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Hearth Cooking at the Remick Barn

Family events on tap at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage
Bangor Daily News
MACHIAS, Maine — The annual meeting of the Machias Historical Society will be held during a Dutch treat supper at 6 pm Friday, Aug. 12, at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. A ceremony commemorating the 1777 Battle of Machias will be held at 5:30 pm at…

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Community Website: Islesboro

Tomorrow’s book talk at MHS, described below, explores the love story between a young couple from Islesboro during the Civil War. This community website–developed by local partners from the Islesboro Historical Society, Islesboro Central School, and Alice L. Pendleton Library working with MHS staff–surveys the broader history of this special island in Penobscot Bay. Visit the site.

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

August

9, 16 Community Supper Benefit for Old York at Robert’s Maine Grill. Every Tuesday night Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery offers a “Community Supper” and donates a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit — in this case, Museums of Old York! The main focus of the supper is a $12, 3 course menu in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine Comfort Food with an updated twist. The menu is posted by Friday at www.robertsmainegrill.com. For more information email or phone 207-439-0300

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. 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 Richard Bowen to register your team. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

12, 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.

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 Richard Bowen for details and reservations.

15 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium. This year’s Fellows Symposium will feature presentations on their Tavern and the Library projects, tours of the new Tavern exhibit, and a reception. We encourage all our members and friends to attend and see the results of their work this summer! Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 5 p.m. Free.

21 Museums of Old York Annual Meeting. Calling all members! Please join us this year to weigh in on a new vision for your organization! There will be a recap of highlights of the past year and a financial report. Enjoy refreshments with staff, trustees, and other members. 4 p.m., Remick Barn, York.

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

9 Preview Party: Fouth Annual Old York Antiques Show. The Old York Antiques Show will begin with a preview party on Friday, September 9th from 5 – 8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive preview of dealer booths and the first opportunity to purchase antiques while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. Tickets for the preview party are $75 and include admission to the Antiques Show on Saturday and Sunday. Patrons who donate $125 will receive one ticket to the Preview Party, be recognized at the event and are invited to a special reception to honor our dealers. Spending Spree Raffle Tickets will be on sale. 100% of the proceeds support the museum’s education programs, which serve over 20,000 children and families each year. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974

10-11 Fourth Annual Old York Antiques Show. The fourth annual antiques show at the Museums of Old York will take place September 10-11. This year’s boutique show, which is generously sponsored by a number of area businesses, will feature approximately twenty dealers highlighting exceptional silver and brass, furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, oriental rugs, nautical items, textiles, folk art and decorative art. 100% of the proceeds from the show support the museum’s education programs. The Antiques Show will take place at the museum’s main campus, located at 3 Lindsay Road in York Village and runs Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $10 admission includes a two-day ticket to experience the Museums of Old York. Free parking is available on-site.

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.

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.

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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. 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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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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Willowbrook Village Needs Your Help!

Willowbrook Village, a historic Maine gem, may be lost
Its endowment depleted, the museum of 19th century life in Newfield will close if it doesn’t get help.

19th Century Willowbook Village 501(c)(3) from Ameilia Chamberlain on Vimeo.

Civil War re-enactment coming to Otisfield The 1839 meetinghouse on Bell Hill Road will be transformed Sunday into a Civil War encampment for the first time in many years to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Members of Maine’s Company A, 3rd Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry, will be camped out…

Volunteers unearth clues to town’s past Artifacts uncovered in a Freeport archaeological dig help tell the story of one of the community’s earliest residents…

The Value and Importance Of Maintaining Civil War Sites

Posted: 25 Jul 2011 08:54 AM PDT

It is an honor to stand with you on one of our most sacred American landscapes. Here, 150 years ago today, the nation got its first real look at civil war. This is where American democracy began its baptism by fire. Where the grueling four-year journey that shaped a nation, began in earnest. The battle of Manassas dispelled the myth that the war would be a quick affair…Over 620,000 lives. That was the price exacted by the Civil War. But those were only the military deaths. The war’s impact extended much farther than the battlefield….

Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou…

Last supper at Jacques Cartier Club
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, a long table at the Jacques Cartier Club was brimming with baked beans of several varieties, hot dogs, bread, coleslaw and casseroles galore. More than 100 waited to eat, for $6 apiece, a meal that included dessert and beverage. For the last time…

Responding to ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries When conducting an appraisal, Worthologist Harry Rinker says he’s more likely to disappoint than please when providing values, as nearly everyone thinks what he/she owns is worth more than its value on the secondary market. When providing an appraisal value, he looks people straight in the eyes. Their facial expression, especially the eyes, is an excellent indicator of their unhappiness if they feel the value is too low. And then follows the question asking how can it be worth so little? “But, it’s (fill in the blank).” Click through to see how Harry answers this stock query. Read “Responding to ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries”

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From the 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.

Save the Date: August 15, 2011
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

Monday, August 15, 2011
5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m.

Reception Immediately Following

RSVP by email or phone: (207)363-4974

Save the Date: August 21, 2011
Annual Meeting to Feature Discussion of Dramatic Changes for Old York
Calling all members! Please join us this year to weigh in on a new vision for your organization! Old York’s board and staff are working on a strategic plan to address the significant changes affecting Old York and historical museums nationwide. Join a lively discussion of where we may go from here to thrive as a vital part of our community.

There will be a recap of highlights of the past year and a financial report. Enjoy refreshments with staff, trustees, and other members.

Museums of Old York Annual Meeting
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 4 p.m., Remick Barn, York
Phone (207) 363-4974 for more information

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From the Maine Historical Society:

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Historic Photograph: Model Train Races, Houlton, ca. 1960

Click the photograph above, contributed to Maine Memory Network

by the Oakfield Historical Society, to learn about the race!

This Week

Tuesday, July 26, 12pm

Screening: Rapid River Races, 1940

Presenter: Zip Kellogg, Author and Paddler

Join us for a special screening and talk. This 17 minute silent color film is a window into canoe and kayak racing equipment and techniques from another era. It documents the 1940 National Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Championships which were held on the Rapid River in western Maine. The film was lost since it was made 70 years ago; Maine paddler Zip Kellogg had been on the lookout for it for 30 years. Only by utter chance and a twist of fate did it turn up! Zip will share this wonderful story of historical serendipity.

National Whitewater Canoe, Royal River, 1940

Next Week

Tuesday, August 2, 12:00pm

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

Speakers: Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, Authors

Friday, August 5, 5-8pm

Dressing Up: First Friday Art Walk

Will you come dressed up to “fit in” or “stand out”?

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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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Moxie Days in Maine!

Maine in a bottle — Lisbon makes merry with Moxie during 3-day fest Nothing says summer in Maine like July fireworks, barbecues and bottles of Moxie. All of those — especially the sweet, medicinal, orange-labeled, black-tinted soft drink — will be in abundance this weekend during Lisbon’s annual Moxie Days Festival, carrying the 2011 theme of: “Moxie…

Lexington residents band together to preserve its history
A remote region east of Kingfield has a rich agricultural and logging history that was slipping quietly into oblivion. Twenty years ago, a tiny group of current and former residents formed the Lexington Historical Society to preserve and share those stories…

Civil War Trust Announces Initiative to Save 20,000 Acres To mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War, the Civil War Trust has announced an ambitious national campaign that will permanently protect 20,000 acres of battlefield land over the next five years. The Trust has already protected more than 30,000 acres in 20 states over the past two decades…

National Trust Releases Annual List of Most Endangered Historic Sites The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released its 2011 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. To see the list of endangered sites visit the Trust’s website

Never-Before-Seen Beatles Photos What did you do when you were 18? When Mike Mitchell was that tender age, back in 1964, he took rolls and rolls of photographs documenting The Beatles’ first hysteria-inducing visits to America. Now, 50 lots of these unpublished and never-before-seen photographs, shot in black and white, will be auctioned off. Will you have to work eight days a week to afford a piece of rock-‘n’-roll history, or baby, are you a rich man? Check out a few of these Fab Four photos, and decide for yourself. Read”Never-Before-Seen Beatles Photos”

Bangor Band performs last concert at gazebo; structure to be torn down for arena As a child, Christine Mihan came to hear the Bangor Band perform at the gazebo in Paul Bunyan Park. On Tuesday night, Mihan attend the band’s last concert at the gazebo with her husband, Eric Mihan, and her 13-month-old daughter, Nella, all of Bangor. “It’s sad, very, very…

Fort Allen Park: Reclaiming the high ground Fort Allen was particularly valuable during the War of 1812 because its position high on Munjoy Hill meant its men could fire down on any British ships – whose guns weren’t designed to fire up steep hills…

Maine Historical Society Event;

Thursday, July 14, 4pm

Illustrated Lecture & 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.

Program and bike ride are free but registration for the ride is required. Please call (207) 774-1822.

Celebration to mark 40th anniversary of Raymond-Casco group In Casco on July 16, history will not only be retold, but it will be made as well. The Raymond-Casco Historical Society will be celebrating its 40th…

Maine museum exhibits, talks honoring Civil War soldiers The Norridgewock Historical Society, 11 Mercer Road, Route 2. Eight solders’ and sailors’ uniforms from various wars. Hours, 10 am-1 pm Saturdays through Labor Day. 634-3871…

Abbe Museum transports visitors to 1800s Wabanaki encampments It was also an opportunity for the museum to work with several Maine museums and historical societies for artifacts and expertise. The Bar Harbor Historical Society, Bangor Museum and Center for History, Maine Maritime Museum and Penobscot Nation

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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 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. Alternatively, you can go to my author site at this link: D.L. Soucy.

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The Navy in the Civil War

The Navy in the Civil War

Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting

The Ellsworth Historical Society meeting for July 11th, 2011 will be featuring a special guest speaker, Jack F. Battick, PHD, Professor Emeritus,University of Maine, who will be speaking on the topic of the Navy in the Civil War. The meeting will be held at the dining hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex, 25 Tweedie Lane, at 7:00 pm, Monday evening July 11th.

Meetings of the Ellsworth Historical Society are open to the public and we encourage members and guests to attend this very special talk and remember the anniversary of the Civil War and its everlasting effect on our history.

For further information please contact the Ellsworth Historical Society at ellsworthhistory@yahoo.com or contact President Terri Cormier at 207-667-8235 or Vice President Linda Grindle at 207-667-5716. Membership is 20.00 per year and may be sent to The Ellsworth Historical Society PO Box 355Ellsworth, Me 04605 along with your contact information. Donations are also gratefully appreciated to help preserve our history.

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Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs Goebel Hummel figures—based on the original designs of innocent views of children created by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel—have been popular since the late 1930s. Like most popular items, manufacturers are very quick to latch onto a new product and try and claim a piece of the market share. Original Hummels came flowing into North America after the Second World War, brought home by troops occupying Germany. But according to Worthologist Mike Wilcox, many “Hummel” figures are actually made in Japan. Mike has some tips on how to ID the genuine from the reproductions. Read”Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs”

Ask an Expert: What Did Abraham Lincoln’s Voice Sound Like? Civil War scholar Harold Holzer helps to decode what spectators heard when the 16th president spoke Read More »

Retired attorney-turned author to discuss early Maine law The author explains how the evolving law in Maine’s early years played out against the backdrop of old rules from the past running up against a society undergoing radical transformation brought on by momentous historical events, including the …

Waterford Historical Society announces events … he is coming to the North Waterford Church to share some of his Maine humor. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and will be available at Books ‘n Things in Norway and the Bridgton Bookstore and through members of the Historical Society…

CJ Pike: Willowbrook, Newfield Historical society to celebrate the Fourth The Newfield Historical Society and 19th Century Willowbrook Museum have an exciting Fourth of July celebration planned with music, firecracker ice cream, a children’s’ parade, and free admission on Monday, July 4. Families are invited to bring a…

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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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Rally for Norlands Civil War Re-enactment

Here are a few headlines and event notes from around the web for you Maine history buffs…

If you have an event or news to share please email me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

Antique English Tableware a Practical Collectible From Worthpoint
Are you looking for a line of antiques to begin a collection, but not quite sure where to start? Worthologist Wes Cowan suggests you take a look at British ceramics, which have the added benefit of enhancing your home. Wes introduces creamware, which can be easily found and are often priced for the novice collector. He also provides some tips on establishing a worthwhile and valuable collection. Read “Antique English Tableware a Practical Collectible”

Heritage Preservation Monitors Major Disasters

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, and with flooding and tornadoes affecting much of the Southeast and Midwest, it is important to remember that a disaster can happen at any time. On behalf of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, Heritage Preservation hosted an information gathering conference call in April with cultural and emergency contacts in the states affected by the recent rash of tornadoes and the Mississippi River crest. Heritage Preservation has also distributed a press release to local media outlets in the affected areas with simple object salvage tips for the public.

If a major disaster has occurred in your region, visit the Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s Information on Major DisastersWeb page for valuable contacts and response resources and to report damage to a cultural institution or collection. For a comprehensive list of preparedness resources to use before a disaster strikes, click here.

Headlines;

Alexander cemetery walk honors local civil war soldiers
Bangor Daily News John Dudley of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society discusses the lives of Civil War veterans buried in the town cemetery during a Decoration Day walk Saturday at the cemetery. At his feet are cedar boughs, a traditional Decoration Day sentiment …

Appleton Historical Society to explore best nature sites
knox.VillageSoup.com Admission, as always, is free, and annual AHS dues are only $5. Light refreshments will be served after the evening’s presentation. July 11: Carolyn Brown will speak on Appleton history at Appleton Historical Society’s Union Meeting House. …

Vital vote: Limerick residents will decide if a bank can move the historic …
KeepMEcurrent.com And, Gooch said, one of the benefits of having an historic district is that it draws history buffs and the attention of agencies, like the Maine Development Foundation, which provide support for the preservation of historic buildings. …

Next Maine Event: Step into the early 1800s at Ancient Ones encampment Press Herald -The 200-year-old living history camp re-enactment is not simply to be observed … The Ancient Ones of Maine will assume historical personas at the park and …

LIVERMORE — The Third “Rally for Norlands” Civil War Re-enactment … Lewiston Sun Journal -The event is organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Maine’s oldest living …

Seacoast exhibition explores history of wrecked vessels The Union Leader – White said newspapers from Portsmouth, Dover and Portland, Maine offered harrowing tales of rescues at New Castle. … state-historic-site.aspx.

Events;

CUSHING — Cushing Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. June 9, Hathorn Point Road. “Scrimshaw Techniques, Old and New” with master scrimshander Connie Bellet. Free and open to all.

SEARSPORT — Searsport Historical Society, 7 p.m. June 14, Curtis Hall, Church Street. Mrs. Charlene Knox Farris will speak on Captain Edwin Earle Greenlaw, Rockport native who married into a Searsport family and became one of town’s most notable citizens. Social period, refreshments to follow.

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Stockton Springs Historical Society, 1:30 p.m. June 5, society’s meeting rooms, Colcord House. program, “Stockton Men in the Civil War” with Jack Merrithew of Searsport.

THOMASTON — Thomaston Historical Society, 7 p.m. June 14, Knox Farmhouse and Museum, 80 Knox St. Guest speaker, antiques expert John D. Bottero. Bring one item for appraisal. Free and open to all.

WARREN — Warren Historical Society member Dick Ferren speaking about vintage wooden items in society’s collection, 7 p.m. June 7, Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. Refreshments. Bring wooden items for discussion, clarification or identification. 273-2726.

From the Maine Historical Society;

Online Exhibit: A Day for Remembering

America’s Memorial Day holiday has its roots in the post-Civil War era when survivors decorated the graves of those who had died in the war. Images of parades suggest the ways in which Maine communities have remembered veterans. Images of gravestones are reminders of the deceased’s contributions to life. The holiday is one that requires looking back to reflect on the ways in which past events and people have brought us to the present. View exhibit here.

Friday, June 3, 5-8pm

First Friday Art Walk at MHS: Celebrating the Longfellow Garden

Join Portland’s vibrant arts community during First Friday Art Walk. Mingle with friends, enjoy refreshments and music, and come see the current show in the Shettleworth Gallery, Images of the Longfellow Garden (May 6-June 30). This exhibit showcases historical images that document the evolution of the garden through the years. Then stroll through and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Longfellow Garden. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 9am-12:30pm

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. Event registration required. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 1-3:30 pm

The Dave Astor Show Reunion

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). Spread the word, and bring your friends and memories! Details.

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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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