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Ellsworth Historical Society Going to Jail

Ellsworth Historical Society reports that their November meeting will be held at the Old Jail. (sorry, couldn’t resist the leading titleJ) There are lots of other functions going on around Maine as well, so keep an eye on your local societies calendar of events. This time of year, many of the smaller societies are having their final meets of the year, so it is extra important that you help them out with closing up shop for the winter season. Also, we’re getting into the Christmas season and volunteering opportunities to help out with seasonal events are coming up. If you have a function going on and would like to spread the word, feel free to share here by emailing the details to

The Museums of Old York also has a full roster of events for November. The annual Tavern dinner is apparently sold out, but check out the other events they’ve got scheduled at

History headlines seem to be slowing down in frequency, so look for more excerpts and stories about Maine history to fill in the off days here on Touring Maine’s History.

Ellsworth Historical Society to meet at Old Jail…

The November 14th meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society will be held at 40 State Street at the home of the Society, “The Old Hancock County Jail”. The regular business meeting will start at 7:00 pm and after the meeting members will be decorating the Victorian Home for the annual holiday open house scheduled for December 3, 2011 from 10:00 to 3:00. Members are asked to bring any Victorian Christmas ideas, traditions, and decorations they may like to share.

Membership is welcome to all and volunteers are always needed. For more information please contact Terri Cormier at 667-8235 or Linda Grindle at 667-5716. You may also email us at ellsworthhistory@yahoo.comand visit our website at

A humble view of history
The Freeport Historical Society says its project helps visitors relate to life before indoor plumbing. By Kelley Bouchard FREEPORT – There was a time when every backyard in Maine had a privy. A nine-member AmeriCorps team…

Local group files request to save Wood Island Life Saving Station
KITTERY, Maine — One group submitted a proposal Thursday to restore the Wood Island Life Saving Station, and maintain the building and grounds of the island. The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association and Old York Historical…

Maine libraries, museums look to embrace technology
… of those organizations that are working toward historical preservation, sharing information, sharing expertise,” said Maine Archives and Museums Vice President George Squibb, who is also the archivist at the Belfast Historical Society and Museum…

Courthouse plan to be scaled back

AUBURN — A plan for modernizing Androscoggin County’s Civil War-era courthouse is getting a rewrite. The reason is a price tag of $34 million and climbing. A 123-page report to the County Commission detailed the aging building’s many flaws and possible changes including: the…

Museum offers second chance to see plane project

LEWISTON — Museum L-A is offering a second chance to see the Lockheed “Super Star” reconstruction project at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport with behind-the-scenes tours on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Thursday, November 10, 7pm

In Partnership with the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Maine

Tales from an Art Detective: Tracing Nazi-era Provenance

Presenter: Victoria Reed, Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

November Happening at Museums of Old York

4 Shaker Furniture.*Co-sponsored with York Public Library* Gene Cosloy is recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the Shaker philosophy as it pertains to the design and craftsmanship of their furniture. Never considering their work to be art but merely utilitarian and functional, the Shaker craftsmen nevertheless achieved worldwide fame and influence. Gene will explore the meaning and reasons behind this achievement by examining the history of the Shaker experience in America over a period of two centuries. 7 p.m. at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. Call 207-363-2818 more information.

11 Tavern Dinner. *This dinner is SOLD OUT!*Another in our popular series of scrumptious meals in a historic setting! Menu highlights include apple squash soup,pork roast and chocolate torte, among other timeless treats.Jefferds Tavern, 7 p.m. Email Richard Bowen for more information and to be placed on our waiting list for cancellations.

12 Author Talk: Elizabeth Collins Cromley. *Co-sponsored with York Public Library* Elizabeth Collins Cromley will speak about her book, “Food Axis: Cooking, Eating and the Architecture of American Houses”. She examines the way the architecture of America houses has evolved as food preparation changed from the colonial period through modern times. 11 a.m. at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. Call 207-363-2818 for more information.

17 Super Soap. Get your hands dirty while making soap. Learn how people made soap before you could buy it in the store and then make some of your own. Choose your ingredients, poor them into a decorative mold of your choice and take home totally useable and beautiful bars of soap for your kitchen and bathroom. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center.Registration required, ages 5 and up, $10 ($8 members).

21 The Art of Wreathmaking. Join MOY staff as we prepare wreaths to decorate our historic properties for the holiday season. Afternoon at The Parsons Center. More information to come.

30 Gingerbread House Competition. Help the Museums of Old York decorate a gingerbread rendition of the John Hancock Warehouse. Use frosting and candy to add windows, shingles, a ramp and the ocean so the house can be entered in York Library’s gingerbread house contest! After helping with our gingerbread house, decorate your very own house in true Victorian holiday style to take home. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Registration required, ages 5 and up, $25 ($20 members).

Other Museum News

Museums of Old York’s historic musuem buildings and exhibits are closed for the season, however, we are happy to arrange tours by appointment. Please contact our education and curatorial staff by email or call us at 207-363-4974 ext. 12 for more information.

Our Library and Archives are located in the Museums’ Administration Building at 207 York Street. The Library is open Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Please contact our library staff by email or call us at 207-363-4974 ext. 19 for more information.

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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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