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The Salt & Pines Anthology

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. I have made a few concessions to changes of the cover and some images, but the stories are all there. It’s now available through your local bookstore and on Or, 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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History of Bar harbor Told Through Postcards

History of Bar Harbor Told Through Postcards

By Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Bar Harbor, $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665

Isbn 978-0-7385-7483-7

Arcadia’s latest Maine postcard book is now available! Written by two-time Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., the History of Bar harbor is an excellent pictorial of Bar Harbor’s illustrious past. Filled with images and rich narration you can relive the glorious past of this destination community from Maine’s bygone days.

Shettleworth divides the book into nine sections covering topics from transportation to the community, its downtown area, public buildings and private mansions as well as her legendary hotels and latter day rental cabins and motels. Also covered is the social and recreational life of the latter 19th and early 20th century, the 1947 fire that devastated the area and scenic vistas.

If you love Maine history as much as I do, this book, as well as Arcadia’s many other Maine postcard pictorials will make a great addition to your library.

Check back here next week for a full review on this book, or pick one up today at your local retailer, or you can buy it online.

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A Haunted Maine Fort?

Maine Fort to be Featured on TV Ghost Show Maine’s Fort Knox is going to be featured on a TV program about ghosts. The Department of Conservation says stars of SyFy Channel’s program “Ghost Hunters” will reveal their findings next Wednesday about whether the fort along the Penobscot River near Bucksport is haunted. State park historian Tom Desjardin says it’ll be nice to see Fort Knox presented on the national stage. Desjardin says there are no official reports of haunting at Fort Knox, and only three soldiers on record died while at the fort….

Mementos of a Royal Hawaiian Love Story A matched set of silver goblets. A great golden bed. A marvelous and mysterious hand-stitched quilt of a unique design not found in the index of the Hawaiian Quilt Research Project. These are the mementos of one of Hawaii’s great love stories between a young man with royal Hawaiian blood in his veins and a hula dancer. The two young people, both famous in their own way, seemed fated for each other, and in the end, spent the rest of their lives together. View some of the items that help to tell this Hollywood-like Honolulu love story. Read “Mementos of a Royal Hawaiian Love Story”

Finding history in a rocking chair The first time, she had a desk and chair from the Maine Senate that were given … the Caribou Historical Society who might have an interest in my treasure. …

Wabanaki culture, history explored Colonial-era Wabanaki culture and history will be spotlighted Sunday, April 10 at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s next Maine Living talk. …

Tuesday’s Calendar — April 5 Anson Historical Society, 6:30 pm, Anson town meeting room; All are welcome. … a licensed Maine falconer will speak about the life history and ecology of …

Et Cetera: Listings Fundraising Card Party, benefits Falmouth Historical Society, Holy Martyrs Church, … 10 am to 1 pm “Horse-Drawn Vehicles in Maine,” slide presentation and …

Historical society creates craft fund to honor member The Bethel Historical Society’s board of trustees voted unanimously and preserve traditional crafts relating to the history of western Maine,

The Civil War: 01 April 1861 to 09 April 1861

April 3.—Dispatches were received in “Washington to-day, confirming the reported reinforcement of Fort Pickens; and the Cabinet held a long session, without coming to any definite conclusion in regard to the long-mooted evacuation of Fort Sumter. One company of artillery left Washington for Fort Hamilton, and two more are to follow to-morrow. Unwanted activity also prevails in the navy, several vessels being rapidly fitted for service. — World, April 4.

—The mortar batteries on Morris’ Island, Charleston harbor, fired into an unknown schooner. She displayed the stars and stripes, and put to sea. A boat from Sumter with a white flag went out to her; nobody hurt. A shot had gone through her.—{Doc. 49.)

—All officers of the Southern Confederate army, on leave of absence, were ordered to their respective commands.—Times, April 5.

—The South Carolina Convention ratified the Constitution of the Confederate States, by a vote of 114 to 10.—Tribune, April 0.

—The Charleston correspondent writes: “By the by, let us never surrender to the North the noble song, the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ It is southern in its origin; in sentiments, poetry and song; in its association with chivalrous deeds, it is ours; and the time, I trust, is not remote, when the broad stripes and brilliant stars of the confederate flag of the South will wave triumphantly over our capitol, Fortress Monroe, and every fort within our borders.”—Richmond Examiner.

April 4.—The Virginia Convention adopted, in committee of the whole, several of the series of resolutions reported by the majority of the Committee on Federal Relations, and rejected, by the decisive veto of 89 to 45, a motion to substitute for one of the resolutions an ordinance of secession, to be submitted to the popular vote.— World, April 5.

—Many rumors are in circulation to-day.

They appear to have originated from movements on the part of the United States troops, the reasons for which have not been communicated to the reporters at Washington as freely as the late Administration was in the habit of imparting Cabinet secrets. There can be no doubt that serious movements are on foot. The tone of the southern press for the last week, and the concentration of troops at Pensacola, indicate a determination to precipitate a conflict at Fort Pickens, probably with a view to hasten the secession movement in Virginia.—Tribune, April 5.

April 7.—General Beauregard issued an order, and sent a special messenger to Major Anderson, to give him an official notification that no further intercourse between Fort Sumter and the city would be permitted. — Times, April 9.

—The steam transport Atlantic sailed under sealed orders from New York, laden with troops and provisions. Among the troops is Captain Barry’s celebrated company of United States Flying Artillery. — Commercial Advertiser, April 8.

April 8.—Information having been given by the United States authorities to the authorities at Charleston that they desired to send supplies to Fort Sumter by an unarmed vessel, they were informed that the vessel would be fired upon and not permitted to enter the port. Official notification was then given by the United States Government that supplies would be sent to Major Anderson, peaceably if possible, otherwise by force. Lieutenant Talbot, attached to the garrison of Fort Sumter, and who accompanied the bearer of this dispatch, was not permitted to proceed to his post.

—Orders were issued to the entire military force of Charleston, held in reserve, to proceed to their stations without delay. Four regiments of a thousand men each were telegraphed for from the country.

Dr. Gibbs, surgeon-general, was ordered to prepare ambulances, and make every provision for the wounded.

—At midnight Charleston was thrown into great excitement by the discharge of seven guns from Citadel square, the signal for all the reserves to assemble ten minutes afterwards.

Hundreds of men left their beds, hurrying to and fro towards their respective destinations.

In the absence of sufficient armories, at the corners of the streets, public squares, and other convenient points, meetings were formed, and all night the long roll of the drum and the steady tramp of the military, and the gallop of the cavalry resounding through the city, betokened the close proximity of the long-anticipated hostilities. The Home Guard corps of old gentlemen, who occupy the position of military exempts, rode through the city, arousing the soldiers, and doing other duty required by the moment.

United States vessels were reported off the bar. Major Anderson displayed signal lights during the night from the walls of Fort Sumter.—Times, April 10.

—The State Department at Washington replied to-day to the Confederate State Commissioners, declining to receive them in their official capacity, but expressing deference for them as gentlemen. The Secretary expressed a peaceful policy on the part of the Government, declaring a purpose to defend only when assailed. — Tribune, April 9.

April 9.—Governor Curtin, of Pennsylvania, sent a special message to the Legislature to-day, urging the necessity of purchasing arms and reorganizing the military system of that State. —Times, April 10.

—Jefferson Davis made a requisition on the Governor of Alabama for 3,000 soldiers. — Tribune, April 10.

—The Charleston Mercury of to-day announces war as declared. “Our authorities,” it says, “yesterday evening received notice from Lincoln’s Government, through a special messenger from Washington, that an effort will be made to supply Fort Sumter with provisions and that if this were permitted, no attempt would be made to reinforce it with men! This message comes simultaneously with a fleet, which we understand is now off our bar, waiting for daylight and tide to make the effort threatened.

“We have patiently submitted to the insolent military domination of a handful of men in our bay for over three months after the declaration of our independence of the United States. The object of that self humiliation has been to avoid the effusion of blood, while such preparation was made as to render it causeless and useless.

“It seems we have been unable, by discretion, forbearance, and preparation, to effect the desired object, and that now the issue of battle is to be forced upon us. The gage is thrown down, and we accept the challenge. We will meet the invader, and the God of Battles must decide the issue between the hostile hirelings of Abolition hate and Northern tyranny, and the people of South Carolina defending their freedom and their homes. We hope such a blow will be struck in behalf of the South, that Sumter and Charleston harbor will be remembered at the North as long as they exist as a people.”

—Steamers Illinois and Baltic, in commission for United States Government, got to sea from New York. They discharged their pilots at 7.30 A. M., and sailed southwardly.—{Doc. 60.)

—United States sloop-of-war Pawnee sailed from Norfolk at 6 P. M., with sealed orders. — Times, April 11.

Next week- the battle begins with the bombing of Fort Sumter on 12 April, 1861 at 04:30 AM from Fort Moultrie, and assorted batteries joining in…

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L.C. Bates Museum

We have a new link to share with you all to the L.C. Bates Museum, located on the Goodwill-Hinckley School grounds on route 201 in Hinckley. If you’ve driven from Waterville to Skowhegan, you’ve driven right by this stately looking building. I haven’t been up to see them, but hope to do so this year. There are simply too many things going on for me to get to them all, unfortunately. But here’s a brief run down of what they offer up there:

Their websites intro says; The L. C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley is an early 20th century natural history and cultural museum. It is housed in an historic 1903 Romanesque Revival brick school building. Museum exhibits include Maine natural history, Americana, art, archaeology, minerals, ethnology, and Maine history. Featured museum exhibit tells the history of Good Will-Hinckley and the children who called it home.

 There are nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.

 Summer Art Exhibits are held in the museum. Saturdays features Family and Children’s natural history and history workshops and hikes. The Museum offers Outreach and In-House Natural History and Maine History programs for schools and groups and programs for birthday parties

Here’s the rest of the main story from their front page:

Admission: Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00

Open hours: Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November):

Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10 AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment.


Winter Hours (mid-Nov – March) – Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance, please call 238-4250

to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. Please note we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit.


Self-Guided Outdoor Activities:

Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum Self-Guided Trail Maps, Children’s Outdoor Discovery Packs, and Museum Animal Discovery Boxes, are available at the museum

Picnic Tables in Arboretum- Carry/In Carry/out


Museum Gift Shop: Open museum hours. The gift shop features many educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters,

and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ dollar items to allow kids and school groups to shop too!


Membership and Volunteering: We welcome new museum memberships and volunteers to have fun, share their knowledge and learn while making the L.C.Bates Museum available to central Maine Community. If you have a special interest or talent, please inquire about volunteering.


The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit 133 on Rt. 201halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield.


Contact Information

L. C. Bates Museum

At Good Will-Hinckley

Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944

207-238-4250- E-mail- 

Try to visit and support them if you can, or at the very least check out the web site here. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some vacation ideas for this summer’s fun?

If you have a society, museum or other non-profit history related website and would like to have a link placed in our directory, simply drop me an email at As a reminder, I’m planning on beginning a series of highlights of Maine historical organizations, so if you’d like to be in on that project let me know at the same address. And if you have a for profit venue, I’m currently examining advertising possibilities as well.

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Salt & Pines, our new book is available

Salt & Pines

Salt & Pines (click on the title to order, or for more information)

Print: $20.00

Download: $10.00

Salt & Pines: tales from bygone Maine is an anthology of stories and poetry about living in Maine’s bygone days. From the Islands of Casco Bay to the backwoods of Maine you’ll find tales to bring memories of your own to mind. Join us as we share Maine’s bygone days with;Allen Sockabasin, Ann Allen Brahms, D.L. Soucy, Dave Sargent, Doris Doggett, Jeanne Mason, Linda Aaskov, Luthera Dawson, Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Philip Candelmo, Philip Turner, Rene Cloukey, Roberta Gomez Ricker, Roy Fairfield, Ruth Richardson Maloney, Terrell Crouch, Thomas Carper, Tim Sample, Tom Fallon, Trudy Chambers Price, Salt & Pines, a taste of the ocean, the sound of the wind in the Maine forests….a combination you cannot find in any other state.

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MHS announces new exhibit

Exhibit Opening Party:

ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History
Thursday, June 24, 5-7pm

Maine Historical Society invites you to help us celebrate the opening of ZOOM IN: New Approaches to Maine History, a new exhibit in our gallery in Portland that will be on view from Friday, June 25 through May 29, 2011.

Zoom In! celebrates the launch of Maine History Online (, a major new interpretive section of the Maine Memory Network (, and explores the rich ways that digital technologies complement and enhance the use of physical objects – and vice versa – in the telling of Maine history.

The exhibition, curated by Candace Kanes, includes physical and digital material from more than 40 historical organizations in Maine, ranging from the Lubec, Freeport, and Island Falls historical societies; to the Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library, and McArthur Library in Biddeford; to the Muskie Archives at Bates College and Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.

Stories explored in the exhibition include: the widely popular Franco American snowshoe clubs formed by Louis-Philippe Gagné when he moved to Lewiston from Québec in 1922; Biddeford’s industrial transformation in the 19th century; peace movements in Maine; life at the Western Maine Sanatorium; and the experience of Maine prisoners of war; among others.

In development for three years with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Maine History Online provides a comprehensive introduction to key themes, topics, and events in Maine history through illustrated essays, nearly one hundred new online exhibits, and hundreds of primary documents.

Created by Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.

Event Information

When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 5-7pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

             489 Congress Street 
             Portland, ME  04101

For more information or to RSVP, call 207-774-1822; 207-774-1822 or email:

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A Meeting of the Museums

The hot news in the field of Maine history over the last few days has been the merger of the Maine Maritime Museum over in Bath with the Portland Harbor Museum…

Portland, Bath museums merge to preserve maritime stories

By BDN Staff PORTLAND and BATH, Maine — Portland Harbor Museum has merged with Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ensuring that the collections of the Portland …

MMM expands its reach

Maine Maritime Museum’s merger with the Portland Harbor Museum is an exciting development that will allow the museum to live up to its name even more fully …

Museums merge

BATH — The Maine Maritime Museum on Monday announced a merger with the Portland Harbor Museum, a deal in which the Bath-based institution will absorb the Portland collection and expand its presence in the state’s largest city…

BNAS museum looks like a go…

Navy tribute effort revs up

BRUNSWICK — Organizers of an effort to establish a Navy museum on Brunswick Naval Air Station property have taxied their fundraising effort to the runway. Adequate funding is all that stands between them and take-off to make their vision become a reality.

In other Maine history news….

Pirates Invade, Find Treasure, And Bandy Cutlasses To The Delight Of All
Once again, Damariscotta is thankful that marauding pillagers of the Pirate Rendezvous left the town in one piece after making landfall on June 12, amidst raised cutlasses, booming cannon fire, and threatened mayhem, all to the giggles and delight of children.
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First Friday Art Walk-July

June 16, 2010

Portland, ME – Maine Historical Society (MHS) displays ongoing exhibit,

Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. First Friday Art Walk Exhibit Party.

Join us at Maine Historical Society during the Portland First Friday Art Walk to celebrate the July series of images in our ongoing exhibit, Exposed: Rare Photographs of Life in Maine. July images displayed through July 31st; 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. Images include turn of the century automobile racing on Old Orchard Beach, the 1970 student strike at Colby College, 1925 Portland Green Sox baseball, Maine governor Carl Milliken escorted in a canoe by two Passamaquoddy Indians at the 1920 Maine Centennial Celebration in Deering Oaks Park, and much more.

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 July 2 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. Local sponsors Shipyard Brewing Co. and Local Sprouts Catering provide refreshments. Enjoy our DJ, raffle, and wild party favors. Online Gallery at

The exhibit is open daily through October 31, 2010.

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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Representative Men of Maine; Sen. Eugene Hale

The Honorable Eugene Hale

The senior Senator from Maine comes from the oldest New England stock His father, James Sullivan Hale, II of Turner, where the Senator was born, was the son of David Hale, who came from Old Newbury in Massachusetts and who was one of the pioneers in Turner, where he settled upon a farm which is still in the possession of the family. The line of descent is clearly traced to Thomas Hale, of Walton, at Stone, Hertfordshire, England, who came with his wife, Thomasine, to Newbury in 1635, bringing a letter of introduction to Governor John Winthrop from Francis Kirby, a maternal relative, a copy of which letter is found in Volume VII of the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Senator Hale’s mother was Betsey Staples, who came from an old Turner family. The children of James Sullivan and Betsey Hale were Eugene, Hortense, who married Dr. John T. Cushing and now lives on the homestead, Frederick, who was a lawyer and partner of Senator Hale and who died in 1868, Augusta, the wife of George Gifford, United States Consul at Basle, Switzerland, and Clarence, who is a leading lawyer in Portland.

Eugene Hale was born in Turner, June 9, 1836; attended the village district school and the grammar school endowed by the town, and went from Hebron Academy into the office of Howard & Strout in Portland, where he studied law and was admitted to the Bar in January, 1857.

At the age of twenty he commenced the practice of law in Orland, but soon removed to Ellsworth and became a member of the firm of Robinson & Hale. Mr. Robinson soon died, and Mr. Hale for ten years devoted himself closely to his profession and built up a large practice He was a sound counselor and one of the most successful lawyers with both court and jury. He was for nine successive years County Attorney for Hancock County. For many years he was senior member of the firm of Hale & Emery, and, since the latter’s elevation to the bench of the Supreme Court, the firm has consisted of Mr. Hale and Hannibal E. Hamlin, a son of the late and venerated Hannibal Hamlin.

In December, 1871, Mr. Hale was married in Washington to Mary Douglas Chandler, the only daughter of Hon. Zachariah Chandler, long time a Senator from Michigan and afterwards Secretary of the Interior. Their children are three sons, Chandler, Frederick, and Eugene, Jr.

Mr. Hale was a member of the Maine Legislature in 1867, 1868, and 1880. In that body he soon proved a ready debater and to be remarkably well versed in the political questions of the time. In 1880 he was appointed chairman of the committee of the Legislature to investigate what has since become familiarly known as the “State Steal,” and it is recognized as largely through his efforts that this scheme was thwarted and exposed.

He was elected to the Forty-first Congress in 1868 and afterwards to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses; was appointed Postmaster-General by President Grant in 1874, but declined ; was re-elected to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses ; was tendered a cabinet appointment as Secretary of the Navy by President Hayes, and declined ; was chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee for the Forty-fifth Congress ; was a delegate to the National Convention in 1868 and the Cincinnati and Chicago Conventions in 1876 and 1880, leading the Blaine forces in both conventions ; was elected to the United States Senate to succeed Hannibal Hamlin and took his seat March 4, 1881, and was re-elected in 1887 and in 1893. For the three elections he received the unanimous nomination of his party in the Legislature.

He was a member of important committees in the House of Representatives, and upon his coming to the Senate, in 1891, he was given a place on the committees on Appropriation and Naval Affairs. He was also made chairman of the Committee on the Census, which position he continued to occupy till the Democrats gained control of that body in 1893. He is at present a member of the Committee on Appropriations, Naval Affairs, Census, Canadian Relations, and chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Senator Hale has always taken a prominent part in the legislation of the Senate. Several of the more important appropriation bills have been made under his management. Representing both the Appropriation and Naval Committees, he has reported and managed every bill which has passed the Senate for the building of the new navy. He introduced the first amendment favoring reciprocity with the countries of Central and South America, which he supported with speeches that received wide circulation. His political speeches in the Senate are sharp, but never ill natured. His speech upon the Free Trade attitude of the Democratic Convention in 1882 was as widely circulated as any speech during the campaign. He has taken a prominent part in the debates relating to the affairs of the District of Columbia; has favored suitable appropriations for the necessary buildings for the public business there, and has persistently opposed the introduction of overhead wires in the street railways of the capital city.

Senator Hale is always recognized as a wise counselor in party politics. He is an easy and forcible speaker; his words are carefully selected, and his extemporaneous speeches require no revision. He is a popular after-dinner speaker; and on these occasions, both where great subjects are presented and where wit and merriment abound, he is in his element.

He is a wide reader, keeping alive his love for books, and delights especially in poetry. His style has been formed on the best of models in English Literature. He has received the degree of LL D. from Hates College and from Colby University.

Senator Hale is a believer in Maine and her future. His investments testify to this, commencing with his beautiful home on the heights at Ellsworth, surrounded by several hundred acres of field and woodland, and continuing in extensive purchases of timber lands and sea-shore property, interests in cotton, woolen and pulp mills, and other manufactories.

Senator Hale is known throughout the State and Nation as a man of broad and genial social nature; and this perhaps accounts for the close and cordial personal feeling which binds him to his friends. He is a liberal entertainer both in Washington and in Ellsworth. At his home, “The Pines,” during the summer vacation, many friends, both from within and without the State, gladly accept his hospitalities. Mrs. Hale is an accomplished hostess and delights in nothing more than in looking after a house full of friends.

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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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