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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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Some Maine History Notes…

When new meets old…

A proposed CVS pharmacy in Saco may have some problems as the potential for the case of some abutting properties being of historical value is being researched. Full story can be found at the Journal Tribune. Apparently the project will require the demolition of several properties and has come under fire by several interested parties and had registered their concerns with the planning authority.

Meanwhile, Seacoast Online reports on another construction project in South Berwick, this one resulting in a demolished structure, however unintentional it was. The structure, located at 25 Ash Street had collapsed in December as it was being lifted off its foundation for repairs. Partial demolition had already been done as it was an extensive remodeling project including the addition of an additional unit in the rear of the property. I understand some folks are not too happy at the turn of events.

Future historians in the making…

I find a refreshing article in the Bangor Daily News regarding that city’s Heritage Project. The article says that “students at the William S. Cohen School were researching the events of 1937, the year the notorious Brady Gang was gunned down in Bangor, when the students found a photograph…” That photograph turned into a real history detective project as the young folks took the initiative to ascertain the validity of the find. The photograph reportedly had a notation on the back stating that it was taken during the Brady Funeral. Their research determined that the photograph could not be authentic as an automobile in the picture had not been made at that time, eliminating the possibility of it being taken at that funeral. Great sleuthing, kids. I hope this leads you into the field of history as you grow older.

Sharon Cummins has another great article in the Seacoast Online’s “French espionage in colonial Wells“. The piece describes the convolutions of a Louis Allain from the era of the 1680s to early 1700s. Apparently Monsieur Allain was a French spy.

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As winter reaches its sort of mid peak and we look towards the warming of the springtime sun, my thoughts go out to the seasonally closed historical societies around Maine. Soon, folks will be getting ready to start meeting up again and look to airing out the local museums that are normally closed through the months of snow. I wish them all good luck with their openings, and hope to resume visiting around the state as well. I’ve taken some time off from Touring Maine’s History to tend to some other things that needed attention, and I’m sliding back into the editors seat now. I’ve lots of plans, and with God’s grace they’ll match His plans as well and I’ll get some videos finished that I had started last year.

Keep checking in for more news roundups and commentary on Maine’s world of historical societies and happenings, and if you’ve anything to share, just drop me a line at editor@touringmaineshistory.com. And don’t forget to visit us on the web at www.touringmaineshistory.com as well.

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History Headline Roundup August 20, 09

Here’s another batch of history related headlines I’ve rounded up for your enjoyment:

Maine-New Brunswick Lighthouse Challenge Slated For September 12

MaineToday.com –
The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the 2nd annual “Lights Across the Border” International Lighthouse Challenge that will be held on Saturday September 12.
The daylong event is a joint effort by three different lighthouse groups to have people view and visit five “Downeast” lighthouses that include, Head Harbour Lighthouse and Muholland Lighthouse, both on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, and Lubec Channel Lighthouse and West Quoddy Lighthouse, both in Lubec, and the Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine and is cosponsored by the Machias Savings Bank, and Lighthouse Digest Magazine, a Maine based national lighthouse history and news publication.

Kamouraska has a landscape that seems lost in time

Canada.com – About 400 kilometres from Montreal, it is closer than the real ocean at Gaspé or Maine, but the St. Lawrence here mimics the sea with its salty water,

History Comes to Life at Leonard’s Mills

WABI – The goal of Leonard’s Mills is to keep Maine’s forest and logging history alive and recreated authentic pioneer milling communities of yester-year.

Dig opens window on 1694 raid by Native Americans

The Union Leader -Ryan Rybka, a high school junior from North Yarmouth, Maine, recently discovered some pottery pieces and nails. “This is a lot of fun,” he said,

Bygone Era of Public Transit Comes Alive at Trolley Museum

MPBN News – Electric trolleys as a form of public transit in Maine have a limited history that began in 1887 and ended by the early 1940’s. But there is a place where

Lost pioneers: The ill-fated flight of the Old Glory

Pembroke Daily Observer – Did William Randolph Hearst have misgivings about an ambitious, but dangerous venture, or a premonition of impending doom?…On Sept 6, 1927, a Fokker single engine plane called “Old Glory” took off from a sandy runway at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Its three-man crew had set out to

Re-enactment slated Sunday at historic Bangor House

Bangor Daily News – The historic Bangor House, one of the city’s architectural gems, welcomed many famous visitors in the late 19th and early ..

CJ Pike: Newfield celebrating ‘Old Home Days’ this weekend

Foster’s Daily Democrat -The two men will discuss Maine’s role in the Civil War. The program is free and open to the public and will be held from 1 to 3 pm at the historical society

Balloon forecast is optimistic

LEWISTON – According to the National Weather Service, a spotty weekend forecast should allow some balloon launchings, with the most optimistic outlook during the day Friday. Weather should also allow the Great Falls Ball…

Duct tape theme for Old Home Days parade

PHILLIPS — What can you do with duct tape?Ask Janet White, who last year used it to create curtains for an old hearse entered in the 50th annual Phillips Old Home Days parade. She did such a good job, the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce chose that question as this year’s theme. The answers to it will be displayed during the procession that starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

Stevens to re-enact journey of Eustis’ settler Caleb Stevens

STRATTON — Philip Stevens, a descendant of Eustis settler Caleb Stevens, plans to recreate his ancestor’s founding walk from Kingfield to the intersection of Stratton Brook and the Dead River on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22.

The Dead River Area Historical Society will celebrate the town’s founding family Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society hall, hosted by the Stevens family.

Hamlin birth bicentennial celebration this Saturday

PARIS — A bicentennial celebration of U.S. Vice President Hannibal Hamlin’s birth will be held on Paris Hill this weekend with speeches, tours and a rededication of a memorial stone erected in his honor in 1909.

Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the common near the home where he was born Aug. 27, 1809. Centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations were held in 1909 and 1959.

‘Brief’ history of Bethel published

Bethel Citizen – Since 2008, when the last copy of the 1991 “Bethel Maine: An Illustrated History” was sold, the Bethel Historical Society has lacked a town history book available for general sale to tourists and local readers. That changed this month with the publication of “Bethel Maine: A Brief History,” by Stan Howe, executive director of the Bethel Historical Society.

Nelson reveals Washington’s navy

knox.VillageSoup.com – Maine author James Nelson will present his book “George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea” 6:30 pm Thursday

Antique appraisal day set for Aug. 22

Seacoastonline.com ~ From 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 22, Kittery Point’s First Congregational Church will hold an antique appraisal day. ..

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Sunday, August 23, 12pm-3pm
Walking Tour of Fort Scammell on House Island

Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing

Join us for a walking tour of Fort Scammell on House Island in Portland Harbor. Conducted by Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing, the tour will offer an opportunity to learn the history of the 1808 fort while exploring the structure’s passageways.

Captain Cushing will transport visitors on his vessel from Long Wharf on the Portland waterfront to Fort Scammell, which is on privately owned House Island in Portland Harbor. During the ride, passengers will enjoy views of the harbor while Thompson and Eastman give an overview of the fort’s history.

Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. To register, please contact the Portland Harbor Museum at 773-3800 or by email at:director@portlandharbormuseum.org

Fee: $25.00; MHS and PHM Members: $20.00

Event Information
When: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Where: Long Wharf, Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
For more information Portland Harbor Museum; 207-773-3800;

director@portlandharbormuseum.org; www.portlandharbormuseum.org

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Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

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Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24
7:30am-6:00pm
Research Trip to the National Archives

Spend a day doing research at the National Archives in Waltham, MA. Located just outside of Boston, NARA’s Northeast Region facility is among New England’s renowned research facilities for research into local, regional, and national history.

Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, NARA, will lead an onsite orientation and tour for those who are interested. Following that, you will be able to search through thousands of records on microfilm, paper, and computer including: Census records covering the entire nation, 1790-1930; Naturalization records; Ship passenger lists; Canadian Border Crossings; Draft, Military Service, and Pension Records; Bounty Land Application Files; and much more. Participants will also be able to access Footnote.com, Ancestrylibrary.com, and other online databases.

Trip will depart from the parking lot of UNO Chicago Grill’s restaraunt at the Maine Mall at 7:30am and return at 6:00pm.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 207-774-1822.
Fee: $45.00; MHS Members $40.00.

Event Information

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Meet at UNO Chicago Grill’s restaurant parking lot, Maine Mall, South Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email info@mainehistory.org

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Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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Maine History Headlines Roundup Aug. 18

17th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival: Theme comes from local girl’s love of water

LSJ ~ During last year’s Great Falls Balloon Festival, 9-year-old Amanda Alberda entered every competition she could find. A costume contest. Photo contest. Rubber duck race. Water balloon toss. It didn’t go so well. In the costume contest, all the other contestants were — embarrassingly enough — under 2 years old. For the team-against-team water balloon toss, only Amanda and her mother showed up, so the contest was canceled. Amanda’s rubber duck failed to cross the finish line first. She lost the photo contest.

Androscoggin river maps to highlight sites

LSJ ~ A project is under way to gather information to put together both a paper map and a companion online map to promote the region’s recreational, historical and other assets along the Androscoggin River. Organizers need the public’s help to nominate places or features of interest in Canton, Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls they think should be included. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 30.

Stevens to re-enact journey of Eustis’ settler Caleb Stevens

LSJ ~ Philip Stevens, a descendant of Eustis settler Caleb Stevens, plans to recreate his ancestor’s founding walk from Kingfield to the intersection of Stratton Brook and the Dead River on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22. The Dead River Area Historical Society will celebrate the town’s founding family Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society hall, hosted by the Stevens family.

Search of family roots leads to Revolutionary War soldier’s grave

LSJ ~ When you start researching your family’s roots, you never know what you’ll find. It turns out that Connie Gove Hiltz, 77, of Farmington, has an American Revolutionary War soldier as an ancestor among others who fought to right injustices, she said. Her great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Gove enlisted at age 16 in Col. Rufus Putnam’s regiment and served in the Continental Army for three years. After the war, he received one of the first land grants in North Lubec on Soward’s Neck, which came be known as Gove Point, Hiltz said.

One-room schoolhouse to be moved, restored

LSJ ~ The former one-room schoolhouse on Route 2 will be moved to its permanent home Thursday, Aug. 20. Nearly five decades ago, the last of six one-room schoolhouses in Gilead closed. Then it served as a library and convenience store before becoming vacant a few years ago.

North Waterford church steeple undergoing repairs

LSJ ~ With a loud crack, a ring of the bell and whoops from those watching on the ground, the historic North Waterford Congregational Church steeple was removed from the 1860 building Friday afternoon. “This is the most involved one (steeple project) I’ve done,” said Albert Cummings of Stoneham, who along with his fiancée, Diana Douglas, spent more than seven hours in the steeple preparing it to be unbolted and then lifted with a crane onto the front yard of the church.

Volunteers, community tackle town hall restoration

LSJ ~ Six years and counting, but real progress is taking shape. The nearly 150-year-old Andover Town Hall is undergoing restoration and repair, thanks to the combined efforts of several volunteers and about $70,000 so far from the town.

History Comes to Life at Leonard’s Mills

WABI ~ The goal of Leonard’s Mills is to keep Maine’s forest and logging history alive and recreated authentic pioneer milling communities of yester-year. …

Bygone Era of Public Transit Comes Alive at Trolley Museum

MPBN News ~ Electric trolleys as a form of public transit in Maine have a limited history that began in 1887 and ended by the early 1940’s. But there is a place where …

Re-enactment slated Sunday at historic Bangor House

BDN ~ The historic Bangor House, one of the city’s architectural gems, welcomed many famous visitors in the late 19th and early …

Of moose and men: Maine’s central coast

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ~ The history of Waldo County lies in the sea, which is evident everywhere. We popped into Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum, Maine’s oldest maritime museum …

Fremont aviation hero’s remains found?

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum ~ But the rough, icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, northeast of Maine, proved too much for the “Million Miler” during his final mission on Nov. 2, 1942. …

Library celebrates century of books, friends, afternoon tea

Morning Sentinel ~ To celebrate 100 years of providing reading materials and a place to socialize with neighbors, the Vassalboro Public Library is heading back to the future. Events will hearken back to the library’s early days and historical documents and photos are being collected by the library to serve as a new resource for the town’s history.

Antique appraisal day set for Aug. 22

Seacoastonline.com ~ From 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 22, Kittery Point’s First Congregational Church will hold an antique appraisal day. ..

Sunday, August 23, 12pm-3pm
Walking Tour of Fort Scammell on House Island

Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing

Join us for a walking tour of Fort Scammell on House Island in Portland Harbor. Conducted by Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing, the tour will offer an opportunity to learn the history of the 1808 fort while exploring the structure’s passageways.

Captain Cushing will transport visitors on his vessel from Long Wharf on the Portland waterfront to Fort Scammell, which is on privately owned House Island in Portland Harbor. During the ride, passengers will enjoy views of the harbor while Thompson and Eastman give an overview of the fort’s history.

Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. To register, please contact the Portland Harbor Museum at 773-3800 or by email at:director@portlandharbormuseum.org

Fee: $25.00; MHS and PHM Members: $20.00

Event Information
When: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Where: Long Wharf, Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
For more information Portland Harbor Museum; 207-773-3800;

director@portlandharbormuseum.org; www.portlandharbormuseum.org

Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24
7:30am-6:00pm
Research Trip to the National Archives

Spend a day doing research at the National Archives in Waltham, MA. Located just outside of Boston, NARA’s Northeast Region facility is among New England’s renowned research facilities for research into local, regional, and national history.

Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, NARA, will lead an onsite orientation and tour for those who are interested. Following that, you will be able to search through thousands of records on microfilm, paper, and computer including: Census records covering the entire nation, 1790-1930; Naturalization records; Ship passenger lists; Canadian Border Crossings; Draft, Military Service, and Pension Records; Bounty Land Application Files; and much more. Participants will also be able to access Footnote.com, Ancestrylibrary.com, and other online databases.

Trip will depart from the parking lot of UNO Chicago Grill’s restaraunt at the Maine Mall at 7:30am and return at 6:00pm.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; call 207-774-1822.
Fee: $45.00; MHS Members $40.00.

Event Information

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Meet at UNO Chicago Grill’s restaurant parking lot, Maine Mall, South Portland
For more information call 207-774-1822 or email
info@mainehistory.org

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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History Headlines Roundup for August 14th

Roadside Maine before World War II

York Weekly -Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture. The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a National Estuarine Research Reserve

Mass. man helps save oldest family store in North America (video)

NECN – came in to save the business, and a piece of American history. This is the story of two businessmen. One from Maine, the other from Massachusetts.

Acadians Commemorate History, Celebrate Culture

The Epoch Times – encompassing the communities of Madawaska in northwestern New Brunswick, Temiscouata County in Quebec, and the state of Maine, where many Acadians live.

Antique appraisal day set for Aug. 22

Seacoastonline.com -KITTERY, Maine — From 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 22, Kittery Point’s First Congregational Church will hold an antique appraisal day.

Historical river map a big hit at Info Booth

SunJournal.com – The 19- by 20-inch map highlights the history and historical resources on the Androscoggin River. It also shows a list of historical figures connected to


Search of family roots leads to Revolutionary War soldier’s grave

FARMINGTON — When you start researching your family’s roots, you never know what you’ll find. It turns out that Connie Gove Hiltz, 77, of Farmington, has an American Revolutionary War soldier as an ancestor among others who fought to right injustices, she said. Her great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Gove enlisted at age 16 in Col. Rufus Putnam’s regiment and served in the Continental Army for three years. After the war, he received one of the first land grants in North Lubec on Soward’s Neck, which came be known as Gove Point, Hiltz said.

WorthPoint Hosting ‘What Is It Worth?’ Contest on Twitter
Do you own an antique or collectible that you’d like to know more about? Maybe it’s the railroad watch your grandfather gave you, that Batman comic book you bought when you were 7 years old or maybe the painting you thought looked interesting and bought cheap from a yard sale. Are you wondering what it’s worth? WorthPoint is hosting aTwitter contest to give you a chance to find out.

Playing is simple. Take a picture of your antique or collectible that you’d like to learn more about, and post it to Twitter with a short description. Each day, we’ll randomly choose a submitted item for a free Ask A Worthologist evaluation. Daily winners will be contacted on Twitter to obtain more information on the item and an e-mail address to which the evaluation can be sent. At the end of the contest, one winner will be chosen for the Grand Prize of a free one-year Professional profile account on WorthPoint.

Click here for more information about the WorthPoint Twitter contest

Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight
Just as the everyday collector hopes to come across a Great Find—an item bypassed by many, purchased for a pittance and worth thousands—experts can miss a valuable item staring them in the face. Will Seippel, the founder, CEO and president of WorthPoint, recently had such an experience and found a Great Find overlooked by professional appraisers.
Read “Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight”

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Portland Harbor Museum, invites you to the second in a two-part lecture series…

Wednesday, August 19, 7pm

ANCHORS AWEIGH: The U.S. Navy in Casco Bay during World War II

Lecture: Naval Sea Activities in Casco Bay
George Stewart, Retired Naval Officer

Join us to learn about the bustle of naval activity around Casco Bay during WWII, and the region’s important role in the war effort.

On January 24, 1941, the U.S. Navy designated Casco Bay a fleet anchorage and authorized the establishment of a U.S. Naval Frontier Base in Portland. The Frontier Base soon grew to be a U.S. Naval Station manned by thousands of sailors and serving hundreds of vessels which the Army and the Navy secretly designated as the most important naval base in the United States.

Stewart will discuss the mission of the base, the ships that visited Casco Bay during the war, and life on the water in the environs of Casco Bay during WWII.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society,
489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101
For more information call 207-774-1822;
info@mainehistory.org; www.mainehistory.org

The Maine Historical Society and Portland Harbor Museum invite you to…

Sunday, August 23, 12pm-3pm
Walking Tour of Fort Scammell on House Island

Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing

Join us for a walking tour of Fort Scammell on House Island in Portland Harbor. Conducted by Historians Joel Eastman, Ken Thompson, and Captain Harold Cushing, the tour will offer an opportunity to learn the history of the 1808 fort while exploring the structure’s passageways.

Captain Cushing will transport visitors on his vessel from Long Wharf on the Portland waterfront to Fort Scammell, which is on privately owned House Island in Portland Harbor. During the ride, passengers will enjoy views of the harbor while Thompson and Eastman give an overview of the fort’s history.

Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. To register, please contact the Portland Harbor Museum at 773-3800 or by email at:director@portlandharbormuseum.org

Fee: $25.00; MHS and PHM Members: $20.00

Event Information
When: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Where: Long Wharf
Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
For more information Portland Harbor Museum; 207-773-3800;

director@portlandharbormuseum.org; www.portlandharbormuseum.org

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Spectator Admissions: Adults $3, Children under 12 Free.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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History Headline Roundup for 8-12-09

Don’t forget to tune in to History This Week 12 August 09 on Maine Talk Radio

Date / Time: 8/12/2009 7:00 PM

Category: History

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Listen to D.l.soucy on Blog Talk Radio

We’ll look at this week’s headlines and happenings in the world of history this week. History person of the week will be the Hon. Lemuel G. Downes. We’ll look at four businesses from the Dexter area, H.A. Blethen, Charles T. Moses, Levi Brigdham and G.W. Lincoln. Plus we’ll have an assortment of old radio ads and big band tunes from the 20s and 30s. and don’t forget that this week is Woodstock’s 40th!

River Views: Early mail deliverers posted impressive service

LSJ-(David A. Sargent) Mail delivery may be reduced to five days a week if some of the proposed cost-cutting measures of the U.S. Postal Service are put into effect. That may seem unthinkable after decades of Monday-to-Saturday service, but a …

Revolutionary War Reenactors Bring Distant Era To Life

MPBN News – Keith Shortall – A gun battle broke out yesterday at an historic site in mid-coast Maine. No one was hurt. It wasn’t even a real skirmish, but a re-enactment, performed by a …

Women pilots in WWII honored

Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Larry Grard – LIVING HISTORY: Betty Brown, of Skowhegan, speaks recently about serving as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) during World War ll. …

Local historical societies collaborate

By Valerie Tucker Special to the Irregular
STRONG -— Two local historical societies find teamwork and innovative collaborations help them survive in rural Maine. Strong’s historical society doesn’t have money for a computer or scanning equipment to digitally preserve its artifacts. Instead, members keep notebooks of carefully handwr…(subscription required)


New art center design presented

LSJ-FARMINGTON — News that a 100-plus-year-old tree would be saved and remain where it is near the town library drew applause from people at a public hearing Monday on the proposed Emery Community Arts Center. More than 50 people attended the Farmington Planning Board’s hearing on the center, most ready to speak, many opposed, at the Municipal Building. Concerns had been previously raised by Farmington Public Library trustees, Farmington Historical Society and the Maine Historical Preservation Commission on the proposed building.

Senate Committee Apologizes to All Native Americans for Violence and Maltreatment by U.S. Citizens

CNSNews.com The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a resolution by voice vote last week apologizing “on behalf of the people of the United States” to all Indian tribes for the mistreatment and violence by American citizens. Senate Joint Resolution 14, sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), states that its purpose is “to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the Federal Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.” In Section 1A, No. 4 of the resolution states that the apology is on behalf of U.S. citizens for harm they have done to “Native Peoples.” In the resolution, native peoples are defined as people who “inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of people of European descent.”

Relatives Try To Determine How Meriwether Lewis Died

The Chronicle of Higher Education By 1806, the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had solved the greatest question about their young nation: What lies beyond the wilderness? Three years later, Lewis’s death. at age 35. gave rise to a new mystery: one that hasn’t been solved in 200 years: Did he die by his own hand, as many textbooks claim, or was he, in fact, murdered? The collateral descendants of Lewis, who had no children, brought their case to Washington last month. For 13 years, the group of nearly 200 relatives has been asking the government’s permission to exhume Uncle Meriwether’s body, which is buried on federal land.

Shipwrecked: Archaeologists explore graveyard of sunken ships in Baltic Sea

AP The fire began in the galley, where the crew had kept a stove burning while they visited a tavern ashore. As the flames devoured her stern, the Anna Maria sank through the ice in the Stockholm archipelago. The Anna Maria is part of a vast graveyard of ill-fated ships hidden in the murky waters of the Baltic Sea, protected from the shipworm that destroys wooden wrecks in saltier oceans. Some 20,000 shipwrecks have been found — half of them in Swedish waters — dating back to as far as the Viking age. Researchers believe as many as 80,000 more could still be waiting to be discovered. Eriksson and his colleagues plan to offer boat tours where visitors can see some of the most spectacular wrecks through a camera attached to a remotely operated vehicle. The idea is modeled on a shipwreck tour in Lake Champlain, in Vermont, that uses the same technology. The boats would have flat-screen TVs installed, and the story of each shipwreck site would be told through 3D animations and old sea charts.

Free 1930 US Census Through the Month of August

Footnote; The 1930 US Census is one of the most powerful resources available to anyone who wants to learn more about their ancestors. During the month of August, Footnote is giving everyone free access to Footnote.com‘s interactive 1930 US Census.

8,000-year-old human skeleton found in a Turkey tomb

Taranga.com An 8,000-year-old human skeleton was found during excavations in one of the oldest residential areas in southern Turkey, a media report said. The skeleton was discovered inside a Neolithic-age tomb unearthed in Yumuktepe Hoyuk of the southern Mersin province by archeologists from the Italian Lecce University and Turkish Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Twisted histories last the longest

Telegraph (UK) According to a new study, Hollywood films that take liberties with the past damage people’s knowledge of history – even when they once knew the correct facts. But while this is likely true, it’s nothing new. Writers from Shakespeare to Walter Scott have fired our imaginations with gross but entertaining fallacies: Cleopatra, Richard the Lionheart and Richard III have never recovered from the extreme makeovers they received according to Elizabethan or Victorian tastes. Alexandre Dumas rewrote the Counter-Reformation in France; Schiller created folk heroes from scratch (a revisionism abetted and amplified by the Italian librettists employed by Donizetti, Bellini or Verdi). Dickens’s image of the French Revolution was 100 times more powerful than Carlyle’s, imprinting the English mind with a deep distrust of libert, egalit et fraternit. And the best historians were unable to salvage the Emperor Nero’s reputation after the hatchet-job in Henryk Sienkiewicz’s best-seller, Quo Vadis.

Northern Maine to host Acadian World Congress

Northern Maine will join neighboring Canadian provinces in playing host to the 2014 Acadian World Congress, which is expected to draw thousands to the region and participation by 44 countries from the Francophone world. La Societe Nationale de l’Acadie President Francoise Enguehard said the August 2014 event will be held in northern Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and the Temisoucata region of Quebec. The announcement was made during the current Acadian World Congress, which is being held on the Acadian Peninsula of northeastern New Brunswick. Organizers said the 2014 international event could bring more than $50 million to the region and create more than 200 jobs.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Furniture workshops, walks offered at Shaker Village

Master woodworker Chris Becksvoort will hold a workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Saturday on basic through and half-blind dovetailed drawer construction.

Another workshop Saturday will teach the seven-step method of caning a woven chair. Pre-registration is required for both classes, which cost $35.

Two guided nature walks also will be offered Saturday. Learn about the extensive natural environments that are part of this National Historic Landmark.

Call 926-4597 for details.

POLAND SPRING

Book signing to be held at Preservation Society

The Poland Spring Preservation Society will host a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. today. The publication features more than 200 vintage images of Poland Spring’s grand hotels, the golf course and the Ricker family, who founded Poland Spring and Poland Spring water.

The free signing will be held at the Maine State Building. Copies will be for sale at the gift shop. For more information, visit www. polandsprings.org or call 998-4142.

Portland Spirits Alive tour to look at events near cemetery

Spirits Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Eastern Cemetery, will conduct a history tour beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The tour will focus on the events of the 17th and 18th centuries that occurred within sight of the cemetery.

Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for students and free to children under 12. Call 318-2982 for cancellation information.

South Portland Spring Point lighthouse open for tours Saturday

The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The lighthouse is one of only 40 caisson-style lighthouses in the U.S. and the only one open to visitors. Visitors must be over 4 feet 7 inches tall and wearing walking shoes.

The event requires a $5 donation and will be canceled if there is rain or fog. Call 699-2933 for information.

YARMOUTH

Historical society schedules lecture about ephemera

The Yarmouth Historical Society will host a discussion on ephemera, or everyday items, such as movie tickets, posters or greeting cards.

Ephemera can tell much about an era, the technology and the lives of the individuals using the item. Elizabeth Baird will lead the discussion at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Cousins Island Community House.

Admission is $3 for members and $5 for others. Call 846-6259 for details.

Brunswick Pejepscot Historical Society plans Chamberlain barbecue

The Pejepscot Historical Society will host its second annual Chamberlain barbecue from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joshua L. Chamberlain House, 226 Maine St.

A lecture, ”A Tale of Two Flags,” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple.

For information, call 729-6606 or go to www.community.curtislibrary.com/pejepscot.htm.

BATH

Annual YMCA Antiques Show to include nearly 40 dealers

The 48th annual Bath Area Family YMCA Antiques Show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the YMCA facility at 303 Centre St., featuring nearly 40 dealers. Admission is $5 for adults and $4.50 for children.

For details, call Polly Thibodeau at 443-8983.

NEW HARBOR

Colonial Pemaquid program looks at the 17th century

The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid will sponsor a program by Warren Riess at 7:30 p.m. on Monday detailing ”The World of 17th Century Pemaquid” at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130.

Admission is $5, and free for members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI:organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

Chicago area historical sued by property owner for loss in deal…

Cash for gold a hot fad, but be careful with your precious treasures…

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History Headline Roundup for 8-10-09

Libraries a boon to research, even in summer months

Bangor Daily News – The University of Maine Fogler Library in Orono has changes in its hours in the summer — and throughout the school year, too. …

Peter L. Rothholz

The Cutting Edge -We were particularly impressed, however, by the Maine Historical Society which operates the impeccably preserved childhood home of Henry Wadsworth …

Lafayette loses bid to host Congres

The Daily Advertiser – But, despite a strong presentation, the host role went to L’Acadie of the Lands and the Forests in Maine in the announcement viewed live at Vermilionville. …

Acadians to converge in Aroostook in 2014

Bangor Daily News -The countdown to 2014 is on with Sunday’s announcement that northern Maine — together with neighboring regions in New …

2014 congress in NB

CanadaEast.com – Françoise Enguehard, president of the National Acadian Society, called them the “forgotten Acadians.” “There are hundreds of thousands of Acadians in Maine, …

Historical and Naval Museum a hidden jewel

Seacoastonline.com – From the frontier days of the 17th century to the modern nuclear age, Kittery, Maine, has quite literally been at the forefront of history, and this quaint …

Boston co-anchor and regular Rangeley visitor featured speaker

SunJournal.com –August 12, at the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society’s annual program at 7 pm at Rangeley Lakes Regional School. Mehegan, who worked for Boston’s WCVB-TV …

New Portland fair includes eel race

NEW PORTLAND — The 77th annaul Agricultural Fair will be held Sept. 18-20, along with the 14th annual Maine Crafts Festival at the fairgrounds on Route 146.
This year’s event will be dedicated to longtime fair manager Eldon McLean for his dedication and leadership. It’s sponsored by the New Portland Lions Club, which has about 29 members.

WWII Shipwrecks Sought in ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’

Yahoo News Researchers are on a three-week research expedition to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 in what’s called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” The region off North Carolina is home to includes vessels from U.S. and British naval fleets, merchant ships and German U-boats, all sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic. “The information collected during this expedition will help us better understand and document this often lost chapter of America’s maritime history and its significance to the nation,” said David W. Alberg, expedition leader and superintendent of the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “It continues the work conducted by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries last summer to research and document historically significant shipwrecks tragically lost during World War II.” The expedition, which began last week and runs through Aug. 24, will also help document the condition of these vessels some 67 years after they were lost. Understanding the wrecks’ current condition is a crucial first step in establishing efforts to preserve these historic sites, which serve as “time capsules from one of the darkest times in the nation’s history,” Alberg said.

Hunt for new Ohio statue goes to Edison birthplace

The Columbus Dispatch The search for a new Ohio statue for the U.S. Capitol is taking a panel of state lawmakers to the birthplace of inventor Thomas Edison. The committee is looking for a historic figure to replace William Allen, one of two Ohioans representing the state in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol building in Washington. Allen was a 19th century congressman and Ohio governor who portrayed blacks as savages and supported the rights of Southern slave owners.

Canada Finds Wreck of U.S. Aircraft From World War II

New York Times Late one November afternoon in 1942, a seaplane belonging to the United States Army Air Corps made two attempts to take off in rough waters near the village of Longue Pointe de Mingan, Quebec. After a large wave opened a leak, the seaplane foundered and sank on the second try. Fishermen who rowed out to the scene rescued only four of the nine crew members. On Thursday, Parks Canada, a government agency, said an underwater archaeology team had discovered the apparently intact wreck of what it believed to be that American aircraft. Officials said that human remains could still be on the plane. If that is confirmed, the Canadian government said, it will work with the Pentagon’s Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command to recover and identify the remains.

2 NY historic sites being sold, 3rd sale stalled

Newsay Two significant colonial American sites along the upper Hudson River are expected to change hands in an effort to preserve the historic properties, while the state still plans to buy a third 18th-century site that’s considered the birthplace of the U.S. Army Rangers. All three properties are in or adjacent to Fort Edward, a history-rich Washington County village 40 miles north of Albany. The fort the English built here was Britain’s largest military outpost in North America during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), with more than 15,000 troops. A national archaeology preservation group has an agreement to purchase the former site of the Royal Blockhouse, a British army outpost built in 1758 across the Hudson River from the fort, and an archaeologist who has led excavations here since the early 1990s is buying a riverside parcel where a merchant’s home and store were located the mid-1700s.

New Maine Memory Network exhibit:

Dear Friend,

The small community of Paris Hill, once the shire town of Oxford County, produced an inordinate number of notable citizens, among them Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s first vice president, governor of Maine, member of the U.S. House and Senate and ambassador to Spain.

Click on the link below to read about Hamlin’s early life in Paris Hill as we near the bicentennial of his birth on August 27.

Hannibal Hamlin of Paris Hill

A Bicentennial Celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Paris Hill Common. It will feature speakers, exhibits about Hamlin’s life, a walking tour of historical sites in the village, games, craft demonstrations and rededication of the Centennial monument.

For more information, contact the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum, 743-2980.

We hope you enjoy this online exhibit and the many other documents, photographs and exhibits on Memory Network.

Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of the Maine Memory Network and Maine Historical Society. MHS is a private non-profit organization dependent, in large part, on the support of its membership.

If you would like to help us sustain the Maine Memory Network, as well as receive many other benefits, please consider becoming a member.

Quick Links Maine Memory Network ;Maine Historical Society; MHS Online Museum Shop; Vintage Maine Images; HW Longfellow Website

Only a few days left!

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

The Maine Historical Society invites you to…

Thursday, August 13, 12pm
Lighthouses of Maine

Jeremy D’Entremont, Historian, Author, and Lighthouse Preservationist

Join us for a look at the history and rich lore of the lighthouses of the Maine Coast.

Jeremy D’Entremont’s latest book features more than sixty lights, from the New Hampshire border to West Quoddy Light. This program will provide an introduction to the historic photos and dramatic stories of storms, shipwrecks, and heroic lighthouse keepers featured in the book.

D’Entremont is the author of six books and numerous articles about the history of lighthouses.

Also from the Maine Historical Society;

Wednesday, 8/19 – Anchors Aweigh, George Stewart, second of two-part series, 7pm

Ongoing throughout July and August
Mondays and Wednesdays – The Children’s Hour, (fee), 11am

Fridays – The Longfellow Trail, (fee), 11am

Mondays through Fridays (not shown 7/30 and 7/31) – Film, Innocent Interlude, (includedwith admission), 2:30pm

Events are FREE unless otherwise noted

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Information
When: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Summer Children’s Programs

Sailors and Sea Captains: Meet a 19th century ship captain who will show you what he takes to sea, teach you a sea shanty and take you to a deserted island where there is treasure to be found. Follow the treasure map he gives you and you might unearth gold! Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the John Hancock Warehouse on Lindsay Road. Ages 5-8. $20 members; $23 non-members. Reservations and advanced payment requuired. Call (207) 363-4974 x12 or email education@oldyork.org.

Spintastic: Learn to spin raw wool into yarn using cards and a drop spindle. Transform your white wool into beautiful colors using traditional natural dye recipes. Thursday, August 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road, in York Village. Ages 8-12. $20 members; $23 non-members. Reservations and advanced payment required. Call (207) 363-4974 x12 or email education@oldyork.org.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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History Headline Roundup for 8-9-09

Here’s another batch of history related headlines from around the state of Maine! Click onto the headlines to read the full stories and enjoy! (right click to open in new window)

Pictorial history offers glimpse of Poland Spring

SunJournal.com – Poland Spring-On Wednesday, Aug.12, the Poland Spring Preservation Society will host a book signing for its newly released book, “Poland Spring: Images of America,” at the Maine State …

Historical exhibit

SunJournal.com – Livermore-The Norlands has one of Maine’s largest collections of clothing and textiles. A corset from the 1870s is one of many articles of women’s undergarments on …

Digging For History In Pemaquid

WCSH-TV – A team from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission has been searching a portion of the site since July 27th. …

Genealogy: Your local roots

SunJournal.com – The Maine State Library’s genealogy collection spans a large geographical area, primarily emphasizing Maine, with good coverage of Massachusetts and New …

Tall ship day sails canceled

Seacoastonline.com –Portsmouth-All of the day sails scheduled for this weekend’s tall ship events were canceled because crews for the two ships originally …

Tall ships sail into the Port City

Seacoastonline.com – The Coast Guard Barque Eagle passes beneath the Memorial Bridge as it arrives in Portsmouth, NH on Friday, August 7, 2009. [View photo gallery]Rich

Tall ships on display in Portsmouth, NH

Fox44 News/AP- Some of America’s tall ships are on display this weekend in Portsmouth Harbor. …

Port City welcomes Tall Ships

The Union Leader -The image of “America’s Tall Ship” heading slowly up the Piscataqua River can bring one back in time 400 years to the …

The arrival of the Tall Ships in Portsmouth, NH

NewHampshire.com – This video was filmed on Friday, August 7, 2009 at the State Pier in Portsmouth, NH. The four tall ships came into town with a parade of sail in the early …

tall times

Wire – Four tall-masted sailing vessels, traditionally known as “tall ships,” will parade into Portsmouth for a weekend of festivities from Friday to Sunday, Aug. …

The (tall) ships are coming! The (tall) ships are coming!

Seacoastonline.com -On Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9 four Tall Ships will pull into Portsmouth: The Tall Ship for the United States of America, The USCG Eagle, …

Tall ships trademark fight sounds like a joke

Seacoastonline.com – If he wasn’t so serious, one might think Bert Rogers, executive director of the American Sail Training Association could be doing a sketch on “Saturday …

Go&Do: Celebrate Maine Festival, The Pretenders and more

Seacoastonline.com – The Black Heritage Trail is a walking and driving tour that highlights more than 350 years of African-American history in the Greater Portsmouth region. …

Muskies, ployes supersized at Fort Kent festival

BDN- FORT KENT, Maine — For this weekend at least, size definitely mattered. From the 12-foot diameter buckwheat pancake to a 20-pound fish, bigger was definitely better — not to mention tastier — … more

Plane found by Canadian divers believed to be Maine-based Catalina lost in 1942

BDN- LONGUE-POINTE-DE-MINGAN, Quebec — Canadian divers have stumbled upon what they believe is the wreckage of a U.S. Army air force amphibious plane that went down in the St. Lawrence River in …

Old sardine factory gets makeover

BDN-LUBEC, Maine — When Victor and Judy Trafford first laid eyes on an empty sardine factory on Johnson’s Bay in Lubec, they looked beyond 100 years of wear, crumbling concrete and peeling paint and …

Schooner Bowdoin celebrates captain

BDN- CASTINE, Maine — The schooner Bowdoin, Maine Maritime Academy’s sail training vessel, was in L’Anse au Loup, Labrador, on Thursday, scheduled to head south down the west coast of Newfoundland today on the last leg of its Celebrating Bartlett 2009 tour of the region.

Fair, weather, friends

BTR- TOPSHAM — Organizers of the 155th Topsham Fair hope for the same thing Mainers and tourists have spent most….

Hearing set for Sept. 14 on fate of Goddard Mansion

TCC- Cape Elizabeth-A public hearing on recommendations for fencing off and partial dismantlement of Goddard Mansion will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The recommendations came in a report from the Fort Williams Advisory Commission submitted to the council in April. The FWAC asked for an appropriation of $6,000 from the capital fund balance to pay for fencing off the most dangerous parts of the ruins, with dismantlement to be implemented “as funds become available.”

Schooner Dart gives rum its name

Two factors played a part in Cape Elizabeth’s dealings with rum during the 1900s: President Thomas Jefferson’s embargo of all goods produced outside the U.S. and the War of 1812, which destroyed the local shipping trade. Resourceful New Englanders found a way to survive by turning to privateering—basically government sanctioned piracy….

The Sentinel: Landmark Hotel Celebrates 125th

EA/FV-Southwest Harbor-Through high wind and rain, snow and ice, stifling heat, two world wars, the indignities of depressions, recessions and even the counterculture movement of the 1960s, it has stood strong, silent, watching, waiting – its sturdy walls and graceful porches seemingly holding back the tide of time. The…

Historical and Naval Museum a hidden jewel

Seacoastonline.com- Portsmouth-From the frontier days of the 17th century to the modern nuclear age, Kittery, Maine, has quite literally been at the forefront of history, and this quaint

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History Headlines Roundup for 06 August 09

Welcome to another edition of Touring Maine’s History news roundup. Much of this material comes from my perusals of various newspapers and searching of the internet, but we do have a growing number of clippings that get emailed to me. If you have a note, article or an event to share, please feel free to email me at dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com. I’ll get the information out as quickly as I can. And don’t forget to listen to Touring Maine’s History on Maine Talk Radio every Wednesday evening at 6 PM EST.

Articles and headlines…

Monmouth Academy History Fair

SunJournal.com – Where else in the state of Maine can you literally walk through history, beginning with primitive man and continuing to …

Freshman • Monmouth Academy

SunJournal.com – It also teaches students about the history of Maine and the scientific aspects of it. Every year some of the school staff take the freshman class to Acadia …

Local history in play collection

knox.VillageSoup.com – “Gerrish and Emery” is an account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of Theodore Gerrish of Belfast, a member of the 20th Maine Regiment; …

Town historian publishes new collection for future historians

Seacoastonline.com – The Klan had 150000 Maine members in 1920, but instead of persecuting Afro-Americans, they targeted the growing Franco-American population. …

Archaeology Dig at Fort Knox Reveals Clues to Past

WABI – Campbell, for one, wants to do her part to help others make that connection to Maine’s history. “So many of our history textbooks talk about Virginia and …

Digging For History In Pemaquid

WCSH-TV – A team from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission has been searching a portion of the site since July 27th. …

‘Cavemen’ occupied spot near Tatnic Hills in Wells

Seacoastonline.com – Joseph Hardy, current resident of Tatnic and author of the deeply researched “Settlement and Abandonment on Tatnic Hill: An Eclectic History of Wells, Maine …

Trash or treasure? Rye antiques event Saturday will help you find out

Seacoastonline.com – Experienced estate auctioneers and appraisers Stephen Bennett of Portsmouth, Devin Moisan of Dover and Aime Sevigny of South Berwick, Maine, will be on hand …

Hunt to deliver annual Hall lecture

SunJournal.com – He has lectured and published on the middle period of American history. Hamlin served in the MaineLegislature, the US House of Representatives, …

Bethel Historical Society selects summer intern

SunJournal.com – … joined the society and attended a society course on Maine and the Civil War, which resulted in developing her interest in local and regional history. …

Man travels cross country by covered wagon to find ‘America’

San Antonio Express – He’s been through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and many more places. Estrada has ventured out to approximately 200 places, …

At Your Library: Historical moment at Louis T. Graves Public Library

Seacoastonline.com – A red brick building was erected on Maine Street and was called the “Kennebunk Bank.” Joseph Moody was president and Henry Clark was cashier. …

Schoolhouse move latest step in ongoing Gilead revitalization

Bethel Citizen – The project is a combined effort of the Gilead Historical Society, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. …

Facelift for mill a boost for town

MaineToday.com – It was a village before that,” said Royal Cloyd, president of the North Berwick Historical Society. Morin said there was fear that parts of the three-story …

Events and happenings…


Oxford Historical Society hosting its first quilt show

Lewiston Sun Journal–The Oxford Historical Society will host its first quilt show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Center Meeting House on Route 26. Organizers expect more than 100 entries, society member Suzanne Hall said. “They will be draped over the pews, hung from the balcony and over racks.” The suggested donation will be $5, with proceeds benefiting the society. “There will be some vintage quilts, some machined quilts, some done by hand and also there will be many, many quilted bags,” Hall said.

Bill Graham: Christmas in August

Back by popular demand! Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem, MA, will present an entertaining program of floral design and fashion. Specializing in creative designs and women’s accessories, Bill is also a humorist and loves sharing his anecdotes and techniques. Floral designs will be raffled and accessories and millinery will be for sale. Monday, August 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club’s Old Clubhouse, 62 Organug Road in York. $55 includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres and Show House admission. A cash bar will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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Pow wow honoring animals being held at wildlife park

PPH-Maine Wildlife Park’s Honor the Animals Pow Wow features American Indian drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters, and American Indians from other New England states are expected to be at the park as well. This pow wow is one of only two in the nation that features a live bald eagle. All proceeds from the event go to new exhibits for the wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. For more information, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com or call 657-4977

ELIOT

Celebrate Maine Festival to be held at Raitt Farm

PPH-The Celebrate Maine Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road. The event highlights the people, places and products connected with Maine. Admission is $5 for adults. For details, call 439-3904 or go towww.celebratemainefestival.com/Welcome.html.

BRISTOL

Archaeologist to discuss dig at Phillips Homestead

PPH-Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will discuss his research excavating the 17th-century Phillips Homestead site during at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130. Dinsmore located the Phillips site in 1994. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

WATERBORO

Historical society holding tour of Johnson Lumber Mill

PPH-The Waterborough Historical Society will hold two events this month. Postcard collector Doug Foglio will give a presentation of his collection of local images at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town House in Waterboro Center. Refreshments will be served following the slide show. On Saturday, the public is invited to tour the rarely opened historic Johnson Lumber Mill on Route 5 in North Waterboro. Roger Wilcox will host this open house from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

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History News Roundup: Professor “Sandy” Ives dies at 83

History This Week 05 August 09 on Maine Talk Radio

Date / Time: 8/5/2009 6:00 PM

Category: History

Call-in Number: (646) 716-5423

Touring Maine’s History brings you another episode of Maine history news and events, historic person of the week will be the Hon William Widgery Thomas Jr. We will highlight four Portland area businesses this week. We’ll look at the Knight Bros. Brass foundry, N.E. Redlon, mason, and more. The tour bus will be making another stop, this week at Lime Kiln Park in Rockport, Maine while we look into the fascinating history of the Lime industry that made the area famous. Plus we’ll have the usual sprinkling of 30s and 40s commercials and plenty of Big Band tunes to entertain you. And we’ll look at a few other bits and pieces as time allows. This week’s collectibles will look at Worthpoint’s Circus programs and factory decoys pieces.

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Passing into history…

Legendary Prof. “Sandy” Ives Dies at 83

The University of Maine – A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, …

Folklife expert, umaine professor Ives dies

Bangor Daily News -International folklife expert and longtime University of Maine professor of folklore Edward “Sandy” Ives, who traveled the …

Note: Edward “Sandy” Ives, a UMaine English and anthropology professor from 1955-1999, died on Sunday at the age of 83. A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, in 1971. A memorial service is planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ives’ name to the Maine Folklife Center, care of the University of Maine Foundation, Buchanan Alumni House, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429.

Articles and headlines…

Hinckley’s Museum of Natural History thrives

Central Maine Morning Sentinel -Samples of its wonders will travel to 27 second-grade classrooms in central Maine this fall. Please come see the museum for yourself. …

History lost. . . and found

SunJournal.com – He wasn’t even from Maine. Raised in Rhode Island, he moved to Lewiston to become a police officer at age 20 — too young to even buy his own bullets. …

GREATER PORTLAND LANDMARKS ACQUIRES HISTORIC PROPERTY; WILL BECOME…

MaineToday.com – Greater Portland Landmarks, the historic preservation organization that sprang from the destruction of Portland’s Union Station more than ..

Preservationists look to future
Portland Press Herald–Greater Portland Landmarks is expecting to open a more spacious and more visible new center on High Street this fall.

Historical society to show Scarborough Marsh as hayfield

Portland Press Herald-Snowshoes for horses? If you were cutting “salt hay” on Scarborough Marsh centuries ago, your horses would have had something similar on their feet. “Bog shoes” were basically boards affixed to a horse’s hoof to stop the animal from sinking into the muck while out on the marsh. Some 17 varieties of marsh grass or “salt hay” grow and were once harvested on Scarborough Marsh. You can view an old bog shoe and pose questions about local traditions here to members of the Scarborough Historical Society on Snowy Egret Day this Saturday.

August 5 event at Tate House Museum cancelled. Afternoon event …

MaineToday.com – “Connecting people to Maine’s colonial roots and helping them to discover, imagine, and value the relevance of this history to our lives.”

‘IT’S A FAMILY THING’ Indexing cemeteries started out with …

Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Morgan, 54, of Randolph has been indexing Maine cemeteries for the past 15 years. As a volunteer for theMaine State Library’s Surname Index Project, …

Two views, same sea: videos tell stories of Maine’s working waterfront

knox.VillageSoup.com -… a sense of history. In 1861, Doug Lee says, at least 4000 different schooners passed the light at Owns Head. Today, fewer than 20 ply the Maine Coast. …

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

MaineToday.com – … behind the little knob windows to learn more about the history, plants and wildlife of the area is still fun for them. Oh, and a stop at the Maine Diner …

Whitefield to celebrate bicentennial

Kennebec Journal – Whitefield was incorporated as the 177th town in the Province of Maine on June 19, 1809. Whitefield Days, a three-day festival that includes activities to …

The history of the Times New Roman typeface

Financial Times – In his apartment overlooking the fishing docks of Portland, Maine, Mike Parker was putting the final touches to a font, thinning a few …

Alabama city destroying ancient Indian mound for Sam’s Club
(If you are interested in preservation of history, let’s start putting pressure onto Wal-Mart to pull back from this project!)

Facing South – United South and Eastern Tribes, a nonprofit coalition of 25 federally recognized tribes from Maine to Texas, passed a resolution in 2007 calling for the …

Historic Orono Building Demolished

WABI – “It’s just been around forever,” says Marlene Doucette, president of the historical society. “On Mill Street, there was a brick factory and the first bricks …

Museum holds first Community Day

Seacoastonline.com – It worked for Fionn McKibbin of Ireland and Katie Clark of South Berwick, Maine, who were gathering their respective broods outside the Jones House for the …

THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY has been awarded $5,000 from the Horizon Foundation, Inc., the result of a grant application to help underwrite transportation subsidies to qualifying school groups for field trips during 2009. “We have found that transportation costs present the single greatest obstacle to teachers who want to plan a field trip to MHS,” notes Carolin Collins, the society’s director of education. “The teachers we consulted believe the transportation subsidy make it possible for many additional students to participate in educational programs at MHS.” Schools will be reimbursed for bus transportation costs up to $150. One grant is available per bus, with a total grant not to exceed $300 per school. Subsidies will be awarded to eligible schools on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted, or Dec. 31, whichever occurs first.

Donations wanted, tables available
The Irregular — The Phillips Historical Society is seeking donations of gently used items for its table at this year’s Phillips Old Home Days. It is also offering spaces at the Pleasant Street location for a small donation. Those interested in reserving a table space or in donating items for the society’s own table, should call board member Lisa Haines at 639-2888. Find out more…

Chain of Ponds Farm featured at museum
The Irregular- On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Chain of Ponds Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those driving to Canada will notice a field on the left close to the entrance to the Megantic Club. This used to be a very large farm that raised vegetables, chickens for eggs and meat, cows for milk, etc., for the Lac Megantic Club. Find out more…

John Quincy Adams tweeting thanks to Mass. society

AP It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time. Starting Wednesday, history will meet modern technology as the Massachusetts Historical Society begins posting Adams’ updates from 200 years ago on Twitter. The historical society will include a presidential tracker of sorts, linking maps to show Adam’s progress on a diplomatic trek to Russia as U.S. minister. The tweets will include mentions of his favorite reads, memorable meals, weather updates and the daily drama of months at sea.


‘Pictures of the most utterly suggestive sort’: From research to collection

Lewiston Sun Journal- The first postcard caught her eye three years ago, at Orphan Annie’s in Auburn. A little cartoon girl doing dishes under the caption: “Wot a life! Men must work and women must wipe! In 1938, a woman named Margaret sent it to Miss Patsy Ryan in Baltimore with the jot on the back: “This is the life old kid. So think before you leap.”
Michelle Morgan bought the slightly cryptic card for $1, then started down a postcard path.


Future of old school building discussed in Peru

Lewiston Sun Journal-Townspeople will decide the former Peru school building’s fate this fall, and there are some questions as to what should happen to it. At an informational and planning meeting on Aug. 3, residents and the school building’s study committee discussed numerous choices. For three years, the committee has been meeting to try to determine what to do. “There are a whole bunch of issues to handle with this building and this whole complex,” said Selectman James Pulsifer, noting that use of the ball field and property had to be considered.

Circus Programs Are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles
Worthpoint- Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have this in common: colorful illustrations and chronological lists of the acts appearing in the performance. Circus programs have changed over the years with some featuring content from Oscar-winning actors and Pulitzer Prize- winning authors. Can you guess who?
Read “Circus Programs are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles”

Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II
Worthpoint-Last week, Worthologist Harry Rinker offered guidelines on how to decide if an oil painting is worth buying. Now that you’ve decided on a painting, Harry is back, this time with tips on how to decide how much you should be willing to pay. Will a painting of certain style or from a certain era hold its worth? Will there be resale value? Harry has the answers.
Read “Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II”

Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue
Worthpoint-There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys, whether by origin, maker or species. One often overlooked area of decoy collecting, says Worthologist Laura Collum, is the factory-made decoy, which despite the name, can include finely detailed and painting finishes. Laura offers ideas on how to start your collection.
Read “Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue”

Events and happenings…

WATERBORO

PPH-The Old Corner Church has received a $500 Community Betterment Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine through Fraternal Lodge No. 55 of Alfred. Built in 1804, the church is considered a significant historic landmark. The Alfred lodge has supported Friends of Old Corner Church in three fundraising suppers, supplying the venue as well as assistance by lodge members. Friends of Old Corner Church is a nonprofit agency formed in 2004 to restore the church, at West Road and Federal Street. An annual church service is scheduled for Sept. 13. For more information, call Bud Jamieson at 247-3635.

Gray

Pow wow honoring animals being held at wildlife park

PPH-Maine Wildlife Park’s Honor the Animals Pow Wow features American Indian drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters, and American Indians from other New England states are expected to be at the park as well. This pow wow is one of only two in the nation that features a live bald eagle. All proceeds from the event go to new exhibits for the wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. For more information, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com or call 657-4977

ELIOT

Celebrate Maine Festival to be held at Raitt Farm

PPH-The Celebrate Maine Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road. The event highlights the people, places and products connected with Maine. Admission is $5 for adults. For details, call 439-3904 or go towww.celebratemainefestival.com/Welcome.html.

BRISTOL

Archaeologist to discuss dig at Phillips Homestead

PPH-Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will discuss his research excavating the 17th-century Phillips Homestead site during at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130. Dinsmore located the Phillips site in 1994. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.

NEWCASTLE

Auction to aid Lincoln Home has antiques, artworks

PPH-Art work, a brass doll bed and furnishings from the summer residence of late antiques dealer Margaret B. Ofslager will be sold as part of a Founder’s Day Auction beginning at 10 a.m. today on the grounds of the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road. A preview will be held at 8 a.m. There will be a flea market, food and family activities. Proceeds will be used to buy a special-needs bus for residents of the home, an assisted and independent living community. Donations for the auction and flea market are welcome. For details, call Wayne at 563-3350, ext. 33.

UNION

Historical society offers talk on community of Addison

PPH-The Union Historical Society will host a talk by Nancy Harmon Jenkins at 7:30 p.m. today in the Old Town House, Town House Road. Jenkins will describe the 1866 founding of a religious and farming community of settlers from Addison, near Jaffa. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome. For more information, call 785-4555 or towww.midcoast.com/comespring/.

WATERBORO

Historical society holding tour of Johnson Lumber Mill

PPH-The Waterborough Historical Society will hold two events this month. Postcard collector Doug Foglio will give a presentation of his collection of local images at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town House in Waterboro Center. Refreshments will be served following the slide show. On Saturday, the public is invited to tour the rarely opened historic Johnson Lumber Mill on Route 5 in North Waterboro. Roger Wilcox will host this open house from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..

PAINTED FLOOR CLOTH WORKSHOP

At Alfred Shaker Museum

118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.

Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM

Cost is $50.00

instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells

Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.

SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.

Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.

Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm

From Museums of Old York…

20th Annual Decorator Show House at McIntire Farm

The 20th Annual Decorator Show House will be open to the public through August 15th. McIntire Farm, located at 270 Cider Hill Road in York, can be viewed Monday, Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays. On-site parking is available and admission is $20. Tickets to the Show House are good for $2 off the cost of admission to the Museums of Old York.

Katherine Davis: At Home with the Novel

Katherine Davis, author of Capturing Paris and East Hope, will talk about the importance of place in novels and the special role houses play in works of fiction. The stories we read come alive and take on particular significance because of their setting. Whether sipping tea in a drawing room in Bath in a Jane Austen novel or drinking champagne on a terrace in West Egg thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the books we read give us a home away from home. Wednesday, August 5th starting at 11:30 a.m. at Blue Sky, 2 Beach Street in York Beach. $55 includes presentation, lunch and Show House admission.

Bill Graham: Christmas in August

Back by popular demand! Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem, MA, will present an entertaining program of floral design and fashion. Specializing in creative designs and women’s accessories, Bill is also a humorist and loves sharing his anecdotes and techniques. Floral designs will be raffled and accessories and millinery will be for sale. Monday, August 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club’s Old Clubhouse, 62 Organug Road in York. $55 includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres and Show House admission. A cash bar will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York

On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.

Maine Carriage Days equestrian event

Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009

Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).

This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.

Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.

It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.

The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.

The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.

The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.

Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: organizer@mainecarriagedays.com (207) 865-2047

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