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Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting:
The Meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society will be held on April 11th at 7:00pm in the Dining Hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex on Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. The speaker for the evening will be members of the Ellsworth Telephone Museum.
As always all are invited to attend. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-667-8235 and ask for Terri.
Museums of Old York:
Old York to Auction Bait Shack
Proceeds Will Benefit Working Wharf
Now you can own an authentic coastal Maine bait shack! An iconic shack from the famous John Hancock Wharf will be auctioned to support the facility’s use as working waterfront. The Museums of Old York will take bids between now and April 8, and will sell the shack to the highest bidder.
The shack is 12′ by 8′ and 11′ 4” high. It would serve as a handy garden shed in someone’s yard, or a storage shed on another small pier.
The shack was built in the 1970s by local lobsterman Jim Cote, whose family fished from Hancock Wharf for three generations. A larger, refrigerated bait shack designed for the needs of three fishermen will replace the Cote shack.
Old York is raising additional money to secure the long-term maintenance of the new facility. Proceeds from the auction of the shack will help reach the goal. Old York will also be seeking donations, and will recognize gifts of $1,000 or more with named buoys on the new bait shack.
Bids for the shack may be emailed to email@example.com, telephoned to (207) 363-4974, or dropped off at Old York’s headquarters at 207 York Street. Each bidder should establish a pseudonym or nickname for Old York to use in posting bids each day on its website www.oldyork.org
The winner will be announced at noon on April 8. Payment will be by cash, certified check or credit card. The winning bidder will be responsible for removing the shed.
Maine Historical Society:
It was unlikely that Harry Lyon Jr. (1885-1963) would play an essential role on the first trans-Pacific airplane flight. As a student he had been known more for misdeeds than accomplishments. He had a successful career as a merchant mariner. In the winter of 1928, Harry was in California as a witness in a rum running case when his friend, Captain J.C. MacMillan, asked him if he wanted a job as navigator of an airplane… Read more and view the online exhibit.
Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM
Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Maine Jewry.
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. Location, registration, and more information.
For a complete listing of programs, events, and news, visit our website.
History News Network:
HNN’s Coverage of the OAH