Chips and soda will also be available for purchase. KID-FRIENDLY FACTOR: What kid…

City seafaring family in spotlight Shipbuilding in Biddeford and Saco reached its height in the mid-1800s, when two or three ships per year were being built in shipyards on both sides of the Saco River, according to the archives at the Maine Historical Society. …

Despite $97,000 grant, Addison church may be lost
Despite having just received a $97,000 restoration grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the historic Church on The Hill in Addison may still be lost soon. Since 1798, a church has always stood on the top of the hill. The first, a community meetinghouse, was blown…

Acadian Festival, Cyr Family Reunion moving to August
The 34th Acadian Festival and the annual family reunion held at the same time in Madawaska are being moved from late June to Aug. 11-15 this year to coincide with International Acadian Day on Aug. 15. This year’s gathering is the Cyr Family Reunion, celebrating ancestors and descendants of one…

Early Declaration of Independence document winds up its 50-state tour in Bangor
A precious piece of America’s history — an original Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence printed on July 4, 1776 — has visited each of the 50 states and on Saturday made Maine its last stop on its decade-long tour. Only 26 copies of the original…

Mill museum has support
Lisa Flynn worked at WestPoint Home until the end. “I never thought we’d shut down,” she said Saturday, seated around a table in the vast North Dam mill with several former co-workers, reminiscing…

Life at sea, revisited
A new exhibit at the Saco Museum explores 19th century maritime history through the life of sea captain Tristram Jordan and his family. The exhibit, Voyages and the Great Age of Sail, opens Friday with a free reception at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Sept. 4. The exhibit is a culmination of a history class of the same name at University of New England, which is team taught by UNE History Professor Elizabeth De Wolfe and Camille Smalley, program and education manager for the Saco Museum…

From the Maine Historical Society;


Online Exhibit: High Water

While many Mainers are thrilled that spring has finally arrived, others who live or work along the state’s swollen rivers watch rising water levels cautiously. This exhibit revisits historic floods and the impact they have had on local people and communities. Read more.

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm

The Annual Olmsted Lecture

The Longfellow Gardens: The Evolution of Two Landmarks

Speaker: Lauren Meier, Pressley Associates, Cambridge, MA

Join us to learn about the rich history and recent rehabilitation of the Longfellow Garden at MHS and the garden at the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Meier, a landscape architect with a specialty in historic preservation, contributed to the rehabilitation of both gardens. This event is held in partnership with the Longfellow Garden Club. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 9 am – 12:30 pm

MHS Annual Meeting: Looking (Back) at Television

Join us to conduct the official business of MHS! The annual meeting includes awards, the welcoming of new Trustees, and a talk by Fred Thompson, former head of the Maine Broadcasting System (1983-98), on the early days of television in Maine. MHS membership and event registration required. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 3:30 pm

The Dave Astor Reunion Show

Featuring Dave Astor with Tony Boffa, Steve Romanoff, and Fred Thompson

Join us to remember and celebrate one of Maine’s best-loved homegrown television shows, The Dave Astor Show (For Teenagers Only). Location: Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland. Details.

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Benedict Arnold & Maine History Headlines

Here are a few headlines from around the state of Maine for you history buffs! Click on the headline links to go to the source for full stories.

The Curious London Legacy of Benedict Arnold

More than 200 years after his death, the most notorious traitor of the Revolutionary War has an unlikely supporter Read More »

The Last Roundup for Movie, Early TV Cowboys
While the story of the sale of items from the Roy Rogers Museum made headlines around the world, Worthologist Harry Rinker is thinking about what that auction really means. At the moment, the new owners of Rogers’ memorabilia are relishing in their acquisitions, and most will proudly display their trophies, regaling those privileged to view them with their personal remembrances of Roy and Dale and how they acquired their piece of the Western couple’s history. But fame is fleeting, and so is memory. Harry ponders about the future fate of these once-cherished items and other similar pieces once belonging to TV and movie Western heroes. Read “The Last Roundup for Movie, Early TV Cowboys”

Dixfield Outdoor Market promises 50 vendors, lots of variety

DIXFIELD — The Main Street Outdoor Market Committee and the Dixfield Historical Society have teamed up to offer a variety of events and activities Aug. 14 and 15. The Outdoor Market is in its 15th year or so, Norine Clarke said. It will cover most of the sidewalks on Main Street from…

Welcome sign to kick off Acadian congress

An official sign unveiling here next week is designed to help kick off the largest event ever held in the St. John Valley, one that will have massive economic and cultural … more

220th birthday of Coast Guard celebrated at Lobster Fest opening

ROCKLAND, Maine — U.S. Coast Guard Station Rockland was honored during a ceremony and celebration of the 220th birthday of the Coast Guard on the opening day of the Maine Lobster Festival. City … more

Tour of quarries exposes the past

HALLOWELL — Some 170 people swarmed throughout the old Hallowell quarries Sunday, mining memories of summer days and an industry gone by…

In Windsor, little ships a labor of love

WINDSOR — Roger Anttila’s love of the sea has turned into a leisure-time occupation. Anttila brings to life the romantic tales of 17th- and 18th-century sailors with model clipper ships he crafts out of timber salvaged from shipwrecks found off the coast of Maine…

Saco to consider historic value of 1938 fire station

SACO — The Central Fire Station on Thornton Avenue could be eligible for the National Historic Registry, and the Planning Board has recommended the city look into the possibility….

Lighthouse lovers line up Summerfest

BATH — The volunteer group organized to care for and preserve Seguin Island lighthouse is launching its first annual Summerfest celebration, an event to raise money for and awareness of the historic structure…

Olde Bristol Days Livens Up August With Concerts And Parade
Olde Bristol Days kicks off Thurs., Aug. 12 as the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission takes over planning for the event from Jenny Pendleton and Joyce Thompson.
 

Topsham celebrates 156th annual fair Aug. 8-14

TOPSHAM — The Topsham Fair is rolling out its 156th year of “farm fresh family fun” beginning Sunday, Aug. 8 and running through Saturday, Aug. 15…

Historical Society hosts annual flea market, bake sale

SCARBOROUGH — The Historical Society will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on Route 1 near Fire Station 6.

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So Long Songo Lock?

Museum recognizes 150th anniversary of Hamlin’s election

PARIS — When Maine Sen. Hannibal Hamlin was roused from bed one night in May 1860, a group of friends saluted him as the Republican Party’s candidate for vice president. “But I don’t want the place,” Hamlin replied, according to documents at the Paris Hill library a…

LEA recommends closing Songo Lock

NAPLES — Citing increased milfoil problems in the lower part of the Songo River, the Lakes Environmental Association has recommended that the Songo Lock in Casco be closed to through traffic by boats. Peter Lowell, president of the LEA, said the early spring and warm weather have con…

Songo River Lock postcard from my collection…

Scribner Mill group gives it one last try

Dam plan up against landlocked salmon

Harrison — Maine’s DEP is reviewing a nonprofit’s new proposal to power a historic sawmill on the Crooked River…

National Pinball Museum to Open in Washington, D.C.
With titles such as “Banzai Run,” “Daily Races,” “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and “Heavy Metal Meltdown,” classic pinball machines were the staple diversion in diners, bowling alleys and taverns for decades, hitting their heyday in the 1960s and 1970s—before Pong came on the scene. Later this summer, dozens of these pre-Atari arcade games—some worth $5,000 or more—will be on display at the new National Pinball Museum in Washington, D.C. Read this article, and get a free play. Read “National Pinball Museum to Open in Washington, D.C.”

Maine lighthouses to open doors to the public

PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard will be opening more than two dozen lighthouses for public tours for the second straight year. Lighthouse fans can get their fill during Open Lighthouse Day on Sept. 18. The Coast Guard, in partnership with the American Lighthouse Foundatio…

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Maine History News for 21 May 2009

Special announcement!

The week of June 14 has been designated “Maine Lighthouse Week”. We at Maine Lighthouse Tours have extended it a few more days to include June 26, and have planned a very special” one day tour to

Matinicus Rock Lighthouse.

 The light is seldom seen by lighthouse enthusiasts as it is not easily accessible.  

 Matinicus Rock Light sits on a barren rock 25 miles out to sea. It’s home to Puffins in the summer.

Best known for 14 year old Abbie Burgess, who, while her father was away, saved her invalid mother and sisters from certain death and kept the light burning for days during a vicious storm that destroyed their living quarters.

Anyone interested in joining us should call now. The tour is limited and expected to fill fast.

Hazel Davis

207-622-0884

Get in on this tour folks! It’s not every day a chance like this comes along! (D.S.)

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The Maine Historical Society and the Maine Olmsted Alliance invite you to…  

 
 

Thursday, May 28, 7pm
Designing the Maine Landscape

 
 

Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden, Authors

 
 

Join us to celebrate the publication of this landmark new book.  Both beautiful and intellectually rigorous, Designing the Maine Landscape is the product of a ten-year survey of Maine’s historic designed landscapes conducted by the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

 
 

Maine’s rich heritage of designed landscapes is defined by groundbreaking landscape architects who saw the state’s natural beauty as a muse guiding their work rather than as mere ground to be manipulated.  The field’s great luminaries – Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and his sons, Beatrix Farrand, Fletcher Steele, Warren Manning, and Jens Jensen – all completed significant designs here in Maine and helped shape our sense of place. Designing the Maine Landscape showcases and provides rich context for many of these projects – ranging from public parks to private estates.  The evening will include a behind-the-scenes look at the book and a book signing.

 
 

This event is free and open to the public.   

Event Information
When: Thursday, May 28, 2009,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street

           Portland, ME   04101

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

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Historic church schedules free public open house

The Abyssinian Meeting House, the nation’s third-oldest church built for a black congregation, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. Admission is free.

Built in 1828, the meeting house at 75 Newbury St. is undergoing a $3 million restoration by the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian.

Contractors recently finished removing several apartments that were built within the church and restoring its original timber-frame structure.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Festival marks alewives’ journey

It’s an annual rite of spring.

Each year, an estimated 150,000 alewives navigate their way up the Damariscotta River estuary and into the Great Salt Bay before running up the fish ladder that takes them into Damariscotta Lake. To celebrate their journey, supporters will hold the second annual Fish Ladder Restoration Festival Friday through Monday in Damariscotta Mills.

The festival will have food, including alewives at Mulligan’s Smoked Alewives; a contra dance on Friday, a chicken barbecue on Saturday and a pig roast on Sunday.

Vintage Voices presents program on Victorian music

Vintage Voices will present “The Songs I Delighted to Hear,” a program of music from the late Victorian era, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Counting House Museum as part of the annual meeting of the Old Berwick Historical Society.

There also will be a brief business meeting and refreshments. An opening of a small new exhibit will also take place. “From South Berwick to the South Pacific,” a collection of World War II correspondence and memorabilia, has been donated to the museum by the family of Wildre Pelletier.

New members are welcome. Membership is $20, or $30 for families. The Counting House Museum opens in June for regular summer weekend hours from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 384-0000

Greater Portland Landmarks will hold its second annual Spring Historic House Gala from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 27 at the Samuel D. Plummer House, 140 Eastern Promenade.

The 1898 home is owned by Dan and Connie Haley. Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will speak about the unique features of Queen Anne architecture and the history of the Munjoy Hill area.

Tickets are $50 per person. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Aurora Provisions.

For more information or to get tickets, call 332-1513 or go to www.portlandlandmarks.org.

Shaker museum and store opening for the season

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and Shaker Store on Route 26 opens for the season on Friday with an exhibit of Shaker folk art called “The Human and the Eternal.”

On Saturday, a workshop on making traditional painted canvas floorcloth will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $50 fee. Two guided nature hikes, both free of charge, are being offered, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The hikes cover the fields and woods on the south end of the village leading to Sabbathday Lake and Aurelia’s Cascade.

Preregistration is required for all events by calling 926-4597.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Columbus Day.

For more details, go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Town, state work to save Indian Rock
NORWAY – An official at the Maine Department of Transportation said this week the agency will try to help the town save the so-called Indian Rock on Route 117.

Museum receives World War II UDT uniform

Seacoastonline.com – May 20, 2009

By Erica A. Holthausen The collections at the Museums of Old York are tangible links to the history of our community. Each object preserves the story of a …

Holocaust survivors’ film to hit airwaves

York County Coast Star – 13 hours ago

It contains historical clips, interviews, commentary by the Polaks, and by their daughter Margaret (who assisted in the publication of the book and in the 

Acadian Memorial Foundation, CAFA, History Break Tours

KATC – May 19, 2009

For those not interested in riding the bus for 3 days, a flight into Bangor, Maine will be arranged. The bus will meet those flying to Bangor on August, 

 

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News From Away…

Windsor Castle antique furniture to be sold at auction

Source: Telegraph (UK) (5-20-09)

Antique furniture from Windsor Castle that originally belonged to Queen Victoria is to be sold at auction later this month. 

Four items are going under the hammer with a combined guide price of up to £12,000.

They were bought by the current vendor’s parents shortly after Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

The sale, which includes a pair of giltwood chairs, a green-silk screen, a table, and a pair of cabinets, will be held at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on May 29.

Ancient handle with Hebrew text found in Jerusalem

Source: AP (2-20-09)

Archaeologists digging on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives have discovered a nearly 3,000-year-old jar handle bearing ancient Hebrew script, a find significantly older than most inscribed artifacts unearthed in the ancient city, an archaeologist said. The Iron Age handle is inscribed with the Hebrew name Menachem, which was the name of an Israelite king and is still common among Jews.

Coroner: Human Bones Found in Indiana Barbershop Are Prehistoric

Source: AP (5-20-09)

Bones found in the basement of a small-town barbershop in eastern Indiana are those of prehistoric American Indians, a coroner said, but how the bones got there is unknown.

Gary Engelbrecht discovered the bones in a basement vault when he opened his Fading Tradition barbershop about a year ago in Albany, about 10 miles northeast of Muncie.

Engelbrecht mentioned the bones to Clevenger, who investigated. About 125 bone fragments were found in a deteriorating cardboard box. An anthropologist determined that they were from three prehistoric native Americans.

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Vintage Buoy Light Donated to Lighthouse Group

Judi and Tom Kearney of Ambler, PA have donated a vintage buoy light to Cutler’s Friends of Little River Lighthouse. In accepting the gift from the Kearney’s, cochairman of the group, Tim Harrison said, “This is a wonderful donation that we hope will eventually go on display at the lighthouse, with other artifacts we have, to be viewed and appreciated by everyone.”






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