Maine history news headlines…
Cummings Mill site to be dedicated
NORWAY — The former C.B. Cummings & Sons Co. mill site will be dedicated by its current owners, Western Maine Healthcare Corp., in the near future, hospital officials say. Details of the ceremony were not available, said Kate Wight, community relations coordinator, but they are …
Grandfather clock donation clicks with historical society
(This one’s a great piece for clock lovers from all over!)
KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Historical Society will showcase one of its new treasures during this weekend’s Kingfield Days festivities. Last year, George Stanley, a descendant of the well-known Stanley brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer, asked Society president David Holmes, if he’d …
Mount Desert Island lures leaders past and present
By REBEKAH METZLER Kennebec Journal AUGUSTA – Trains, steamships, yachts, and now planes. That’s how presidents have traveled to Mount Desert Island for summertime getaways…
Wanted: Old library chairs with stories to tell
By STEPHANIE HARDIMAN Staff Writer The VIA Group is offering cash to libraries across the nation for chairs with backgrounds…
Roxbury’s 175th anniversary to feature two parades
Two of 220 town of Roxbury 175th anniversary cookbooks, which include a wide variety of recipes collected from people in the River Valley area and their extended families, are shown here with a drawing of the town’s old train depot, which will adorn anniversary celebration T-shirts that will be s…
New cookbook for Roxbury’s 175th anniversary quickly selling out
ROXBURY — No self-respecting cook should be without the town of Roxbury cookbook, a collection of recipes from the River Valley area that began selling last month for $10 each. Out of 220 books printed and sold starting last month, 30 remained as of Friday afternoon. “We did w…
Local murals highlight historical society program
FARMINGTON — The work of Rufus Porter, well known for his painted landscape murals in local homes during the early 1800s, will be featured in a presentation by Jane Radcliff during the Farmington Historical Society’s July 12 meeting. The society meets in the basement of Henderson Me…
New mineral museum aims to involve local residents
Posted July 15-Larry Stifler likens his effort to bring world-class Maine gems back home for display in a new museum in Bethel to “a Greek coming to the British Museum to take back part of the Parthenon.” Stifler and his wife, Mary McFadden, own a summer home in Albany. Their p…
Maine Historical Society…
The Maine Historical Society invites you to a poetry reading and workshop…
Wednesday, August 4, 5pm
A Poetry Reading by Estha Weiner and Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine
Estha Weiner brings her newest book, Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press 2009) back home to Portland, to read with Betsy Sholl. Hear the poets, who first met at The Stonecoast Writers Conference, weave their friendship and their poems as they consider how “home” shapes and shifts over time. Maine, of course, plays a key role in that: Estha, a Portland native, moved away to go to college while Betsy moved here 27 years ago. Book signing to follow.
Wednesday, August 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
MAINE REVISED AND REVISITED:
A Poetry and Writing Workshop with Estha Weiner
This multi-genre 3-hour writing workshop welcomes your poems, short fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Its only requirement is a fresh vision of Maine, past or present, an attentive ear and eye, and supportive feedback for fellow writers. (If you have work that has nothing to do with Maine, that’s OK too.) We will read and discuss each other’s work, discuss the writing process, and participants will receive careful, helpful feedback, towards revision. Please bring 11 copies of your work. We may add a short in-class exercise or two, and discuss how you go through your day as a writer, even if you think you can’t! Registration required by Friday, July 30. Fee: $100/person. MHS members/students: $75/person.
For more information or to register, please email Estha Weiner at: email@example.com
Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and newly published Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In the Weather of the World is forthcoming from Ireland’s Salmon Press in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. including The New Republic and Barrow Street. She won a 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize, a 2008/9 nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and a 2008 Visiting Scholar at Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at City College of NY, Estha serves on the Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center and is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers Nights.
Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine, has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies and magazines. Betsy has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME
For more information: 207-774-1822 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mainehistory.org
Museums of Old York
Museums of Old York
2010 Annual Meeting
You are cordially invited to the
Annual Meeting of the Membership at:
The Visitor Center at Remick Barn
3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
We will vote on nominees for trustee positions and officers; hear the reports of the President, Treasurer, and Executive Director, and vote on proposed bylaw changes. Once business is done, we will introduce this year’s Elizabeth Perkins Fellows and hear briefly about their work. Some of our Junior Docents will demonstrate traditional crafts they are learning. Refreshments will include some authentic treats from the past baked that day by Junior Docents.
For more information or to download copies of the meeting agenda or the proposed changed bylaws please visit us online at http://www.oldyork.or
Please RSVP at (207) 363-4974
Opening Night Reception
21st Annual Decorator Show House
Just a reminder that the Opening Night reception for the 21st Annual Decorators Show House is a week from this Friday, July 16th. Be among the first to view the newly decorated home and meet the designers who made it all possible. Admission is $50 and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a tour of this spectacular home.To reserve admission to the Opening Night Reception please have people contact The Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974, or send mail in your reservation or give us a call.
The Show House will open to the public July 17th and run through August 14th on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 1 to 4 pm. The Show House is closed on Tuesdays. Parking will be on-site. A $20 admission fee will be charged at the door, advanced ticket sales available through the Museums of Old York Office.
Penobscot Marine Museum
Meet Bestselling Author Linda Greenlaw
July 18, 3 pm
Commercial fishing captain, bestselling nonfiction author and mystery novelist Linda Greenlaw launches the Maine leg of her book tour for her latest – Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea – in a talk and party jointly sponsored by Penobscot Marine Museum and our friends at Left Bank Books.
At the First Congregational Church, right next to the museum. Free.
Windjammer Exhibit Opens
July 1, Main Street Gallery
Maine’s passenger-carrying schooners are the largest commercial sailing fleet in the developed world and a resonant image of the state’s modern coastal communities. See their history brought to life in “Earning Their Keep,” a new exhibit incorporating historic photography, artifacts, ephemera, videos, and models. The exhibit features rotating displays of top contemporary marine photographers:
· Benjamin Mendlowitz (July 1 – August 3)
· Michael Kahn (August 5 – 24)
· Fred LeBlanc (August 26 – September 14)
· Neal Parent (September 17 – October 24)
Birchbark canoe building demonstration
An authentic birchbark canoe will be built at the museum using traditional methods.
Penobscot Bay Day
Multiple events at the museum. Details TBA.
Children’s Events, Blue Hill
Activities with PMM educators at Blue Hill Public Library.
10-11am Mapping Penobscot Bay (ages 4-7)
11:30am-12:30pm All About Lobsters (ages 7+)
Gala and Auction
See below for details.
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Visit the PMM booth at this popular annual show in Rockland.
Belfast Harbor Festival
Another PMM exhibit at a fun waterfront festival.