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Six Aroostook County locations renamed to remove racial slurs

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Adelbert Ames and His Recollection of the Attempted Robbery in Northfield

Adelbert Ames was born in Rockland, ME, on Oct. 31, 1835. He graduated West Point Academy in 1861 and was commissioned to the 2nd U.S. Artillery and fought in the First Battle of Bull Run where he earned the Medal of Honor. He was later reassigned to the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862 where he fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg…

Hurricanes of New England
Maps are available at the Weare Historical Society if you’d like to walk through … on record as the costliest and deadliest storm in New England history…

Old house requires special, loving care
I have had the privilege of … In the end, they offered the house to the Norway Historical Society…

Audience Calendar
Illustrated Lecture: History of Silk in America, Nancy Greenleaf and Sally Williams, Hiram Historical Society, free. 625-4762. 2:30 pm Saturday. …

Bangor Museum and History Center getting a museum makeover
A week after selling a rare … And with the Massachusetts Historical Society, which already has volumes one …

Three Chums tell tales of friendship at Lovell’s Brick Church Sept. 9
Gilman, a New Hampshire storyteller who periodically wanders into Maine… Baked Bean Awareness Month speaker for the Fryeburg Historical Society. …

Prospect News
The Prospect Historical Society will hold a meeting Sept.12th. in the Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Will be discussing the final Yard Sale at the Marsh School…

Publication on Dover-Foxcroft will be a genealogist’s treasure
The couple has long been involved with the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society and its home at the Observer building. Nancy is former president of MGS, and Jack is the current president. The Maine Genealogical Society produces its special publications …

Six Aroostook County locations renamed to remove racial slurs

It has taken more than 10 years, but recent place name changes approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names have removed the final racial slurs from Maine maps. The six locations, all in Aroostook County, are now named Scopan, Scopan Inlet, Scopan Knob, Scopan Lake, …

Archaeologists in Illinois dig to find civilization that vanished

The largest excavation of a prehistoric site in the country is poised to solve a riddle about Illinois prehistory that has lingered for a century — where did the Mississippians go? And why? An enormous dig of a village site first inhabited about 1050 A.D. is providing so much data and so many artifacts that archaeologists are daring to speculate that basic questions about the Mississippians will finally be answered.

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From Museums of Old York:

Upcoming Programs
For a complete and up-to-date calendar please see our website.

PLEASE NOTE:
The “History Challenge” programs previously scheduled for Thursday, September 1 and Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. in The Parsons Center have been cancelled.
Our regular programming and exhibits in The Parsons Center will be suspended from September 1 through September 11 so that we may bring you The Fourth Annual Antiques Show!

September

18 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 rbowen@oldyork.org for details and reservations.

19 “The Country Heer is Plentiful” exhibit of Trade, Religion and Warfare and Southern Maine 1631-1745 resumes in the upstairs gallery at The Parsons Center during regular museum hours.

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. Click here to view the scrumptious menu on our website. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages to accompany the hearth-cooked meal. Friday, September 23, 6–8 p.m. $30 per person ($25 members). Seating is limited to twenty and reservations are required. Please email Richard Bowen or call (207) 363-4974 to make your reservation by September 21.

26 Needle Wizards. Every Monday morning starting the 26th of September. Join our Needle Wizards as we socialize while sewing costumes for Old York’s education interpreters. Whether you are good at cutting out patterns, hand-sewing caps, piecing skirts or sewing on the machine, we could use your help. Come to The Parsons Center upstairs in the gallery for an hour or the whole morning. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information email Cindi at registrar@oldyork.org.

29 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.

October

3 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

6 Who Discovered York? Observe Columbus Day in a different way by learning about the several “discoveries” of York from the 1630s – 1900s. 7 p.m. at The Parsons Center.

10 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

12 Scarecrow Making. Learn the origins of the scarecrow while you make one to decroate your yard. Bring old clothes to struff with leaves and create a crazy face out of cloth. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

15 Marketfest! The Museums of Old York will be a busy place Saturday October 15th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jefferds Tavern will be open to the public for $1. Visitors can watch the Tavern Mistress cook a full meal over the open fire, enjoy traditional crafters, and check out our new upstairs exhibit on WWII home front efforts. Outside of Jefferds Tavern children and adults can help press apples into cider, enjoy home baked goods and have fun making a rag doll at our kids table. The Parsons Center will be open for $1 with the upstairs exhibit on life in 17th century York, titled “The country heer is plentiful”, open all day. Downstairs people can view the pies entered in our Autumn Pies pie contest, or have their photo taken in costume in our Old Time Photo Booth. The pies will be judged in the The Parsons Center at 2 p.m. The 1719 Old Gaol will be open all day so people can see the original stone cells and learn about the prisoners incarcerated within. For $1 join us at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to watch theatrical prisoner performances and hear stories told by the jail keeper! If you would like to enter a pie in the Autumn Pies contest, or are interested in volunteering at the Museum for Marketfest, please email education@oldyork.org.

17 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

19 Fall Fair Day. Join us for traditional fair activities and fall fun! Potato sack and three-legged races, human ox pull, skillet throw, bobbing for apple, leaf diving for treasure and apple cider pressing. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Ages 6 and up, $8 per child ($6 members). Registration required. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

24 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

26 Pumpkin Carving. Come carve pumpkins in front of the fire! Learn the history of Halloween as you transform your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern and eat the seeds roasted over the open fire. Bring your own pumpkin. Knives, newspaper and cleanup will be provided. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. All ages are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Registration encouraged. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

29 Haunted Historical Halloween — Where Facts are Scarier than Fiction! Join a tour of historic ghosts starting at The Parsons Center and traveling through the buildings and grounds at Old York. For the young or skittish, we offer storytelling in Jefferds Tavern and spooky games in the Remick Barn. 6 – 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. $5 for teens and adults/ $15 for families. Registration encouraged. Email education@oldyork.org to sign up.

31 Needle Wizards. Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. upstairs at The Parsons Center. See above and email registrar@oldyork.org for more information.

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From the Maine Historical Society:

MHS News

New Exhibit Explores One Way High Fashion Came to Maine

The new exhibit in the Lecture Hall Gallery, “Having in Paris a Great Success”: French Fashion, 1928-1936, features sheets from Paris fashion houses that demonstrate one source of fashion inspiration for well-to-do women in Maine during the 1920s and 30s. The sheets, which are drawn from MHS’s Mildred G. Burrage Collection, include beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of the latest styles and fabric samples.

This show is mounted in conjunction with Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In, our current museum exhibit.


Fall Program Highlights

Tuesday, October 4, 12pm
Book Talk: Our Game Was Baseball

Presenter: John Hodgkins, Author

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
Book Event: Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light Presenter: Jane Brox, Author

Saturday, October 15, 1-4pm
Maine Home Movie Day with Northeast Historic Film

Wednesday, October 26, 7pm

Book Event: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

Presenter: Colin Woodard, Author

Thursday, November 10, 7pm
In Partnership with the Colonial Dames in Maine
Tales from an Art Detective: Tracing Nazi-era Provenance at the MFA

Presenter: Victoria Reed, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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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

 
 

WALDO COUNTY THROUGH EASTERN’S EYE

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

MAINE AGRICULTURE: VIEWS FROM THE PAST

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

 
 

IMAGES FROM THE ATLANTIC FISHERMAN

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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Maine History News…

I have decided to get back into sharing the many history and preservation news headlines I’ve been reading and looking into around the state. Click on the links to go to the sources of these stories to read them in their entirety. And by the way, if you have a story to share, or maybe a press release regarding your group’s activities, email them to me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

Civil War Feast; Mary Wierzbicki cuts carrots and onions while Bill Barr relaxes on a sunny afternoon in Lisbon on Sunday. Wierzbicki and her husband John cooked a Civil War era supper for about 30 members of the Lisbon Historical Society. The Wierzbickis are members of the 20th Maine, a Civil War reenactment gro…

Gathering to focus on historic preservation; Revitalization of historic downtown business districts can be done. “Main Street — and even our small village centers can thrive and retain the quality of life that is Maine’s special brand,” said Roxanne Eflin, program director of the Maine Downtown…

Historic pine coming down in Bridgton; A tree at what used to be the landing spot for steamboats carrying wealthy 19th century city tourists up Long Lake to Bridgton is about to be taken down. “I came upon it by accident,” said Alan S. Manoian, community and economic development director in Bridgton…

Gingerbread House inches closer to move; Plans to move the historic Gingerbread House on Main Street continue to move forward despite some land-transfer issues. “This is a slow and tedious process,” Norway Downtown President Andrea Burns said of the transfer of ownership and land to a local group estab…

Maine launches program to encourage park visits; AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has launched a new program that aims to get more people out to state parks and historic sites. …

Willing spirits gather for Readfield’s Meeting House; He did 51 buildings in Maine. This is the only one that remains. … The building was listed on the US Register of Historic Places in 1982, so repair work …

Maine Reports: Burns crew films for Roosevelt documentary; CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – The historic Roosevelt home and international park on Campobello Island bustled with a crew from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films just days …

Student Website Highlights Lincoln History; It’s part of a program called the Maine Community Heritage Project, which is a joint effort of the Maine Historical Society and the Maine State Library. …

From the Maine Historical Society…

Eight Maine Communities to Launch New History Websites on Maine Memory Network

The Maine Historical Society is excited to announce the upcoming launch of new websites on the Maine Memory Network
(www.mainememory.net) dedicated to the histories of eight Maine communities.

The websites are being created by local teams from Bangor, Biddeford, Blue Hill, Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Guilford, Hallowell, Lincoln, and Scarborough through the Maine Community Heritage Project (www.mainememory.net/mchp), an initiative sponsored by the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Library. Funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the MCHP is designed to foster collaboration between local schools, historical societies, and libraries through technology and the study of local history.

Each team spent nearly a year researching their town’s history, digitizing local historical collections, developing online exhibits, and building their sites. The new sites will be launched at local celebrations in each community as follows:

Tuesday, 5/25, 6:30PM         Lincoln (Mattanawcook Jr. High School)

Wednesday, 5/26, 6PM        Blue Hill (Blue Hill Consolidated School)

Wednesday, 6/2, 6:30PM    Bangor (Bangor High School)

Thursday, 6/3, 5PM        Guilford (Piscataquis Community Middle School)

Tuesday, 6/8, 6PM        Scarborough (Scarborough Middle School)

Wednesday, 6/9, 11:30AM    Biddeford (McArthur Public Library)

Wednesday, 6/9, 6PM        Cumberland/North Yarmouth (Skyline Farm)

Thursday, 6/10, 6:30PM     Hallowell (Hall Dale Middle School)

Created by the Maine Historical Society and launched in 2001, the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net) is a statewide digital museum that empowers communities to share their history and includes digital contributions from more than 200 historical organizations, museums, and libraries across the state.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

207–774–1822

www.mainehistory.org

www.mainememory.net

The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.

And don’t forget…

188th Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston


Join us for our Annual Meeting at the Franco-American Heritage Center (formerly St. Mary’s Church) in Lewiston, Maine.

Following a brief business meeting at 10:00 am, Denis Ledoux will present: From Facts to Memoir – From Genealogy to Stories. After a Franco style lunch, participants are invited to tour Museum LA, a few blocks from the Center.

Everyone welcome; Registration required. ($25/members, $30/nonmember) Call 774-1822 to register.

Event Information

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Franco-American Heritage Center

           46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME

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


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History Headlines Roundup for 09-09-09

Here’s this week’s sprinkling of history headlines from around Maine…..

800-year-old apple ‘healthiest to eat’

telegraph.co.uk Researchers claim that the Pendragon apple, which has been grown in England since the 12th century, contains higher levels of plant chemicals linked to health benefits – including reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar – than other varieties….

Dutch Royals Visit New York 400 Years After Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage

AP Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, got a rousing welcome from West Point cadets as they visited the U.S. Military Academy for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage….

Labor Day reverence is lost, say historians

SignOnSanDiego.com (Union Tribune) We don’t labor, not most of us anyway. It’s a day off, and an odd one. It’s the only national holiday where the thing we are celebrating is the thing we’re getting paid not to do: work….

Professor to share Bath family legacy

At age 13, Nathan Cogan, delivered an 87th anniversary recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the Civil War memorial on Center Street in Bath. On Sunday, Cogan, now 72 and a Portland, Ore., resident, returns to Bath to deliver another celebratory dialogue. Fourscore and seven years ago, his forefathers gathered to sign a charter dedicating the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue….

Search hopes to find 510-year-old Newfoundland church

National Post (Canada) Newfoundland and Labrador’s top archeologist has revealed plans to search for the remains of a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay — a project aimed at adding to a string of recent discoveries about explorer John Cabot’s history-making voyages to Canada in the late 15th century….

Lincoln’s last signature?: Signed envelope, believed to be real, found at flea market

The Morning Journal “Let this man enter with this note. April 14, 1865. A. Lincoln.” The short sentence is written on a small envelope, tattered and discolored with age. But it has been a ticket to a big adventure for Bruce Steiner, who stumbled upon the lost fragment of history at the bottom of a box of assorted papers he purchased at Jamie’s Flea Market in October 2006….

Civil War Battlefield Funding Taking Shape

DNRonline.com HARRISONBURG – Funding to preserve 178 acres of the Civil War battlefield at Port Republic is nearly in hand, according to a letter from the national Civil War Preservation Trust. In a letter received last week, the trust said it is joining forces with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation headquartered at New Market to buy the development rights on the land….

Standish man’s efforts preserve the land he loves
DON PERKINS

In the 1940s, Gene Stuart spent part of his youth plying Sebago Basin in an old wooden rowboat. Now in his late 70s, Gene Stuart is proud to live along the Sebago Lake Basin in Standish where his family first settled more than 200 years ago. Thanks to dedication and foresight secured a decade ago, 53 acres of these woods and fields are forever protected with an easement through the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Normally closed to the public, folks will have a special opportunity to walk the property on Saturday when the land trust holds its annual business meeting, picnic lunch and outdoor family walk here from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m….

Saco Museum exhibit to focus on factory girls’ contributions
JULIANA L’HEUREUX

Maine’s empty old factory buildings were once bustling with thousands of young girls who worked up to 12 hours a day doing hazardous industrial jobs. An upcoming permanent exhibit at the Saco Museum will bring attention to the area’s young and hard-working factory girls of the 1830s through the 1850s. Opening this Oct. 30, “A Factory Girl Boardinghouse Bedchamber” will reveal how the factory girls lived. The purpose of the exhibit is to focus on Saco’s industrial history, particularly on the lives of the girls, many of them French-Canadian, who provided labor for the mills during the mid-19th century’s industrial expansion…..

Trolley museum restores historic locomotive

York Weekly – The ceremony also commemorates the opening of a new gallery exhibit “History in Motion: Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities” and the launch

VIENNA Historical Society rehabs home

Kennebec Journal – Preserving local history presents many challenges, but a Maine State Museum grant program has helped launch renovations efforts at

Books to Showcase Maine’s Family Farm History

WABI -Berry’s creating books to highlight Maine’s farming history, but he’s researching that history in an unusual way. He’s using old aerial photographs taken

Keeping history alive in Windsor

Kennebec Journal -Up to 70 people will dress in period costumes during the Windsor Fair this week and put on demonstrations giving a detailed picture of rural life in Maine.

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This week’s history news; Sept 02

Here’s another week’s worth of history related headlines from around the web……………

If you have some news or an event you’d like to share, please email it to me at dlsoucy@remembermemedia.com.

Hallowell searching its collective memory

Kennebec Journal –He said the group wants to create a larger, more expansive base from which to draw information about Hallowell’s role in early Maine history.

Rufus King, unsung figure of American history, helped crusade end …

New York Daily News -During a Senate debate in 1820 that led to the Missouri Compromise, which admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as free, King boldly declared slavery

History of Mills, Brickyards Seen at MuseumLA

MaineToday.com – My upcoming book is “The Franco-Americans of Maine,” and strictly speaking, not all of the millworkers and brickmakers were of French-Canadian heritage.

Wheeling Trolley In Maine Museum

Wheeling Intelligencer -With a lot of money, a little bit of luck and a multitude of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of streetcars in America – that’s how.

Windjammer festival to parade marine heritage

Bangor Daily News -Organizers expect that nothing like the past weekend’s rain will be able to dampen the experience of the Camden Windjammer

‘Monster Quest’ star explores Maine oddities

knox.VillageSoup.com -He has been both an on- and off-camera consultant to NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” A&E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” History Channel’s “In Search of History,”

New history benefits Camden Public Library

Working Waterfront – Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. says, “A book such as this not only preserves the history of past generations, but animates it for the

Fire sweeps through abandoned mill in Maine

Bangor Daily News – The fire was reminiscent of a recent blaze in Lewiston that destroyed the historic Cowan Mill, a textile mill that had been vacant for some time.

Book-signing, not tours, to mark Lighthouse Day in York

Seacoastonline.com -…but activities to help celebrate the state’s Open Lighthouse Day are planned at Sohier Park, just in front of the historic light. In June, the Maine

AUGUSTA Curiosity uncovers historic sundial

Kennebec Journal – The meridian monument was one of those erected at county courthouses in Maine between 1869 and 1871, according to research by Harold E. Nelson,


Paranormal group barred from Farmington cemeteries

LSJ-FARMINGTON — Reactions to a recent paranormal investigation in local cemeteries has caused town officials to request that members of Central Maine Paranormal Investigators not return for a second time Saturday….


Historian recognized for work to restore area pride

LSJ-LIVERMORE FALLS — History sneaked up and surprised historian W. Dennis Stires early Saturday afternoon at the Maine Paper and Heritage Museum on Church Street. Stires came out on a rainy Saturday to listen to his favorite storyteller, Norman Vashaw of Canton talk about the early days of logging. Vashaw’s talk actually served to camouflage the 1:30 p.m. recognition ceremony for Stires, 70, of Livermore, who dedicated more than 35 years of his life to preserving the heritage and history of the Livermore Falls area.

State parks, historic sites will remain open Friday

Maine’s state parks and historic sites will remain open and staffed on Friday even though it’s a state shutdown day. Maine Forest Service rangers also will remain on duty to patrol and protect Maine’s woods. The Bureau of Parks and Lands operational staff will be on duty, but headquarters and administrative staff will be off duty. Park managers, rangers, lifeguards and customer service representatives will be working that day. The full amenities of parks will be available. Park fees will be collected and park facilities will be cleaned and maintained.

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History Headline Roundup for August 29, 2009

Here’s another collection of history related headlines from around the web…

 Maine settlement reenactment set

WGME – It focuses on a little-known time period of Maine’s history, when cod fishing was a way of life. Park Manager Kelsie Tardif says that’s an important reason 

New history benefits Camden Public Library

Working Waterfront – Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. says, “A book such as this not only preserves the history of past generations, but animates it for the 

Local men collaborate on Down East book

knox.VillageSoup.com – “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses” explores the architectural history and stories behind the notable homes of Maine. General Henry Knox built 

Volunteers sought as Eliot’s bicentennial blowout nears

York Weekly – Courtesy photo By David Ramsay ELIOT, Maine — The town’s bicentennial celebration may be a year away, but a group of hard-working volunteers is already 

Scientific American started publication in 1845

Examiner.com – He started school at the age of four and the family moved to Maine when he was nine. He was one of six children. In 1815 he married and moved to Connecticut 

SIDNEY Festival site may expand

Kennebec Journal – The Maine Trappers Association has begun hosting its “Fall Rendezvous” at the riding club and the Sidney Historical Society has reserved the space for an 

 

 

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History Headline Roundup for August 28th

Here are a few more headlines for your enjoyment!

 

Lecture to explore women’s travel in 19th century US

Seacoastonline.com – SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Historic New England will hold a free illustrated lecture by University of Southern Maine professor Elizabeth Bischof at 5:30 pm 

Prehistoric tools discovered at Isles of Shoals

PhysOrg.com -The excavations produce sufficient evidence to officially designate the site; an application will be filed with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission 

Read a Rich history of the Rapid River

York County Coast Star – Her love of Maine lives in the words of her numerous writings; biographical, semi-biographical, historical, and fiction. Many of her memories have been 

Camden group seeks funding for movie house

knox.VillageSoup.com -Glass said his group has already met with the state fire marshal and representatives of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. 

Exeter area news briefs

York Weekly – 2 at 7 pm Zwicker has her own tour company, New England Curiosities, which gives tours in New Hampshire and Maine and has been featured on the History 

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Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

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

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

 

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

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

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

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

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

Event Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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History Headline Roundup for August 26th 2009

Hello again, and thanks for visiting Touring Maine’s History again. For those of you that are new, this blog is a collection of news headlines and events rounded up from the web, as well as articles and submissions from fellow history buffs. If you, or your organization has an event or some news to share please forward it to me at dlsocuy@remembermemedia.com, or dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com.

Most of these links provided here are to current stories and events, however, I do include stories that may be outdated that I feel may be of some relevance or interest to the readers. Drop a line if you have any comments or suggestions, and please visit us on the web at www.remembermemedia.com to learn more about what’s going in history today.

 

Walking in the steps of Lincoln

The North Berwick Historical Society will perform a play marking the president’s 200th birthday.
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?279028

THE DEAD RIVER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 2010 pictorial calendars, featuring images of Stratton High School Class alumni and other historic images, are available for purchase. The calendars are being sold at Pine’s Market, Northland Cash, Fotter’s Market and Arnold Trail Quality Fuel and Sports Center or via mail for $6 each, plus $2 for postage and handling. Checks should be mailed to: Dead River Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 15, Stratton 04982. A few 2009 calendars are still available at $2.50 each, as are cookbooks, at $6 each or two for $10. For more information, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271.

Genealogy conference slated for September

Bangor Daily News – Saturday, Sept. 26, Bangor, Maine. It’s the only place you can go to hear nationally known genealogists Marcia Melnyk and Joe Anderson, plus a host of other wonderful speakers — all in one day…Now is the time to sign up for the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2009 annual conference at the Bangor Civic Center…

Hikes and rambles on the York Maine shoreline

Examiner.com – The pond itself has a fascinating history having powered mills and provided ice to 19thC. New England cities. A green swinging suspension bridge, 

York County: a historical drive

MaineToday.com – Many visitors are drawn to Maine’s southernmost county because there’s more than just beaches and bling: This area is filled with history, dating back to 

Family History Fun Center at Old Fort Western

MaineToday.com – Old Fort Western’s Family History Fun Center is made possible in part by a contribution from the Augusta Kiwanis Club. Raising Maine There are not yet any 

Three trips for late summer

MaineToday.com – Special to the Maine Sunday Telegram The O’Neil Robinson House, left, and Moses Mason House are part of the offerings of the Bethel Historical Society. 

Open House at Temple school house (past event)

The Original Irregular – The Intervale School House is currently undergoing restoration, funded in part by a matching grant through theMaine Historic Preservation Commission from 

Walmart Near Civil War Battlefield Wins OK

AP Officials in central Virginia approved a Walmart Supercenter early Tuesday near one of the nation’s most important Civil War battlefields, a proposal that had stirred opposition by preservationists and hundreds of historians. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to grant the special permit to the world’s biggest retailer after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Walmart to Locust Grove, within a cannonball’s shot from the Wilderness Battlefield. Historians and Civil War buffs are fearful the Walmart store will draw traffic and more commerce to an area within the historic boundaries of the Wilderness, where generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle 145 years ago and where 145,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought and more than 29,000 were killed or injured. One-fourth of the Wilderness is protected.

 

 

Events and Happenings…

Open house and annual meeting set
PPH-RANGELEY — The Annual Meeting of the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at the museum building on Route 16, one mile east of Rangeley. All are invited to the meeting and, afterwards, to the picnic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the Open House from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Find out more…

NEW GLOUCESTER

15 basket makers to display works at Shaker Village

PPH-The Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This event will include hand-woven ash splint baskets, sweet grass baskets, traditionally etched birch bark vessels, stone sculptures, woodcarvings and crafts demonstrations. The 15 featured artists are among the finest and most renowned American Indian artists representing the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. The free, daylong event will be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and was organized with the Maine Indian Basketmakers` Alliance.

Shaker Village workshops cover herbs, candle holders

PPH-Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village hosts two workshops on Saturday. Children are invited to create tin-punch candle holders from 9 a.m. to noon. A workshop to make traditional ornaments with herbs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both workshops are $30 and require pre-registration. Call 926-4597.

KENNEBUNK

Brick Store Museum plans ‘A Shipbuilding Odyssey’

PPH-The Brick Store Museum is conducting ”A Shipbuilding Odyssey” at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The three-hour event will feature an illustrated history and viewing of the museum’s collections highlighting the trade and a narrated trolley tour to various locales around town. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by calling 985-4802. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for all others.

 WISCASSET 

Castle Tucker offers look at ‘Mollie Tucker’s Kitchen’

PPH-Historic New England will present ”Mollie Tucker’s Kitchen” at Castle Tucker at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of its Year of the Kitchen celebration. Preview tours of the home will advance the talk at 1 and 2 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 882-7169. Admission is $5 for Historic New England members and $10 for all others.

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Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

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

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

 

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

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

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

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

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

Event Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maine History Headline Roundup for August 25 2009

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Welcome to my new blog site at WordPress! You’ll find all of the same news and views on Maine history, as well as the events and historical societies that celebrate our heritage. If you are new to Touring Maine’s History, this is a no profit attempt to spread the word about Maine history by sharing headlines and articles from around the state of Maine that pertain to the area of historic preservation and recreation. As always, if your society or organization has an event to announce or news to share, email your entry to dlsoucy@remembermemedia.com, and don’t forget to put a description in the subject box or the spam killer will dump your email. Also, for more on Maine history and the projects we are working on, don’t forget to visit us at http://www.remembermemedia.com.

River Views: Mill loss hits area

Dave Sargent-Whenever history goes up in flames, the loss is felt very deeply and very differently throughout a community. It was the recent Cowen Mill conflagration that kindled many local memories. A few years ago, fire also destroyed the adjoining W.S. Libbey Mill, and both of the familiar massive brick structures on the Lewiston side of the Androscoggin River’s Great Falls have disappeared….

Ghost seekers hold investigation in Farmington cemeteries.

LSJ-Henry Farrington from Central Maine Paranormal Investigations takes photographs in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington Saturday night as he and other members of the group fanned out in search of ghosts….

Historical sites to be mapped and marketed

LSJ-FARMINGTON — The trails and historical sites of greater Franklin County will be explored, mapped and put up on a Web site with the help of a Maine Community Foundation grant.

Healthy Community Coalition has received a $75,000 grant from the foundation’s Environmental Funders Network “Quality of Place” Fund for a project that focuses on health and the local natural environment. It’s a three-year grant, and as long as funding is available, HCC will receive $75,000 each year, Executive Director Heather Davis said….

The parade rolled on in Phillips despite the weather

LSJ-Rain didn’t stop the opening of the 51st annual Phillips Old Home Days Parade Friday night, but heavy rains scattered participants and viewers before the parade was over. With the theme, “What can you do with duct tape?” this young man is prepared for Saturday’s bathtub races at for 3 p.m. on Toothaker Pond in Phillips. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Historic Montpelier Celebrates 195th Anniversary of George Washington Portrait Rescue from the White House

Montpelier James Madison’s Montpelier today will celebrate the legacy of slave and freedman Paul Jennings with an exclusive White House visit and walking tour of Washington, D.C. for his descendants. Family members of the former slave, who helped First Lady Dolley Madison rescue the portrait of George Washington before the White House burned in 1814, will gather on the 195th anniversary of its rescue to learn more about their ancestor from one of the nation’s leading Paul Jennings experts. The Montpelier Foundation, steward of James and Dolley Madison’s Orange, Virginia home, has organized the historic event.

“James Madison’s Montpelier is committed to discovering and authentically presenting the entire history of the Montpelier community,” said Michael C. Quinn, president of the Montpelier Foundation. “In Madison’s time there were only a handful of white people, but more than 100 Black people living on the plantation at any one time. We want to find that lost history and share it with the American people. To do so, we have begun a comprehensive research effort—because the stories of these individuals are not African-American history; they are American history.”

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/117581.html Marking end of era, last boat launched at Southwest Harbor shop…Called ‘a national treasure’ for his design and building skills, Ralph Stanley will sell his interest to his son. http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?278942

Penobscot Narrows Bridge shut down after bomb scare

PROSPECT, Maine — A bomb threat at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory shut down traffic on the span connecting Waldo and Hancock counties Sunday afternoon and caused the evacuation of the … more

 

Events and Happenings…

Alfred Shaker Museum:

Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson

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

Cost: $25.00

Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Event Information

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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