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America’s Revolutionary Insurgents

(Audio file) LISTEN NOW By Meghna Chakrabarti

The Stamp Act of 1765. The Boston Tea Party of 1773. The Coercive Acts of 1774. When we think of the American Revolution, we think of a fuse that, once lit, burned slowly but steadily, fanned by the political philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers and the spirits of the Founding Fathers…..In Brunswick, Maine, once well-behaved townsmen forced a loyalist to dig his own grave. In the small town of Camden, N.H., local men and women forced a parliamentary sympathizer to straddle a fence rail as they beat him….Historian Tim Breen offers some surprising answers.

South Portland History Museum Opens

The South Portland Historical Society makes its new home in a house with ties to the city’s past as a center for shipbuilding….

Norway, state agree on land for Gingerbread House

NORWAY — A memorandum of agreement between the Maine Department of Transportation and the town of Norway to acquire a 2,346-square-foot parcel of land on Route 117 for the Gingerbread House was signed Thursday night by the Board of Selectmen. The vote was unanimous.

Book captures spirit of man who named Bangor

The eight pages of Noble genealogy is just one of many reasons to read Carol B. Smith Fisher’s “Rev. Seth Noble: A Revolutionary Soldier’s Promise of America and The Founding of Bangor, Maine

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Maine History Headlines for 15 July 2009

Show notes for Maine Talk’s History This Week radio show;

History This Week

Date / Time: 7/15/2009 6:00 PM

Category: History

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Touring Maine’s History; news and views of happenings around the state of Maine concerning Maine’s historical societies, museums and preservation projects. We’ll have another historic person of the week, Seth L. Milliken of Belfast, and historic business’ are the Levi Jones & Co., and the Winthrop National Bank, both of Winthrop, Maine. Our collectors corner this week looks at bottle collecting. The tour bus stops at Lovers Leap on the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor.

That’s tonight, July 15th at ^:00 PM EST!

River Views

LSJ-The phrase “on the air” entered the nation’s vocabulary in the early 1920s as radio became the newest popular sensation. It was 1922 when Maine’s first licensed radio station appeared in Auburn. That pioneering effort was known as WMB and it lasted for only a short time. Nevertheless, it captured the enterprising spirit that would lead to a rich broadcasting history in the Twin Cities.

Hamlin’s 200th birthday

LSJ-PARIS — Has it been 200 years already? As the 31st annual Founder’s Day celebration approaches, the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum’s feature exhibit will be on the bicentennial of the birth of its namesake, Hannibal Hamlin. Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president, Hamlin was born on Paris Hill on Aug. 27, 1809.

In North Yarmouth, the return of early records

PPH-For more than 100 years, the North Yarmouth Historical Society had a gap in its town records. The treasurer’s book, which contains significant information about the early families of North Yarmouth between 1735 and 1799, went missing in the late 19th century. Recently, the book was discovered within the collection of the Yarmouth Historical Society and was returned to its rightful place….

Shaker Village schedules craft classes, demonstration

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, is hosting two workshops and a spinning demonstration Saturday. A woven paper beads class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon and costs $20. A “Freedom Basket” will be made in the second workshop, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fee is $45. Materials are provided, and pre-registration is required. The demonstration is free and will be held from 10 a.m. Call 926-4597 to register or for details.

Historical society program looks at Navy in Casco Bay

“Anchors Aweigh: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II,” a lecture by University of Southern Maine professor Joel Eastman, will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. The free program will highlight the Navy’s selection of land for forts and bases. The second part of the series will take place Aug. 19. Call 774-1822 for details

Maritime historian to give picture of the Age of Sail

Kennebunk Free Library will host “The Real Life at Sea: Shanties, Yarns and Poetry from the Age of Sail,” with Bob Webb at 7 p.m. Thursday. Webb, a maritime historian and author, will present an evening of sea music and literature. For more details, call the library at 985-2173 or go

17th-century encampment to be created at museum

A “living history” presentation of a 17th-century period American Indian and French encampment will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Counting House Museum and nearby town park. The event will display equipment, clothing and Indian and French culture typical of the period around 1690. Admission is free. For details, call the Old Berwick Historical Society at 384-0000.

Must-See Maine: Eliot Antique Tractor And Engine Show

WCSH-TV –ELIOT — Maine’s rich farming history is celebrated at the Eliot Antique Tractor and Engine Show July 24-26. The event is held at the Raitt Farm at the corner of Routes 236 and 103 in Eliot. It starts with an auction and a spaghetti dinner on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday are full of events for the entire family, including tractor rides and the kids pedal pull…

Maine’s Worst Plane Crash Marked

WBZ – It was the deadliest plane crash in Maine history. The July 11, 1944 event is being marked by ceremony to remember the victims at 11 am Saturday at the

Moxie chugging champ crowned at Maine festival

BDN–LISBON, Maine — You’ve heard of hot dog and blueberry pie eating contests. Over the weekend, a 48-year-old Durham man laid claim to being the champion Moxie chugger. Ken Carll out-drank a …

Historic house now forgotten

BDN–Apparently being a beautiful, well-built, old Bangor broad simply is not what it used to be. That was my thought one morning this week as I stood at the end of the driveway at 51 Thomas Hill Road …

Sifting Through History

BTR–WOOLWICH — The spot where Lee Cranmer stood Monday was miles away from the closest paved road in

Celebrity Ship

BTR–BATH — When Robin Walbridge grabs the helm of the HMS Bounty II, his hands cover the fingerprints of movie stars Clark Gable, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and Spongebob Squarepants.

‘We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident’

More than 100 visitors ringed Fort William Henry in Colonial Pemaquid Saturday as historical reenactor Don Loprieno read aloud the Declaration of Independence and explained how the nation’s founders crafted the world famous document.

A Historic First On Louds Island

The first one recently arrived on Louds Island, but it still doesn’t have a door. It, is the first flush toilet to grace this decidedly old fashioned and unconventional Maine island community that some call a window into Maine’s coastal past.

Video Highlight!

One in 8 Million: The Treasure Hunter
NYT- Jack Fortmeyer, a retired firefighter, collects old bottles he unearths from the remains of backyard outhouses.

News from away…

Civil War solider gets proper ceremony (Alabama)

WAFF Private Amos McKinney fought against segregation many years ago and now, historians have fought for a memorial in his honor. Amos McKinney was a soldier and a slave. He fought for the union during the Civil War in an integrated company. Now, decades after his service to our country, Private amos mckinney was recognized for his inner and outward bravery with a military grave marker. “It means that finally my grandfather is getting recognition for what he done for this country and although he was a slave at that time, he still went and fought for this country,” said granddaughter Johnnie McKinney Lester. Family members and Civil War reenactors gathered at the Sykes Cemetery in Decatur for a service of dedication.

Down the Mississippi: recession forces legendary steamboats off the river

Telegraph (UK) The overnight steamboat, a majestic feature of the Mississippi since before the days of Mark Twain, has been forced off the river by the current recession after nearly two centuries of continuous service on the river. This year, there are no river boats offering Mississippi cruises that come with night cabins and last more than a few hours. It was in 1811 that the New Orleans, the first steamboat in western waters, was piloted down the Mississippi. For nearly two centuries, steamboats plied the waters from St Paul, Minnesota down to New Orleans. During the late 19th Century, there were some 10,000 of them. But the last remaining successors of the storied vessels that Twain, himself a riverboat pilot, immortalised in his 1883 work Life on the Mississippi, are now out of commission and may never again leave their berths.

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Maine Talk Radio

Hey everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know of some changes going on. There will be a short show on Maine History Monday night, March 16 at 8:00 PM. I will be transitioning over to a more frequent format as Maine Talk Radio where I will be discussing Maine politics and conservative issues. As I delve deeper and deeper into Maine’s history I see more and more of Maine disappearing, and I want to try to contribute to changing that.

I will still be hosting the Touring Maine’s History blogsite, and probably do a history on the radio once a week. If you have any questions you can email me at

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Touring Maine’s History on Blogtalk Radio;

Touring Maine’s History on Blogtalk Radio;

This week the program will be recorded live at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, March 10th.

Highlights of the show will include ‘This Week In History.’ As well as bits of news and happenings around Maine since our last show. This week’s history person of the week will be Dummer Sewall of Chesterville, and we will look at this week’s trivia topic, the first recorded and tried murder in Maine. You may be surprised at who the culprit was.

This week’s main subject will be the issue of declining endowments and contributions towards non-profits such as libraries, museums and historical societies. We’ll have the lines open for conversations during the last part of the show for comments and conversation regarding Maine history.

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