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L.L. Bean: The stuff of legend

Headlines have been kind of sparse lately, so I have decided to add some material beyond the front pages and event listings in the next few posts. You can still email your events and news that you would like to share at the same old address: editor@remembermemedia.com though.

LL Bean in Freeport is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and it looks like there will be lots of excitement and a good number of events to spread the pride of reaching that milestone. 100 years is a long time for a business to be open, and I extend my hand in congratulations for their success, and wish them another 100 years. The papers will be full of articles the next few months with lots of information and articles on the birth and growth of this company.

Of course, as we all know, Leo Leonwood Bean designed his first hunting shoe in 1911 because he, like so many of us, was sick and tired of having wet, cold, and aching feet when returning home from his jaunts in the woods. He had some leather tops sewn to a pair of rubbers, and the rest is history. The Bean ad here lists a service whereby a hunter could send in any old pair of boots, and LL Bean’s craftsmen would clean them up, sew on a pair of rubbers and add new laces for the exorbitant cost (at the time) of just $3.40. Bean’s 100th anniversary hunting shoe lists for $139.00 in their catalog. What a difference a century makes!

L.L. Bean: The stuff of legend

FREEPORT — In the rear of a plain-looking white house — not far from the crush of shoppers at L.L. Bean’s retail complex — reside the relics of the company’s century-long history.

Racks of vintage wool coats hang alongside antique fishing poles and knapsacks. L.L. Bean-brand dinnerware sold in the 1950s is here. So are the original paintings used for the covers of Eisenhower-era L.L. Bean catalogs…

History’s hidden in the floorboards

MAPLE GROVE – This small Quaker church just two miles from the Canadian border was likely the last stop on the Underground Railroad for many runaway slaves making their way to freedom, according to historians in the Fort Fairfield area. But it isn’t always easy to find references to it among historical accounts of the Underground Railroad, which helped tens of thousands of slaves gain freedom before slavery was abolished in 1865.

Those who helped the slaves faced jail and heavy fines, so they didn’t tend to leave written records of what they did…

Family history workshop offered at Counting House Museum

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A public workshop called Researching and Writing Your Family’s History will be held on the second floor of the Counting House Museum at 1 p.m. March 4.

Presented by author Joseph Hardy with genealogist Beth Tykodi, the event is free for members of the Old Berwick Historical Society, and new members are welcome to join at the door. A one-year membership donation is $20 per person or $30 for a family.

Hardy, whose book, “Four American Stories: Emigration and the Lure of the West,” was published this year, will explain how he discovered and developed the stories of his and his wife’s grandparents and their ancestors. He describes his book…

County man collects chain saws of all shapes, styles and colors

ALLAGASH, Maine — Anyone who has spent any time at all in the Maine woods is familiar with the sounds of a gas-powered chain saw. The constant buzz of a saw is the soundtrack to timber operations, woodlot maintenance and firewood gathering. It’s also music to the ears

 

From the Maine Historical Society

Friday, March 2, 5-8pm

First Friday Art Walk: Take to the Streets

Join us for a festive evening at MHS! Exhibits on display include Take to the Streets! in the Shettleworth Lecture Hall, Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine in our main gallery, and fantastic work by students in our Local History, Local Schools program in the Showcase Gallery.

Tuesday, March 6, 12pm

Longfellow’s Shadow: A reading of poems by Wesley McNair and Betsy Sholl

Join us to kick off our Richard D’Abate program series with readings by two Maine Poet Laureates. In his tenure at MHS, D’Abate, himself a poet, has embraced MHS’s Longfellow legacy as an opportunity to incorporate literature, the arts, and culture as vital elements of a Maine history that is broadly told and understood. The poets’ readings will reflect themes in Longfellow’s poetry, his stance as a poet, and his attitude toward the social issues of his time.

March Programs at Old York (From their March 2012 newsletter)

2nd Curator’s Potluck. Join us as we thank last year’s donors to our collections. Bring your appetite and a favorite dish to share. 5:30 p.m. at the Parsons Center. FMI and to RSVP to 207-363-4974 ext. 20 or email Cynthia Young-Gomes.

13th Stories, Stones and Superstitions — Author Talk at York Public Library. New England’s burying grounds are often called outdoor museums – full of history, art and chronicles of religious beliefs, genealogy, sometimes tragedy and scandal – even humor. Author Roxie Zwicker’s presentation will provide an explanation of the symbolism and special language of gravestones and further explore the attitudes and customs about death that these historic artifacts reflect. Focusing on early New England grave markers and their carvers, this illustrated program promises to be informative as well as entertaining and should make you look at area gravestones with new insight and appreciation. Books and artwork will be on sale after the presentation. Program co-sponsored by York Public Library and Museums of Old York. Noon at York Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. Call 207-363-2818

18th Blue Grass Jam with Kevin Dyer and Friends. Join this lively bunch on the third Sunday of (almost) every month from 1-4 p.m. at The Parsons Center at Museums of Old York, 3 Lindsay Road, York. $4 donation appreciated. FMI: email or call 207-363-4974

25th Andrea Quartet at the Parsons Center. Come listen to beautiful classical music by Haydn, Dvorak and Grainger at the Remick Barn. Learn about the composers and their work from violinists Augusto Salazar and Theresa Carr; violist Katie Backus; and cellist Michael Danielski. 3 Lindsay Road, York; 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: Adult $10, Student $5, Family $25.To purchase tickets stop by the museum office or call 207-363-4974 ext. 14.

31st Tap, Tap, Tap….. A Special Jefferds Tavern Dinner Fundraiser! Celebrate the very end of winter and help us raise funds for the winterization and restoration of Jefferds Tavern. A much beloved historic building, the Tavern continues to be a focal point in York Village and is used year-round for the Museum’s educational programs, Tavern Dinners and the annual Christmas Tea. The building stands as a shining example of how a group of concerned people can protect history while at the same time making a building relevant to the community. Today the tavern needs insulation, new clapboards, and “buttoning up” so that it can be used throughout the winter months with energy efficiency. Once this work is completed, there will be no better or more charming location for bridge parties, sewing groups, poetry readings, book clubs, tavern dinners, and the new educational programs for both children and adults. Watch for your invitation in the mail in early March. At the Parsons Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York Village, 6:30 p.m. for wine and hors d’oeuvres, 7:30 p.m. for dinner; $125 per person; RSVP by March 23, 2012; FMI call 207-363-4974 ext. 13 or email Laura Dehler.

Collecting a Hero for the Ages: A Look at Flash Gordon
Long before “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” captivated audiences with their imaginative tales of heroes, villains, alien creatures and travel to other galaxies, science-fiction fans were enthralled by the gallant exploits of the fearless space adventurer, Flash Gordon. Created by artist and cartoonist Alex Raymond, the dashing, blond-haired hero has been traveling to the strange planets, meeting a host of unusual beings and bizarre creatures, and battling the planet Mongo’s evil ruler, Ming the Merciless, for 78 years. As one of the science-fiction genre’s earliest and most popular creations, Flash Gordon was also one of the first…

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Ellsworth Historical Society Going to Jail

Ellsworth Historical Society reports that their November meeting will be held at the Old Jail. (sorry, couldn’t resist the leading titleJ) There are lots of other functions going on around Maine as well, so keep an eye on your local societies calendar of events. This time of year, many of the smaller societies are having their final meets of the year, so it is extra important that you help them out with closing up shop for the winter season. Also, we’re getting into the Christmas season and volunteering opportunities to help out with seasonal events are coming up. If you have a function going on and would like to spread the word, feel free to share here by emailing the details to editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

The Museums of Old York also has a full roster of events for November. The annual Tavern dinner is apparently sold out, but check out the other events they’ve got scheduled at www.oldyork.org.

History headlines seem to be slowing down in frequency, so look for more excerpts and stories about Maine history to fill in the off days here on Touring Maine’s History.

Ellsworth Historical Society to meet at Old Jail…

The November 14th meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society will be held at 40 State Street at the home of the Society, “The Old Hancock County Jail”. The regular business meeting will start at 7:00 pm and after the meeting members will be decorating the Victorian Home for the annual holiday open house scheduled for December 3, 2011 from 10:00 to 3:00. Members are asked to bring any Victorian Christmas ideas, traditions, and decorations they may like to share.

Membership is welcome to all and volunteers are always needed. For more information please contact Terri Cormier at 667-8235 or Linda Grindle at 667-5716. You may also email us at ellsworthhistory@yahoo.comand visit our website at http://ellsworthme.org/ellshistory/

A humble view of history
The Freeport Historical Society says its project helps visitors relate to life before indoor plumbing. By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@mainetoday.com FREEPORT – There was a time when every backyard in Maine had a privy. A nine-member AmeriCorps team…

Local group files request to save Wood Island Life Saving Station
KITTERY, Maine — One group submitted a proposal Thursday to restore the Wood Island Life Saving Station, and maintain the building and grounds of the island. The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association and Old York Historical…

Maine libraries, museums look to embrace technology
… of those organizations that are working toward historical preservation, sharing information, sharing expertise,” said Maine Archives and Museums Vice President George Squibb, who is also the archivist at the Belfast Historical Society and Museum…

Courthouse plan to be scaled back

AUBURN — A plan for modernizing Androscoggin County’s Civil War-era courthouse is getting a rewrite. The reason is a price tag of $34 million and climbing. A 123-page report to the County Commission detailed the aging building’s many flaws and possible changes including: the…

Museum offers second chance to see plane project

LEWISTON — Museum L-A is offering a second chance to see the Lockheed “Super Star” reconstruction project at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport with behind-the-scenes tours on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Thursday, November 10, 7pm

In Partnership with the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Maine

Tales from an Art Detective: Tracing Nazi-era Provenance

Presenter: Victoria Reed, Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

November Happening at Museums of Old York

4 Shaker Furniture.*Co-sponsored with York Public Library* Gene Cosloy is recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the Shaker philosophy as it pertains to the design and craftsmanship of their furniture. Never considering their work to be art but merely utilitarian and functional, the Shaker craftsmen nevertheless achieved worldwide fame and influence. Gene will explore the meaning and reasons behind this achievement by examining the history of the Shaker experience in America over a period of two centuries. 7 p.m. at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. Call 207-363-2818 more information.

11 Tavern Dinner. *This dinner is SOLD OUT!*Another in our popular series of scrumptious meals in a historic setting! Menu highlights include apple squash soup,pork roast and chocolate torte, among other timeless treats.Jefferds Tavern, 7 p.m. Email Richard Bowen for more information and to be placed on our waiting list for cancellations.

12 Author Talk: Elizabeth Collins Cromley. *Co-sponsored with York Public Library* Elizabeth Collins Cromley will speak about her book, “Food Axis: Cooking, Eating and the Architecture of American Houses”. She examines the way the architecture of America houses has evolved as food preparation changed from the colonial period through modern times. 11 a.m. at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, York. Call 207-363-2818 for more information.

17 Super Soap. Get your hands dirty while making soap. Learn how people made soap before you could buy it in the store and then make some of your own. Choose your ingredients, poor them into a decorative mold of your choice and take home totally useable and beautiful bars of soap for your kitchen and bathroom. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center.Registration required, ages 5 and up, $10 ($8 members).

21 The Art of Wreathmaking. Join MOY staff as we prepare wreaths to decorate our historic properties for the holiday season. Afternoon at The Parsons Center. More information to come.

30 Gingerbread House Competition. Help the Museums of Old York decorate a gingerbread rendition of the John Hancock Warehouse. Use frosting and candy to add windows, shingles, a ramp and the ocean so the house can be entered in York Library’s gingerbread house contest! After helping with our gingerbread house, decorate your very own house in true Victorian holiday style to take home. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Registration required, ages 5 and up, $25 ($20 members).

Other Museum News

Museums of Old York’s historic musuem buildings and exhibits are closed for the season, however, we are happy to arrange tours by appointment. Please contact our education and curatorial staff by email or call us at 207-363-4974 ext. 12 for more information.

Our Library and Archives are located in the Museums’ Administration Building at 207 York Street. The Library is open Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Please contact our library staff by email or call us at 207-363-4974 ext. 19 for more information.

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WWII Warbirds Flock to Auburn

Hello everyone! I’ve been vacationing, so a lot of news has been missed, but here is another roundup (a long one this time) of Maine history news highlights and headlines from around the state. Lots of exciting things going on, from the visit of some WWII warplanes to the LA municipal airport in Auburn. Also, a lot of events are still happening all over, even though Fall is coming, along with the traditional shuttering of many historical society operating seasons.

As usual, if you have trouble with a link, copy and paste it into your browsers search window to visit the site. And if you have any news to share ot events to schedule, feel free to email them to me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

I would like to give a shout out this week to Susan Sheffield of Dover Delaware for emailing a couple of excerpts from an issue of the New England Magazine with a story about Thomas B. Reed. It is unusual to find something like that so far from its home area. Thanks Susan!

Journalist/author visits Thomaston Historical
Thomaston — Author Kevin C. Mills will discuss his journey researching his family history to publishing his first novel, “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean,” at the monthly meeting of Thomaston Historical Society at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. The…

Author to discuss Civil War regiment from Maine at Heritage Day in Brooks
Brooks — Brooks Historical Society will hold its annual Heritage Day Open House on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1-4 pm at the Pilley House. New this year will be a featured speaker Peter Dalton of Northport, author of “With Our Faces To The Foe: A History Of…

Bird talks on ‘Rockland, Maine’s Tidal Turn’
Rockland — On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 pm, Rockland Public Library will present a talk John Bird on his recent book, “Rockland, Maine’s Tidal Turn.” The talk is co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society. Bird has compiled a series of columns…

Clean gravestones with water, elbow grease, gentle brushes
When I hear them talk about their travels — a newly discovered cemetery in Mercer, a historical society meeting in Hope — all I can think of is a pinball machine pinging them around Maine’s graveyards in need. Bill’s slide presentation took us along…

25 things to do this fall — festivals, foliage and fun
See how Mainers from the past two centuries got dressed up at the Maine Historical Society’s fashion in Maine exhibit, which runs into 2012. Hats, jewelry, shoes, hair combs, walking sticks and several complete costumes are on display along with a wide…

Irish lecture series proving to be a hit
A former teacher, he is a member of the Androscoggin Historical Society, Maine Historical Society and the Irish American Club of Maine. He has authored two books, “Early Murphy Descendants of Mary Hurley and James McCarthy” and “Androscoggin Irish…

Hauling History: Jon Hentz to share lobster trap lore
But through personal memory, research and craftsmanship, Hentz has hauled up more than a century’s worth of trap-making that he will present at the Georgetown Historical Society building Tuesday night. The free talk will trace the development from the…

Surprise takes WWII veteran back to old heights

A ride in a historic plane honors a Maine Tuskegee Airman who served his country and came home to face racial bias.

World War II bombers make stop in Auburn

AUBURN — “You see them on TV, but you never really know what they’re like inside,” marveled Russ Allen of Auburn as he made his way slowly through the belly of the B-17G Flying Fortress at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon. Inside, the plane was a…

Wings of Freedom bringing vintage planes to airport

AUBURN — Former New Gloucester resident Tom Driscoll picks up the leather flying jacket that his father, Lt. John Driscoll Sr., wore when he piloted B-17s in the 1940s. The jacket is a family treasure and symbol of the stories that John finally began telling about the war near th…

Old Otisfield Town House may be raised to save historic listing

OTISFIELD — The old Otisfield Town House and the approximate one-half acre of land it sits on may be raised 52 inches so it can retain its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The wood-frame 1905 building on Bell Hill Road has its original oak chairs and voting booth…

From WorthPoint; Q& A: Talking 125 Years of Coke
This year, Coca-Cola marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the famous beverage, first introduced as a fountain drink in Atlanta, Ga., in 1886. The popularity of the sparkling refreshment was aided by a merchandising frenzy, as thousands of mass-market advertising collectibles were produced over the years—from promotional items, holiday-themed items and signs—and all proved to be pretty durable, making collecting fairly easy. In that vein of thought, Worthologist Liz Holderman interviews Denis Bardin, the president of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club. Check out what hardcore Coke collectors are looking for these days. Read “Q & A: Talking 125 Years of Coke”

Museums of Old York Events:

October
3 Needle Wizards. Join us every Monday morning as we socialize while sewing costumes for Old York’s education interpreters. Whether you are good at cutting out patterns, hand-sewing caps, piecing skirts or sewing on the machine, we could use your help. Come to The Parsons Center upstairs in the gallery at 3 Lindsay Road for an hour or the whole morning. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information, email Cindi Young-Gomes at registrar@oldyork.org.

6 Who Discovered York? Observe Columbus Day in a different way by learning about the several “discoveries” of York from the 1630s – 1900s. 7 p.m. at The Parsons Center.

10 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. Email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

12 Scarecrow Making. Learn the origins of the scarecrow while you make one to decroate your yard. Bring old clothes to struff with leaves and create a crazy face out of cloth. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

15 Marketfest! The Museums of Old York will be a busy place Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferds Tavern will be open to the public for $1. Visitors can watch the Tavern Mistress cook a full meal over the open fire, enjoy traditional crafters, and check out our new upstairs exhibit on WWII home front efforts. Outside Jefferds Tavern children and adults can help press apples into cider, enjoy home baked goods and have fun making a rag doll at our kids table. The Parsons Center will be open for $1 with the upstairs exhibit on life in 17th century York, titled “The country heer is plentiful”, open all day. Downstairs people can view the pies entered in our Autumn Pies contest, or have their photo taken in costume in our Old Time Photo Booth. The pies will be judged in the The Parsons Center at 2 p.m. The 1719 Old Gaol will be open all day so people can see the original stone cells and learn about the prisoners incarcerated within. For $1 join us at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to watch theatrical prisoner performances and hear stories told by the jail keeper! If you would like to enter a pie in the Autumn Pies contest, or are interested in volunteering at the Museum for Marketfest, please email education@oldyork.org.

17 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. Email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

19 Fall Fair Day. Join us for traditional fair activities and fall fun! Potato sack and three-legged races, human ox pull, skillet throw, bobbing for apples, leaf diving for treasure and apple cider pressing. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

24 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. Email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

26 Pumpkin Carving. Come carve pumpkins in front of the fire! Learn the history of Halloween as you transform your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern and eat the seeds roasted over the open fire. Bring your own pumpkin. Knives, newspaper and cleanup will be provided. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. All ages are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Registration encouraged. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

29 Haunted Historical Halloween — Where Facts are Scarier than Fiction! Join a tour of historic ghosts starting at The Parsons Center and traveling through the buildings and grounds at Old York. For the young or skittish, we offer storytelling in Jefferds Tavern and spooky games in the Parsons Center. 6 – 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Members free. $5 for teens and adults and family rates for non-members.

Maine Historical Society Events:


Tuesday, October 4, 12pm

Book Talk: Our Game Was Baseball

Presenter: John Hodgkins, Author

Get in the mood for the World Series with this wonderful new memoir of growing up with the Temple Townies in the 1940s and ’50s. Our Game Was Baseball follows A Soldier’s Son, Hodgkins’ poignant memoir of his childhood in Temple, Maine during World War II. Hodgkins interviews former team members, recounts his own passion for the Townies, and explores the central role the Townies played in the life of this western Maine community.

Friday, October 7, 5-8pm

First Friday Art Walk: Two Fabulous Fashion Exhibits

Thursday, October 13, 7pm

Book Talk: Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

Presenter: Jane Brox, Author

Saturday, October 15, 1-4pm

Maine Home Movie Day with Northeast Historic Film

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Six Aroostook County locations renamed to remove racial slurs

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Adelbert Ames and His Recollection of the Attempted Robbery in Northfield

Adelbert Ames was born in Rockland, ME, on Oct. 31, 1835. He graduated West Point Academy in 1861 and was commissioned to the 2nd U.S. Artillery and fought in the First Battle of Bull Run where he earned the Medal of Honor. He was later reassigned to the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862 where he fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg…

Hurricanes of New England
Maps are available at the Weare Historical Society if you’d like to walk through … on record as the costliest and deadliest storm in New England history…

Old house requires special, loving care
I have had the privilege of … In the end, they offered the house to the Norway Historical Society…

Audience Calendar
Illustrated Lecture: History of Silk in America, Nancy Greenleaf and Sally Williams, Hiram Historical Society, free. 625-4762. 2:30 pm Saturday. …

Bangor Museum and History Center getting a museum makeover
A week after selling a rare … And with the Massachusetts Historical Society, which already has volumes one …

Three Chums tell tales of friendship at Lovell’s Brick Church Sept. 9
Gilman, a New Hampshire storyteller who periodically wanders into Maine… Baked Bean Awareness Month speaker for the Fryeburg Historical Society. …

Prospect News
The Prospect Historical Society will hold a meeting Sept.12th. in the Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Will be discussing the final Yard Sale at the Marsh School…

Publication on Dover-Foxcroft will be a genealogist’s treasure
The couple has long been involved with the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society and its home at the Observer building. Nancy is former president of MGS, and Jack is the current president. The Maine Genealogical Society produces its special publications …

Six Aroostook County locations renamed to remove racial slurs

It has taken more than 10 years, but recent place name changes approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names have removed the final racial slurs from Maine maps. The six locations, all in Aroostook County, are now named Scopan, Scopan Inlet, Scopan Knob, Scopan Lake, …

Archaeologists in Illinois dig to find civilization that vanished

The largest excavation of a prehistoric site in the country is poised to solve a riddle about Illinois prehistory that has lingered for a century — where did the Mississippians go? And why? An enormous dig of a village site first inhabited about 1050 A.D. is providing so much data and so many artifacts that archaeologists are daring to speculate that basic questions about the Mississippians will finally be answered.

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From Museums of Old York:

Upcoming Programs
For a complete and up-to-date calendar please see our website.

PLEASE NOTE:
The “History Challenge” programs previously scheduled for Thursday, September 1 and Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. in The Parsons Center have been cancelled.
Our regular programming and exhibits in The Parsons Center will be suspended from September 1 through September 11 so that we may bring you The Fourth Annual Antiques Show!

September

18 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed. Join Old York staff for a guided tour of the Highland Farm area off Rte. 91. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for details and reservations.

19 “The Country Heer is Plentiful” exhibit of Trade, Religion and Warfare and Southern Maine 1631-1745 resumes in the upstairs gallery at The Parsons Center during regular museum hours.

23 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern. Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Dinner at the Tavern can be the perfect antidote to the blues of shorter days. Enjoy the best of the harvest season in the charming candlelit rooms of the 18th century. Click here to view the scrumptious menu on our website. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages to accompany the hearth-cooked meal. Friday, September 23, 6–8 p.m. $30 per person ($25 members). Seating is limited to twenty and reservations are required. Please email Richard Bowen or call (207) 363-4974 to make your reservation by September 21.

26 Needle Wizards. Every Monday morning starting the 26th of September. Join our Needle Wizards as we socialize while sewing costumes for Old York’s education interpreters. Whether you are good at cutting out patterns, hand-sewing caps, piecing skirts or sewing on the machine, we could use your help. Come to The Parsons Center upstairs in the gallery for an hour or the whole morning. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information email Cindi at registrar@oldyork.org.

29 History Brought to Life. Watch the history of the Old Gaol come to life as amateur actors portray the prisoners kept under lock and key. Listen to stories of thievery, debt, embezzlement, murder and escape! Meet the Gaol keeper responsible for keeping these scofflaws locked away and his wife who cooked for and fed them. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.

October

3 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

6 Who Discovered York? Observe Columbus Day in a different way by learning about the several “discoveries” of York from the 1630s – 1900s. 7 p.m. at The Parsons Center.

10 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

12 Scarecrow Making. Learn the origins of the scarecrow while you make one to decroate your yard. Bring old clothes to struff with leaves and create a crazy face out of cloth. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

15 Marketfest! The Museums of Old York will be a busy place Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferds Tavern will be open to the public for $1. Visitors can watch the Tavern Mistress cook a full meal over the open fire, enjoy traditional crafters, and check out our new upstairs exhibit on WWII home front efforts. Outside of Jefferds Tavern children and adults can help press apples into cider, enjoy home baked goods and have fun making a rag doll at our kids table. The Parsons Center will be open for $1 with the upstairs exhibit on life in 17th century York, titled “The country heer is plentiful”, open all day. Downstairs people can view the pies entered in our Autumn Pies pie contest, or have their photo taken in costume in our Old Time Photo Booth. The pies will be judged in the The Parsons Center at 2 p.m. The 1719 Old Gaol will be open all day so people can see the original stone cells and learn about the prisoners incarcerated within. For $1 join us at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to watch theatrical prisoner performances and hear stories told by the jail keeper! If you would like to enter a pie in the Autumn Pies contest, or are interested in volunteering at the Museum for Marketfest, please email education@oldyork.org.

17 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

19 Fall Fair Day. Join us for traditional fair activities and fall fun! Potato sack and three-legged races, human ox pull, skillet throw, bobbing for apple, leaf diving for treasure and apple cider pressing. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

24 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

26 Pumpkin Carving. Come carve pumpkins in front of the fire! Learn the history of Halloween as you transform your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern and eat the seeds roasted over the open fire. Bring your own pumpkin. Knives, newspaper and cleanup will be provided. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. All ages are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Registration encouraged. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

29 Haunted Historical Halloween — Where Facts are Scarier than Fiction! Join a tour of historic ghosts starting at The Parsons Center and traveling through the buildings and grounds at Old York. For the young or skittish, we offer storytelling in Jefferds Tavern and spooky games in the Remick Barn. 6 – 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. $5 for teens and adults/ $15 for families. Registration encouraged. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

31 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

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From the Maine Historical Society:

MHS News

New Exhibit Explores One Way High Fashion Came to Maine

The new exhibit in the Lecture Hall Gallery, “Having in Paris a Great Success”: French Fashion, 1928-1936, features sheets from Paris fashion houses that demonstrate one source of fashion inspiration for well-to-do women in Maine during the 1920s and 30s. The sheets, which are drawn from MHS’s Mildred G. Burrage Collection, include beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of the latest styles and fabric samples.

This show is mounted in conjunction with Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In, our current museum exhibit.


Fall Program Highlights

Tuesday, October 4, 12pm
Book Talk: Our Game Was Baseball

Presenter: John Hodgkins, Author

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
Book Event: Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Presenter: Jane Brox, Author

Saturday, October 15, 1-4pm
Maine Home Movie Day with Northeast Historic Film

Wednesday, October 26, 7pm

Book Event: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

Presenter: Colin Woodard, Author

Thursday, November 10, 7pm
In Partnership with the Colonial Dames in Maine
Tales from an Art Detective: Tracing Nazi-era Provenance at the MFA

Presenter: Victoria Reed, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The Nina and the Pinta Arrive in South Portland

History at the helm Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta sailing ships arrive in South Portland, where visitors are welcome to come aboard…

U.S. Mint releases medal marking 9/11 attacks Officials from New York and the United States Mint unveiled the 9/11 National Medal on Monday just three months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The one-ounce silver medal’s heads side features Lady Liberty with the inscription “always remember 2001-2011,” while the reverse side portrays an eagle against the backdrop of cascading water. The medal, which went on sale Monday, is available at an introductory rate of $56.95 through August 18, after which the price will go up to $66.95…

Preserving History At Salem Maritime National Historic Site Creaking on the tides under the weight of its three masts and 55 miles of rigging, the Friendship is a floating reminder of a time when the upstart United States laid a commercial claim to the high seas. From tiny Salem, Massachusetts, up the coast from another Massachusetts seaport that soon would become known as the whaling capital of the world, ships set out to navigate the globe and return home with spices, water buffalo hides, silks, and porcelains.

Tractor festival set for this weekend
A few years ago, Mike Pratt attended a Maine Antique Tractor Club festival and caught a dose of “classic tractor fever.” Since 2000 he’s accumulated nine Cockshutt tractors and a few others. Pratt, now vice president of the club, is ready to talk tractors as…

Still in the dark about Ram Island Ledge Light Nine months after a Windham surgeon bought the property at auction, his plans are still unclear…

Park ranger takes care of stuff postcards don’t show Maine at Work: On the upside, the Fort Williams Park job involves talking with visitors from around the world…

Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts& In Comfort
Now that the outdoor antique and collectible shopping season is in full swing, with dozens of garage sales, flea markets and the very best in outdoor antique shows populating acres of land each weekend, antiquers are flocking to these sales. Michelle Staley, who has been an antique buyer and dealer for more than 30 years, offers some tips and tricks she has picked up over the years that might make your trip to these shows a little more productive and a lot more comfortable… Read “Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts & In Comfort”

Rockland Historical Society receives grant to scan historic photographs The Rockland Historical Society received a $5000 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to scan and catalog over 2000 historical photographs. The project will take one year. The scans will enable the historical

Corinth celebrates 200th birthday Tuesday’s celebration kicked off with a barbecue chicken dinner prepared by the Corinth Fire Dept. followed by an opening ceremony with Corinth Historical Society quilt presentation, a poem by Donald Clark and speeches by representives for Maine’s…

Priceless map collection on display in Dennysville The entire collection of maps is a reflection of that history, he said. “This historical society is not a musty, dusty collection. History is living.” The maps show what was important to the settlers of two centuries ago, he said — the water…

Beacon calendar June 23 Presentation on history of Mount Waldo Granite Co., by Stephen Haynes, curator of Maine Granite Industry Historical Museum, 7 pm June 23, Frankfort Elementary School Gym. Group discussion follows. Light refreshments available

Surry Historical Society to hold annual meeting The Surry Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 pm Monday, June 27, at the Old Town Hall on Route 172 in Surry. The featured speakers will be residents of Surry with “Local Yokel Yarns.” There will also be a short

From the Maine Historical Society:

Online Exhibit: Great Bangor Floods, Great Student Work

The end of the school year is a perfect moment to celebrate the newest contributions that students have made to Maine Memory Network. This spring, 7th graders at Cohen Middle School in Bangor researched the historic 1902 and 1976 Penobscot River floods. This exhibit shares what they learned, and recognizes the integral role the river plays in the life of the community–for better and for worse. View the exhibit.

Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out:

Adornment & Identity in Maine

June 24, 2011-May 27, 2012

Opening Party: Thursday, June 23, 5-7pm

MHS members are invited to preview and celebrate the opening of our new museum exhibit this Thursday evening, June 23, from 5-7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday.

Dressing Up offers a fascinating look at how Mainers have “dressed up” for a variety of occasions over nearly 300 years. The exhibit features a broad selection of adornments from the MHS collection, many never before displayed, including hats, jewelry, shoes, hair combs, walking sticks, and several complete costumes. Objects are accompanied and illuminated by photographs, paintings, journal entries, and more.

According to exhibit curator Candace Kanes, Dressing Up explores the choices we make to look our best. “Every hat or shoe, buckle or brooch tells a story about who we are, who we want to be, and how we want others to see us. And every social occasion makes its own demands, whether we are trying to fit in or stand out.”

Learn more about Dressing Up.

Coming Soon

Monday, July 4, 12pm

A Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Speaker: Former State Rep. Herb Adams

Learn more.

New Program Added!

Thursday, July 14, 4pm

Illustrated talk at MHS + West End Bicycle Tour!

“I Am An Old Wheelman”: John Calvin Stevens and the Art of Bicycling in Maine 1880-1900

Presenter and Ride Leader: Sam Shupe

Join us to learn about this significant yet largely unknown aspect of John Calvin Stevens’ life. During the last decades of the 19th century, the prominent architect was a passionate cyclist who was instrumental in creating and sustaining bicycle culture in Portland. This illustrated talk at MHS will be followed by a leisurely bike tour of several Stevens-related sites in Portland’s West End. Learn more.

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Gold Prices and Opera Houses

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More news and events from the world of Maine history…
Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches The value of gold and silver has been rising as the Great Recession has dragged on, and Worthologist David Mycko says this is bringing on the demise of literally thousands of gold and silver antiques and collectibles of all nature. But watches, he says, have been hit particularly hard. As a watchmaker and collector, this pains David more than others. He gives one example of a perfectly fine antique watch whose days could be numbered before it is melted down and sold for its gold value. Read “Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches”
Boothbay Opera House: Fixing up the old gal
The old Opera House has never looked better. Especially when you realize she has passed her 117th birthday.
She closed this winter to allow local workers and volunteers to do a bit of fixing up, including installing a new heating system, patching a few leaks and holes, adding a new (old) floor, new seats, sound system, seating, balcony railing, painting and so on, and so on, to the tune of more than $400,000.
Castine eyes repairs to Emerson Hall
Town officials have hired an architect to conduct an assessment of Emerson Hall in an effort to determine what repairs might be necessary for the 110-year-old building to continue serving as town hall. There are obvious signs both inside and outside the building, according to Town Manager …
State pledges $1 million for 2014 World Acadian Congress
Organizers of the World Acadian Congress, who believe the event will bring a huge economic boost to Aroostook County and parts of Canada in 2014, are steaming forward with their plans after learning that the state will commit $1 million to the festivities over the next …
Augers named to Franco hall of fame
Gilles Auger has been creating a database of Franco-Americans who came to Sanford from Quebec to work in the mills. As he records those who came and their relations in Quebec and elsewhere, the database has grown to 80,000 names. As well, he reads a half-dozen French language newspapers daily on the Internet, especially the ones from Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, and while he’s keeping up with the news, he checks for familiar names.
Opera House gets grants, a third of the way to goal
FUNDS NEEDED — The Opera House in Norway. The Opera House Corporation needs to raise an additional $127,500 in order to pay for the stabilization work.
Woodland Margins; Georgetown Historical Society Spring Exhibit
The opening reception and artists talk will be on Firday, 1 April from 4 to 6 PM and the open house will be Saturday, 2 April, from 10 AM to Noon. The exhibit will run until 15 June. The GHS is open at no charge on Wednesdays from 10AM to 5PM. FMI: http://www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.org/ or call them at 207-371-9200.
From the Maine Historical Society;
Sardine packers, Lubec, ca. 1976
Community Website:
Lubec’s history reflects its close ties to the sea and its proximity to New Brunswick. Many stories from that history–including the rise and fall of the sardine industry and tales of smugglers, the American Revolution, and life around Passamaquoddy Bay–are captured in this rich website built and maintained by community members from the Lubec Historical Society, Lubec Memorial Library, Lubec Landmarks, and Lubec Consolidated School. 2011 marks the town’s bicentennial. Read more and explore the website.
Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM
Music, refreshments, and two exhibits: Zoom-In: New Approaches to Maine History (through May 29) and Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine (through May 3). More info.
Sunday, April 3, 10 AM-4 PM
Discovering Maine’s Jewish History
The 2nd Maine Jewish History Conference
Location: Roberts Union, Colby College
Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a day-long conference featuring talks, panels, and workshops presented by community, professional, and student historians. Learn about early Jews in Lewiston, Jewish back-to-the-landers, anti-semitism in Portland, openness in Eastport, communal life in Old Town, social life in Old Orchard Beach, and much more. Leading scholars will place the experiences of Maine’s Jews within the broader context of American Jewish history. Registration required (includes lunch and materials). Download the registration form. Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Old Maine Jewry. For more information, please visit: http://web.colby.edu/jewsinmaine/
Thursday, April 7, 7 PM
In partnership with Maine Humanities Council
Facilitator:
Emerson Baker, Professor of History, Salem State College
Join us for an exploration of Arundel, Kenneth Roberts’ fictional account of Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Québec during the American Revolution. This event is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit the Maine Humanities Council’s website or call MHC at 207-773-5051.
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Maine History News

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…

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Maine Historical Society…

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

 
 

Wednesday, August 4, 5pm
COMING HOME?

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

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

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

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

For more information or to register, please email Estha Weiner at: esthalynne@hotmail.com

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

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

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 info@mainehistory.org or www.mainehistory.org 

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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.

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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)

Events:

7/19-8/1
Birchbark canoe building demonstration
An authentic birchbark canoe will be built at the museum using traditional methods.

7/24
Penobscot Bay Day
Multiple events at the museum. Details TBA.

AUGUST
10:00am
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+)

8/4

8/5
5:00pm-10:00pm
Gala and Auction
See below for details.

8/13-15
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Visit the PMM booth at this popular annual show in Rockland.

8/21
Belfast Harbor Festival
Another PMM exhibit at a fun waterfront festival.

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250 Years of Lincoln County, Margaretta Day

Kennebunk Savings grant will help historical society present concerts

SANFORD — The Sanford-Springvale Historical Society has been awarded a $600 grant from and Antonacos has taught at the University of Southern Maine.

Machias celebrates Margaretta Day

MACHIAS, Maine — It wasn’t surprising Saturday to see a British Margaretta Day is sponsored by the Machias Historical Society and

Damariscotta River dig tells tales of 18th-century Maine

Dinsmore has worked on nearly 50 historic dig sites throughout Maine since 1989 the Newcastle Historical Society and the Damariscotta River Association.

Lincoln County celebrates 250 years

On June 19, the Pownalborough Court House, Maine’s only pre-Revolutionary Also on June 19, Waldoborough Historical Society, 1164 Main St., Waldoboro,

Peaks Island book published

The exhibition was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission. The book is available at Longfellow Books, the Maine Historical Society and

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Maine History News…

I have decided to get back into sharing the many history and preservation news headlines I’ve been reading and looking into around the state. Click on the links to go to the sources of these stories to read them in their entirety. And by the way, if you have a story to share, or maybe a press release regarding your group’s activities, email them to me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

Civil War Feast; Mary Wierzbicki cuts carrots and onions while Bill Barr relaxes on a sunny afternoon in Lisbon on Sunday. Wierzbicki and her husband John cooked a Civil War era supper for about 30 members of the Lisbon Historical Society. The Wierzbickis are members of the 20th Maine, a Civil War reenactment gro…

Gathering to focus on historic preservation; Revitalization of historic downtown business districts can be done. “Main Street — and even our small village centers can thrive and retain the quality of life that is Maine’s special brand,” said Roxanne Eflin, program director of the Maine Downtown…

Historic pine coming down in Bridgton; A tree at what used to be the landing spot for steamboats carrying wealthy 19th century city tourists up Long Lake to Bridgton is about to be taken down. “I came upon it by accident,” said Alan S. Manoian, community and economic development director in Bridgton…

Gingerbread House inches closer to move; Plans to move the historic Gingerbread House on Main Street continue to move forward despite some land-transfer issues. “This is a slow and tedious process,” Norway Downtown President Andrea Burns said of the transfer of ownership and land to a local group estab…

Maine launches program to encourage park visits; AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has launched a new program that aims to get more people out to state parks and historic sites. …

Willing spirits gather for Readfield’s Meeting House; He did 51 buildings in Maine. This is the only one that remains. … The building was listed on the US Register of Historic Places in 1982, so repair work …

Maine Reports: Burns crew films for Roosevelt documentary; CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – The historic Roosevelt home and international park on Campobello Island bustled with a crew from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films just days …

Student Website Highlights Lincoln History; It’s part of a program called the Maine Community Heritage Project, which is a joint effort of the Maine Historical Society and the Maine State Library. …

From the Maine Historical Society…

Eight Maine Communities to Launch New History Websites on Maine Memory Network

The Maine Historical Society is excited to announce the upcoming launch of new websites on the Maine Memory Network
(www.mainememory.net) dedicated to the histories of eight Maine communities.

The websites are being created by local teams from Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough through the Maine Community Heritage Project (www.mainememory.net/mchp), an initiative sponsored by the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Library. Funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the MCHP is designed to foster collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and libraries through technology and the study of local history.

Each team spent nearly a year researching their town’s history, digitizing local historical collections, developing online exhibits, and building their sites. The new sites will be launched at local celebrations in each community as follows:

Tuesday, 5/25, 6:30PM         Lincoln (Mattanawcook Jr. High School)

Wednesday, 5/26, 6PM        Blue Hill (Blue Hill Consolidated School)

Wednesday, 6/2, 6:30PM    Bangor (Bangor High School)

Thursday, 6/3, 5PM        Guilford (Piscataquis Community Middle School)

Tuesday, 6/8, 6PM        Scarborough (Scarborough Middle School)

Wednesday, 6/9, 11:30AM    Biddeford (McArthur Public Library)

Wednesday, 6/9, 6PM        Cumberland/North Yarmouth (Skyline Farm)

Thursday, 6/10, 6:30PM     Hallowell (Hall Dale Middle School)

Created by the Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net) is a statewide digital museum that empowers communities to share their history and includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

207–774–1822

www.mainehistory.org

www.mainememory.net

The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.

And don’t forget…

188th Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston


Join us for our Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center (formerly St. Mary’s Church) in Lewiston, Maine.

Following a brief business meeting at 10:00 am, Denis Ledoux will present: From Facts to Memoir – From Genealogy to Stories. After a Franco style lunch, participants are invited to tour Museum LA, a few blocks from the Center.

Everyone welcome; Registration required. ($25/members, $30/nonmember) Call 774-1822 to register.

Event Information

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Franco-American Heritage Center

           46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME

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


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Upcoming Maine History Events

Maine Historical Society invites you to a free noontime book event…

Tuesday, March 16, 12 pm
Mountains of Maine
Steve Pinkham, Outdoorsman and Author

Join us for a talk and slideshow based on Pinkham’s entertaining new book. Pinkham has researched the history, place names, and stories behind many of Maine’s mountains.

As he hiked all over the state, Pinkham became fascinated with the unique names of mountains and features and wanted to learn their real stories. He talked with local historians and combed the libraries of the Maine Historical Society, Maine State Archives, the University of Maine, Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, and the Library of Congress.

In the process, he found intriguing stories and local legends about Maine mountains and features, including some of the historical events and colorful mountain folk that led to their naming. Steve Pinkham is an avid hiker who has climbed more than 170 Maine mountains and hills and has also completed the New England 100 highest.

Funding for this program was provided in part by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, H.M. Payson & Co.,and DownEast.

Event Information

When: Tuesday, March 16, 12 Noon
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street 
           Portland, ME   04101

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

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