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Nelson Dingley Jr.

Genealogy is about the memories we give, as well
The presentation is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted to benefit Orono Historical Society. For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at

$10000 grant will help renovate old train depot
The 1851 depot is the oldest rail-related structure in Maine, and among the oldest in the US, according to a press release from the society. The restoration is a component of the society’s ongoing initiative to restore its historic village…

Presque Isle trolley offering trips back in time
“There used to be electric trolleys all over the state,” said historical society president Craig Green. “But this is the first-ever trolley in northern Maine.” Vintage trolleys and replicas like the Presque Isle vehicle are common tourist attractions…

Misery Gore. China. Meddybemps. Bangor. Poland. Amity. Cornville. Maine names: Behind the state’s unusual place names are our hopes, ancestors, religion, colorful characters and imaginations.

Have you ever driven down a Maine road and seen a sign that made you wonder just where on Earth our names come from? Meddybemps. Mars Hill. Argyle. Misery Gore. That last one might have made you want to turn back. There are some pretty odd place names in Maine and…

In death, Portland woman reunited with long-lost love

Teresa Getchell spent decades seeking the truth about her husband’s wartime death in 1969.

Cultivating Younger Buyers a Must for Antique Dealers
As an antique dealer and collector, as well as a business owner, Michelle Staley is always looking for new ways to reinvent her business, her brand and her product line. Right now, Michelle says, she sees the need to make her inventory attractive to the Twentysomething consumer. Many Baby Boomers are downsizing and, while they are still spending money on antiques and collectibles, Michelle argues that antiques and collectibles dealers need to cultivate a younger generation of shoppers to keep their businesses afloat. So, how do you go about making your antique store front or website attractive to the young consumer? Michelle has some tips. Read “Cultivating Younger Buyers a Must for Antique Dealers”

More Events, Exhibits and Presentations

Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection: Exhibit of photography from the museum’s archives. Free. At Camden Public Library. April 1-30.

Selections from the Elmer Montgomery and Atlantic Fisherman Collections: Exhibits of photography from the museum’s archives. Free. At Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Through April 30.

Digging Deeper into the Elmer Montgomery Collection: Illustrated talk by Curator Ben Fuller. Free. At Hutchinson Center, Belfast. April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Greetings from Stockton Springs: Illustrated talk by Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson, with historic photos from the Eastern Illustrating collection. Free. At Stockton Springs Community Library. April 29, 2 p.m.

Maine Agriculture: Views from the Past: Historic photo exhibit. Donation requested. At Page Farm and Home Museum, University of Maine-Orono. May 10 – Nov. 10.

The following is excerpted from Representative Men of Maine, ed. by Henry Chase, pub. 1893 by the Lakeside Press:

Journalist, Legislator, Ex-Governor, and Congressman, Nelson Dingley, Jr., stands in the front rank of the sons of Maine and is in very many respects a most excellent type of New England character. Ability, industry, courage, and a capacity for work are the great causes of his success. It is these, coupled with honesty and perseverance, that have made his pathway straight from the country schoolhouse to the national capitol.

Mr. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine, February 15, 1832, being the eldest son of Nelson and Jane L. Dingley. The following year the parents removed to Parkman, this state, where they kept a country store in connection with the village hotel. The son was distinguished in the district school for his studious habits and good scholarship. At twelve years of age, he attended the high school, three miles distant, walking each morning and night and carrying his dinner pail. When sixteen years of age he organized a temperance society in his town, and from that time to the present he has always taken a deep interest, and been an able and faithful worker, in the great cause of temperance. When seventeen years of age he taught school in the town of China, and continued to teach every win1er but one for the next five years. In 1851, he entered Colby University, then Waterville College, where he remained one year and a half, and then took a course at Dartmouth, from which he graduated in 1855 with high rank in scholarship.

After leaving college, Mr. Dingley studied law with Morrill & Fessenden at Auburn, and was admitted to the Bar in 1856. In September of that year he purchased one-half of the Lewiston Journal, and the year following he became the sole proprietor and editor. At this time, the Journal
was a weekly paper. A daily edition was added in 1861, and Frank L., a younger brother of Nelson, became associated with the paper, which has continued under their management to the present time. It supported the first Republican nominee in this State, and has since that time been an able Republican journal

In 1861 Mr. Dingley received his first election to public office, being only twenty-nine years of age. He was re-elected a member of the Legislature in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1868, and 1873; was speaker in 1863 and 1864. In 1867-8 he was at the head of the State Lodge of Good Templars, and was justly regarded as the leader in the temperance and prohibitory movement in Maine. Mr. Dingley was elected Governor of the State in 1873, and re-elected by an increased majority in 1874, but declined a re-election the following year.

In 1881 he was elected by the Republicans in the second district to fill the vacancy in Congress caused by the election to the Senate of Hon. William P. Frye, and took his seat in the House at the opening of the Forty-seventh Congress, in December of that year. He was re-elected to the Forty-eighth, Forty ninth, Fiftieth, Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses, and always by good majorities.

Mr. Dingley’s first speech in Congress was made April 25, 1882, on “Protection to American Shipping.” This speech commanded attention both in Congress and throughout the country, especially in commercial circles. It was pronounced by the Washington Star “a speech of much ability and force, giving promise of a successful career in Congress,” and by the Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune ” one of the best speeches ever made by a new member.” He has taken an active part in the discussions of many of the leading measures before the House during his congressional career. Among those may be mentioned the various shipping bills the silver question, reduction of taxation, compulsory pilotage, the tariff, the fishery question, the French spoliation claims, the anti-Chinese bill, etc. Perhaps his greatest efforts in Congress have been devoted to relieving American shipping of many of the burdens resting upon it and to the promotion of that great industry in which many of his constituents have large interests.

Mr. Dingley has served on some of the important committees of the House, notably the Ways and Means, the Appropriations, the Banking and Currency Committee, the Committee on Merchant Marine and Eisheries, and the Select Committee on American Ship-building and Ship-owning Interests In 1884 he reported from the Shipping Committee a bill to remove certain burdens on American shipping, and a bill to “Constitute a Bureau of Navigation” in the Treasury Department, and largely through his labor and influence these bills passed both houses of Congress the same year and became laws.

As a legislator Congressman Dingley is industrious and painstaking, and as a debater he is vigorous and logical. He is thoroughly conscientious and honest in all he does and says, and to these qualities may be attributed largely his success in Congress and throughout his whole public career.

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Civil War Happenings in Maine & More!

Time tour looks at Deer Isle 150 years ago
Island Ad-Vantages
A Maine Town in the Civil War, by Vernal Hutchinson, with anecdotes such as this one, was the topic of a talk at the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society July 23 on the occasion of the annual Touring Through Time event held by area historical

Rachel Field — poet, writer, daughter of Maine
Bangor Daily News
As a result, her legacy is a cherished part of local history around the Cranberry Islands of Maine, of which Sutton is a part. The folks from Great Cranberry Island Historical Society have dedicated a good portion of their wonderful museum to Rachel

Barker book to explore Portland’s Irish in the Civil War
Portland Daily Sun
By David Carkhuff At age 8, Matthew Jude Barker began tracing his family history. At age 11, he joined the Maine Historical Society. So it may come as no surprise that Barker today is immersed in writing not just one but two books on Irish history.

Weekly calendar, Aug. 4, 2011
Bangor Daily News
BREWER — Brewer Historical Society, Clewley Museum, Civil War history and artifacts, 1-3 pm Thursdays, 199 Wilson St. CORINTH — Corinth Historical Society Museum, 2-7 pm Wednesdays, Main Street. HAMPDEN — Hampden Historical Society, Katherine

Museum slide talk to be held in Owls Head
Bangor Daily News
OWLS HEAD, Maine — A slide talk by the Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archivist Kevin Johnson will be held at 7 pm Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive. The talk, sponsored by the Mussel Ridge Historical Society


History of Bar Harbor Told Through PostcardsEarle Shettleworth pens new book
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History series is Bar Harborfrom local author Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. The book boasts more than 200 vintage postcards and memories of days gone by.By 1898, when the production of picture postcards began, Bar Harbor had become one of America’s leading summer resorts and second only to Newport, RI, in wealth and social standing. For the next six decades, the postcard recorded the transformation of this coastal island community into a middle class tourist destination.

Grand hotels, seaside mansions, and elegant gardens made way for roadside cabins and motels catering to automobile travelers. Bar Harbor features many never-before-published postcards from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Bar Harbor Historical Society, and the Penobscot Marine Museum.

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Bar Harborby Earle G. Shettleworth Jr.

Postcard History Series

Price: $21.99

128 pages/ softcover

Available: June 13, 2011

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Maine History News for Sunday, February 20, 2011

More news and headlines from Maine’s world of history! Winter is pretty dull up here in Maine, historically speaking, but there’s still lot’s going on around the state. Fortunately, we’re only a few short weeks away from the unofficial start of mud season and the restarting of many of our historical society’s seasonal cycles. I’m hoping to be able to get in a lot more time around the state this year and finally get Touring Maine’s History running at the speed I’d like it to be at. If you or your society has news or events to share, feel free to e-mail them to me at, and please check out our website at Time is still somewhat restrictive, so I intend to do one weekly post every Sunday of these news headlines and event calendars, so try to get your info in to me by Saturday evening if you can.

I’m also planning on doing a series of historical society highlights later on this year which will be a good promotional tool if you’d like to be included.

Franco genealogical library looking for new home

AUBURN — Normand Angers doesn’t seem surprised that the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society has to find a new home after 10 years.  He’s matter-of-fact about it. “We just need a place to go, and as soon as possible,” Angers, president of the library, said…

Ice or snow, to market we will go

Sarcophagus, anyone? Itchy for antiquity? Though it’s no longer there, for many months you and your forklift could have scooped one up at Brunswick’s Waterfront Flea Market, despite the cold outside. How about a pair of mint-condition grey suede chaps – with fringe (hi-ho…

Save Teaching American History Grants–Contact Your Senator Now!

The National Coalition for History is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible urging them to save the Teaching American History (TAH) Grants Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants).…Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY 2011. It is absolutely vital that our members send emails as soon as possible to save TAH and Civics funding in FY’11. We will be sending a separate sample letter regarding FY’12 appropriations and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) later this spring….

Portrait of the past Retired Maine doctor digs into the past…

Dr. Newell Augur is a retired gastroenterologist from Portland – the one in Maine. He’s also a bit of a history buff. It’s easy to understand why.

Winter Lyceum returns to Left Bank

‎According to Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette, “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt,” and will explore Maine’s influence on Teddy Roosevelt

‘Clam wars’ specter haunts border dispute testimony

‎LD 69, “An Act To Restore the Historical Town Boundary between Harpswell and gained approval by the Maine Legislature — should have settled once and for



News from the Penobscot Marine Museum…

New Stubbs Paintings for Collection;

The recent addition of two new paintings brings PMM’s permanent collection of works by artist William Pierce Stubbs to 15. The son of shipmaster Reuben Stubbs, William was born in Orrington, Maine, in 1842. He commanded a ship from 1863 to 1873, but began painting ship’s portraits in 1871. He moved to Boston in 1876 and set up a studio, mainly producing marine portraits. William Stubbs died in 1909….

“Main Streets” Photos Come to Penobscot County

“Main Street, Maine,” PMM’s popular traveling exhibit of vintage photographs, is on display at the Newport Cultural Center through

May 3….The show features dozens of 75- to 100-year-old images from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection. Many of them show Main Streets when the modern townscape was evolving, with transportation shifting from unpaved roads and horses to paved roads and automobiles. Captions for the exhibit were written by Maine State Historian, Earle Shettleworth….

Save the Date! 
    When: April 2, 2011
    What: ART PARTY
Please set aside the evening of April 2nd for a benefit dinner to be held at the Museums of Old York’s Remick Barn and Jefferds Tavern. We are planning a festive and artistic dinner party as a means of raising funds for the on going upkeep and needed repairs of the George Marshall Store.


As one of the properties owned and maintained by the Museums of Old York, the Store has been used as a contemporary art gallery for the past 15 years. So many people have told me how much they enjoy the gallery and its idyllic setting. It is my hope that people’s enthusiasm for this special place will result in a successful and fun fund raising event.


An invitation by mail will follow shortly but in the meantime mark your calendar for ART PARTY!

Many thanks,

Mary Harding

Curator, George Marshall Store Gallery

Museums of Old York

Tel: (207) 351-1083
140 Lindsay Road, York Maine

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Representative Men of Maine; Hon. Thomas B Reed

Hon. Thomas B. Reed

HON. THOMAS B. REED was born in Portland on the 18th of October, 1839. He was educated in the common schools of Portland and at Bowdoin College, where he was graduated in the class of 1860. During the four years immediately following his graduation Mr. Reed was engaged in teaching and in the study of law. He was for a time assistant teacher in the Portland High School. In April, 1864, before he had passed his examination for admission to the Bar, he was appointed Acting Assistant Pay-master in the United States Navy, and was assigned to duty on the “tin clad” Sybil, then under command of Lieut. H. H. Gorringe, later a distinguished officer of the navy.

After the close of the war Mr. Reed returned to Portland and was admitted to the Cumberland Bar. Before three years the Republicans of Portland made him their candidate for one of the seats in the lower branch of the State Legislature. His election followed, and he took his seat in the House in the session of 1868. Mr. Reed was re-elected to the Legislature of 1869, and in 1870 the Republicans of Cumberland County promoted him to a seat in the State Senate.

In his terms of service as a member of the Judiciary Committee Mr. Reed had shown his abilities as a lawyer, and great confidence was felt in his judgment by all with whom he came in contact. So it happened that while acting as a member of the State Senate, he was selected in 1870 by the Republicans of Maine as their candidate for Attorney-General of the State He was elected, and assumed the duties of the office at the age of thirty years, being younger than any man who had held the office since the organization of the State. The three terms which he served in this important office were marked by the trials of many important causes for the State.

In 1874, Mr. Reed became City Solicitor of Portland, and for four years served the city in that capacity. It was a time when the city had large interests at stake, for the management of which Mr. Reed’s experience and ability were most successfully applied.

Mr. Reed was still serving the city of Portland as its Solicitor, when the election of 1876 approached for the choice of members of the Forty-fifth Congress, which was to assemble in December, 1877. Mr. Reed’s friends in the first district determined that he should be the Republican nominee. In a memorable canvass he was nominated and elected. The House of Representatives which he entered was Democratic, as have been all the Houses but two since he has been in Congress. But he was not long in coming to the front, and gave early promise of the distinguished legislative career of influence and leadership which has marked his membership of the House. As speaker of the Fifty-first Congress, and as leader of the Republican side, he has won great fame. Mr. Reed’s speakership marked a new era in the legislative history of Congress. Before that, it had always been within the power of a strong and determined minority to stop any legislation. Minorities had never failed to use this power, and the absurdity of allowing a minority to dictate in a popular government, where all government is supposed to be by majorities, had not only been tolerated, but had actually been elevated to the dignity of a great principle of statesmanship. It was Mr. Reed’s great work to abolish this pernicious usage. His famous rulings caused a tremendous uproar in the national House and throughout the country. He was denounced in unmeasured terms by partisan papers; but his rulings were sustained by the Supreme Court of the United States, and the principle that he enunciated of the inviolability of the right of the majority to rule has been followed by his political opponents. Although they have studiously asserted that the “Reed Rules” would never be adopted by them, they have used analogous methods; and now no minority is allowed to thwart the will of the majority.

As a leader on the floor Mr. Reed has attained distinguished success. This is in a large measure due to the fact that he has added to unrivaled forensic ability good common sense and honesty of purpose. An undoubted partisan, he has always had a firm conviction that in the domination of the Republican Party lies the surest safeguard of the fame and prosperity of his country. Keeping the mission of his party in view, he has never allowed his influence to count for any partisan move of doubtful patriotism. In the present Congress he has just led the Republican minority in the repeal of the Sherman law, when the Democratic majority found itself powerless by itself to carry out the program of its President.

Mr. Reed has not allowed his engrossing duties as a public man to interfere with his taste for literary pursuits. He is a student of English literature and a great admirer of its masterpieces. He is also familiar with the literature of several foreign tongues, and especially French literature. Few names are more familiar on the title pages of the great magazines than his, and the North American Review for the last four years has rarely failed, at any memorable juncture of public affairs, to contain a luminous and charming article from his pen.

Mr. Reed’s attachment to the city of his birth is sincere and strong; and whenever public duties do not call him away, he is to be found at his office or his home in Portland.

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Maine’s Civil War Sesquicentennial

The state of Maine opened a new website this week to begin the trek towards the Civil War’s sesquicentennial anniversary which begins on April 12th of 2011. The site can be found here at Maine Civil War Sesquicentennial. The page has a few words of some past events and an explanation of sorts of what is to come. It also provides a link to the Maine Civil War Memorial page directory. You can click onto any of the town memorials listed there and it will take you to a page showing picture(s) and giving a description and location of each of the 148 monuments on the state’s list.


From the Sun-Journal:

Homestead Farm Days slated for April 24

FARMINGTON — The “work of our hands,” a variety of handmade, homemade and home-grown items including small farm animals, will highlight a Homestead Farm Day on April 24 at Trinity United Methodist Church.Organizer Pat Starbird said she responded to farmers’ requests, “When can …


And on a note from the PPH, Maine is going to be charging admission fees for many locations that currently offer free admission. While I don’t necessarily like the idea of having to pay to get into these sites, I do support the state of Maine’s efforts to try to keep these places open and maintained for our enjoyment. If you visit any Maine sites frequently, I would suggest obtaining a seasonal pass, available at the Maine State Parks website here.

Pay per view: Maine sightsno longer priceless


By: Ann S. Kim The state will start charging visitors to parks like Mackworth Island and Kettle Cove to help fund maintenance.


And in other news from around the web……

Jonesport historians revel in genealogical collection

‎Bangor Daily News – Sharon Kiley Mack – 11 hours ago JONESPORT, Maine — Volunteers with the Jonesport Historical Society are sifting through thousands of pages of genealogical documents,

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Tourists, Fort Halifax, Railroads, and Gundalows

Things seem to be cooking up in Winslow at the Fort Halifax historical site. A piece in Sunday’s Morning Sentinel describes the plan b y the Friends of Fort Halifax to improve the future of this piece of Maine’s past. Their plans include new parking, grounds and buildings. The article says Included in the group’s “master plan” are a new parking lot, entrance and welcome center, reconstructed historic buildings, new boat landings, gazebos and park benches, a 2-mile-long walking path and a riverboat offering dinner cruises. The price tag for all of this reportedly comes to about 1.5 million dollars. The piece further states that The intent is to turn the park into a year-round recreational and cultural hub.

All well and good, and I do wish these people the best of luck, but I am hoping that the historical significance of this site remains at the forefront of their vision. Too often well meaning people will take an area of great historical significance and turn it into just another amusement park in their quest to boost attendance at the site. Apparently the town and group share the idea that funding could come from some kind of a federal earmark, bad idea in my mind, and no local taxes or fundraising would be needed. My feeling is that zero dollars for these sorts of projects should come from any tax dollars at all. When people contribute of their own volition to a project they in turn become part of that project, even if in just a very small way.

By becoming part of a project you can take ownership of the project, and be proud of the outcome and more willing to provide continued support to that project. Obtaining funding from some impersonal federal grant or earmark is nothing more than taking anonymous donations from every single taxpayer in this nation. That being the case, how many of them will actually put any effort into that particular recipient project? Most people in the US have never even heard of Fort Halifax, so why should they care?


You know, one of the things Maine has a history for is tourism, and it surprises me that more local historical societies don’t seem to want to connect to that part of Maine’s heritage by promoting themselves more. One hardly ever sees advertising for museums beyond local papers, and when you do, the museums are only open for a few hours each week, frequently at times not conducive to drawing any interest from possible visitors from away.

A Bangor Daily News article, Waterfront train proposed to Belfast councilors, tells of at least one organization, the Brooks Preservation Society, and their plans to take advantage of that heritage and try to entice more visitors to the Belfast area by enlarging the operations of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad by extending their tracks to the Belfast waterfront. Belfast is a great little community, and I hope things work out for everyone up there. By connecting the sea going and railroad histories of the area together they’ll go a long way towards improving the future outlook of preserving Belfast’s history.


Wesget Sipu Inc. of the St. John Valley area has received a grant for the preservation of the cultural traditions of the Mic Mac and Maliseet tribes. I understand that the intent of this nonprofit group is to record the genealogies of the areas tribal population as well as collecting ephemera, pottery and other articles relating their heritage.

Speaking of grants, I also hear that the Gundalow Company received a $30,000 in funding to promote their educational program in assisting to preserve the Piscataqua Maritime Region, which extends from York down to the Hamptons in NH. The intent is to further share the educational resources in promoting the preservation of the coastal area with various historical and educational organizations such as Strawberry Banke, Museums of Old York and the Great Bay Discovery Center in NH.


If you have something you’d like to share here regarding any of Maine’s historical or preservation organizations, please drop me a line at I’ll get it up as soon as I can. Happy history!

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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, or

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 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.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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…


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.


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.


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.



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 
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,, 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 



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. (207) 865-2047

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