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Cummings Mill site to be dedicated

NORWAY — The former C.B. Cummings & Sons Co. mill site will be dedicated by its current owners, Western Maine Healthcare Corp., in the near future, hospital officials say. Details of the ceremony were not available, said Kate Wight, community relations coordinator, but they are …

Grandfather clock donation clicks with historical society
(This one’s a great piece for clock lovers from all over!)

KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Historical Society will showcase one of its new treasures during this weekend’s Kingfield Days festivities. Last year, George Stanley, a descendant of the well-known Stanley brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer, asked Society president David Holmes, if he’d …

Mount Desert Island lures leaders past and present

By REBEKAH METZLER Kennebec Journal AUGUSTA – Trains, steamships, yachts, and now planes. That’s how presidents have traveled to Mount Desert Island for summertime getaways…

Wanted: Old library chairs with stories to tell

By STEPHANIE HARDIMAN Staff Writer The VIA Group is offering cash to libraries across the nation for chairs with backgrounds…

Roxbury’s 175th anniversary to feature two parades

Two of 220 town of Roxbury 175th anniversary cookbooks, which include a wide variety of recipes collected from people in the River Valley area and their extended families, are shown here with a drawing of the town’s old train depot, which will adorn anniversary celebration T-shirts that will be s…

New cookbook for Roxbury’s 175th anniversary quickly selling out

ROXBURY — No self-respecting cook should be without the town of Roxbury cookbook, a collection of recipes from the River Valley area that began selling last month for $10 each. Out of 220 books printed and sold starting last month, 30 remained as of Friday afternoon. “We did w…

Local murals highlight historical society program

FARMINGTON — The work of Rufus Porter, well known for his painted landscape murals in local homes during the early 1800s, will be featured in a presentation by Jane Radcliff during the Farmington Historical Society’s July 12 meeting. The society meets in the basement of Henderson Me…

New mineral museum aims to involve local residents

Posted July 15-Larry Stifler likens his effort to bring world-class Maine gems back home for display in a new museum in Bethel to “a Greek coming to the British Museum to take back part of the Parthenon.” Stifler and his wife, Mary McFadden, own a summer home in Albany. Their p…


Maine Historical Society…

The Maine Historical Society invites you to a poetry reading and workshop…


Wednesday, August 4, 5pm

A Poetry Reading by Estha Weiner and Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine

Estha Weiner brings her newest book, Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press 2009) back home to Portland, to read with Betsy Sholl.  Hear the poets, who first met at The Stonecoast Writers Conference, weave their friendship and their poems as they consider how “home” shapes and shifts over time.  Maine, of course, plays a key role in that: Estha, a Portland native, moved away to go to college while Betsy moved here 27 years ago. Book signing to follow.

Wednesday, August 4, 9:30am-12:30pm
A Poetry and Writing Workshop with Estha Weiner

This multi-genre 3-hour writing workshop welcomes your poems, short fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Its only requirement is a fresh vision of Maine, past or present, an attentive ear and eye, and supportive feedback for fellow writers.  (If you have work that has nothing to do with Maine, that’s OK too.)  We will read and discuss each other’s work, discuss the writing process, and participants will receive careful, helpful feedback, towards revision. Please bring 11 copies of your work. We may add a short in-class exercise or two, and discuss how you go through your day as a writer, even if you think you can’t!  Registration required by Friday, July 30. Fee: $100/person. MHS members/students: $75/person.

For more information or to register, please email Estha Weiner at:

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005), and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and newly published Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In the Weather of the World is forthcoming from Ireland’s Salmon Press in 2011.  Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. including The New Republic and Barrow Street.  She won a 2005 Paterson Poetry Prize, a 2008/9 nomination for a Pushcart Prize, and  a 2008 Visiting Scholar at Stratford’s Shakespeare Institute. Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at City College of NY, Estha serves on the Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center and is founding director of Sarah Lawrence College NY Writers Nights.

Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine, has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James Books, 2009). Don’t Explain won the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin, and her book The Red Line won the 1991 AWP Prize for Poetry. Her chapbooks include Pick A Card, winner of the Maine Chapbook Competition in 1991, and Betsy Sholl: Greatest Hits, 1974-2004 (Pudding House Publications). She was a founding member of Alice James Books and published three collections with them: Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and two Maine Writer’s Fellowships. Her work has been included in many anthologies and magazines. Betsy has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University. She lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.

Event Information
When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010,  9:30am-12:30pm and 5pm
Where: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 

For more information: 207-774-1822 or or 


Museums of Old York


Museums of Old York

2010 Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the

Annual Meeting of the Membership at:

The Visitor Center at Remick Barn

3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

We will vote on nominees for trustee positions and officers; hear the reports of the President, Treasurer, and Executive Director, and vote on proposed bylaw changes. Once business is done, we will introduce this year’s Elizabeth Perkins Fellows and hear briefly about their work.  Some of our Junior Docents will demonstrate traditional crafts they are learning.  Refreshments will include some authentic treats from the past baked that day by Junior Docents.

For more information or to download copies of the meeting agenda or the proposed changed bylaws please visit us online at http://www.oldyork.or

Please RSVP at (207) 363-4974

Opening Night Reception

21st Annual Decorator Show House

Just a reminder that the Opening Night reception for the 21st Annual Decorators Show House is a week from this Friday, July 16th.   Be among the first to view the newly decorated home and meet the designers who made it all possible. Admission is $50 and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a tour of this spectacular home.To reserve admission to the Opening Night Reception please have people contact The Museums of Old York at (207) 363-4974, or send mail in your reservation or give us a call.

The Show House will open to the public July 17th and run through August 14th on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday 1 to 4 pm. The Show House is closed on Tuesdays. Parking will be on-site. A $20 admission fee will be charged at the door, advanced ticket sales available through the Museums of Old York Office.


Penobscot Marine Museum

Meet Bestselling Author Linda Greenlaw
July 18, 3 pm

Commercial fishing captain, bestselling nonfiction author and mystery novelist Linda Greenlaw launches the Maine leg of her book tour for her latest – Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea – in a talk and party jointly sponsored by Penobscot Marine Museum and our friends at Left Bank Books.

At the First Congregational Church, right next to the museum. Free.

Windjammer Exhibit Opens

July 1, Main Street Gallery

Maine’s passenger-carrying schooners are the largest commercial sailing fleet in the developed world and a resonant image of the state’s modern coastal communities. See their history brought to life in “Earning Their Keep,” a new exhibit incorporating historic photography, artifacts, ephemera, videos, and models. The exhibit features rotating displays of top contemporary marine photographers:
·     Benjamin Mendlowitz (July 1 – August 3)
·     Michael Kahn (August 5 – 24)
·     Fred LeBlanc (August 26 – September 14)
·     Neal Parent (September 17 – October 24)


Birchbark canoe building demonstration
An authentic birchbark canoe will be built at the museum using traditional methods.

Penobscot Bay Day
Multiple events at the museum. Details TBA.

Children’s Events, Blue Hill
Activities with PMM educators at Blue Hill Public Library.
10-11am Mapping Penobscot Bay (ages 4-7)
11:30am-12:30pm All About Lobsters (ages 7+)


Gala and Auction
See below for details.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Visit the PMM booth at this popular annual show in Rockland.

Belfast Harbor Festival
Another PMM exhibit at a fun waterfront festival.

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Maine History News 19 June 09

Digging into Maryland’s Colonial past

Baltimore Sun Parts of Charles County’s Zekiah Swamp are every bit as inhospitable as the name suggests, choked with tick-infested woods and boot-sucking wetlands.

But as archaeologists are discovering to their delight, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries Zekiah was a growth center for the young Maryland colony.

The site of a 1674 courthouse was found last summer. Excavations this month have uncovered what might be traces of the “summer house” that Gov. Charles Calvert built to dodge his political enemies. And diggers are searching for traces of Zekiah Fort, built in 1680 to resettle several hundred “friendly” Piscataway Indians.

River maps made available
LEWISTON – Demand for a new map highlighting the history and historical resources on the Androscoggin River has been so strong the Androscoggin River Alliance has decided to distribute the maps over the next four weekends, said Neil Ward, program director for the alliance.

208 year old Vt. schoolhouse closes

AP HANCOCK, Vt. – The aged maple floorboards are scuffed and creaky, worn thin and smooth by thousands of youngsters over the years in the Hancock Village School. Banks of tall windows, a dozen panes over a dozen panes each, flood a pair of classrooms with sunlight.

A 19th-century image of Abraham Lincoln hangs on a back wall in one classroom where studies began in 1801, 60 years before he took office.

That history comes to a close on Thursday. Fewer kids and rising costs prompted townsfolk this year to vote to close the elementary school and instead pay tuition to send their roughly 20 children to neighboring schools.

Smithsonian unearths Buffalo Soldier’s story

Statesman (Texas) He was little more than a teenager, about 19 or 20 years old. Small and slight for warfare on the frontier, he had the delicate facial bones of a boy and had likely once been a slave.

He was a Buffalo Soldier: one of the legendary African American members of the U.S. Army who served at remote military outposts in the years after the Civil War.

But his grave outside an abandoned New Mexico fort had been violated. His bones were scrambled. And investigators think his skull, still with most of its hair, became a relic hunter’s trophy before it was returned to authorities in a paper bag.

Last month, experts working at the Smithsonian Institution matched the young man’s skull with a skeleton exhumed from the fort’s cemetery, solving a gruesome mystery of looted graves, purloined artifacts, and life and death on the frontier.

Group Celebrates Juneteenth

BREWER – June 19th marks a special day in African American history. Known as Juneteenth, it’s the day slaves were freed in 1865. The Maine …

Loring’s papers gifted to Maine Women Writers Collection

Indian Country Today -Our collection spans across literature and history and the work she’s done is part of history – part of Maine history and the national history. …

Events and Happenings…

Check it out: Exhibitions – BATH: Ongoing exhibits “A Maritime History of Maine,” “Lobstering and the MaineCoast” and “Percy and Small Shipyard” are continuous;

AUGUSTA: “Historical Native American Artwork” will be featured through June 30 at the Maine Capitol Complex. 287-6746

Community Ideas and Input on 2010 Public Programs and Exhibits – 6 hours ago

Freeport Historical Society’s mission is to advocate, research, collect and share the history and stories of Freeport, Maine.

From the Museums of Old York…

A York Sampler: Selections from the Past

The new exhibit at the Remick Barn Gallery is titled A York Sampler: Selections from the Past. The exhibit provides an intriguing overview of the history of York, from the 1630s to the late 20th century. The exhibit will be open throughout the season, Monday through Saturday, starting Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village.

Family Fun Saturday

Family fun days include museum tours, traditional craft demonstrations, hearth cooking, colonial games and crafts for kids of all ages! Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $20 for a family.

The Maine Historical Society invites you to…

Saturday, June 27, 10am-4:30pm
Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Library Dedication, Tours, and Campus-Wide Open House

Please join us to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated and expanded MHS library. The library will be re-named for Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown, prominent figures in 19th-century Maine history and key supporters of MHS.

Free events include:

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Dedication of the Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown Library

Under the tent adjacent to the Brown Library

Hear Barry Mills, President, Bowdoin College; Alan S. Taylor, Historian, University of CA; Karen Baldacci, First Lady of Maine; and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., State Historian.

Music and refreshments.

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Library Tours and Campus-Wide Open House throughout the day

Brown Library – Tour the library following its 2-year, $9.5 million renovation and expansion. While preserving the 1907 character of the building, the library has been transformed into a state-of-the-art research facility, housing the state’s largest and most comprehensive collections of materials related to Maine history.

Longfellow House – Visit the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Decorated with original furnishings and family memorabilia, the house offers a glimpse into the life of the poet, his family, and the cultural and social history of 19th-century Portland.

Longfellow Garden – Stroll through the Longfellow Garden. Closed for two years to accommodate the library’s renovation, the garden’s character and historic significance have been restored and it is now open again to the public.

MHS Museum – View the new museum exhibition. Re/Collected: Great Works and New Discoveries from the Brown Library illuminates the depth and richness of the library’s collections, heralding MHS’s commitment to the history and heritage of Maine and its people.

These events are free and open to the public.

The Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation and the BHA Foundation have generously provided funding for the museum exhibition. Images: MHS Collections; Buglers © Blethen Maine Newspapers.

Event Information
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

For more information call 207-774-1822;

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History News…

History related headlines from around the web…..

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This year ’60 years later’
Last summer, Kennebunk residents celebrated the legacy of American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) in a three-day affair promoting new artworks that interpret, rather than duplicate, his art.
The celebration proved so popular with locals that a follow-up event is planned for Aug. 14-16.

Monsanto documentary to be shown at library
The documentary film ”The World According to Monsanto” looks at the company’s controversial practices. It will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., and a discussion will follow.
The event is free and no registration is required. For details, visit or call 725-5242, ext. 237.

Historical Society to hear talk about Ku Klux Klan
A presentation about the Ku Klux Klan will be presented by Old Berwick Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the South Berwick Town Hall Auditorium. Admission to the lecture is free, and refreshments will be served.
The lecture, ”A Summer Walk Down Main Street, USA,” will be given by Joe Doiron and Paul Auger and will focus on the national and regional events that led to a 1924 summer rally and cross burning in Sanford.

Historical Society to offer talks Monday and April 6
The Yarmouth Historical Society is offering two talks highlighting the town’s history.
”The Power of Water,” to be held on Monday, will detail power supplied by area water sources and mills, and ”Main Street Stories,” to be offered on April 6, will tell the stories of faces and places associated with the downtown area.
The society also will talk about volunteer opportunities available within the organization, at a session be held on April 13.
All programs will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Cabin on Main Street.
For more details, call 846-6259.

Neglected Edwardian inventor ‘made 1920s death ray’
The achievements of eccentric inventor Harry Grindell Matthews’ who came up with a prototype mobile telephone and a ‘death ray’ are being revived by a science teacher….

Challenge to Landmark Law Worries Preservationists
CHICAGO — Carol Mrowka considers her East Village neighborhood here attractive, comfortable — and ordinary. So when the city deemed the area an official landmark, Ms. Mrowka found it absurd and went to court………

Bones may be from US grave of 57 Irish immigrants
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers may have discovered a mass grave for nearly five dozen 19th century Irish immigrants who died of cholera weeks after coming to Pennsylvania to build a railroad….

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Maine History News…

Visitors flock to museum to view Wyeth works

Visitors have been flocking to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland following the death of painter Andrew Wyeth. A steady flow of visitors streamed through the museum over the weekend, viewing the 70 or so pieces of work from Andrew Wyeth, his father N.C. Wyeth, and his son Jamie Wyeth. The museum has a gallery and study center devoted to the Maine-related work of the three generations of Wyeths……

Group needs help preserving Pittsfield history

A small group of volunteers is singlehandedly trying to save Pittsfield’s history. The Pittsfield Historical Society, which has the responsibility of maintaining and caring for the more than 2,000 artifacts in the Depot House Museum and Caboose, is down to just five members.

Congress St. historic zone moves forward

The Planning Board is expected to vote later this month on a plan to turn the downtown stretch of Congress Street and the surrounding area into a historic district. The proposed Congress Street Historic District has been in the works for nearly three years.

As a reminder…

If you have an article to share, or if your historical group has news or events that you’d like to place here, please feel free to email them to me at I’ll place them here and share them on our new internet radio show beginning in February. The radio show will be an opportunity to place your news in front of over 3.6 million potential listeners, so it is an excellent opportunity to share beyond your backyard!

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Maine History News…Events…

More civil war artifacts stolen, this time in Augusta Georgia…

A modern home for an ancient craft in Connecticut…

And today in history…

Senate acts to study landmark

The Federal Street house where Harriet Beecher Stowe penned “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is one chapter closer to becoming part of the national parks system after the U.S. Senate authorized studying the feasibility of including Stowe’s house in the parks system.The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a vote of 73-21, according to Collins’ spokesman Kevin Kelley. Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for the act.

Portland exhibit frames rock ‘n’ roll history

Rock ‘n’ roll will never die; photographs and the memories of those who snapped them assure its immortality. “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography” at the Portland Museum of Art presents nearly 300 rarely seen portraits of rock legends, from Chuck Berry to Kurt Cobain, Aretha Franklin to Madonna, the Ramones to the Rolling Stones. “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography” Jan. 22-March 22. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10-9. Adults $10, seniors, students with ID $8, children ages 6-17 $4.

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Maine History News…Events…

Restoring history in Florida…

House adopts resolution honoring Augusta archivist

The Maine House of Representatives this week adopted a resolution to honor the memory of Samuel Schoppee Silsby Jr., a longtime Augusta resident and the state’s first archivist… Silsby, who died in November at age 80, was a lawyer who wrote a “History of Statutory Law in the State of Maine” in 1964…

The journal’s journey

The five volumes of Sarah Connell Ayer’s diary, as well as two of her childhood letters, are preserved in a small box at the New Hampshire Historical Society. The journals were given to the society in the early 1900s by Margaret Jewell, a longtime donor, according to Donna-Belle Garvin, the society’s director of publications….Sarah’s diary was published in 1910 by Lefavor-Tower Co. of Portland, Maine….


Longfellow Days 2009, scheduled for February 2 through February 26, will examine how the nation’s foremost 19th-century poet promoted cross-cultural immersion, introducing American legends and traditions to European audiences, while exposing Americans to the literary heritage of Europe.

Digging the ‘big ditch’

It took men three years to dig Maine’s “big ditch”, through roughly 18 miles of primitive Maine terrain. The digging began in 1829. When the Canal was completed, it was in use for almost 40 years as a major transportation route from Portland to Sebago Lake….The Windham Historical Society will present a program on the Cumberland & Oxford Canal at the Windham Public Library Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited….

‘American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook’

Travelers and armchair historians alike will find plenty of food for thought in “American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook,” edited by Frances H. Kennedy. Ten years in the making, it is the first guide to indigenous historical sites open to the public….Interpretive centers, museums and other locations from Maine to Alcatraz are listed beginning with the most ancient places of significance in each geographic sphere…

N.B. natives, educators hail release of Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary

…The irony has never been lost on Imelda Perley. The only time she would usually hear fluent Maliseet, the language with which she grew up on New Brunswick’s Tobique reserve, was during funerals…Perley estimates that less than two per cent of the 5,000 Passamaquoddy-Maliseet people living in a handful of communities in New Brunswick, Maine and Quebec are fluent in their native tongue. But her ongoing struggle to preserve and restore the language to common use has been given a major boost with the release of a Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary….

Signs mark historic places

Strolling through Farmington’s history just got easier. Signs highlighting stops and points of historical interest which cover the culture of the town’s railroad, canneries, churches and schools went up Monday as part of a new historical walking tour.

Guilford group looks to future after hard year

After a difficult year, members of the Guilford Historical Society are looking forward to 2009 with optimism.
“Our travails of the past we hope to keep behind us,” President Sieferd “Stubby” Schultz said Tuesday. Schultz was speaking about an assault that took place among members in May.

As a reminder…

If you have an article to share, or if your historical group has news or events that you’d like to place here, please feel free to email them to me at I’ll place them here and share them on our new internet radio show beginning in February. The radio show will be an opportunity to place your news in front of over 3.6 million potential listeners, so it is an excellent opportunity to share beyond your backyard!

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Maine History News…

Beginning in February, Touring Maine’s History will be conducting a weekly radio show on Blogtalk Radio. The days and time have not been set yet so please keep checking back so you do not miss out on our premier episode, where we will be introducing the Salt & Pines Project, an internet based multimedia presentation venue for our work.
Wanted: Mainers who can remember Prohibition

As a documentary filmmaker, Lynn Novick finds it a little odd that films and books about America’s period of Prohibition often make it appear as though everything happened in Chicago and New York. But wouldn’t banning alcohol – which had been a part of daily American life, of family celebrations and rituals – affect people in towns of every size? And in every region? Those are questions Novick, working with legendary documentarian Ken Burns, hopes to answer in an upcoming PBS film called “Prohibition.” And to help answer those questions, Novick and Burns’ production company is turning to Maine…..

Boston Post Cane Awarded To Brooksville Woman, 99

At 99 years old, Marguerite Chase Tapley Gregor Kaminski is the town’s oldest resident, and she has the cane to prove it. Brooksville Selectmen John Bakeman (left) and John Gray present Marguerite Chase Tapley Gregor Kaminski with a Boston Post cane Dec. 22, in honor of her being the town’s oldest resident. The 99-year-old lives in the house her mother was born in. Brooksville selectmen John Bakeman and John Gray presented her with a Boston Post cane last month in honor of her status…..

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Maine History News…


Beginning in February, Touring Maine’s History will be conducting a weekly radio show on Blogtalk Radio. The days and time have not been set yet so please keep checking back so you do not miss out on our premier episode, where we will be introducing the Salt & Pines Project, an internet based multimedia presentation venue for our work.

State revokes Maine auctioneer’s license

State regulators have revoked the license of a well-known Maine auctioneer following an investigation into his auction business. The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation announced Wednesday that it had revoked James Cyr’s license and fined him $4,500. Cyr is the operator of Cyr Auction Co. in Gray…

Auger to discuss founding of Quebec at museum

Former town official and Nasson College professor Gilles Auger will talk about the founding of Quebec in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum.
The facility is located at 505 Main St. Admission is free. For more information, call 324-2797…

Map tells story of Champlain’s explorations

To commemorate the 400th anniversaries of French explorer Samuel Champlain’s founding of Québec and naming of Lake Champlain, the Canadian American Center at the University of Maine has released a new narrative map detailing the 13 years the 17th-century cartographer traveled throughout the St. Lawrence River Valley in search of the elusive Northwest Passage…

110-year-old clock repaired at Kennebunk’s First Parish UU Church

When the famed Paul Revere bell rings out across town from the steeple of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church sometime next month, it will do so with the help of a 110-year-old clock that hasn’t worked in 10 years. The clock, crafted by E. Howard & Co. of Boston, was installed in the church in 1888…

A postcard winter ride

A team of horses driven by Dick Hanscom of Dexter pulls passengers on a sled ride through a covered bridge over Blackman Stream on Jan. 11 at Leonard’s Mills Historic Settlement in Bradley. The living history site will offer sled rides 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 8. For information, visit

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Maine History News…

Northern Maine seeks to co-host Acadian Congress

Northern Maine and western New Brunswick are teaming up on an application to serve as host of the World Acadian Congress in 2014.
The first such congress was held in 1994 in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the follow-up event took place five years later in Louisiana.

Founder of Maine’s Norlands museum dies at 92

Ethel “Billie” Gammon, founder of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, died Sunday at age 92.
Gammon, who died at her home of complications from pulmonary disease, combined her energy, determination, love of history and vision to make Norlands a place where visitors could experience life as it was in rural Maine during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The museum is located at the home of the Washburn family, a political and industrial dynasty whose members included governors, congressmen, a U.S. senator, a secretary of state and a Civil War general.

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