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Moxie Days in Maine!

Maine in a bottle — Lisbon makes merry with Moxie during 3-day fest Nothing says summer in Maine like July fireworks, barbecues and bottles of Moxie. All of those — especially the sweet, medicinal, orange-labeled, black-tinted soft drink — will be in abundance this weekend during Lisbon’s annual Moxie Days Festival, carrying the 2011 theme of: “Moxie…

Lexington residents band together to preserve its history
A remote region east of Kingfield has a rich agricultural and logging history that was slipping quietly into oblivion. Twenty years ago, a tiny group of current and former residents formed the Lexington Historical Society to preserve and share those stories…

Civil War Trust Announces Initiative to Save 20,000 Acres To mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War, the Civil War Trust has announced an ambitious national campaign that will permanently protect 20,000 acres of battlefield land over the next five years. The Trust has already protected more than 30,000 acres in 20 states over the past two decades…

National Trust Releases Annual List of Most Endangered Historic Sites The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released its 2011 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. To see the list of endangered sites visit the Trust’s website

Never-Before-Seen Beatles Photos What did you do when you were 18? When Mike Mitchell was that tender age, back in 1964, he took rolls and rolls of photographs documenting The Beatles’ first hysteria-inducing visits to America. Now, 50 lots of these unpublished and never-before-seen photographs, shot in black and white, will be auctioned off. Will you have to work eight days a week to afford a piece of rock-‘n’-roll history, or baby, are you a rich man? Check out a few of these Fab Four photos, and decide for yourself. Read”Never-Before-Seen Beatles Photos”

Bangor Band performs last concert at gazebo; structure to be torn down for arena As a child, Christine Mihan came to hear the Bangor Band perform at the gazebo in Paul Bunyan Park. On Tuesday night, Mihan attend the band’s last concert at the gazebo with her husband, Eric Mihan, and her 13-month-old daughter, Nella, all of Bangor. “It’s sad, very, very…

Fort Allen Park: Reclaiming the high ground Fort Allen was particularly valuable during the War of 1812 because its position high on Munjoy Hill meant its men could fire down on any British ships – whose guns weren’t designed to fire up steep hills…

Maine Historical Society Event;

Thursday, July 14, 4pm

Illustrated Lecture & Bicycle Tour:

“I am an Old Wheelman” John Calvin Stevens and the Art of Bicycling in Maine 1880-1900

Presenter and Ride Leader: Sam Shupe

Join us to learn about this significant yet largely unknown aspect of John Calvin Stevens’ life. During the last decades of the 19th century, the prominent architect was a passionate cyclist who was instrumental in creating and sustaining bicycle culture in Portland. This illustrated talk at MHS will be followed by a leisurely bike tour of several Stevens-related sites in Portland’s West End. Learn more.

Program and bike ride are free but registration for the ride is required. Please call (207) 774-1822.

Celebration to mark 40th anniversary of Raymond-Casco group In Casco on July 16, history will not only be retold, but it will be made as well. The Raymond-Casco Historical Society will be celebrating its 40th…

Maine museum exhibits, talks honoring Civil War soldiers The Norridgewock Historical Society, 11 Mercer Road, Route 2. Eight solders’ and sailors’ uniforms from various wars. Hours, 10 am-1 pm Saturdays through Labor Day. 634-3871…

Abbe Museum transports visitors to 1800s Wabanaki encampments It was also an opportunity for the museum to work with several Maine museums and historical societies for artifacts and expertise. The Bar Harbor Historical Society, Bangor Museum and Center for History, Maine Maritime Museum and Penobscot Nation


Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores.

Those who are fortunate enough to have grown up in Maine know that it has a way of life and sense of humor unlike anywhere else. Spend time on a lobster boat with Roy Fairfield or Tim Sample, or on Echo Farm in Auburn as Dave Sargent relates it. Phil Candelmo talks about life in Portland during World War II, and Luthera Burton Dawson teaches us a bit of “Mainespeak.” These are only a few of the stories told here and of the thousands cherished by Mainers. If you have ever wondered what it was like to live in Maine’s bygone days, follow along with our contributors and see what tales they have to tell about this state’s unique spirit.

Salt & Pines is now available at your local bookstores and on Alternatively, you can order it direct by clicking the buy now button above, or following this link: You can paste the link into your browsers search window if it does not work by simply clicking it. Alternatively, you can go to my author site at this link: D.L. Soucy.

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L.C. Bates Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Self-Guided Outdoor Activities:

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

Picnic Tables in Arboretum- Carry/In Carry/out


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

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


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


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


Contact Information

L. C. Bates Museum

At Good Will-Hinckley

Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944

207-238-4250- E-mail- 

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

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

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