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Hearth Cooking at the Remick Barn

Family events on tap at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage
Bangor Daily News
MACHIAS, Maine — The annual meeting of the Machias Historical Society will be held during a Dutch treat supper at 6 pm Friday, Aug. 12, at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. A ceremony commemorating the 1777 Battle of Machias will be held at 5:30 pm at…

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Community Website: Islesboro

Tomorrow’s book talk at MHS, described below, explores the love story between a young couple from Islesboro during the Civil War. This community website–developed by local partners from the Islesboro Historical Society, Islesboro Central School, and Alice L. Pendleton Library working with MHS staff–surveys the broader history of this special island in Penobscot Bay. Visit the site.


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


9, 16 Community Supper Benefit for Old York at Robert’s Maine Grill. Every Tuesday night Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery offers a “Community Supper” and donates a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit — in this case, Museums of Old York! The main focus of the supper is a $12, 3 course menu in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine Comfort Food with an updated twist. The menu is posted by Friday at For more information email or phone 207-439-0300

11 “History Challenge!” Game Show. Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Call 207-363-4974 or email Richard Bowen to register your team. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

12, 19, 26 Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. Join our Tavern Mistress and the Junior Docent ladies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn as they prepare colonial fare, creating a full meal using 18th-century recipes and techniques over the open fire. Stop in Fridays around 3:00 p.m. to taste what’s been created. Hearth cooking demonstrations are free with a ticket to at least one of the Museum buildings.

14 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed. Join Old York staff for a guided tour of the Highland Farm area off Rte. 91. Email Richard Bowen for details and reservations.

15 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium. This year’s Fellows Symposium will feature presentations on their Tavern and the Library projects, tours of the new Tavern exhibit, and a reception. We encourage all our members and friends to attend and see the results of their work this summer! Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 5 p.m. Free.

21 Museums of Old York Annual Meeting. Calling all members! Please join us this year to weigh in on a new vision for your organization! There will be a recap of highlights of the past year and a financial report. Enjoy refreshments with staff, trustees, and other members. 4 p.m., Remick Barn, York.

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


9 Preview Party: Fouth Annual Old York Antiques Show. The Old York Antiques Show will begin with a preview party on Friday, September 9th from 5 – 8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive preview of dealer booths and the first opportunity to purchase antiques while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. Tickets for the preview party are $75 and include admission to the Antiques Show on Saturday and Sunday. Patrons who donate $125 will receive one ticket to the Preview Party, be recognized at the event and are invited to a special reception to honor our dealers. Spending Spree Raffle Tickets will be on sale. 100% of the proceeds support the museum’s education programs, which serve over 20,000 children and families each year. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974

10-11 Fourth Annual Old York Antiques Show. The fourth annual antiques show at the Museums of Old York will take place September 10-11. This year’s boutique show, which is generously sponsored by a number of area businesses, will feature approximately twenty dealers highlighting exceptional silver and brass, furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, oriental rugs, nautical items, textiles, folk art and decorative art. 100% of the proceeds from the show support the museum’s education programs. The Antiques Show will take place at the museum’s main campus, located at 3 Lindsay Road in York Village and runs Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $10 admission includes a two-day ticket to experience the Museums of Old York. Free parking is available on-site.

18 Lost York: The History that Nature Has Reclaimed. Join Old York staff for a guided tour of areas outside the village proper. Email Richard Bowen for more information.

23 Dinner at Jefferds Tavern. Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Dinner at the Tavern can be the perfect antidote to the blues of shorter days. Enjoy the best of the harvest season in the charming candlelit rooms of the 18th century. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages to accompany their hearth-cooked meal.Friday, September 23, 6–8 p.m. $30 per person ($25 members). Reservations required. Email Richard Bowen.

29 History Brought to Life. Meet at the Old Gaol. Program ongoing from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Members free and nominal fee for non-members. Family rates.


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.

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Gold Prices and Opera Houses

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More news and events from the world of Maine history…
Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches The value of gold and silver has been rising as the Great Recession has dragged on, and Worthologist David Mycko says this is bringing on the demise of literally thousands of gold and silver antiques and collectibles of all nature. But watches, he says, have been hit particularly hard. As a watchmaker and collector, this pains David more than others. He gives one example of a perfectly fine antique watch whose days could be numbered before it is melted down and sold for its gold value. Read “Gold Prices Endanger Antique Watches”
Boothbay Opera House: Fixing up the old gal
The old Opera House has never looked better. Especially when you realize she has passed her 117th birthday.
She closed this winter to allow local workers and volunteers to do a bit of fixing up, including installing a new heating system, patching a few leaks and holes, adding a new (old) floor, new seats, sound system, seating, balcony railing, painting and so on, and so on, to the tune of more than $400,000.
Castine eyes repairs to Emerson Hall
Town officials have hired an architect to conduct an assessment of Emerson Hall in an effort to determine what repairs might be necessary for the 110-year-old building to continue serving as town hall. There are obvious signs both inside and outside the building, according to Town Manager …
State pledges $1 million for 2014 World Acadian Congress
Organizers of the World Acadian Congress, who believe the event will bring a huge economic boost to Aroostook County and parts of Canada in 2014, are steaming forward with their plans after learning that the state will commit $1 million to the festivities over the next …
Augers named to Franco hall of fame
Gilles Auger has been creating a database of Franco-Americans who came to Sanford from Quebec to work in the mills. As he records those who came and their relations in Quebec and elsewhere, the database has grown to 80,000 names. As well, he reads a half-dozen French language newspapers daily on the Internet, especially the ones from Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, and while he’s keeping up with the news, he checks for familiar names.
Opera House gets grants, a third of the way to goal
FUNDS NEEDED — The Opera House in Norway. The Opera House Corporation needs to raise an additional $127,500 in order to pay for the stabilization work.
Woodland Margins; Georgetown Historical Society Spring Exhibit
The opening reception and artists talk will be on Firday, 1 April from 4 to 6 PM and the open house will be Saturday, 2 April, from 10 AM to Noon. The exhibit will run until 15 June. The GHS is open at no charge on Wednesdays from 10AM to 5PM. FMI: or call them at 207-371-9200.
From the Maine Historical Society;
Sardine packers, Lubec, ca. 1976
Community Website:
Lubec’s history reflects its close ties to the sea and its proximity to New Brunswick. Many stories from that history–including the rise and fall of the sardine industry and tales of smugglers, the American Revolution, and life around Passamaquoddy Bay–are captured in this rich website built and maintained by community members from the Lubec Historical Society, Lubec Memorial Library, Lubec Landmarks, and Lubec Consolidated School. 2011 marks the town’s bicentennial. Read more and explore the website.
Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM
Music, refreshments, and two exhibits: Zoom-In: New Approaches to Maine History (through May 29) and Arts, Artists and Personalities in 1930s Maine (through May 3). More info.
Sunday, April 3, 10 AM-4 PM
Discovering Maine’s Jewish History
The 2nd Maine Jewish History Conference
Location: Roberts Union, Colby College
Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a day-long conference featuring talks, panels, and workshops presented by community, professional, and student historians. Learn about early Jews in Lewiston, Jewish back-to-the-landers, anti-semitism in Portland, openness in Eastport, communal life in Old Town, social life in Old Orchard Beach, and much more. Leading scholars will place the experiences of Maine’s Jews within the broader context of American Jewish history. Registration required (includes lunch and materials). Download the registration form. Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Old Maine Jewry. For more information, please visit:
Thursday, April 7, 7 PM
In partnership with Maine Humanities Council
Emerson Baker, Professor of History, Salem State College
Join us for an exploration of Arundel, Kenneth Roberts’ fictional account of Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Québec during the American Revolution. This event is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit the Maine Humanities Council’s website or call MHC at 207-773-5051.
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Maine History News for 01 March 2011

Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies
Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.
Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia.

Mark Your Calendars! Heritage Preservation’s 2011 Annual Meeting will be held on June 1st in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more information.

Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner is the recipient of the 2011 College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation. Click here to read more.

The Underground Railroad Quilt Code – Truth or Myth?
The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War has also brought renewed interest in the Underground Railroad, and a talk this Saturday at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will examine an intriguing question: “The Underground Railroad Quilt Code – Truth or Myth?”
Information about the event notes, “The Underground Railroad (UGRR) has captured the imagination of the country, and stories of its use have been published and repeated in countless books and songs over the years. One associated story that has received much attention over the past decade has been the tale of the UGRR ‘quilt code,’ a means by which escaping slaves could ‘read’ quilts hung outside houses to find their way north to freedom….

Rural anglophones a vanishing breed in Quebec
Back in 1989, a National Film Board documentary titled Dis paraitre warned that Quebec’s French culture could disappear within a couple of decades.
That doomsday scenario has not come true. But there is a group whose presence is fading in some parts of the province. Anglophones. Quietly, without fanfare, English-speakers are disappearing from regions where the roots of both language communities run deep. For rural anglophones, the prospect of Disparaitre poses a vexing question: Who will remember them after they are gone? That is a constant preoccupation for Donald Stewart, the last anglophone in Irlande, a community of 950 near Thetford Mines whose name betrays the origins of its first settlers. Stewart, 73, is a retired miner who looks after the cemetery at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Maple Grove, a former English-speaking hamlet in Irlande that now survives only in memory. History weighs heavily on his shoulders….

204 and Longfellow’s still got rhythm
The Longfellow Chorus and Maine Historical Society host events to honor the celebrated Portland-born poet….    

Tracking down Maine’s Ulster-Scot roots So a few years ago, John Mann of Bowdoin set out to redress this historical oversight by establishing the Maine Ulster–Scot Project, with backing from The

House restorer to discuss ‘Replacing the Irreplaceable’ Lincoln County Historical Association in its annual Winter Lecture Series. Fossel, an authority on Maine’s 18th century structures, will speak on

Stories from Maine Memory Network 

Online Exhibit:  

Capturing Arts and Artists in the 1930s  Despite the economic difficulties presented by the Depression, Maine thrived with artistic activity in the 1930s. Between 1933 and 1940, Emmie Bailey Whitney, editor of the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine, and her husband G. Herbert Whitney, an accomplished amateur photographer, chronicled the work of a number of artists, writers, and others connected to the arts in Maine. Their newspaper articles and accompanying photos celebrate the 1930s version of Maine’s “creative economy.”
View the exhibit. 

Tuesday, March 15, 7 PM

Lecture: History of American Landscape and Garden Design 

Presenter: Lucinda A. Brockway, Past Designs, Kennebunk

Saturday, March 19, 10 AM-12 PM

Genealogy Workshop: Introduction to Online Genealogy Resources at MHS  

Presenter: Jamie Kingman Rice, MHS Public Services Librarian   

 For more information and a complete listing of programs, events, and news,

visit our website.

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Maine History News for 16 Jan 2011

Online Exhibit: Protesting in Maine

As Americans pause today to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we honor Maine people who have protested and worked for social change. Mainers played an active role in the movement for civil rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and ’60s, fighting for racial equality in Maine, at rallies in Washington DC, and in marches, protests, and actions throughout the South. This online exhibit explores some of the issues, causes, and moments throughout Maine history when Mainers have stood up and fought for change. View the exhibit.

Maine Ski museum focuses on Nordic, manufacturing history

KINGFIELD — The Ski Museum of Maine is presenting  two Fireside Chats focusing on the state’s rich skiing heritage on Friday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 23. The first is titled “Maine’s Nordic Skiing Heritage: 1870-2011&r…

Tourists Mimic Polar Pioneers, Except With Planes and Blogs

Tourists, adventurers and history buffs are lining up to visit the South Pole this year and next in honor of the 100th anniversaries of two polar expeditions.

From the Penobscot Marine Museum:

PMM Presents Three Historic Photo Exhibits

This winter and spring, Maine residents can enjoy three free exhibits of vintage photographs from PMM’s photography archives. Free receptions are scheduled for two of the exhibits later this month in Belfast


Both Belfast exhibits are from the museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. collection. The largest single collection of historic photography in Maine, the Eastern collection consists of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and other New England states and upstate New York. A publisher of “real photo” postcards, Eastern Illustrating was founded in Belfast in 1909, and remained in business into the 1950s.


The third exhibit, in Ellsworth, is from the collection of The Atlantic Fisherman – once the industry’s premier trade journal for New England. The collection provides an unmatched look at commercial fishing during the fifty years after engines replaced sail.


All three exhibits will be available to travel around the state at the conclusion of  their scheduled runs. Parties interested in hosting exhibits should contact Kevin Johnson: 207-548-2529 ext.210



On display: now through April 30

Free Reception: January 27, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Allen & Sally Fernald Gallery, U-Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast

Times: M-F, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – noon

Description: Town and country views from almost every town in Waldo County. Research was conducted by individuals and historical societies from throughout the county.

More information: 207-338-8000


On display: Jan. 26 – Mar. 21

Free Reception: Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m.

Where: Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., Belfast

Times: M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Description: Images of potato and dairy farming, the poultry industry, corn husking, canning operations and other scenes from Maine’s agricultural past. Researched by renowned Maine historian William H. Bunting.

More information: 207-338-6575



On display: now through March 31

Where: The Maine Grind, 192 Main Street, Ellsworth

Times: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Description: Photos from 1920s to the 1950s of working boats and the men who crewed them; shore-based fishing methods; and shoreside supply, processing and distributing activities.

More information: 207-667-0011

From the Maine Historical Society;

Online Exhibit: Les Racquetteurs

Snowshoeing took Lewiston by storm during the first half of the 20th century. The spark: Louis-Philippe Gagné, a newspaper editor who immigrated to the area from Quebec in 1922. He brought his love for the sport, and quickly helped form more than a dozen hugely popular snowshoe clubs that hosted athletic events and provided an important social space for the Franco community. Visit the exhibit.

Elise Fellows White

Library staff have recently finished processing a collection of materials related to Elise Fellows White (1873-1953) given to MHS by Houghton White in 2010. Elise was a violin prodigy from Skowhegan whose musical talents and adventuresome spirit took her around the country and abroad from an early age. She kept journals and saved letters, programs, and photographs throughout her life, all of which offer wonderful glimpses into life in Maine and beyond. The collection is now available to researchers in the library. See the catalog record, and related material on Maine Memory.

HNN’s Coverage of the AHA

Highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Boston
David A. Walsh

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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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