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Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting

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Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting:

The Meeting of the Ellsworth Historical Society will be held on April 11th at 7:00pm in the Dining Hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex on Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. The speaker for the evening will be members of the Ellsworth Telephone Museum.
As always all are invited to attend. If you have any questions please contact us at or call 207-667-8235 and ask for Terri.

Museums of Old York:

Old York to Auction Bait Shack

Proceeds Will Benefit Working Wharf

Now you can own an authentic coastal Maine bait shack! An iconic shack from the famous John Hancock Wharf will be auctioned to support the facility’s use as working waterfront. The Museums of Old York will take bids between now and April 8, and will sell the shack to the highest bidder.

The shack is 12′ by 8′ and 11′ 4” high. It would serve as a handy garden shed in someone’s yard, or a storage shed on another small pier.

The shack was built in the 1970s by local lobsterman Jim Cote, whose family fished from Hancock Wharf for three generations. A larger, refrigerated bait shack designed for the needs of three fishermen will replace the Cote shack.

Old York is raising additional money to secure the long-term maintenance of the new facility. Proceeds from the auction of the shack will help reach the goal. Old York will also be seeking donations, and will recognize gifts of $1,000 or more with named buoys on the new bait shack.

Bids for the shack may be emailed to, telephoned to (207) 363-4974, or dropped off at Old York’s headquarters at 207 York Street. Each bidder should establish a pseudonym or nickname for Old York to use in posting bids each day on its website
The winner will be announced at noon on April 8. Payment will be by cash, certified check or credit card. The winning bidder will be responsible for removing the shed.

Maine Historical Society:

online exhibit;

It was unlikely that Harry Lyon Jr. (1885-1963) would play an essential role on the first trans-Pacific airplane flight. As a student he had been known more for misdeeds than accomplishments. He had a successful career as a merchant mariner. In the winter of 1928, Harry was in California as a witness in a rum running case when his friend, Captain J.C. MacMillan, asked him if he wanted a job as navigator of an airplane… Read more and view the online exhibit.

Coming Soon at the Maine Historical Society

Friday, April 1, 5-8 PM

First Friday Art Walk at MHS

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

Presented by Colby College with Maine Historical Society and Documenting Maine Jewry.

The 2nd Maine Jewish History Conference: Discovering Maine’s Jewish History

Explore the richness of Jewish life in Maine at a day-long conference featuring talks, panels, and workshops presented by community, professional, and student historians. Location, registration, and more information.

For a complete listing of programs, events, and news, visit our website.

History News Network:

HNN’s Coverage of the OAH

Highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston
David A. Walsh


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Historical society events…

I have a few events and meetings to share. If you have an event or meeting you would like to share in this space, please email me the complete details to Please allow plenty of time to make sure that your event gets placed in advance of the event. Thanks!

The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..


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.


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…

Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt

Tuesday, July 28, 12pm

Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive, Authors; Mary Beth Owens, Illustrator

Join us to celebrate the publication of this wonderful new children’s book.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who became the thirty-second president of the United States, joyfully spent his boyhood summers on Campobello Island. It was there that he met Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy elder and former chief who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basketmaker.

Authors Soctomah and Flahive imagine the relationship that developed between these two as Tomah Joseph taught young Franklin how to canoe and shared some of the stories and culture of his people. A beautifully decorated birchbark canoe that he made for Franklin remains at Campobello Island, a tangible reminder of this special friendship.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Information
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822;;

Saturday, August 1, 10:30am-12:30 pm
Set Sail on the SchoonerWendameen

Jim Millinger, Portland Harbor historian and former MHS Trustee and Casco Bay Lines skipper

Join us for a sail on Casco Bay on board the historic Maine schooner Wendameen, one of MHS’s best-loved annual events. Host Jim Millinger will share information about Portland Harbor, past and present, and point out key places of interest.

The 88-foot Wendameen, designed by John Alden, one of America’s most celebrated yacht designers, was built in East Boothbay in 1912. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Help the crew raise the sail, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax and enjoy the talk and the scenery.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required: call 207-774-1822.

Fee: $40.00; MHS Members: $35.00

Event Information
When: Saturday, August 1, 2009, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Portland Schooner Company

Maine State Pier, 56 Commercial Street

Portland, ME

For more information call Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 207-774-1822;;


The Penobscot Marine Museum invites you to…

“A Voyage Through Time”
Coastal Maine Fishing 1850-1940
by Loretta Krupinski

On View, July 24 – September 7, 2009


Main Street Gallery
40 E. Main Street, Searsport

The doors will open on July 24 at the Main Street Gallery in Searsport with the Krupinski works depicting Maine’s working waterfronts from the 1800s to the early 1900s.

Ms. Krupinski is a contemporary marine artist whose work reflects the beauty and tradition of the Maine coast, with subjects including classic wood racing boats, lighthouses, working harbors, and coastal landscapes.

With careful attention to historic accuracy, Krupinski paints from early photographs of the Maine coast.

A resident of South Thomaston, Krupinski has earned wide recognition for her oil paintings as well as her illustrations for 27 children’s books. Her most recent works of art will appear in a new book, Looking Astern, due to be published by Downeast Books in September.

In Partnership with Left Bank Books,
a talk and slideshow with W.H. Bunting, author of Live Yankees: The Sewall’s and Their Ships.

7pm, July 24

Main Street Gallery

40 E. Main Street

Author William Bunting will discuss his new book
Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships.

For more information click here.

Evening of Live Nautical Music
and Fashions

Saturday, August 8; 7:30pm

The Strand Theatre

345 Main Street, Rockland

To buy your tickets NOW, click here.

The Penobscot Marine Museum will showcase live music, performances and fashion at a Nautical Fashion and Variety Show at the Strand Theatre on August 8.

The show will feature songs by noted folk musician Doug Day and Sweet Chariot, fresh from their annual folk festival on Swans Island, as well as piano playing by Camden’s ragtime master Glenn Jenks. John Burstein, known to children and parents around the country as Slim Goodbody of PBS and Nickelodeon fame, will direct the show and serve as master of ceremonies.

Fashions will be provided by Admiral’s Buttons, fourTWELVE, the Grasshopper Shop, Hamilton Marine, House of Logan, Josephine, Leonard’s and more. The show also will include special outfits by Meredith Alex of Madgirl Designs, Beth Bowley, Greg Tinder of Tsarevich Furs, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Julie Stackpole, Ken Sawyer of Yarkitecture and artist Eric Hopkins. Models will include last year’s Lobster Festival sea goddess and her sea princess as well as contestants for this year’s crown.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland. Tickets are $125 for premium seats, which include a pre-event cocktail party and a pass to the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland as well as discounts at selected boat-show vendors, and $25 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased from the Penobscot Marine Museum by clicking here, calling 207-548-2529 ext. 216 or online at

For a full list of events and for more information, please visit
or call 207-548-2529


Bethel Historical Society invites you to…

August 7th — 9th

Sudbury Canada Days
The Society’s 2009 heritage festival will include the Hall Memorial Lecture (Friday evening, August 7th, at 7:30 PM); 18th century re-enactors; old-time crafts; an art show historical films; period house tours; a children’s parade and games; badminton and croquet tournaments; a log drivers’ bean supper; an open house at the Lower Sunday River Schoolhouse; a Sunday afternoon presentation and booksigning by Steve Pinkham, author of The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names (Down East Books); and an old-fashioned hymn sing at the Middle Intervale Meetinghouse.

The 2009 Hall Memorial Lecture* will be presented by H. Draper Hunt, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Maine. His talk will be entitled “Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin and the Civil War Vice-Presidency.” Lincoln and Hamlin were both born in 1809, and this program honors the bicentenary of their births.

Note: In association with Sudbury Canada Days, on Saturday, August 8, the Bethel Performing Arts Project will present a series of porch plays (in five acts/on five porches) on Main and Broad streets, entitled “When The Parade Came By Our House Every Year About This Time We Would Gather On The Porch.” For more information, contact Ross Timberlake at 824-6545.


Old York Historical Society;

August 1 20th Annual Decorator Show House
The 20th Annual Decorator Show House will be open to the public through August 15th.McIntyre Farm, located at 270 Cider Hill Road in York, can be viewed Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays. On-site parking is available and admission is $20. Tickets to the Show House are good for $2.00 off the cost of admission to the Museums of Old York. Click
here for more information about this incredible event.

August 3 Summer Camp: Camp 1920s Style
Join us as we recreate the hey day of Maine summer camps. Set up your “cabin” for the week in the Perkins Boathouse. Start each day with calisthenics and a camp song, make camp pendants and work on a woodcraft project to take home. Enjoy nature study walks, old time cooking and art by the water. Celebrate Friday with a closing campfire complete with group skits and songs! Monday, August 3rd through Friday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. each day. Meet at the Elizabeth Perkins House on the corner of Southside and Seabury Roads. Ages 8-12. $120 members; $140 non-members. Reservations and advanced payment required. Call (207) 363-4974 x12 or email

August 4 Submit By Quill or By Musket: 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, the 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 starring Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village.

August 5 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. Please note that parking in York Beach is limited and, in many cases, metered. To avoid being ticketed, please be sure to park in accordance with all signs.


Acton-Shapleigh Historical Society event schedule for August, 2009;

9th – 1st Annual MLS Reunion

14th – Society Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

27th-30th Acton Fair

Anson Historical Society;

2 August 2009 (note date change) 1:00 p.m.
Historical Walk of Union Street

Belfast Historical Society;

Monday July 27
What’s in Your Attic? Bring in your treasures found in the attic, basement or backyard and share the story.

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Maine History News…Events…

The Union Historical Society needs help identifying several old photographs from a collection of artifacts donated by the descendants of Nathaniel Robbins. The images will be placed on the society’s Web site,, in hopes that other Robbins descendants will be able to identify them. For details, call 785-5444 or e-mail

Muster and encampment coming to courthouse
“A Fall Back in Time” muster and encampment will be held Saturday and Sunday at the 1761 Pownalborough Court House on the Kennebec River. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Chinese-American site walk offered by historical society
Maine Historical Society is offering a talk and walking tour of the Portland Chinese-American Walking Trail from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Historical Society holding a soup and cider event
North Yarmouth Historical Society is holding a Soup and Cider Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town House on Route 9.

Willowbrook harvest event to offer… meal with music
A Harvest Evening at Willowbrook Historic Village will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today featuring a meal of harvest soups, breads and desserts, chilled and mulled hot cider, music by Sebago Saxophone Quintet, a guided Carriage House tour at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation of “Education in the Late 1800s” at 7 p.m. Cost is $25. Advance reservations are appreciated. Call 793-2784.

Wild West beckoned Maine explorers
The Wild West, or what was left of it, still beckoned Mainers a century ago. Since before the Civil War, their brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts had been packing up and moving there by the thousands in search of the good life. Some had returned, their curiosity satisfied, realizing they could just as easily make a living and raise a family in Maine as in California. Many more stayed, living the rest of their lives in the new land.

Historical Society Meetings:
The Dexter Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, October 15th at 7 PM in the Crawford Conference Room at the Abbott Museum. This will also be the society’s annual meeting, with the election of officers and presentation of the annual report. All are welcome to attend. The Abbott Museum is located at 12 Church Street in Dexter. For more information call 924-5721.

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