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History Headline Roundup for August 26th 2009

Hello again, and thanks for visiting Touring Maine’s History again. For those of you that are new, this blog is a collection of news headlines and events rounded up from the web, as well as articles and submissions from fellow history buffs. If you, or your organization has an event or some news to share please forward it to me at dlsocuy@remembermemedia.com, or dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com.

Most of these links provided here are to current stories and events, however, I do include stories that may be outdated that I feel may be of some relevance or interest to the readers. Drop a line if you have any comments or suggestions, and please visit us on the web at www.remembermemedia.com to learn more about what’s going in history today.

 

Walking in the steps of Lincoln

The North Berwick Historical Society will perform a play marking the president’s 200th birthday.
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?279028

THE DEAD RIVER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 2010 pictorial calendars, featuring images of Stratton High School Class alumni and other historic images, are available for purchase. The calendars are being sold at Pine’s Market, Northland Cash, Fotter’s Market and Arnold Trail Quality Fuel and Sports Center or via mail for $6 each, plus $2 for postage and handling. Checks should be mailed to: Dead River Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 15, Stratton 04982. A few 2009 calendars are still available at $2.50 each, as are cookbooks, at $6 each or two for $10. For more information, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271.

Genealogy conference slated for September

Bangor Daily News – Saturday, Sept. 26, Bangor, Maine. It’s the only place you can go to hear nationally known genealogists Marcia Melnyk and Joe Anderson, plus a host of other wonderful speakers — all in one day…Now is the time to sign up for the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2009 annual conference at the Bangor Civic Center…

Hikes and rambles on the York Maine shoreline

Examiner.com – The pond itself has a fascinating history having powered mills and provided ice to 19thC. New England cities. A green swinging suspension bridge, 

York County: a historical drive

MaineToday.com – Many visitors are drawn to Maine’s southernmost county because there’s more than just beaches and bling: This area is filled with history, dating back to 

Family History Fun Center at Old Fort Western

MaineToday.com – Old Fort Western’s Family History Fun Center is made possible in part by a contribution from the Augusta Kiwanis Club. Raising Maine There are not yet any 

Three trips for late summer

MaineToday.com – Special to the Maine Sunday Telegram The O’Neil Robinson House, left, and Moses Mason House are part of the offerings of the Bethel Historical Society. 

Open House at Temple school house (past event)

The Original Irregular – The Intervale School House is currently undergoing restoration, funded in part by a matching grant through theMaine Historic Preservation Commission from 

Walmart Near Civil War Battlefield Wins OK

AP Officials in central Virginia approved a Walmart Supercenter early Tuesday near one of the nation’s most important Civil War battlefields, a proposal that had stirred opposition by preservationists and hundreds of historians. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to grant the special permit to the world’s biggest retailer after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Walmart to Locust Grove, within a cannonball’s shot from the Wilderness Battlefield. Historians and Civil War buffs are fearful the Walmart store will draw traffic and more commerce to an area within the historic boundaries of the Wilderness, where generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle 145 years ago and where 145,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought and more than 29,000 were killed or injured. One-fourth of the Wilderness is protected.

 

 

Events and Happenings…

Open house and annual meeting set
PPH-RANGELEY — The Annual Meeting of the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at the museum building on Route 16, one mile east of Rangeley. All are invited to the meeting and, afterwards, to the picnic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the Open House from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Find out more…

NEW GLOUCESTER

15 basket makers to display works at Shaker Village

PPH-The Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This event will include hand-woven ash splint baskets, sweet grass baskets, traditionally etched birch bark vessels, stone sculptures, woodcarvings and crafts demonstrations. The 15 featured artists are among the finest and most renowned American Indian artists representing the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. The free, daylong event will be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and was organized with the Maine Indian Basketmakers` Alliance.

Shaker Village workshops cover herbs, candle holders

PPH-Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village hosts two workshops on Saturday. Children are invited to create tin-punch candle holders from 9 a.m. to noon. A workshop to make traditional ornaments with herbs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both workshops are $30 and require pre-registration. Call 926-4597.

KENNEBUNK

Brick Store Museum plans ‘A Shipbuilding Odyssey’

PPH-The Brick Store Museum is conducting ”A Shipbuilding Odyssey” at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The three-hour event will feature an illustrated history and viewing of the museum’s collections highlighting the trade and a narrated trolley tour to various locales around town. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by calling 985-4802. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for all others.

 WISCASSET 

Castle Tucker offers look at ‘Mollie Tucker’s Kitchen’

PPH-Historic New England will present ”Mollie Tucker’s Kitchen” at Castle Tucker at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of its Year of the Kitchen celebration. Preview tours of the home will advance the talk at 1 and 2 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 882-7169. Admission is $5 for Historic New England members and $10 for all others.

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Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

 

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Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24 
7:30am-6:00pm
 
Research Trip to the National Archives

Spend a day doing research at the National Archives in Waltham, MA.  Located just outside of Boston, NARA’s Northeast Region facility is among New England’s renowned research facilities for research into local, regional, and national history. 

Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, NARA, will lead an onsite orientation and tour for those who are interested.  Following that, you will be able to search through thousands of records on microfilm, paper, and computer including: Census records covering the entire nation, 1790-1930; Naturalization records; Ship passenger lists; Canadian Border Crossings; Draft, Military Service, and Pension Records; Bounty Land Application Files; and much more.  Participants will also be able to access Footnote.com, Ancestrylibrary.com, and other online databases.

Trip will depart from the parking lot of UNO Chicago Grill’s restaraunt at the Maine Mall at 7:30am and return at 6:00pm.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 207-774-1822. 
Fee:  $45.00; MHS Members $40.00.

Event Information

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Meet at UNO Chicago Grill’s restaurant parking lot, Maine Mall, South Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email info@mainehistory.org 

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Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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Maine History Headline Roundup for August 25 2009

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Welcome to my new blog site at WordPress! You’ll find all of the same news and views on Maine history, as well as the events and historical societies that celebrate our heritage. If you are new to Touring Maine’s History, this is a no profit attempt to spread the word about Maine history by sharing headlines and articles from around the state of Maine that pertain to the area of historic preservation and recreation. As always, if your society or organization has an event to announce or news to share, email your entry to dlsoucy@remembermemedia.com, and don’t forget to put a description in the subject box or the spam killer will dump your email. Also, for more on Maine history and the projects we are working on, don’t forget to visit us at http://www.remembermemedia.com.

River Views: Mill loss hits area

Dave Sargent-Whenever history goes up in flames, the loss is felt very deeply and very differently throughout a community. It was the recent Cowen Mill conflagration that kindled many local memories. A few years ago, fire also destroyed the adjoining W.S. Libbey Mill, and both of the familiar massive brick structures on the Lewiston side of the Androscoggin River’s Great Falls have disappeared….

Ghost seekers hold investigation in Farmington cemeteries.

LSJ-Henry Farrington from Central Maine Paranormal Investigations takes photographs in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington Saturday night as he and other members of the group fanned out in search of ghosts….

Historical sites to be mapped and marketed

LSJ-FARMINGTON — The trails and historical sites of greater Franklin County will be explored, mapped and put up on a Web site with the help of a Maine Community Foundation grant.

Healthy Community Coalition has received a $75,000 grant from the foundation’s Environmental Funders Network “Quality of Place” Fund for a project that focuses on health and the local natural environment. It’s a three-year grant, and as long as funding is available, HCC will receive $75,000 each year, Executive Director Heather Davis said….

The parade rolled on in Phillips despite the weather

LSJ-Rain didn’t stop the opening of the 51st annual Phillips Old Home Days Parade Friday night, but heavy rains scattered participants and viewers before the parade was over. With the theme, “What can you do with duct tape?” this young man is prepared for Saturday’s bathtub races at for 3 p.m. on Toothaker Pond in Phillips. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Historic Montpelier Celebrates 195th Anniversary of George Washington Portrait Rescue from the White House

Montpelier James Madison’s Montpelier today will celebrate the legacy of slave and freedman Paul Jennings with an exclusive White House visit and walking tour of Washington, D.C. for his descendants. Family members of the former slave, who helped First Lady Dolley Madison rescue the portrait of George Washington before the White House burned in 1814, will gather on the 195th anniversary of its rescue to learn more about their ancestor from one of the nation’s leading Paul Jennings experts. The Montpelier Foundation, steward of James and Dolley Madison’s Orange, Virginia home, has organized the historic event.

“James Madison’s Montpelier is committed to discovering and authentically presenting the entire history of the Montpelier community,” said Michael C. Quinn, president of the Montpelier Foundation. “In Madison’s time there were only a handful of white people, but more than 100 Black people living on the plantation at any one time. We want to find that lost history and share it with the American people. To do so, we have begun a comprehensive research effort—because the stories of these individuals are not African-American history; they are American history.”

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/117581.html Marking end of era, last boat launched at Southwest Harbor shop…Called ‘a national treasure’ for his design and building skills, Ralph Stanley will sell his interest to his son. http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?278942

Penobscot Narrows Bridge shut down after bomb scare

PROSPECT, Maine — A bomb threat at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory shut down traffic on the span connecting Waldo and Hancock counties Sunday afternoon and caused the evacuation of the … more

 

Events and Happenings…

Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

 

 

Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24 
7:30am-6:00pm
 
Research Trip to the National Archives

Spend a day doing research at the National Archives in Waltham, MA.  Located just outside of Boston, NARA’s Northeast Region facility is among New England’s renowned research facilities for research into local, regional, and national history. 

Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, NARA, will lead an onsite orientation and tour for those who are interested.  Following that, you will be able to search through thousands of records on microfilm, paper, and computer including: Census records covering the entire nation, 1790-1930; Naturalization records; Ship passenger lists; Canadian Border Crossings; Draft, Military Service, and Pension Records; Bounty Land Application Files; and much more.  Participants will also be able to access Footnote.com, Ancestrylibrary.com, and other online databases.

Trip will depart from the parking lot of UNO Chicago Grill’s restaraunt at the Maine Mall at 7:30am and return at 6:00pm.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 207-774-1822. 
Fee:  $45.00; MHS Members $40.00.

Event Information

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Meet at UNO Chicago Grill’s restaurant parking lot, Maine Mall, South Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email info@mainehistory.org 

 

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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History Headlines Roundup for 06 August 09

Welcome to another edition of Touring Maine’s History news roundup. Much of this material comes from my perusals of various newspapers and searching of the internet, but we do have a growing number of clippings that get emailed to me. If you have a note, article or an event to share, please feel free to email me at dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com. I’ll get the information out as quickly as I can. And don’t forget to listen to Touring Maine’s History on Maine Talk Radio every Wednesday evening at 6 PM EST.

Articles and headlines…

Monmouth Academy History Fair

SunJournal.com – Where else in the state of Maine can you literally walk through history, beginning with primitive man and continuing to …

Freshman • Monmouth Academy

SunJournal.com – It also teaches students about the history of Maine and the scientific aspects of it. Every year some of the school staff take the freshman class to Acadia …

Local history in play collection

knox.VillageSoup.com – “Gerrish and Emery” is an account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of Theodore Gerrish of Belfast, a member of the 20th Maine Regiment; …

Town historian publishes new collection for future historians

Seacoastonline.com – The Klan had 150000 Maine members in 1920, but instead of persecuting Afro-Americans, they targeted the growing Franco-American population. …

Archaeology Dig at Fort Knox Reveals Clues to Past

WABI – Campbell, for one, wants to do her part to help others make that connection to Maine’s history. “So many of our history textbooks talk about Virginia and …

Digging For History In Pemaquid

WCSH-TV – A team from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission has been searching a portion of the site since July 27th. …

‘Cavemen’ occupied spot near Tatnic Hills in Wells

Seacoastonline.com – Joseph Hardy, current resident of Tatnic and author of the deeply researched “Settlement and Abandonment on Tatnic Hill: An Eclectic History of Wells, Maine …

Trash or treasure? Rye antiques event Saturday will help you find out

Seacoastonline.com – Experienced estate auctioneers and appraisers Stephen Bennett of Portsmouth, Devin Moisan of Dover and Aime Sevigny of South Berwick, Maine, will be on hand …

Hunt to deliver annual Hall lecture

SunJournal.com – He has lectured and published on the middle period of American history. Hamlin served in the MaineLegislature, the US House of Representatives, …

Bethel Historical Society selects summer intern

SunJournal.com – … joined the society and attended a society course on Maine and the Civil War, which resulted in developing her interest in local and regional history. …

Man travels cross country by covered wagon to find ‘America’

San Antonio Express – He’s been through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and many more places. Estrada has ventured out to approximately 200 places, …

At Your Library: Historical moment at Louis T. Graves Public Library

Seacoastonline.com – A red brick building was erected on Maine Street and was called the “Kennebunk Bank.” Joseph Moody was president and Henry Clark was cashier. …

Schoolhouse move latest step in ongoing Gilead revitalization

Bethel Citizen – The project is a combined effort of the Gilead Historical Society, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. …

Facelift for mill a boost for town

MaineToday.com – It was a village before that,” said Royal Cloyd, president of the North Berwick Historical Society. Morin said there was fear that parts of the three-story …

Events and happenings…


Oxford Historical Society hosting its first quilt show

Lewiston Sun Journal–The Oxford Historical Society will host its first quilt show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Center Meeting House on Route 26. Organizers expect more than 100 entries, society member Suzanne Hall said. “They will be draped over the pews, hung from the balcony and over racks.” The suggested donation will be $5, with proceeds benefiting the society. “There will be some vintage quilts, some machined quilts, some done by hand and also there will be many, many quilted bags,” Hall said.

Bill Graham: Christmas in August

Back by popular demand! Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem, MA, will present an entertaining program of floral design and fashion. Specializing in creative designs and women’s accessories, Bill is also a humorist and loves sharing his anecdotes and techniques. Floral designs will be raffled and accessories and millinery will be for sale. Monday, August 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club’s Old Clubhouse, 62 Organug Road in York. $55 includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres and Show House admission. A cash bar will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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Pow wow honoring animals being held at wildlife park

PPH-Maine Wildlife Park’s Honor the Animals Pow Wow features American Indian drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters, and American Indians from other New England states are expected to be at the park as well. This pow wow is one of only two in the nation that features a live bald eagle. All proceeds from the event go to new exhibits for the wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. For more information, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com or call 657-4977

ELIOT

Celebrate Maine Festival to be held at Raitt Farm

PPH-The Celebrate Maine Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road. The event highlights the people, places and products connected with Maine. Admission is $5 for adults. For details, call 439-3904 or go towww.celebratemainefestival.com/Welcome.html.

BRISTOL

Archaeologist to discuss dig at Phillips Homestead

PPH-Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will discuss his research excavating the 17th-century Phillips Homestead site during at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130. Dinsmore located the Phillips site in 1994. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

WATERBORO

Historical society holding tour of Johnson Lumber Mill

PPH-The Waterborough Historical Society will hold two events this month. Postcard collector Doug Foglio will give a presentation of his collection of local images at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town House in Waterboro Center. Refreshments will be served following the slide show. On Saturday, the public is invited to tour the rarely opened historic Johnson Lumber Mill on Route 5 in North Waterboro. Roger Wilcox will host this open house from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

Video News…

Devils Kitchen Monument Vandalized…


Old bones found at Wisconsin construction site…

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History News Roundup: Professor “Sandy” Ives dies at 83

History This Week 05 August 09 on Maine Talk Radio

Date / Time: 8/5/2009 6:00 PM

Category: History

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Touring Maine’s History brings you another episode of Maine history news and events, historic person of the week will be the Hon William Widgery Thomas Jr. We will highlight four Portland area businesses this week. We’ll look at the Knight Bros. Brass foundry, N.E. Redlon, mason, and more. The tour bus will be making another stop, this week at Lime Kiln Park in Rockport, Maine while we look into the fascinating history of the Lime industry that made the area famous. Plus we’ll have the usual sprinkling of 30s and 40s commercials and plenty of Big Band tunes to entertain you. And we’ll look at a few other bits and pieces as time allows. This week’s collectibles will look at Worthpoint’s Circus programs and factory decoys pieces.

Listen to D.l.soucy on Blog Talk Radio

Passing into history…

Legendary Prof. “Sandy” Ives Dies at 83

The University of Maine – A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, …

Folklife expert, umaine professor Ives dies

Bangor Daily News -International folklife expert and longtime University of Maine professor of folklore Edward “Sandy” Ives, who traveled the …

Note: Edward “Sandy” Ives, a UMaine English and anthropology professor from 1955-1999, died on Sunday at the age of 83. A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, in 1971. A memorial service is planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ives’ name to the Maine Folklife Center, care of the University of Maine Foundation, Buchanan Alumni House, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429.

Articles and headlines…

Hinckley’s Museum of Natural History thrives

Central Maine Morning Sentinel -Samples of its wonders will travel to 27 second-grade classrooms in central Maine this fall. Please come see the museum for yourself. …

History lost. . . and found

SunJournal.com – He wasn’t even from Maine. Raised in Rhode Island, he moved to Lewiston to become a police officer at age 20 — too young to even buy his own bullets. …

GREATER PORTLAND LANDMARKS ACQUIRES HISTORIC PROPERTY; WILL BECOME…

MaineToday.com – Greater Portland Landmarks, the historic preservation organization that sprang from the destruction of Portland’s Union Station more than ..

Preservationists look to future
Portland Press Herald–Greater Portland Landmarks is expecting to open a more spacious and more visible new center on High Street this fall.

Historical society to show Scarborough Marsh as hayfield

Portland Press Herald-Snowshoes for horses? If you were cutting “salt hay” on Scarborough Marsh centuries ago, your horses would have had something similar on their feet. “Bog shoes” were basically boards affixed to a horse’s hoof to stop the animal from sinking into the muck while out on the marsh. Some 17 varieties of marsh grass or “salt hay” grow and were once harvested on Scarborough Marsh. You can view an old bog shoe and pose questions about local traditions here to members of the Scarborough Historical Society on Snowy Egret Day this Saturday.

August 5 event at Tate House Museum cancelled. Afternoon event …

MaineToday.com – “Connecting people to Maine’s colonial roots and helping them to discover, imagine, and value the relevance of this history to our lives.”

‘IT’S A FAMILY THING’ Indexing cemeteries started out with …

Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Morgan, 54, of Randolph has been indexing Maine cemeteries for the past 15 years. As a volunteer for theMaine State Library’s Surname Index Project, …

Two views, same sea: videos tell stories of Maine’s working waterfront

knox.VillageSoup.com -… a sense of history. In 1861, Doug Lee says, at least 4000 different schooners passed the light at Owns Head. Today, fewer than 20 ply the Maine Coast. …

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

MaineToday.com – … behind the little knob windows to learn more about the history, plants and wildlife of the area is still fun for them. Oh, and a stop at the Maine Diner …

Whitefield to celebrate bicentennial

Kennebec Journal – Whitefield was incorporated as the 177th town in the Province of Maine on June 19, 1809. Whitefield Days, a three-day festival that includes activities to …

The history of the Times New Roman typeface

Financial Times – In his apartment overlooking the fishing docks of Portland, Maine, Mike Parker was putting the final touches to a font, thinning a few …

Alabama city destroying ancient Indian mound for Sam’s Club
(If you are interested in preservation of history, let’s start putting pressure onto Wal-Mart to pull back from this project!)

Facing South – United South and Eastern Tribes, a nonprofit coalition of 25 federally recognized tribes from Maine to Texas, passed a resolution in 2007 calling for the …

Historic Orono Building Demolished

WABI – “It’s just been around forever,” says Marlene Doucette, president of the historical society. “On Mill Street, there was a brick factory and the first bricks …

Museum holds first Community Day

Seacoastonline.com – It worked for Fionn McKibbin of Ireland and Katie Clark of South Berwick, Maine, who were gathering their respective broods outside the Jones House for the …

THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY has been awarded $5,000 from the Horizon Foundation, Inc., the result of a grant application to help underwrite transportation subsidies to qualifying school groups for field trips during 2009. “We have found that transportation costs present the single greatest obstacle to teachers who want to plan a field trip to MHS,” notes Carolin Collins, the society’s director of education. “The teachers we consulted believe the transportation subsidy make it possible for many additional students to participate in educational programs at MHS.” Schools will be reimbursed for bus transportation costs up to $150. One grant is available per bus, with a total grant not to exceed $300 per school. Subsidies will be awarded to eligible schools on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted, or Dec. 31, whichever occurs first.

Donations wanted, tables available
The Irregular — The Phillips Historical Society is seeking donations of gently used items for its table at this year’s Phillips Old Home Days. It is also offering spaces at the Pleasant Street location for a small donation. Those interested in reserving a table space or in donating items for the society’s own table, should call board member Lisa Haines at 639-2888. Find out more…

Chain of Ponds Farm featured at museum
The Irregular- On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Chain of Ponds Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those driving to Canada will notice a field on the left close to the entrance to the Megantic Club. This used to be a very large farm that raised vegetables, chickens for eggs and meat, cows for milk, etc., for the Lac Megantic Club. Find out more…

John Quincy Adams tweeting thanks to Mass. society

AP It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time. Starting Wednesday, history will meet modern technology as the Massachusetts Historical Society begins posting Adams’ updates from 200 years ago on Twitter. The historical society will include a presidential tracker of sorts, linking maps to show Adam’s progress on a diplomatic trek to Russia as U.S. minister. The tweets will include mentions of his favorite reads, memorable meals, weather updates and the daily drama of months at sea.


‘Pictures of the most utterly suggestive sort’: From research to collection

Lewiston Sun Journal- The first postcard caught her eye three years ago, at Orphan Annie’s in Auburn. A little cartoon girl doing dishes under the caption: “Wot a life! Men must work and women must wipe! In 1938, a woman named Margaret sent it to Miss Patsy Ryan in Baltimore with the jot on the back: “This is the life old kid. So think before you leap.”
Michelle Morgan bought the slightly cryptic card for $1, then started down a postcard path.


Future of old school building discussed in Peru

Lewiston Sun Journal-Townspeople will decide the former Peru school building’s fate this fall, and there are some questions as to what should happen to it. At an informational and planning meeting on Aug. 3, residents and the school building’s study committee discussed numerous choices. For three years, the committee has been meeting to try to determine what to do. “There are a whole bunch of issues to handle with this building and this whole complex,” said Selectman James Pulsifer, noting that use of the ball field and property had to be considered.

Circus Programs Are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles
Worthpoint- Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have this in common: colorful illustrations and chronological lists of the acts appearing in the performance. Circus programs have changed over the years with some featuring content from Oscar-winning actors and Pulitzer Prize- winning authors. Can you guess who?
Read “Circus Programs are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles”

Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II
Worthpoint-Last week, Worthologist Harry Rinker offered guidelines on how to decide if an oil painting is worth buying. Now that you’ve decided on a painting, Harry is back, this time with tips on how to decide how much you should be willing to pay. Will a painting of certain style or from a certain era hold its worth? Will there be resale value? Harry has the answers.
Read “Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II”

Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue
Worthpoint-There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys, whether by origin, maker or species. One often overlooked area of decoy collecting, says Worthologist Laura Collum, is the factory-made decoy, which despite the name, can include finely detailed and painting finishes. Laura offers ideas on how to start your collection.
Read “Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue”

Events and happenings…

WATERBORO

PPH-The Old Corner Church has received a $500 Community Betterment Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine through Fraternal Lodge No. 55 of Alfred. Built in 1804, the church is considered a significant historic landmark. The Alfred lodge has supported Friends of Old Corner Church in three fundraising suppers, supplying the venue as well as assistance by lodge members. Friends of Old Corner Church is a nonprofit agency formed in 2004 to restore the church, at West Road and Federal Street. An annual church service is scheduled for Sept. 13. For more information, call Bud Jamieson at 247-3635.

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Pow wow honoring animals being held at wildlife park

PPH-Maine Wildlife Park’s Honor the Animals Pow Wow features American Indian drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters, and American Indians from other New England states are expected to be at the park as well. This pow wow is one of only two in the nation that features a live bald eagle. All proceeds from the event go to new exhibits for the wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. For more information, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com or call 657-4977

ELIOT

Celebrate Maine Festival to be held at Raitt Farm

PPH-The Celebrate Maine Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road. The event highlights the people, places and products connected with Maine. Admission is $5 for adults. For details, call 439-3904 or go towww.celebratemainefestival.com/Welcome.html.

BRISTOL

Archaeologist to discuss dig at Phillips Homestead

PPH-Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will discuss his research excavating the 17th-century Phillips Homestead site during at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130. Dinsmore located the Phillips site in 1994. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

NEWCASTLE

Auction to aid Lincoln Home has antiques, artworks

PPH-Art work, a brass doll bed and furnishings from the summer residence of late antiques dealer Margaret B. Ofslager will be sold as part of a Founder’s Day Auction beginning at 10 a.m. today on the grounds of the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road. A preview will be held at 8 a.m. There will be a flea market, food and family activities. Proceeds will be used to buy a special-needs bus for residents of the home, an assisted and independent living community. Donations for the auction and flea market are welcome. For details, call Wayne at 563-3350, ext. 33.

UNION

Historical society offers talk on community of Addison

PPH-The Union Historical Society will host a talk by Nancy Harmon Jenkins at 7:30 p.m. today in the Old Town House, Town House Road. Jenkins will describe the 1866 founding of a religious and farming community of settlers from Addison, near Jaffa. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome. For more information, call 785-4555 or towww.midcoast.com/comespring/.

WATERBORO

Historical society holding tour of Johnson Lumber Mill

PPH-The Waterborough Historical Society will hold two events this month. Postcard collector Doug Foglio will give a presentation of his collection of local images at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town House in Waterboro Center. Refreshments will be served following the slide show. On Saturday, the public is invited to tour the rarely opened historic Johnson Lumber Mill on Route 5 in North Waterboro. Roger Wilcox will host this open house from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

From Museums of Old York…

20th Annual Decorator Show House at McIntire Farm

The 20th Annual Decorator Show House will be open to the public through August 15th. McIntire Farm, located at 270 Cider Hill Road in York, can be viewed Monday, Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays. On-site parking is available and admission is $20. Tickets to the Show House are good for $2 off the cost of admission to the Museums of Old York.

Katherine Davis: At Home with the Novel

Katherine Davis, author of Capturing Paris and East Hope, will talk about the importance of place in novels and the special role houses play in works of fiction. The stories we read come alive and take on particular significance because of their setting. Whether sipping tea in a drawing room in Bath in a Jane Austen novel or drinking champagne on a terrace in West Egg thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the books we read give us a home away from home. Wednesday, August 5th starting at 11:30 a.m. at Blue Sky, 2 Beach Street in York Beach. $55 includes presentation, lunch and Show House admission.

Bill Graham: Christmas in August

Back by popular demand! Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem, MA, will present an entertaining program of floral design and fashion. Specializing in creative designs and women’s accessories, Bill is also a humorist and loves sharing his anecdotes and techniques. Floral designs will be raffled and accessories and millinery will be for sale. Monday, August 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club’s Old Clubhouse, 62 Organug Road in York. $55 includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres and Show House admission. A cash bar will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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History Headlines and Events…

Planned UMF arts center draws opposition
Trustees of the Historical Society join their library counterparts in objecting to the site and design.
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?273833

FARMINGTON UMF arts project draws criticism

Morning Sentinel – In a non-binding opinion, Maine Historic Preservation Commission Director Earle Shettleworth Jr. said the lobby design violates four of the 10 standards for

History programs kick off today

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Old Berwick Historical Society, Historic New England and South Berwick Public Library have teamed up to present local history opportunities for children this summer. Exhibits at the Counting House, a picnic in the Jewett Gardens, and Sarah Orne Jewett’s stories for children will be the focus of four history-oriented events presented by Old Berwick Historical Society volunteers.

Historical society will feature Nile family

STRATTON — The Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Nile family on Saturday, Aug. 1. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Nile Family Tribute will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Richard Nile, one of Irene’s sons, has completed the Nile family genealogy. He will bring the documentation with him to share.

Trip offered to see Portland show

OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) and Old York Historical Society invite those interested in the story of New England’s waterfront art …

A very big plow

Winnisquam Echo -The railcar, made out of wood with an enormous steel plow welded to the front of it, was donated by Terry and Patty Gammon of Acton, Maine, who stored the …

Year of the Garden continues at Tate House Museum with hortico …

MaineToday.com – “Connecting people to Maine’s colonial roots and helping them to discover, imagine, and value the relevance of this history to our lives.

Mason House features Mining talk

SunJournal.com – in the meeting room of the Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad St. He will discuss “Why Preserving Maine’sMining History is Important to Western Maine. …

City uncertain what to do with Cowan Mill bricks

SunJournal.com -Lewiston-Auburn has a rich history of brick-making. When the industry was booming, many local buildings, including Central Maine Medical Center and those at …

Events and happenings….

Paris, Thursday, July 30: Barn restoration with speaker Scott Hatch, 7 p.m., 57 Lincoln St. Sponsored by Paris Hill Historical Society. Public welcome.

Portsmouth, Aug 1: Vintage Thunderbird Show, 1-3 p.m., The Mark Wentworth Home, 346 Pleasant St., Portsmouth. The gardens and main lobby will be open for tours. 570-7804.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug 1: Highland String Trio, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Mill Road. $6, 12 and under free. Benefits restoration of the mill site. FMI: 583-6455.

Harrison, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2: Back to the Past: celebration of sawmilling and homestead activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Road. FMI: 583-6455 or www.scribnersmill.org.

Harrison, Saturday, Aug. 1: Pig roast and bean supper, 5 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, Scribner Road. $8.50, 12 and under $5.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 1: Book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., corner of Skillings Avenue and Main Street, old Paris Farmers’ Union. Sponsored by Paris Public Library. Donations of books welcome. FMI: 743-6994 or paris.public.library@msln.net.

West Paris, Saturday, Aug. 1: Book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grange Hall, Church St. Sponsored by Friends of the West Paris Library. New books by Barefootbooks also for sale. FMI: Library at 674-2004 or www.mybarefootbooks.com/marshamiles.

Portsmouth,
AUG 2, GHOSTLY LEGENDS OF PORTSMOUTH HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE with Ron Kolek, Route 1B, New CAstle. Suggested donation: adults $2, children $1. www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org

Bethel, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9: Sudbury Canada Days festival, throughout the day, downtown. Art show, historic films, period house tours, children’s games, porch plays. FMI: Stan Howe at Bethel Historical Society 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910.

Paris, Saturday, Aug. 8: Book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., old Paris Farmers’ Union building, corner of Skillings Avenue and Main Street. Bag of books $1. Benefits Public Library. FMI: 743-6994 or paris.public.library@msln.net.

AAARRGH! PIRATES ON THE COAST OF Maine!

Pirates aim to invade Boat Builders Festival

The buccaneers will sail into Boothbay Harbor aboard their flagship, the S/V Must Roos. By day, Greg Latimer is a special projects coordinator and writer for the Lincoln County Publishing Co. in Newcastle. But on a few weekends each summer, he’s out to prove that the sword is mightier than the pen – or at least that it’s more fun to use when making a point.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Seventh annual Boat Builders Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Shipbuilders Park and Ocean Point Marina on Route 96 in East Boothbay

ADMISSION: Adults $12 in advance or $15 at the gate; students ages 18 and younger admitted free

TICKETS ARE available at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce office, 137 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor

FOR MORE details, call 633-4818 or go towww.bbrlt.org./bbrlt_boatbuilders

SPONSORED BY the Boothbay Region Land Trust, the event celebrates the history of the area’s working waterfront and the recovery of Washburn & Doughty’s shipyard, leveled by fire in 2008. The festival benefits the land trust. Highlights include a parade, two film viewings, children’s activities and tours of area shipbuilding businesses and boats.

Tuesday, August 4, 12pm
A Brief History of New England Residential Architecture

Frank Shirley, Architect and Author

Join us for an illustrated overview of New England’s rich architectural history.

An accomplished architect and author who is a long-standing member of the Cambridge (MA) Historical Commission, Shirley will discuss and show the interior and exterior features and details that characterize Cape, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and other key styles.

Shirley is the author of New Rooms for Old House: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home and has worked closely with Historic New England.

Event Information
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

Genealogical society plans fair to mark its 30th year

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will mark its 30th anniversary with a Genealogy Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, features genealogical research, software demonstrations, member presentations and a luncheon. To register, email gpcmgs@gmail.com or call 892-2098.

Historical society offering walking tours of downtown

Freeport Historical Society hosts a new guided walking tour of downtown Freeport beginning at noon Thursday at the Harrington House. In this 45-minute tour, participants will learn about architectural history as well as stories of those who resided in the homes. Additional tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Aug. 7. Call 865-3170 for additional dates and cost.

Shaker Village courses cover basil uses, oval-box making

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village hosts two workshops this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn the uses of basil – growing tips and harvesting for fresh and dried. Pre-registration is required for the $30 workshop. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make a No. 0 and No. 1 Shaker-style oval box. The workshop fee is $50, and pre-registration is required. Call 926-4597 to register. Go to www.shaker.lib.me.us for additional events.

Horse-drawn carriages on display at Skyline Farm

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum is open every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. through Aug. 23. Visitors can spend the day viewing vintage horse-drawn carriages and sleighs similar to those that may have traversed metropolitan streets during the late 1800s. Edith Wharton’s book ”The Age of Innocence” is being celebrated as part of The Big Read series. Knowledgeable docents will explain why the type of carriage or sleigh often signified the owner’s economic status and social standing during the Gilded Age. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, go to www.skylinefarm.org.

History-themed sailing planned on Wendameen

Presented by the Maine Historical Society, historian Jim Millinger will host a sail-and-learn session aboard the Maine schooner Wendameen. Participants can learn about Portland Harbor’s past and present and take a turn raising the sail, turning the wheel and taking in the scenery on the historic ship from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday . Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 774-1822 to reserve a $40 spot aboard the Wendameen. For details, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Author to give overview of region’s architecture

Author Frank Shirley will be featured at the Maine Historical Society’s Book Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. He will give brief history of New England residential architecture, specifically New England’s cape, Gothic revival, Queen Anne and other key styles. The discussion is free and takes place at Maine Historical Society. Learn more at www.mainebhistory.org or by calling 774-1822.

Documentaries will show scenes of 1940s Portland

A series of color documentaries about scenes of life in Portland in the 1940s will be shown at the Maine Historical Society every Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. through July and August. The film screenings are narrated by historian Joel Eastman and are free with admission. For more information, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Historical Society to raise funds through flea market

The Scarborough Historical Society’s annual fair will present flea market items, baked goods, clothes and books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, rain or shine, will take place at the Scarborough Historical Museum. There is no charge. Call 883-6276 for more information.

Photographer will speak about ‘Vanishing America’

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink will present an illustrated talk on his new book, ”Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library. There will be books for signing at the talk, made available by the Owl & Turtle Bookstore.

Brick Store Museum has vintage postcards exhibit

The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., is offering a new exhibition, ”Mailed From Maine: Vintage Postcards of the Kennebunks.” The display offers a glimpse of the Kennebunks through more than 100 postcards selected from about 1,200 in the museum’s permanent collections. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is by a suggested $5 donation. For details, call 985-4802 or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Antique car show, festival to benefit work on seminary

The Parsonsfield Seminary’s 20th annual Antique Car Show and Family Day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the campus on 401 North Road, Route 160. The event features a pancake breakfast and lunch items, plants, books and bake sales, craft vendors and live music. Automobile registration is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Awards will be given to winners at 2:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit campus restoration efforts. For more details, call 793-2384.

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History This Week

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Listen to History This Week on Maine Talk Radio

Date / Time: 7/29/2009 6:00 PM

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Touring Maine’s History; News, headlines and commentary on current events in the field of history, Maine’s historical societies and museums and preservation efforts. We’ll also talk about some upcoming events. And we will have a historic person of the week, the Hon. Fred N. Dow, and some business profiles from the 1800s. This week we’ll look at three Oakland businesses, Hubbard & Blake mfg, the Mills Brothers Livery business and Stephen Blaisdell, a marble and granite works. Book review; Maine, the Pine Tree State and the tour bus will be stopping off in Freeport Maine at the Pettingill Farm.

Headlines and articles…

Pirates aim to invade Boat Builders Festival
PPH- The buccaneers will sail into Boothbay Harbor aboard their flagship, the S/V Must Roos.

Franco American Heritage Center gets makeover

LSJ- Lou Jordan works in her office on the bottom floor of the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Tuesday. Jordan, the center’s volunteer coordinator, will have her wedding reception in the center’s Heritage Hall, at left, next summer. Jordan met her fiance, Albert Grandmaison, during a music concert on the center’s main floor. “It’s like living a fairytale life,” Jordan said while describing her future husband.

New Nordica Homestead Museum caretakers enjoy the history

LSJ- The Nordica Homestead Museum is open from June 1 to Sept. 15. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The home is open by appointment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by calling 778-2042.

Bonnie Lander is learning about history, and a lot about opera, while reading through old letters written to and about Lillian Nordica. “You’re holding a piece of paper that’s 150 years old,” she said of why she wears gloves to encase the letters in sleeves. “Many of them were sent from Paris, Italy and Russia.” On June 30, Lander and her husband, Wint, became the new caretakers of the Nordica Homestead Museum on Holley Road. They are settling in to the caretaker home and learning about the opera star and her belongings.

Quartz Bridge repairs underway

LSJ- Work on the so-called Quartz Bridge which spans Main Street over Bird Brook is progressing. Local businessman Tony Morra said the idea to restore the bridge came to him one day as he was working on his property next to the bridge. “I kept seeing that bridge and I mentioned it to Andrea Burns (president of Norway Downtown) and the idea just took off,” Morra said Thursday.

Tests could help identify bodies in UNC cemetery

Daily Tar Heel The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill and other town groups are starting a project to identify grave sites in the black section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
The research will include two different studies that can show where grave sites are in the black section of the cemetery, in hopes of later discovering the exact identities of people who are buried there.
Once the tests have been completed, it is possible that up to 100 black people who worked at the University in the 18th and 19th centuries can be identified.

US treasure hunters file appeal in “Black Swan” case

Reuters US treasure hunting firm Odyssey filed a challenge Wednesday to a court ruling ordering that it surrender to Spain treasure recovered from a 19th century Spanish shipwreck. The discovery of the sunken treasure, from a ship code-named “Black Swan,” was announced in 2007.

Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings
When considering the purchase of an oil painting, Worthologist Harry Rinker has some tips on determining whether the piece is worth buying. Harry offers up his rules for authenticating oil paintings, as well as a list of the six different kinds of artists who may have produced the work in question.
Read “Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings”

Binnacles: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles
At first glance, a person without maritime knowledge might see a binnacle and assume they are looking at a diving helmet. It’s a common mistake, says Worthologist Laura Collum, who also says that since binnacles come in many sizes and shapes, they make for an attractive nautical addition to your home décor. But what, exactly, is a binnacle? Laura explains.
Read “Binnacles: Get Your Bearings with Nautical Collectibles”

London’s Big Ben Appears on Thousands of Collectibles
Big Ben is probably the most famous clock in the world. As an iconic symbol ofLondon, there have been, over the last 150 years, thousands of souvenirs cast with its image. But is Big Ben the clock, the bell, the tower or the whole assembly? We have the answer, as well as some antiques and collectibles that may strike your fancy.
Read “London’s Big Ben Appears on Thousands of Collectibles”

A gem amid the stones

PORTLAND — For years, few people have stepped inside the mortuary chapel in the Evergreen Cemetery. Built more than a century ago to give the poor a proper send-off, the granite chapel had fallen into disrepair, its heavy wooden doors locked. But after spending around $10,000 last fall to spruce up the interior, managers of the city-owned cemetery want the chapel to once again play a role in the city’s public life. Last month, cemetery officials notified local funeral directors that all services will be held inside the chapel instead of graveside during the winter months, unless a family requests otherwise.

Penobscots seek recognition of athletes

Bangor Daily News -In addition to his interest in securing their place in athletic history, Rice is concerned that racism persists in Maine, including at some high schools …

Legislature Backs Recognition For Sockalexis WCSH-TV

Curran Homestead offers glimpse of farming history

Bangor Daily News – ORRINGTON, — Visitors this weekend to the Curran Homestead, a living history farm and museum on Fields Pond Road, enjoyed a trip back …

Professor to lecture on Hamlin

SunJournal.com – He has lectured and published on the middle period of American history. Hamlin served in the Maine Legislature, the US House of Representatives, …

History buff keeping Fort Kent’s stories alive

Bangor Daily News – FORT KENT— As a young boy, Chad Pelletier’s father would tell him stories of days gone by while the two piled wood or worked at other …

Noted Harvard geologist to speak on preserving our mining history

Bethel Citizen – “We hope people will come to the lecture and hear Carl explain why working together to preserve Maine’s mineral history is important,” he said. …

Magazine offers treasure-trove of WWII data

Bangor Daily News – Forty years ago, when I began living at Kennebec Hall on the University of Maine campus, the sight of a certain postman entering the lobby brought smiles to …

Brick by brick, schoolhouse will go down in history

KeepMEcurrent.com – “I tried for a number of years – me and Nina Stitson,” said Hamilton, who enlisted the help of the Maine Preservation Society for money to restore the …

Civil War Reenactment at Fort Knox

WABI -Members of the 20th Maine set up at the Fort for the weekend, for their annual encampment. They reenact scenes from the Civil War as a living history lesson

Omitted ad forces Orange to postpone Wal-Mart hearing

http://fredericksburg.com Barely four hours before the public was to be heard yesterday on a proposal to build a Wal-Mart in the Wilderness battlefield area, Orange County officials canceled the hearing because of a technicality. Wal-Mart personnel found that one of two legally required notices advertising a May 21 public hearing before the county Planning Commission had not been published by the local weekly newspaper. County officials were notified of the problem yesterday morning and decided to cancel last night’s hearing “out of an abundance of caution,” acting County Administrator Julie Jordan said. “We regret the inconvenience to everyone,” she said, “but the proper publication requirements were not met.” County Attorney Sharon Pandak said the legally required advertisements had to be published once a week in the two weeks before the hearing. She said the Orange County Review ran the first ad, but not the second.

Events and happenings…

Genealogical society plans fair to mark its 30th year

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will mark its 30th anniversary with a Genealogy Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, features genealogical research, software demonstrations, member presentations and a luncheon. To register, email gpcmgs@gmail.com or call 892-2098.

Historical society offering walking tours of downtown

Freeport Historical Society hosts a new guided walking tour of downtown Freeport beginning at noon Thursday at the Harrington House. In this 45-minute tour, participants will learn about architectural history as well as stories of those who resided in the homes. Additional tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Aug. 7. Call 865-3170 for additional dates and cost.

Shaker Village courses cover basil uses, oval-box making

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village hosts two workshops this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn the uses of basil – growing tips and harvesting for fresh and dried. Pre-registration is required for the $30 workshop. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn how to make a No. 0 and No. 1 Shaker-style oval box. The workshop fee is $50, and pre-registration is required. Call 926-4597 to register. Go to www.shaker.lib.me.us for additional events.

Horse-drawn carriages on display at Skyline Farm

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum is open every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. through Aug. 23. Visitors can spend the day viewing vintage horse-drawn carriages and sleighs similar to those that may have traversed metropolitan streets during the late 1800s. Edith Wharton’s book ”The Age of Innocence” is being celebrated as part of The Big Read series. Knowledgeable docents will explain why the type of carriage or sleigh often signified the owner’s economic status and social standing during the Gilded Age. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, go to www.skylinefarm.org.

History-themed sailing planned on Wendameen

Presented by the Maine Historical Society, historian Jim Millinger will host a sail-and-learn session aboard the Maine schooner Wendameen. Participants can learn about Portland Harbor’s past and present and take a turn raising the sail, turning the wheel and taking in the scenery on the historic ship from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday . Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 774-1822 to reserve a $40 spot aboard the Wendameen. For details, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Author to give overview of region’s architecture

Author Frank Shirley will be featured at the Maine Historical Society’s Book Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. He will give brief history of New England residential architecture, specifically New England’s cape, Gothic revival, Queen Anne and other key styles. The discussion is free and takes place at Maine Historical Society. Learn more at www.mainebhistory.org or by calling 774-1822.

Documentaries will show scenes of 1940s Portland

A series of color documentaries about scenes of life in Portland in the 1940s will be shown at the Maine Historical Society every Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. through July and August. The film screenings are narrated by historian Joel Eastman and are free with admission. For more information, go to www.mainehistory.org or call 774-1822.

Historical Society to raise funds through flea market

The Scarborough Historical Society’s annual fair will present flea market items, baked goods, clothes and books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair, rain or shine, will take place at the Scarborough Historical Museum. There is no charge. Call 883-6276 for more information.

Photographer will speak about ‘Vanishing America’

Photographer Brian Vanden Brink will present an illustrated talk on his new book, ”Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library. There will be books for signing at the talk, made available by the Owl & Turtle Bookstore.

Brick Store Museum has vintage postcards exhibit

The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., is offering a new exhibition, ”Mailed From Maine: Vintage Postcards of the Kennebunks.” The display offers a glimpse of the Kennebunks through more than 100 postcards selected from about 1,200 in the museum’s permanent collections. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is by a suggested $5 donation. For details, call 985-4802 or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Antique car show, festival to benefit work on seminary

The Parsonsfield Seminary’s 20th annual Antique Car Show and Family Day will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the campus on 401 North Road, Route 160. The event features a pancake breakfast and lunch items, plants, books and bake sales, craft vendors and live music. Automobile registration is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Awards will be given to winners at 2:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit campus restoration efforts. For more details, call 793-2384.

AAARRGH! PIRATES ON THE COAST OF Maine!

Pirates aim to invade Boat Builders Festival

The buccaneers will sail into Boothbay Harbor aboard their flagship, the S/V Must Roos. By day, Greg Latimer is a special projects coordinator and writer for the Lincoln County Publishing Co. in Newcastle. But on a few weekends each summer, he’s out to prove that the sword is mightier than the pen – or at least that it’s more fun to use when making a point.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Seventh annual Boat Builders Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Shipbuilders Park and Ocean Point Marina on Route 96 in East Boothbay

ADMISSION: Adults $12 in advance or $15 at the gate; students ages 18 and younger admitted free

TICKETS ARE available at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce office, 137 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor

FOR MORE details, call 633-4818 or go towww.bbrlt.org./bbrlt_boatbuilders

SPONSORED BY the Boothbay Region Land Trust, the event celebrates the history of the area’s working waterfront and the recovery of Washburn & Doughty’s shipyard, leveled by fire in 2008. The festival benefits the land trust. Highlights include a parade, two film viewings, children’s activities and tours of area shipbuilding businesses and boats.

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The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

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Maine History Headlines for 13 July 2009

On Touring Maine’s History;we’ll have 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 Lones & 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 this week. Plus we’ll have more radio ads from the bygone days and some big band music from the 20s and 30s!

This weeks episode will be live at 6PM on Wednsday, July 15th

Indian Rock may still be moved

LSJ-NORWAY — State officials are trying to determine whether Indian Rock on Route 117 can be moved to accommodate major road reconstruction.

“It’s kind of an engineering issue,” Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Herb Thompson said Thursday.

The rock has a deep depression and some believe it was used by Native Americans to grind corn or to tan hides. It was set to be blasted when a $1.6 million road reconstruction project got under way this spring. But residents and officials asked the MDOT to help save the rock.

Helping to preserve an important but mostly forgotten piece of U.S. history (Maryland)

http://www.gazette.net (Maryland)

If local history buff Dick Charlton wants to retrace the steps of American Marines who shot at invading British forces in the Battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812, he has to drive up a busy road surrounded by tire shops and fast food restaurants. “Most are not aware of it all,” Chartlon, 77, of Beltsville, said of the battlefield. “It’s almost a forgotten war, and it’s one that we won,” he added. “It was a foreign country on our territory. It was in the early years of independence as a nation and Great Britain was trying to recapture a lost territory.” The site on which thousands of British troops faced the last American resistance before entering Washington, D.C., where they would eventually burn the White House and Capitol…

Bowdoin to Host Free History Camp for High School Students

Bowdoin News – “History Camp provides an exciting, rare experience that allows students to explore aspects Maine history through interaction with historians and fellow

History Comes Alive in Bangor

WABI – Bangor City Council Chairman Gerry Palmer says Bangor and the state of Maine paid a heavy price during the Civil War. He says they wanted to bring that

Bangor’s Civil War Memorial rededicated Bangor Daily News

Listening to echoes from the past

Bangor Daily News – Middle-school-age readers will impress their Maine studies teachers and classmates with their knowledge of Bangor history. Longtime Bangor residents can

Remembering a ‘tornado of flame’ on Bangor’s harbor Bangor Daily News

Moxie growing in popularity

SunJournal.com – It’s part of Maine history.” Gross, a member of the New England Moxie Congress, hopes to encourage a few more stores and restaurants to sell the drink,


North Jay Day

LSJ-The third annual North Jay Day on Saturday saw the North Jay Grange become the focal point for cultural and historical activities. An early 20th-century Stanley Steamer was on display, as were several other antique autos. Inside the Grange, a bake sale took place and there were also a variety of knitted items made by grange members for sale. Proceeds from the day’s festivities went toward improvements at the Grange, such as a new roof and new paint. Here, Fred Legere of Canton celebrates his 98th birthday in style by playing the harmonica for the audience.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library, is excited to announce …

The Launch of Eight Local History Websites

Eight Maine communities participate in Maine Community Heritage Project


With training and support from MHS, teams from Bath,Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle and Thomaston spent the past year researching the history of their communities, digitizing historical items, creating online exhibits, and building websites. Community partners – adults and students alike – shared time, knowledge, collections, technology skills, resources, and expertise. Their websites, housed on the Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society’s nationally recognized statewide digital museum, provide unprecedented access to information about the history of these communities and will continue to grow: Bath, Farmington, Hampden, Islesboro, Lubec, New Portland, Presque Isle, and Thomaston.

Eight new teams have been selected to participate in the project for the upcoming program year (July 2009-June 2010): Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough. As with the first group, selection was based on applicants’ enthusiasm, commitment to local partnership, and ability to complete the project, as well as the geographic, economic, and social diversity of the applicant pool. Their websites will be completed in June 2010.

The Maine Community Heritage Project (MCHP) is an innovative program that promotes collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and public libraries through the exploration and celebration of local history. It is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

For More Information:

Maine Community Heritage Project
Larissa Vigue Picard, Community Partnership Coordinator
207-774-1822 ext. 215;
lvpicard@mainehistory.org
www.mainememory.net/mchp

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME

207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org

www.mainehistory.org

Events and Happenings……


Upton Fun Day a first for the community

Jul 09, 2009 12:00 am

UPTON — This town of about 60 residents will try to raise some money, have some fun and get ready for its sesquicentennial at the first Upton Fun Day on Saturday, July 18.

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Portland Harbor Museum, invites you to …

A two-part lecture series:

July 15 and August 19, 7pm

ANCHORS AWEIGH: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II

Join us to learn of the bustle around Casco Bay during WWII, and the region’s important role in the war effort.

On January 24, 1941, the U.S. Navy designated Casco Bay a fleet anchorage and authorized the establishment of a U.S. Naval Frontier Base in Portland. The Frontier Base soon grew to be a U.S. Naval Station manned by thousands of sailors and serving hundreds of vessels which the Army and the Navy secretly designated as the most important naval base in the United States.

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
Naval Shore Activities in Casco Bay
Joel Eastman, Professor of History, Emeritus, USM

Hear Eastman explore the Navy’s selection of the site, the purchase and leasing of land for forts and bases, the construction of facilities for housing, training, health care, and recreation, and life on shore.

Wednesday, August 19, 7pm

Naval Sea Activities in Casco Bay
George Stewart, Retired Naval Officer
Hear Stewart discuss the mission of the base, the ships that visited Casco Bay during the war, and life on the water in the environs of Casco Bay during WWII.

These events are free.

Event Information
When: Wednesdays, July 15 and August 19, 2009, 7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
For more information call 207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

Dear Friends,


Wecome to Summer at the Maine Historical Society. It will be another busy season with a great lineup of lectures, screenings, and family activities.

This email offers a sneak peek at all of our July and August programs. No printed program will be mailed this season, so full details can be found at the links below and on the MHS website at:www.mainehistory.org/programs

We hope that you will forward this and other program emails to friends who might be interested, and invite them to join us at MHS.

Thanks for your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best,
Steve Bromage
Assistant Director, MHS

Summer 2009 Programs At A Glance


July
Wednesday, 7/15 – Anchors Aweigh, Joel Eastman, first of two-part series, 7pm
Tuesday, 7/21 – Uncommon Threads, Laureen LaBar and Bruce Bourque, 12pm
Tuesday, 7/28 – Remember Me, Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive, 12pm

August

Saturday, 8/1 – Set Sail on the Wendameen, (registration and fee), 10:30am
Tuesday, 8/4 – New England Architecture, Frank Shirley, 12pm
Thursday, 8/13 – Lighthouses of Maine, Jeremy D’Entremont, 12pm
Wednesday, 8/19 – Anchors Aweigh, George Stewart, second of two-part series, 7pm

Ongoing throughout July and August
Mondays and Wednesdays – The Children’s Hour, (fee), 11am

Fridays – The Longfellow Trail, (fee), 11am

Mondays through Fridays (not shown 7/30 and 7/31) – Film, Innocent Interlude, (includedwith admission), 2:30pm

Events are FREE unless otherwise noted

For Detailed Event Information:
Click on any of the web-links above, or contact:

Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland

207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

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History News Headlines

50,000 seashells. Dust Bowl dust. Everything in between. Welcome to the old (new) Turner Natural History Club Museum

TURNER — Maxine Hinkley tugged open two drawers she’d never opened before and gasped. Stacks of bird bodies piled one on top of another. Feathers as fluffy as the day they dropped out of the sky a century ago. And around each ankle, a little ID tag: Pine Siskin, 1892. Bay-breasted warbler, 1890. The unexpected drawer of birds joined a dozen-plus stuffed animals displayed around the room. And a pine cone collection. A bird nest collection. A snake and snakeskin collection. A dirt collection in carefully labeled glass bottles, one with Dust Bowl dust.

Turner museum repository for ‘weird’ natural history

Kennebec Journal -The curator of zoology at the Maine State Museum calls it a “phenomenal resource,” maybe unique in Mainetoday. Yet Hinkley’s pretty sure that for the last …

Calais gears up for bicentennial celebration

Bangor Daily News -CALAIS, Maine — The city turns 200 this year and a bang-up birthday party has been planned. Volunteers have been working on the …

Euclid Beach carousel’s resurrection still in limbo for now

The Plain Dealer – It whirled for nearly another three decades in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, before the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit group, bought the 54 …

North Haven fellow enjoys making island history more accessible

Working Waterfront -It’s hard to overstate the importance of local history to the residents of Maine’s islands. Historical Preservation Fellow Betsy Walker has …

Rockland’s fastest sardine packer featured at museum

VillageSoup – Rockland’s most famous sardine packer, Rita Willey, now has her own exhibit at the Maine Coast Sardine History Museum …

Statue rededication highlights festival

Minot Daily News -… of the park and a piece of Minot’s rich history.” The park board hired conservator Jonathan Taggart of Georgetown, Maine, to restore the statue. …

Gingerbread House location surveyed

NORWAY — The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments is preparing a survey and map of the proposed site for the historic Gingerbread House in hopes of winning the owner’s approval to turn the building over to the Norway Historical Society.

Discover history, trails on Portland treks
The summer hikes cover areas of the city that many don’t know about.
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?265912

Bangor, Blue Hill, Guilford, Lincoln among 8 chosen for heritage …

Bangor Daily News – Steve Bromage, assistant director of the Maine Historical Society, which is working on the project with theMaine State Library, said the Maine Community …



Picks from the HNN newswire

Alberta salvagers face legal troubles

Calgary Herald -A pair of Alberta brothers accused of pillaging Yukon’s history are gearing up for an unusual legal battle that sees them fighting against charges while simultaneously suing the wreckage of a Second World War bomber.

New York growth besieges Revolutionary patriots’ graves

The Canadian Press-Ed Spaeth was researching his family tree when he discovered an 18th-century ancestor likely was buried in the woods just down the hill from his Hudson Valley home. Although he can’t pinpoint Francois Martin-Pelland’s grave, historical evidence has led Spaeth to the nearby grove believed to be the final resting place of hundreds of other Revolutionary War soldiers posted here when Fishkill was the main supply source for Gen. George Washington’s northern army.

Two Centuries On, a Cryptologist Cracks a Thomas Jefferson Code

WSJ -For more than 200 years, buried deep within Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence and papers, there lay a mysterious cipher — a coded message that appears to have remained unsolved. Until now. The cryptic message was sent to President Jefferson in December 1801 by his friend and frequent correspondent, Robert Patterson, a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania. President Jefferson and Mr. Patterson were both officials at the American Philosophical Society — a group that promoted scholarly research in the sciences and humanities — and were enthusiasts of ciphers and other codes, regularly exchanging letters about them….

Exhumation of 1812 war hero stirs controversy

The Vancouver Sun -A controversy has erupted over one of the most famous corpses from the War of 1812. U.S. general Zebulon Pike was killed when retreating British and Canadian troops intentionally blew up a munitions depot during the American capture of York(present-day Toronto) in April 1813.

Oldest canoe finds its way home

Star.com -Returned from Ireland after more than 180 years, Maliseet birchbark boat inspires rebirth of craft A culturally significant First Nation’s artifact that has languished in Ireland for more than 180 years has returned to Canada, completing a circle of tradition for those on the New Brunswick reserves where it originated. The “Grandfather Akwiten canoe,” believed to be the oldest birchbark canoe in the world, was built by Maliseet craftsmen in the early 1820s before it was taken to Ireland around 1825 by Lieut. Stepney St. George, who was serving with British forces.

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Maine History News 19 June 09

Digging into Maryland’s Colonial past

Baltimore Sun Parts of Charles County’s Zekiah Swamp are every bit as inhospitable as the name suggests, choked with tick-infested woods and boot-sucking wetlands.

But as archaeologists are discovering to their delight, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries Zekiah was a growth center for the young Maryland colony.

The site of a 1674 courthouse was found last summer. Excavations this month have uncovered what might be traces of the “summer house” that Gov. Charles Calvert built to dodge his political enemies. And diggers are searching for traces of Zekiah Fort, built in 1680 to resettle several hundred “friendly” Piscataway Indians.

River maps made available
LEWISTON – Demand for a new map highlighting the history and historical resources on the Androscoggin River has been so strong the Androscoggin River Alliance has decided to distribute the maps over the next four weekends, said Neil Ward, program director for the alliance.

208 year old Vt. schoolhouse closes

AP HANCOCK, Vt. – The aged maple floorboards are scuffed and creaky, worn thin and smooth by thousands of youngsters over the years in the Hancock Village School. Banks of tall windows, a dozen panes over a dozen panes each, flood a pair of classrooms with sunlight.

A 19th-century image of Abraham Lincoln hangs on a back wall in one classroom where studies began in 1801, 60 years before he took office.

That history comes to a close on Thursday. Fewer kids and rising costs prompted townsfolk this year to vote to close the elementary school and instead pay tuition to send their roughly 20 children to neighboring schools.

Smithsonian unearths Buffalo Soldier’s story

Statesman (Texas) He was little more than a teenager, about 19 or 20 years old. Small and slight for warfare on the frontier, he had the delicate facial bones of a boy and had likely once been a slave.

He was a Buffalo Soldier: one of the legendary African American members of the U.S. Army who served at remote military outposts in the years after the Civil War.

But his grave outside an abandoned New Mexico fort had been violated. His bones were scrambled. And investigators think his skull, still with most of its hair, became a relic hunter’s trophy before it was returned to authorities in a paper bag.

Last month, experts working at the Smithsonian Institution matched the young man’s skull with a skeleton exhumed from the fort’s cemetery, solving a gruesome mystery of looted graves, purloined artifacts, and life and death on the frontier.

Group Celebrates Juneteenth

BREWER – June 19th marks a special day in African American history. Known as Juneteenth, it’s the day slaves were freed in 1865. The Maine …

Loring’s papers gifted to Maine Women Writers Collection

Indian Country Today -Our collection spans across literature and history and the work she’s done is part of history – part of Maine history and the national history. …

Events and Happenings…

Check it out: Exhibitions

SunJournal.com – BATH: Ongoing exhibits “A Maritime History of Maine,” “Lobstering and the MaineCoast” and “Percy and Small Shipyard” are continuous;

AUGUSTA: “Historical Native American Artwork” will be featured through June 30 at the Maine Capitol Complex. 287-6746

Community Ideas and Input on 2010 Public Programs and Exhibits

MaineToday.com – 6 hours ago

Freeport Historical Society’s mission is to advocate, research, collect and share the history and stories of Freeport, Maine.

From the Museums of Old York…

A York Sampler: Selections from the Past

The new exhibit at the Remick Barn Gallery is titled A York Sampler: Selections from the Past. The exhibit provides an intriguing overview of the history of York, from the 1630s to the late 20th century. The exhibit will be open throughout the season, Monday through Saturday, starting Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village.

Family Fun Saturday

Family fun days include museum tours, traditional craft demonstrations, hearth cooking, colonial games and crafts for kids of all ages! Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $20 for a family.

The Maine Historical Society invites you to…

Saturday, June 27, 10am-4:30pm
Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Library Dedication, Tours, and Campus-Wide Open House

Please join us to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated and expanded MHS library. The library will be re-named for Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown, prominent figures in 19th-century Maine history and key supporters of MHS.

Free events include:

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Dedication of the Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown Library

Under the tent adjacent to the Brown Library


Hear Barry Mills, President, Bowdoin College; Alan S. Taylor, Historian, University of CA; Karen Baldacci, First Lady of Maine; and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., State Historian.


Music and refreshments.

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Library Tours and Campus-Wide Open House throughout the day

Brown Library – Tour the library following its 2-year, $9.5 million renovation and expansion. While preserving the 1907 character of the building, the library has been transformed into a state-of-the-art research facility, housing the state’s largest and most comprehensive collections of materials related to Maine history.

Longfellow House – Visit the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, the house offers a glimpse into the life of the poet, his family, and the cultural and social history of 19th-century Portland.

Longfellow Garden – Stroll through the Longfellow Garden. Closed for two years to accommodate the library’s renovation, the garden’s character and historic significance have been restored and it is now open again to the public.

MHS Museum – View the new museum exhibition. Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library illuminates the depth and richness of the library’s collections, heralding MHS’s commitment to the history and heritage of Maine and its people.

These events are free and open to the public.

The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation and the BHA Foundation have generously provided funding for the museum exhibition. Images: MHS Collections; Buglers © Blethen Maine Newspapers.

Event Information
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822; info@mainehistory.org

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Maine History News for 29 May, 2009

This piece is one of those “Holy crap, I wish it would happen to me!” stories. Just couldn’t pass it up, enjoy….

Great Finds: Walking into a Hidden Time Capsule
by Christopher Kent (05/27/09).

For many years I hosted the popular radio show, “Antique Talk,” that was syndicated throughout the U.S. and sponsored by the UAW out of Detroit. The three-hour live show originated as “Trash or Treasure” and was then hosted by its creator, genius and author of the informative book “Trash or Treasure,” Dr Tony Hyman.

I was brought in as guest host when Tony decided on some other career ventures and I eventually took over as host with a run for almost eight years. I used Tony’s book, which was a guide to buyers coast to coast, with more than 2,200 categories and 1,000 expert buyers, to help callers first identify what it was they had, appraise the piece based on current buying market trends, and then shoot them to the right buyer, forearmed and forewarned. I instructed people how to look at their items, taught them, through specific instruction how to identify specific marks, styles, points of construction, and, basically give them the tools that would make them experts at least in this one particular area….more

Today in History – May 29

The Associated Press – In 1995, Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate, died in Skowhegan,Maine, at age 97. In 1998, Republican elder 

HISTORY CAMP, FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, OFFERED BY MAINE 

MaineToday.com – May 27, 2009 The second, at Museum LA in Lewiston, from July 27 – 31st, 2009, will explore Maine’s long history as a home for immigrants from other countries. 

HISTORY CHANNEL’S ‘MODERN MARVELS’ TO FEATURE The CAT FERRY

MaineToday.com  popular show on the History Channel, will feature The CAT in an upcoming episode. The CAT is a high-speed ferry operating between Maine and Nova Scotia. 

Paddling Film Festival to benefit The Maine Island Trail 

MaineToday.com – The 740-mile water trail traces historic Native American travel routes through the rivers of this region, and is a living reminder of our history

Local Refuge Offers Native American History

WABI – May 27, 2009 This weekend, Maine Tribal Specialist David Sligger is offering some background on Native American history. “Explain to people some of the plants and 

Open House Day June 6: Discover Historic New England!

Discover New England history with a visit to one of twenty-five Historic New England properties open free to the public on Saturday, June 6.

From the 1664 Jackson House, the oldest surviving house in New Hampshire and Maine, to the 1938 Gropius House, home to Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and his family, Historic New England shares four hundred years of stories with visitors. From Wiscasset, Maine, to Saunderstown, Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in high-style mansions, and on rural estates and working farms.

The following historic sites offer free tours on June 6:

Maine
Hamilton House, South Berwick – c. 1785
Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick – 1774
Marrett House, Standish – 1789
Castle Tucker, Wiscasset – 1807
Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset – 1807
Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor – c. 1718

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