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Maine history news headlines…

Cummings Mill site to be dedicated

NORWAY — The former C.B. Cummings & Sons Co. mill site will be dedicated by its current owners, Western Maine Healthcare Corp., in the near future, hospital officials say. Details of the ceremony were not available, said Kate Wight, community relations coordinator, but they are …

Grandfather clock donation clicks with historical society
(This one’s a great piece for clock lovers from all over!)

KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Historical Society will showcase one of its new treasures during this weekend’s Kingfield Days festivities. Last year, George Stanley, a descendant of the well-known Stanley brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer, asked Society president David Holmes, if he’d …

Mount Desert Island lures leaders past and present

By REBEKAH METZLER Kennebec Journal AUGUSTA – Trains, steamships, yachts, and now planes. That’s how presidents have traveled to Mount Desert Island for summertime getaways…

Wanted: Old library chairs with stories to tell

By STEPHANIE HARDIMAN Staff Writer The VIA Group is offering cash to libraries across the nation for chairs with backgrounds…

Roxbury’s 175th anniversary to feature two parades

Two of 220 town of Roxbury 175th anniversary cookbooks, which include a wide variety of recipes collected from people in the River Valley area and their extended families, are shown here with a drawing of the town’s old train depot, which will adorn anniversary celebration T-shirts that will be s…

New cookbook for Roxbury’s 175th anniversary quickly selling out

ROXBURY — No self-respecting cook should be without the town of Roxbury cookbook, a collection of recipes from the River Valley area that began selling last month for $10 each. Out of 220 books printed and sold starting last month, 30 remained as of Friday afternoon. “We did w…

Local murals highlight historical society program

FARMINGTON — The work of Rufus Porter, well known for his painted landscape murals in local homes during the early 1800s, will be featured in a presentation by Jane Radcliff during the Farmington Historical Society’s July 12 meeting. The society meets in the basement of Henderson Me…

New mineral museum aims to involve local residents

Posted July 15-Larry Stifler likens his effort to bring world-class Maine gems back home for display in a new museum in Bethel to “a Greek coming to the British Museum to take back part of the Parthenon.” Stifler and his wife, Mary McFadden, own a summer home in Albany. Their p…


Maine Historical Society…

The Maine Historical Society invites you to a poetry reading and workshop…


Wednesday, August 4, 5pm

A Poetry Reading by Estha Weiner and Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine

Estha Weiner brings her newest book, Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press 2009) back home to Portland, to read with Betsy Sholl.  Hear the poets, who first met at The Stonecoast Writers Conference, weave their friendship and their poems as they consider how “home” shapes and shifts over time.  Maine, of course, plays a key role in that: Estha, a Portland native, moved away to go to college while Betsy moved here 27 years ago. Book signing to follow.

Wednesday, August 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
A Poetry and Writing Workshop with Estha Weiner

This multi-genre 3-hour writing workshop welcomes your poems, short fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Its only requirement is a fresh vision of Maine, past or present, an attentive ear and eye, and supportive feedback for fellow writers.  (If you have work that has nothing to do with Maine, that’s OK too.)  We will read and discuss each other’s work, discuss the writing process, and participants will receive careful, helpful feedback, towards revision. Please bring 11 copies of your work. We may add a short in-class exercise or two, and discuss how you go through your day as a writer, even if you think you can’t!  Registration required by Friday, July 30. Fee: $100/person. MHS members/students: $75/person.

For more information or to register, please email Estha Weiner at:

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and newly published Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In the Weather of the World is forthcoming from Ireland’s Salmon Press in 2011.  Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. including The New Republic and Barrow Street.  She won a 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize, a 2008/9 nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and  a 2008 Visiting Scholar at Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at City College of NY, Estha serves on the Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center and is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers Nights.

Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine, has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies and magazines. Betsy has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010,  9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 

For more information: 207-774-1822 or or 


Museums of Old York


Museums of Old York

2010 Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the

Annual Meeting of the Membership at:

The Visitor Center at Remick Barn

3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

We will vote on nominees for trustee positions and officers; hear the reports of the President, Treasurer, and Executive Director, and vote on proposed bylaw changes. Once business is done, we will introduce this year’s Elizabeth Perkins Fellows and hear briefly about their work.  Some of our Junior Docents will demonstrate traditional crafts they are learning.  Refreshments will include some authentic treats from the past baked that day by Junior Docents.

For more information or to download copies of the meeting agenda or the proposed changed bylaws please visit us online at http://www.oldyork.or

Please RSVP at (207) 363-4974

Opening Night Reception

21st Annual Decorator Show House

Just a reminder that the Opening Night reception for the 21st Annual Decorators Show House is a week from this Friday, July 16th.   Be among the first to view the newly decorated home and meet the designers who made it all possible. Admission is $50 and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a tour of this spectacular home.To reserve admission to the Opening Night Reception please have people contact The Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974, or send mail in your reservation or give us a call.

The Show House will open to the public July 17th and run through August 14th on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 1 to 4 pm. The Show House is closed on Tuesdays. Parking will be on-site. A $20 admission fee will be charged at the door, advanced ticket sales available through the Museums of Old York Office.


Penobscot Marine Museum

Meet Bestselling Author Linda Greenlaw
July 18, 3 pm

Commercial fishing captain, bestselling nonfiction author and mystery novelist Linda Greenlaw launches the Maine leg of her book tour for her latest – Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea – in a talk and party jointly sponsored by Penobscot Marine Museum and our friends at Left Bank Books.

At the First Congregational Church, right next to the museum. Free.

Windjammer Exhibit Opens

July 1, Main Street Gallery

Maine’s passenger-carrying schooners are the largest commercial sailing fleet in the developed world and a resonant image of the state’s modern coastal communities. See their history brought to life in “Earning Their Keep,” a new exhibit incorporating historic photography, artifacts, ephemera, videos, and models. The exhibit features rotating displays of top contemporary marine photographers:
·     Benjamin Mendlowitz (July 1 – August 3)
·     Michael Kahn (August 5 – 24)
·     Fred LeBlanc (August 26 – September 14)
·     Neal Parent (September 17 – October 24)


Birchbark canoe building demonstration
An authentic birchbark canoe will be built at the museum using traditional methods.

Penobscot Bay Day
Multiple events at the museum. Details TBA.

Children’s Events, Blue Hill
Activities with PMM educators at Blue Hill Public Library.
10-11am Mapping Penobscot Bay (ages 4-7)
11:30am-12:30pm All About Lobsters (ages 7+)


Gala and Auction
See below for details.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Visit the PMM booth at this popular annual show in Rockland.

Belfast Harbor Festival
Another PMM exhibit at a fun waterfront festival.

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Maine History Banquets & Birthdays

Museum’s of Old York Event


You are cordially invited to the

2010 Curator’s Pot-Luck at:

 The Remick Barn

3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine

Friday, February 26, 2010

5:30 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.

Please bring a dish to share and join us in honoring those who have donated objects to the museum’s collection. Learn the stories behind the museum’s most recently acquired objects and share your own stories as we explore the history of our community.

Please RSVP at (207) 363-4974

Museums of Old York | 207 York Street | P.O. Box 312 | York, ME 03909 | (207) 363-4974


Longfellow’s Birthday at the Maine Historical Society


Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) celebrates Longfellow’s Birthday with Irwin Gratz and Mayor Mavodones

Join us at Maine Historical Society for a family party to celebrate Longfellow’s 203rd birthday! Special guests Irwin Gratz, Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s local host of Morning Edition; Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones; and State Representative Herb Adams will be reading from Longfellow’s poetry, and there will be Longfellow-inspired performances by puppeteer Blainor McGough and musical act Over A Cardboard Sea.  We will also have craft activities, prizes, cake, and a birthday card for Henry for everyone to sign.

The party is free and open to the public and will be held on February 27 from 10-12 at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine’s place in a changing world.

For More Information on the Birthday Party:

Carolin Collins, Director of Education, 207-774-1822 x212;
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME   04101

Museum News


Museum scrambling to save artifacts stored in Bates Mill No. 5
LEWISTON – There was one safe haven for all of Lewiston-Auburn’s discarded relics – Bates Mill Building No. 5.
Rachel Desgrosseilliers of Museum L-A said she’s taken full advantage of the wide open space beneath the building’s saw-toothed roof. Read more

Buyer Beware: Recognizing New ‘Antiques’
As the popularity of antiques and collectibles has grown over the years, it has naturally resulted in the creation of copies. It’s a sad fact that almost anything of value from the past is now reproduced and often passed off as the real McCoy. Worthologist Liz Holderman says education and experience is absolutely essential in order to identify a real antique. Liz, always helpful, offers up a few generalities that can help the casual collector to understand the different ways that new “antiques” appear on the market and how to identify them. Read “Buyer Beware: Recognizing New ‘Antiques'”

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History Headlines Roundup for 09-09-09

Here’s this week’s sprinkling of history headlines from around Maine…..

800-year-old apple ‘healthiest to eat’ Researchers claim that the Pendragon apple, which has been grown in England since the 12th century, contains higher levels of plant chemicals linked to health benefits – including reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar – than other varieties….

Dutch Royals Visit New York 400 Years After Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage

AP Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, got a rousing welcome from West Point cadets as they visited the U.S. Military Academy for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage….

Labor Day reverence is lost, say historians (Union Tribune) We don’t labor, not most of us anyway. It’s a day off, and an odd one. It’s the only national holiday where the thing we are celebrating is the thing we’re getting paid not to do: work….

Professor to share Bath family legacy

At age 13, Nathan Cogan, delivered an 87th anniversary recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the Civil War memorial on Center Street in Bath. On Sunday, Cogan, now 72 and a Portland, Ore., resident, returns to Bath to deliver another celebratory dialogue. Fourscore and seven years ago, his forefathers gathered to sign a charter dedicating the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue….

Search hopes to find 510-year-old Newfoundland church

National Post (Canada) Newfoundland and Labrador’s top archeologist has revealed plans to search for the remains of a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay — a project aimed at adding to a string of recent discoveries about explorer John Cabot’s history-making voyages to Canada in the late 15th century….

Lincoln’s last signature?: Signed envelope, believed to be real, found at flea market

The Morning Journal “Let this man enter with this note. April 14, 1865. A. Lincoln.” The short sentence is written on a small envelope, tattered and discolored with age. But it has been a ticket to a big adventure for Bruce Steiner, who stumbled upon the lost fragment of history at the bottom of a box of assorted papers he purchased at Jamie’s Flea Market in October 2006….

Civil War Battlefield Funding Taking Shape HARRISONBURG – Funding to preserve 178 acres of the Civil War battlefield at Port Republic is nearly in hand, according to a letter from the national Civil War Preservation Trust. In a letter received last week, the trust said it is joining forces with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation headquartered at New Market to buy the development rights on the land….

Standish man’s efforts preserve the land he loves

In the 1940s, Gene Stuart spent part of his youth plying Sebago Basin in an old wooden rowboat. Now in his late 70s, Gene Stuart is proud to live along the Sebago Lake Basin in Standish where his family first settled more than 200 years ago. Thanks to dedication and foresight secured a decade ago, 53 acres of these woods and fields are forever protected with an easement through the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Normally closed to the public, folks will have a special opportunity to walk the property on Saturday when the land trust holds its annual business meeting, picnic lunch and outdoor family walk here from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m….

Saco Museum exhibit to focus on factory girls’ contributions

Maine’s empty old factory buildings were once bustling with thousands of young girls who worked up to 12 hours a day doing hazardous industrial jobs. An upcoming permanent exhibit at the Saco Museum will bring attention to the area’s young and hard-working factory girls of the 1830s through the 1850s. Opening this Oct. 30, “A Factory Girl Boardinghouse Bedchamber” will reveal how the factory girls lived. The purpose of the exhibit is to focus on Saco’s industrial history, particularly on the lives of the girls, many of them French-Canadian, who provided labor for the mills during the mid-19th century’s industrial expansion…..

Trolley museum restores historic locomotive

York Weekly – The ceremony also commemorates the opening of a new gallery exhibit “History in Motion: Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities” and the launch

VIENNA Historical Society rehabs home

Kennebec Journal – Preserving local history presents many challenges, but a Maine State Museum grant program has helped launch renovations efforts at

Books to Showcase Maine’s Family Farm History

WABI -Berry’s creating books to highlight Maine’s farming history, but he’s researching that history in an unusual way. He’s using old aerial photographs taken

Keeping history alive in Windsor

Kennebec Journal -Up to 70 people will dress in period costumes during the Windsor Fair this week and put on demonstrations giving a detailed picture of rural life in Maine.

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This week’s history news; Sept 02

Here’s another week’s worth of history related headlines from around the web……………

If you have some news or an event you’d like to share, please email it to me at

Hallowell searching its collective memory

Kennebec Journal –He said the group wants to create a larger, more expansive base from which to draw information about Hallowell’s role in early Maine history.

Rufus King, unsung figure of American history, helped crusade end …

New York Daily News -During a Senate debate in 1820 that led to the Missouri Compromise, which admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as free, King boldly declared slavery

History of Mills, Brickyards Seen at MuseumLA – My upcoming book is “The Franco-Americans of Maine,” and strictly speaking, not all of the millworkers and brickmakers were of French-Canadian heritage.

Wheeling Trolley In Maine Museum

Wheeling Intelligencer -With a lot of money, a little bit of luck and a multitude of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of streetcars in America – that’s how.

Windjammer festival to parade marine heritage

Bangor Daily News -Organizers expect that nothing like the past weekend’s rain will be able to dampen the experience of the Camden Windjammer

‘Monster Quest’ star explores Maine oddities -He has been both an on- and off-camera consultant to NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” A&E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” History Channel’s “In Search of History,”

New history benefits Camden Public Library

Working Waterfront – Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. says, “A book such as this not only preserves the history of past generations, but animates it for the

Fire sweeps through abandoned mill in Maine

Bangor Daily News – The fire was reminiscent of a recent blaze in Lewiston that destroyed the historic Cowan Mill, a textile mill that had been vacant for some time.

Book-signing, not tours, to mark Lighthouse Day in York -…but activities to help celebrate the state’s Open Lighthouse Day are planned at Sohier Park, just in front of the historic light. In June, the Maine

AUGUSTA Curiosity uncovers historic sundial

Kennebec Journal – The meridian monument was one of those erected at county courthouses in Maine between 1869 and 1871, according to research by Harold E. Nelson,

Paranormal group barred from Farmington cemeteries

LSJ-FARMINGTON — Reactions to a recent paranormal investigation in local cemeteries has caused town officials to request that members of Central Maine Paranormal Investigators not return for a second time Saturday….

Historian recognized for work to restore area pride

LSJ-LIVERMORE FALLS — History sneaked up and surprised historian W. Dennis Stires early Saturday afternoon at the Maine Paper and Heritage Museum on Church Street. Stires came out on a rainy Saturday to listen to his favorite storyteller, Norman Vashaw of Canton talk about the early days of logging. Vashaw’s talk actually served to camouflage the 1:30 p.m. recognition ceremony for Stires, 70, of Livermore, who dedicated more than 35 years of his life to preserving the heritage and history of the Livermore Falls area.

State parks, historic sites will remain open Friday

Maine’s state parks and historic sites will remain open and staffed on Friday even though it’s a state shutdown day. Maine Forest Service rangers also will remain on duty to patrol and protect Maine’s woods. The Bureau of Parks and Lands operational staff will be on duty, but headquarters and administrative staff will be off duty. Park managers, rangers, lifeguards and customer service representatives will be working that day. The full amenities of parks will be available. Park fees will be collected and park facilities will be cleaned and maintained.

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History Headline Roundup for August 29, 2009

Here’s another collection of history related headlines from around the web…

 Maine settlement reenactment set

WGME – It focuses on a little-known time period of Maine’s history, when cod fishing was a way of life. Park Manager Kelsie Tardif says that’s an important reason 

New history benefits Camden Public Library

Working Waterfront – Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. says, “A book such as this not only preserves the history of past generations, but animates it for the 

Local men collaborate on Down East book – “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses” explores the architectural history and stories behind the notable homes of Maine. General Henry Knox built 

Volunteers sought as Eliot’s bicentennial blowout nears

York Weekly – Courtesy photo By David Ramsay ELIOT, Maine — The town’s bicentennial celebration may be a year away, but a group of hard-working volunteers is already 

Scientific American started publication in 1845 – He started school at the age of four and the family moved to Maine when he was nine. He was one of six children. In 1815 he married and moved to Connecticut 

SIDNEY Festival site may expand

Kennebec Journal – The Maine Trappers Association has begun hosting its “Fall Rendezvous” at the riding club and the Sidney Historical Society has reserved the space for an 



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History Headline Roundup for August 28th

Here are a few more headlines for your enjoyment!


Lecture to explore women’s travel in 19th century US – SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Historic New England will hold a free illustrated lecture by University of Southern Maine professor Elizabeth Bischof at 5:30 pm 

Prehistoric tools discovered at Isles of Shoals -The excavations produce sufficient evidence to officially designate the site; an application will be filed with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission 

Read a Rich history of the Rapid River

York County Coast Star – Her love of Maine lives in the words of her numerous writings; biographical, semi-biographical, historical, and fiction. Many of her memories have been 

Camden group seeks funding for movie house -Glass said his group has already met with the state fire marshal and representatives of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. 

Exeter area news briefs

York Weekly – 2 at 7 pm Zwicker has her own tour company, New England Curiosities, which gives tours in New Hampshire and Maine and has been featured on the History 



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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