Posts Tagged With: 4th of July

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 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.


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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Independence History News

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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Fun Times at the Maine Historical Society

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

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

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

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


Sunday, July 4, 12pm
Reading of the

Declaration of Independence
Herb Adams, State Representative
and Historian

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


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

Saturday, July 3, 4:45pm

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

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

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