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Margaretta Days Festival, and more news

Machias fest, book celebrate Revolution

Bangor Daily News- The saying goes that we are our stories. If that’s so, I’d like to be a Watts, specifically a descendant of Hannah (Watts) Weston, who at 17 carried ammunition through the woods to help the patriots fight the British in the Battle of the Margaretta, the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War….

History teacher from Milo lauded by national DAR

Bangor Daily News- A history teacher at Penquis Valley High School for more than 35 years placed third in the National DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Contest this spring. Russell Carey, who grew up here, was nominated to receive the state honor by Tisbury Manor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Monson.

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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’

telegraph.co.uk 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

SignOnSanDiego.com (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

DNRonline.com 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
DON PERKINS

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
JULIANA L’HEUREUX

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 dlsoucy@remembermemedia.com.

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

MaineToday.com – 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

knox.VillageSoup.com -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

Seacoastonline.com -…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

knox.VillageSoup.com – “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

Examiner.com – 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

Seacoastonline.com – 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

PhysOrg.com -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

knox.VillageSoup.com -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 

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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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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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