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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: 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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Chamberlain Days and Lovers leap in Bangor

It’s time for another annual Joshua Chamberlain Days event in the town of Brunswick Maine, hosted by the Pejepscot Historical Society.

Here’s the ininerary from their website, which you can find here in its entirety, as well as more on this Civil War heroe from Maine.



Thursday, August 25

7 pm – Opening Lecture – Thomas Desjardin, Chamberlain scholar

Title: “The Chamberlain You Never Knew”

Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room

Friday, August 26

11 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick

Guide: John Cross

Logistics: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St.

and Bath road, free but registration required (call 729-6606).

12 – 5 PM – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Logistics: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

2 pm – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Confederate Surgeon and Medical

Practices of the American Civil War”

Presenter: Chris Nulle (15th Alabama Company G reenactor)

Logistics: Lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum)

4 – 6 pm – General Chamberlain Reception

Host: The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, Brunswick

$25 donation per person, cash bar

(tickets available through PHS and during Chamberlain Days)

6 pm – Centennial Band Concert – 19th century music

Location: Gazebo on the Brunswick Mall

Saturday, August 27

10am – 5 pm – Civil War Encampment with 20th Maine Regiment

Location: Brunswick’s Lower Mall, Free and open to the public.

10 am – Walking Tour of Chamberlain’s Brunswick.

Guide: John Cross

Location: Meet at the Chamberlain statue at the corner of Maine St. and

Bath road, free but registration required (Call 729-6606)

11 am – Workshop – “The Life and Times of a Young Confederate Soldier”

Presenter: Kate Nulle

Location: lower Mall (with rain location, PHS Museum), free but

donations welcomed!

12 – 1:30 – Civil War Bake Sale – Hardtack, 1800’s candy, beef jerky etc.

Location: Lower Mall

1 pm – Lecture – By author Ned Smith Maine author and scholar will be presenting a talk on

“22nd Maine Infantry”

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

2 pm – Lecture – Diane M. Smith, author of Fanny and Joshua: The enigmatic

Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1999,

Thomas Publications)

Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

7 – 8:30 pm – “From the Land of Spruce Gum and Buckwheat Cakes!”

A series of readings and song from Joshua Chamberlain and contemporaries

of the Civil War.

Location: Theater Project, 11 School Street, Brunswick.

Tickets: suggested $10 (on sale through PHS or during Chamberlain Days)

Sunday, August 28

9 am – Parade of Respect and Honor – Leaving from the 20th Maine Encampment on the

Brunswick Mall to Chamberlain Family gravesite in Pine Grove Cemetery.

(all welcome to join – meet on the mall at 8:45 am)

Organized by:


159 Park Row, Brunswick, ME 04011


Please contact Interim Executive Director, John Briley, with any questions.


Lovers leap, on the Kenduskeag in Bangor Maine

It seems as though every state in the Union has a lovers leap, some have more than one, and Maine is no exception. Up in Bangor, just outside of town on the Kenduskeag is a massive, and impressive cliff known as Lovers Leap. It is situated just across the stream where William Potter built a sawmill in 1795. The tales are many as to how this spot became known as Lovers leap, and the piece by Walter Allen Rice at the end of this post is probably the best legend. But no matter how the spot came to be called lovers leap, it didn’t prevent it from becoming a famed meeting place for lovers of all ages.

Young men would carve lines of prose into the trunks of trees extolling the virtues of their loves, and here are a couple of inscriptions that had been copied for The History of Penobscot County in 1882.

Lines copied from a tree in a beautiful and romantic spot on the banks of the Kenduskeag;

Miss…Thy beauty rivals all the classic pride
Of sculptured forms that taste has deified;
Love’s earliest light plays timidly and shy
In the soft lustre of that gentle eye;
Yet have I dared, thou most enchanting maid,
To inscribe thy name within this hallowed shade:

Another Inscription copied from a tree near Lover’s Leap:
Miss …Of lovely Sophia’s eyes beware,

Mirth and mischief mingle there;

I with her have careless laugh’d,

Nor fear’d shy beauty’s dangerous shaft;

But pensive now I linger heTe,

To trace a name forever dear.

Here is a photo of Lovers leap I took while on a visit to Bangor:

A Legend ; Walter Allen Rice

It is down mid the forests of Maine,

Where Kenduskeag still flows thro’ the hills,

From the days when the Indian held reign,

Whence cometh this legend that thrills

The listener’s heart. Long ago,

When the settler first paddled this stream,

Long ‘ere the wide woods were laid low,

Or the red man awoke from his dreams;

Up circled the smoke to the sky

From a wigwam where dwelt Raven Hair;

Not a brave of the tribe but would die

For the sake of this maiden most fair,—

For the love of the chief’s only child;

Though twenty brief summers had flown,

On none of the band had she smiled,

But to all her young heart was as stone.

The chieftain oft grieved as he thought

Of his daughter so cold and so proud,

And entreated to better her lot,—

Yield her heart and her hand to White Cloud ;

But sadly she bowed the fair head,

And firmly she answered him “nay”;

For “another she’d promised,” she said,

And she turned from her father away.

“My daughter, what stranger has won

The pride of thy father’s brave band ?”

Proud the answer—”The settler—the son

Of the paleface—the brave Iron Hand.”

The fierce warriors stole forth on that night

To the vale where the villagers lay,—

But swifter than they in her flight

Raven Hair thro’ the wood sped away.

At his post her young lover she found,

In a breath all their danger she told ;

About her his strong arms he wound,

And kissed the fair cheeks strangely cold:—

“Iron Hand, for thy life thou must flee,

There is war ‘tween the red and the white;

So risk not thy welfare for me—

Forsake Raven Hair this sad night.”

“Forsake thee, my own!” and his breath

Fell hot on the dusky maid’s cheek,

“Not in life—but united in death,”

His husky voice choked nor could speak.

“By death we escape the dire hate

Of thy father and scorn of the white;

Yonder stream cannot tell of our fate,

Shall we go to the hunting-grounds bright?”

In answer her hand pressed his own,

Together they sped toward the stream,

Till they stood on the cliff high and lone,

Like a phantom—a vision—a dream;

But a moment two shadows as one

Were darkly outlined on the sky,

Then a leap through the air—it was done;

‘Twas the depth of their love e’en to die.

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Southern Maine town restores 1-room schoolhouse | The Republic
In 2006, it was donated to the Waterborough Historical Society. Resident Teresa Lowell, who attended Saturday’s rededication, tells the Journal Tribune that “it just gives you goose bumps” to think of the children at their desks…

New exhibits on display at Brooks Historical Society’s open house
VillageSoup Belfast
This one features places, many in Maine. If you are really interested in Brooks’ history, come look through notebooks entitled “Dow Family Papers’ and “Hiram Pilley Papers.” Hiram was a shoemaker, who bought many of his supplies from Colburn Shoe Store…

Book captures cities’ church histories
SACO – Residents of Saco may be surprised to learn that the first Salvation Army presence in Maine was in the city and that the Jewish…

Dixfield Historical Society holding flower festival
Lewiston Sun Journal
DIXFIELD — The Dixfield Historical Society’s annual Festival of Flowers, open to western Maine flower lovers and the visiting public, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Dixfield Historical Society’s Charter Meeting Room…


By Ann Blalack

I thought I would share this piece of original artwork from Bangor’s Ann Blalack. It is an ink and pastel on paper rendition of a canoeist on Katahdin Lake, with Mount Katahdin in the background. The image was selected to be placed in the First volume of Salt & Pines, and is shown in the book in black and white on page 159. To see more Maine images and read the stories about Maine’s bygone days you can pick up the book through your local retailer, my Amazon page or directly through History Press.

Katahdin is a place of much wonder and history in the state of Maine, and in the past has been the center of aboriginal superstition as it was supposed to be the home of Pomoola, or the Indian devil, thought to haunt the woods of Maine and was the cause of much of the Indian origin stories. It is a long story with much to share, so dig in and learn some of Maine’s history.

Maine Historical Society News:

This Week

Beat the Heat: Movies at MHS

Saturday, August 20, 2pm

The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats

In this episode recorded in 1962 (the only episode of the Dave Astor Show that still exists), Dave and his students celebrate the opening of the new Jordan’s Meats plant in Portland with song, dance, and lots of fun. (60 minutes)

Daily, Monday-Friday, 2pm

Innocent Interlude, Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine 1940-41

Take an amazing tour of Portland in the early 1940s through this remarkable series of color films made by city officials. (60 minutes)

Screenings are held in our air-conditioned lecture hall. Ticket price included with museum or house admission. Details online.

Family Programs at MHS

Wednesdays at 11am, through August 31

The Children’s Hour: Family Tours of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Thursdays at 11am, through August 25

The Longfellow Trail: An Urban Expedition: Guided walking tour through downtown Portland.

Details online.

Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores.

Those who are fortunate enough to have grown up in Maine know that it has a way of life and sense of humor unlike anywhere else. Spend time on a lobster boat with Roy Fairfield or Tim Sample, or on Echo Farm in Auburn as Dave Sargent relates it. Phil Candelmo talks about life in Portland during World War II, and Luthera Burton Dawson teaches us a bit of “Mainespeak.” These are only a few of the stories told here and of the thousands cherished by Mainers. If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in Maine’s bygone days, follow along with our contributors and see what tales they have to tell about this state’s unique spirit.

Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores. It is now available through your local bookstore and on Alternatively, you can order it direct by clicking the buy now button above, or following this link: You can paste the link into your browsers search window if it does not work by simply clicking it.

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Two Maine Museums

From The Museums of Old York;

Museum Opens June 4 for 112th Season
New Exhibit Highlighted

We are pleased to announce the opening of our season with a new exhibit at the Visitor Center Gallery in Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road. The display features over 200 objects including rare surviving weapons, furnishings, and trade items. Common household objects include the 18th century mousetrap pictured above, borrowed from collector Hollis Brodrick. Thanks to loans from local historical institutions and private collectors, visitors will have a chance to view many artifacts from private collections that you will not be able to anywhere else. Visitors can also tour nine historic buildings, including favorites: the Old Gaol, Elizabeth Perkins House, Emerson-Wilcox House, Jefferd’s Tavern and John Hancock Wharf. The museum will be open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Visitor Center 207-363-1756 or visit our website.

Museums of Old York Programs

21 Muskets, Swords, & Powder Horns

Observe Armed Forces Day at Old York. Back in 2011 after being received with great interest in 2010, this program will give enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to view uniforms and weaponry from Old York’s collections. Certain items will be available to handle (with white curatorial gloves). Weapons from the 18th – 20th centuries will be featured. 2:00 p.m. at Remick Barn.

2 History Challenge Game Show

Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun, and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game show. Answer questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Email to register your team. 7:00 p.m. at Remick Barn.

4 Museum Opening Day and New Exhibit at Remick Barn
See information above.

12 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed
Join Old York staff and local historian Ron Nowell as we head into the woods to find long-abandoned homesteads, cellar holes, stone walls and graveyards in an area of York settled around 1800 but abandoned by 1910. Listen to the stories of the individuals who lived round Mt. A making a living off basket-making and other traditional crafts. Discover Franklin’s Tomb and hear how he dug it for himself only to be buried in the pauper cemetery upon his death. Call 207-363-4974 or email to let us know you’ll be coming and find out where to meet. 2:00 p.m. Free.

23 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.

For a complete and up-to-date calendar of Museums of Old York programs see our website.

From the Penobscot marine Museum;

Diamond Anniversary Year to Open with New Exhibits, Free Reception

Maine’s oldest marine museum will open the doors on its 75th year on May 27 (the Friday of Memorial Day weekend) at 10 a.m. Be among the first to view our wonderful new exhibits, “75 for 75” and “The Art of the Boat.” (See following articles for details.)

At 5:30 p.m. on Opening Day, we will hold a free reception in the Main Street Gallery, where “The Art of the Boat” will be on display. Come enjoy refreshments, meet our new executive director, Liz Lodge, and mingle with some of the exhibiting artists.

75 for 75: the Museum on Exhibit

This year’s signature exhibit, “75 for 75” will showcase 75 artifacts from our first 75 years. Ranging from marine paintings and ship models to full-size boats and 19th-century domestic artifacts, “75 for 75” is spread across several of the museum’s 13 buildings. “It’s kind of a capsule history of the museum which is, itself, an ongoing record of Maine’s and Searsport’s maritime histories,” says Curator Ben Fuller. The show runs for the entire exhibit year: May 27 through October 23.

We are still seeking individual and business sponsors for this high-visibility exhibit, with opportunities starting at just $175. Contact Liz Lodge: 207-548-2529.

The Boat as Art

Boat enthusiasts – and that includes more than a few of our readers – will be fascinated, intrigued and challenged by “The Art of the Boat”:

a juried exhibit of works by more than 50 contemporary artists exploring the themes of the boat as a work of art and the boatbuilder as artist.

“We asked artists to balance the art that is in the boat with their own artistic vision,” said Curator Ben Fuller. The jury, consisting of an art writer and critic, a yacht designer, an artist, and an art collector, selected works for the exhibit from more than 300 submitted in all media.

On display will be paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures — some literal and representational, others symbolic and abstract — all expressing a unique appreciation of the artistry inherent in the boat’s functional form. The exhibit is presented to honor the memory of George S. Wasson, a Maine artist, author, and boatbuilder who was one of the museum’s spiritual founders 75 years ago. It will run from May 27 through October 23.

More Events and Exhibits

Opening Day and Reception

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for its 75th year with exhibits for all ages. See articles above. 5/27, 10 am – 5 pm (exhibits); 5:30 – 7 pm (reception)

Antique Auto Display

Members of the Antique Auto Club of America will visit the museum with dozens of cars dating to 1915 and earlier. 6/30, 3-4 pm

Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge

PMM is a “bonus” site on this self-guided driving tour that includes several lighthouses and lighthouse-related museums. More information. 6/25-26, all day

Searsport Lobsterboat Races and Antique Power Day

A town-wide day of activities: Lobsterboat races, antique engine and lobsterboat exhibit, radio-control model racing, crafts for children, rowing race, craft sale and more. 7/9, all day

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Maine Historical Society Events


Maine Historical Society and the Maine Women Writers Collection of UNE invite you to…

Thursday, May 27, 7pm

Laying Claim to the Land(scape): Chansonetta Stanley Emmons

Shawn Michelle Smith, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Please join us to explore the photograpy of Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Kingfield native and sister of famed inventors F.E. and F.O. Stanley.

Emmons made striking photographs of rural life in Maine and greater New England for four decades, from 1897 to 1937. Her photographs portray everyday practices and farming, capturing elderly New England farmers of a passing generation. In photographs of tidy homesteads, simple farmhouses, and the rituals of harvesting, Emmons reproduced the imagery of an earlier agrarian ideal, staging a way of life that had all but disappeared by the early twentieth century. Although better known for her work in the Northeast, Emmons also photographed in the Southeast, making rare studies of African American tenant farmers in the Carolinas. Emmons’s photographs were not widely circulated during her lifetime, but they nevertheless participated in important ideas about labor, landscape, race, and nation in the early twentieth century.

Shawn Michelle Smith’s books include American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton 1999), Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture(Duke 2004), and Lynching Photographs, co-authored with Dora Apel (California 2007).

Event Information

When: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:00pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street 
           Portland, ME   04101

For more information call 207-774-1822 email


Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents a new exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the June series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. June images displayed through June 30th; exhibit runs through October 31, 2010.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and surprising, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content that include costumed students in 1924 comically demonstrating proper tooth brushing, a monumental Ice Palace in Lewiston; a camera club whose members boast impressive mustaches in 1898, and a woman getting tattooed in 1925.

Juxtaposing scenes of urban and rural living, of public and private moments, of performance, instruction, work, protest, play, incarceration, and exploration, Exposed has a single purpose: to illustrate the simultaneous variety of activity in Maine throughout our recent history.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning more than 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1975.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on June 4 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Free parking in the MHS lot on Brown Street after 5pm. Our local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering will provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at

For More Information on the Exhibit:
Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 207-774-1822 x217;
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME   04101


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


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Maine Historical Society’s First Friday Art Walk

This just in from the Maine Historical Society:


April 13, 2010

CONTACT: Elizabeth Nash, Maine Historical Society, 207-774-1822 ext 206,
Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) presents a new exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine

Join us at Maine Historical Society for the opening reception of our new exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine, during the First Friday Art Walk in Portland.

Weaving together a visual narrative of life in Maine that is both timeless and unprecedented, the black and white photographs in Exposed reveal unusual perspectives and rare content that include early electrical tattooing in 1925, an 1890 bicycle race, and crowds of hundreds gathered in Monument Square in Portland waiting for the results of a 1923 boxing match.

Juxtaposing scenes of urban and rural living, of public and private moments, of performance, instruction, work, protest, play, incarceration, and exploration, Exposed has a single purpose: to illustrate the simultaneous variety of activity in Maine throughout our recent history.

Exposed reveals history both in its subject matter and in the media of the originals. Reproduction prints have been made from media including daguerreotypes, monochrome photographs, and glass plate negatives, with dates spanning 100 years of Maine history, 1860-1966.

The opening reception is free and open to the public and will be held on May 7 from 5-8 PM in the Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME. Our local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering will provide refreshments.

For More Information on the Exhibit:

Dani Fazio, Image Services Coordinator, 
207-774-1822 x217;

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME   04101


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