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Ellsworth History Book Sale

Through words and pictures, this book presents an overview of Ellsworth, Maine past and present. The book provides a glimpse into our community’s past, an examination of its properties on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as a profile of four community individuals. This is a visit to the Ellsworth of Yesterday and Today through 144 pages of intriguing and exciting text and 200 wonderful photographs. It will provide you with a look of the how and why Ellsworth began.

All proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit the Ellsworth Historical Society’s restoration of our building as well as the continued work of the historical society. We hope that you will purchase a book and show your support for the society and its work. Thank you.

This book sold originally for 39.95 now on sale for just 10.00 ! To purchase your copy please send a check or money order for $15.00 ($10.00 for the book and $5.00 shipping and handling) to:

The Ellsworth Historical Society
Pictorial History Book
PO Box 355
Ellsworth, ME 04605

or call Linda at 667-5716 or Terri at 667-8235 to pick up your copy at the museum for just 10.00 or be sure and pick one ( or more) up when you visit us!

This is a great deal and a wonderful way to show your support to the Historical Society! We are currently preparing to repair our brick facade, roof, gutters, windows and more this summer and can really use your support! As always donations are welcome and please visit us this summer, we are open Thursdays and Saturdays 10-3 or by appointment at the museum at 40 State Street , Ellsworth – The Old Hancock County Jail and Museum. Visit our website for more information http://ellsworthme.org/ellshistory/.

Thank you for helping to preserve our history!!!

From all the members and friends of the Ellsworth Historical Society.

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Ellsworth Historical Society Remembers When

The Ellsworth Historical Society will meet on January 9th at 7:00 pm at the Dining Hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex, 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth. There will be a brief business meeting to discuss the societies goals for 2012 and after the meeting a time of swap and share stories of Ellsworth’s Past. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a memory or photos to share with the group- this is always fun and a great way to “Remember When” in our hometown.

If you have any questions or additional information you may contact Terri Weed Cormier at 667-8235 or Linda Grindle at 667-5716. Membership to the Ellsworth Historical Society is welcome to all and we are always in need of new members, please consider joining today and help support the preservation of Ellsworth’s History. Yearly membership is 20.00 and may be sent to: Ellsworth Historical Society PO Box 355 Ellsworth, Me 04605.

Civil Wars 150th stirs trove of memories

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A diary with a lifesaving bullet hole from Gettysburg. An intricate valentine crafted by a Confederate soldier for the wife he would never see again. A slave’s desperate escape to freedom. From New England to the South, state archivists are using the sesquicente…

Maine Maritime Museum to shore up oldest building with help of grant

BATH, Maine — The century-old Paint and Treenail Building at Maine Maritime Museum has been through a lot since it was built 104 years ago. It survived a fire in 1913, a move across the former Percy and Small Shipyard and being sold on a real estate market hungry for…

A Forgotten Maine Industry
Working Waterfront
Jørgen supplemented his research with other materials, including those found at the Maine Historical Society. Today the remnants of the brickmaking industry can still be seen along the river—indeed the bricks themselves can be found along the…

Monument dedicated to “All Maine Fishermen who lost their lives to the sea”

Located at Lands End, Bailey Island, Maine

To see this monument, travel East on State Route 24 until you run out of road!

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Fort Williams to be Unearthed?

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes
In the 1840s and 1850s, Scandinavian settlers brought to the United States the tradition of making an assortment of delicious Christmas cookies using open fireplaces and cast iron implements. Over time, cultures blended into America’s melting pot and traditions became diluted, but these fascinating cookie-making tools can still be found, hidden among the Dutch ovens, skillets and other cast iron miscellany on tables at outdoor flea markets. The items, resembling small branding irons (with screw-on “brands”), are used to make rosettes, a favorite Nordic Christmas treat. Check out Worthologist Liz Holderman’s primer on these vintage kitchen implements, as well as a traditional recipe for those interested in trying to make them. Read “Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes”

History buried at Fort Williams Park


The park’s charitable foundation plans to explore the possibility of uncovering a buried gun battery.

CAPE ELIZABETH – Large interpretive signs help explain Battery Blair to visitors at the town’s Fort Williams ParkJoe Edgar says much more interesting things are under those visitors’ feet. Edgar is a director of the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation, which has raised more than $36,000 for an engineering study to determine whether a buried section of the gun battery — which includes the ammunition magazines, plotting rooms, and space for tool storage, generators and latrines — can stand the stress of being uncovered.

“Spend Christmas in Jail!”

The Ellsworth Historical Society will again be having their annual open house and “Old Fashioned Christmas” with free admission to the museum on December 3, 11:00-3:00 at the home of the Society” The Old Hancock County Jail”, 40 State Street Ellsworth next to the Ellsworth Library.

The 1886 home of the Sherriff will decorated for the holidays with hot mulled cider and cookies. Guests will be welcome to tour the 1886 home of the Hancock County Sherriff’s of the past and see how they spent their day-to-day lives and tending the prisoners in the jail. Guests will also be allowed to tour the Sherriff’s office and the cellblock of so many of our notorious Ellsworth prisoners!

A special exhibit will also be on display “A Soldiers Christmas” that will display military items from the archives of the society as well as items on loan. One very special exhibit we will have this year is a recent donation to the society of a 12 lb British Canon Ball that was shot at a Ellsworth Barn on the Union River believed from the Revolutionary War period. So many Ellsworth boys were not home for the holidays so we felt it was important to show our support and remember the soldiers of Ellsworth at this special time of year.

The society continues its goal of preserving the artifacts of Ellsworth History and as always needs your support. Donations are welcome and may be sent to The Ellsworth Historical Society PO Box 355 Ellsworth, Me 04605. If you have items to donate or any questions, please contact Terri Weed Cormier at 667-8235 or Linda Grindle at 667-5716. The society is currently looking for glass locking display cabinets to display items securely, if you have one to donate please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all at the Open House for some cider and cookies and lots of reminiscing about Ellsworth’s past.

Museums of Old York

Upcoming Programs
For a complete and up-to-date calendar please see our website.

December

3rd Join us this Saturday for A Christmas Tea at Jefferds Tavern.

As a part of the annual Festival of Lights celebration in York Village, Museums of Old York hosts a favorite holiday tradition at historic Jefferds Tavern from noon until 4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3. This yuletide fest, managed by volunteer Michele LaBranche, offers traditional Victorian-style holiday cheer to the whole family. Candlelight, a cozy fire, shining silver, delicate teacups and holiday greens set the stage in the Tavern. But the desserts are really the highlight of the afternoon!

Created by local bakers and talented volunteers, this year’s menue of tasty treats includeds: Apple Crisp, Harvest Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Almond Pie, Lemon Pie, Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie, and Indian Pudding. Enjoy the ambiance, company of friends and delicious desserts as you warm yourself by the fire. The last sitting will be at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and includes a choice of two desserts and tea. No charge for children under age 5 and no reservation required.

14th Candle Dipping and Holiday Decor. Without electricity how did people light their homes at night? With candles of course! Dip your own candles for when the power goes out this winter or as a centerpiece for a holiday dinner. Create colorful curled candles, string cranberries and make a decoration for your window or Christmas tree. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Registration required, ages 8 and up, $10 ($8 members).

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Bringing in the Swedes

30th Anniversary Celebration, New Sweden, 1900

The settlement of the Swedish colony in Aroostook County in the 1870s is a remarkable story. Political leaders, spurred by the Homestead Act and led by W.W. Thomas, actively recruited Swedish immigrants to northern Maine, both to encourage economic development and to secure the northern border with Canada. By the 1890s, nearly 1,500 Swedish immigrants had settled in Aroostook County and established a vibrant community that remains strong to this day.

View the exhibit from Maine History Online for an overview. To explore the story further, visit the website a local team from New Sweden developed through the Maine Community Heritage Project.

TRAVELIN’ MAINE(RS): Head to New Gloucester and have yourself a Merry Shaker
Kennebec Journal
Shaker Village includes a store with many interesting products, a fascinating museum, a craft store with locally made crafts from lamps to baskets to cheese balls, a farm with sheep and goats and several historical buildings

Farmington Historical Society to sell wreaths
Lewiston Sun Journal
Along with a parade and other activities, the Titcomb House Museum is open from 9:30 am to 3 pm All proceeds support the Farmington Historical Society’s mission of preserving Farmington’s history and maintenance of the Titcomb House and North Church

Schooner Bowdoin’s Untold Story Subject of Upcoming Castine Exhibit
The Maritime Executive (press release)
The untold story of Maine Maritime Academy’s (MMA) historic schooner Bowdoin will be illuminated in an upcoming exhibit at the Castine Historical Society scheduled for the summer of 2012. The exhibit, entitled “Schooner Bowdoin on the Greenland Patrol”

Leeds Historical Society views Harry Cochrane Murals
Lewiston Sun Journal
LEEDS — Members of the Leeds Historical Society met recently at the old Methodist Church on Quaker Ridge with artisan Tony Castro from New Gloucester. Castro has worked for more than 25 years in the field of decorative painting, and some of Maine’s…

Maine fish passage restoration effort get $92K grant
The Republic
Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says the $92505 grant is going to the Nobleboro Historical Society. Through the years, the towns have undertaken several

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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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Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting

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Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting:

The Meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society will be held on April 11th at 7:00pm in the Dining Hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex on Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. The speaker for the evening will be members of the Ellsworth Telephone Museum.
As always all are invited to attend. If you have any questions please contact us at ellsworthhistory@yahoo.com or call 207-667-8235 and ask for Terri.

Museums of Old York:

Old York to Auction Bait Shack

Proceeds Will Benefit Working Wharf

Now you can own an authentic coastal Maine bait shack! An iconic shack from the famous John Hancock Wharf will be auctioned to support the facility’s use as working waterfront. The Museums of Old York will take bids between now and April 8, and will sell the shack to the highest bidder.

The shack is 12′ by 8′ and 11′ 4” high. It would serve as a handy garden shed in someone’s yard, or a storage shed on another small pier.

The shack was built in the 1970s by local lobsterman Jim Cote, whose family fished from Hancock Wharf for three generations. A larger, refrigerated bait shack designed for the needs of three fishermen will replace the Cote shack.

Old York is raising additional money to secure the long-term maintenance of the new facility. Proceeds from the auction of the shack will help reach the goal. Old York will also be seeking donations, and will recognize gifts of $1,000 or more with named buoys on the new bait shack.

Bids for the shack may be emailed to oyhs@oldyork.org, telephoned to (207) 363-4974, or dropped off at Old York’s headquarters at 207 York Street. Each bidder should establish a pseudonym or nickname for Old York to use in posting bids each day on its website www.oldyork.org
The winner will be announced at noon on April 8. Payment will be by cash, certified check or credit card. The winning bidder will be responsible for removing the shed.

Maine Historical Society:

online exhibit;

It was unlikely that Harry Lyon Jr. (1885-1963) would play an essential role on the first trans-Pacific airplane flight. As a student he had been known more for misdeeds than accomplishments. He had a successful career as a merchant mariner. In the winter of 1928, Harry was in California as a witness in a rum running case when his friend, Captain J.C. MacMillan, asked him if he wanted a job as navigator of an airplane… Read more and view the online exhibit.

Coming Soon at the Maine Historical Society

Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM

First Friday Art Walk at MHS

Music, refreshments, and two exhibits: Zoom-In: New Approaches to Maine History (through May 29) and Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine (through May 3). More info.

Sunday, April 3, 10 AM-4 PM

Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Maine Jewry.

The 2nd Maine Jewish History Conference: Discovering Maine’s Jewish History

Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a day-long conference featuring talks, panels, and workshops presented by community, professional, and student historians. Location, registration, and more information.

For a complete listing of programs, events, and news, visit our website.

History News Network:

HNN’s Coverage of the OAH

Highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston
David A. Walsh

News

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