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WELCOME TO MAINE,Reid State Park

Welcome to Maine, and to Touring Maine’s History, as well. Over the last few month’s you’ve seen news and events posted here as often as I could gather them up for you. Some of these articles and event listings have been contributed by readers, but most have come from many of Maine’s fine newspapers or other sources. From time to time I have also shared news from away as well. If you are a new visitor and are interested in Maine history, you’ll want to bookmark this page.

I’ve lots of things planned for this site, and with God’s grace I will be able to accomplish my goals. For those of you not aware of what I am doing here, it’s a pretty simple plan. That plan is to simply share the history of Maine, and concentrate on the historical societies and preservation groups and museums that all work towards that same goal. As the summer months roll by you’ll be seeing more in the way of articles and sometimes videos of these places that you can visit, my eventual goal is to produce a regular periodical style webpage for your enjoyment, and education.

Today, as we soar through the annual start of the tourist season here in Maine, with Memorial Day being celebrated tomorrow, folks are beginning to air out their local historical society chambers, dust the museums and shine their artifacts. As you travel around Maine, keep an eye out for these society buildings and pay them a visit. You’ll be surprised about what you can learn about Maine. We’ve a rich history dating back to the early 1600’s. in fact, we can go back even further as there were European settlers plying the waters of the Gulf of Maine as they harvested fish, and even before then by way of our Native populations.

If you are a regular Mainer, and a member or director of one of these fabulous societies or groups dedicated to history, drop me a note if you’d like to share as well. I have already started doing interviews for some groups and will be scheduling more. So if you want to be a highlight in history, please let me know. Also, if you have some news to share, or a schedule of events, please feel free to send your articles and calendar notes.

I’ll also be doing some videos of some of Maine’s historical landmarks that you can view here as well from time to time.

If you’d like to touch base with me, please email me at dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can. And again, welcome to Touring Maine’s History, and I hope we’ll be frequent visitors with each other. D.L. Soucy

 

Reid State Park;

Reid State Park became Maine’s first salt water park in 1946 when Walter E. Reid donated land in Georgetown to the state of Maine with the intent that it be forever preserved. Over the years the park grew into the attraction it is today, with thousands of visitors flocking there to enjoy its two sandy beaches and its scenic beauty. The sandy beaches, the Mile and the Half Mile, are exceptional for Maine’s coast line and contain rarely seen sand dunes.

In the spring time Piping Plovers and Least Terns use the beaches as nesting and breeding areas, while numerous other species of birds frequent the area. On the landward side of the park you’ll find a tidal river and salt water marshes teeming with various species of the local flora and fauna. Also to be had is a small salt water lagoon. From one of the high heads along the beach you can spot (on a clear day) many of the areas islands. Damariscove was once a valuable fishing community in the 1600,s.

You can also see Outer Head and Southport Islands. Seguin Island boasts a lighthouse. Also within viewing distance are the Cuckolds and Hendricks Head Islands. The Beaches and trails are treats in themselves. At low tide you can see tons of periwinkle shells and barnacles on the exposed rocks. Two buildings, one at each beach house a fresh water shower and toilet facility as well as snack bars for your convenience. If you’re into the views, Griffiths Head is a stupendous site.

The Park is open year round, and if you want more information, you can phone the park office at (207) 371-2303. There is a charge for admission. Touring Maine’s History is a multimedia production highlighting Maine’s heritage. We will be producing books and video material for educational and entertainment purposes from around Maine. Keep checking back for presentations of our many museums and historical sites, as well as events and destinations you can visit around the state of Maine. For more information, check out our new site at http://www.touringmaineshistory.blogspot.com or http://www.remembermemedia.com. Thanks for your time, and enjoy the show. The music for this piece is; Hut On Staffin Island/Sandy MacCleod of Garafad/The Soft Horse reel By Relativity.

All photography by D.L. Soucy © 2008 All rights reserved

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Maine History News for 21 May 2009

Special announcement!

The week of June 14 has been designated “Maine Lighthouse Week”. We at Maine Lighthouse Tours have extended it a few more days to include June 26, and have planned a very special” one day tour to

Matinicus Rock Lighthouse.

 The light is seldom seen by lighthouse enthusiasts as it is not easily accessible.  

 Matinicus Rock Light sits on a barren rock 25 miles out to sea. It’s home to Puffins in the summer.

Best known for 14 year old Abbie Burgess, who, while her father was away, saved her invalid mother and sisters from certain death and kept the light burning for days during a vicious storm that destroyed their living quarters.

Anyone interested in joining us should call now. The tour is limited and expected to fill fast.

Hazel Davis

207-622-0884

Get in on this tour folks! It’s not every day a chance like this comes along! (D.S.)

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The Maine Historical Society and the Maine Olmsted Alliance invite you to…  

 
 

Thursday, May 28, 7pm
Designing the Maine Landscape

 
 

Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden, Authors

 
 

Join us to celebrate the publication of this landmark new book.  Both beautiful and intellectually rigorous, Designing the Maine Landscape is the product of a ten-year survey of Maine’s historic designed landscapes conducted by the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

 
 

Maine’s rich heritage of designed landscapes is defined by groundbreaking landscape architects who saw the state’s natural beauty as a muse guiding their work rather than as mere ground to be manipulated.  The field’s great luminaries – Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and his sons, Beatrix Farrand, Fletcher Steele, Warren Manning, and Jens Jensen – all completed significant designs here in Maine and helped shape our sense of place. Designing the Maine Landscape showcases and provides rich context for many of these projects – ranging from public parks to private estates.  The evening will include a behind-the-scenes look at the book and a book signing.

 
 

This event is free and open to the public.   

Event Information
When: Thursday, May 28, 2009,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Maine Historical Society

           489 Congress Street

           Portland, ME   04101

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

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Historic church schedules free public open house

The Abyssinian Meeting House, the nation’s third-oldest church built for a black congregation, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. Admission is free.

Built in 1828, the meeting house at 75 Newbury St. is undergoing a $3 million restoration by the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian.

Contractors recently finished removing several apartments that were built within the church and restoring its original timber-frame structure.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Festival marks alewives’ journey

It’s an annual rite of spring.

Each year, an estimated 150,000 alewives navigate their way up the Damariscotta River estuary and into the Great Salt Bay before running up the fish ladder that takes them into Damariscotta Lake. To celebrate their journey, supporters will hold the second annual Fish Ladder Restoration Festival Friday through Monday in Damariscotta Mills.

The festival will have food, including alewives at Mulligan’s Smoked Alewives; a contra dance on Friday, a chicken barbecue on Saturday and a pig roast on Sunday.

Vintage Voices presents program on Victorian music

Vintage Voices will present “The Songs I Delighted to Hear,” a program of music from the late Victorian era, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Counting House Museum as part of the annual meeting of the Old Berwick Historical Society.

There also will be a brief business meeting and refreshments. An opening of a small new exhibit will also take place. “From South Berwick to the South Pacific,” a collection of World War II correspondence and memorabilia, has been donated to the museum by the family of Wildre Pelletier.

New members are welcome. Membership is $20, or $30 for families. The Counting House Museum opens in June for regular summer weekend hours from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 384-0000

Greater Portland Landmarks will hold its second annual Spring Historic House Gala from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 27 at the Samuel D. Plummer House, 140 Eastern Promenade.

The 1898 home is owned by Dan and Connie Haley. Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will speak about the unique features of Queen Anne architecture and the history of the Munjoy Hill area.

Tickets are $50 per person. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Aurora Provisions.

For more information or to get tickets, call 332-1513 or go to www.portlandlandmarks.org.

Shaker museum and store opening for the season

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and Shaker Store on Route 26 opens for the season on Friday with an exhibit of Shaker folk art called “The Human and the Eternal.”

On Saturday, a workshop on making traditional painted canvas floorcloth will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $50 fee. Two guided nature hikes, both free of charge, are being offered, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The hikes cover the fields and woods on the south end of the village leading to Sabbathday Lake and Aurelia’s Cascade.

Preregistration is required for all events by calling 926-4597.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Columbus Day.

For more details, go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Town, state work to save Indian Rock
NORWAY – An official at the Maine Department of Transportation said this week the agency will try to help the town save the so-called Indian Rock on Route 117.

Museum receives World War II UDT uniform

Seacoastonline.com – May 20, 2009

By Erica A. Holthausen The collections at the Museums of Old York are tangible links to the history of our community. Each object preserves the story of a …

Holocaust survivors’ film to hit airwaves

York County Coast Star – 13 hours ago

It contains historical clips, interviews, commentary by the Polaks, and by their daughter Margaret (who assisted in the publication of the book and in the 

Acadian Memorial Foundation, CAFA, History Break Tours

KATC – May 19, 2009

For those not interested in riding the bus for 3 days, a flight into Bangor, Maine will be arranged. The bus will meet those flying to Bangor on August, 

 

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News From Away…

Windsor Castle antique furniture to be sold at auction

Source: Telegraph (UK) (5-20-09)

Antique furniture from Windsor Castle that originally belonged to Queen Victoria is to be sold at auction later this month. 

Four items are going under the hammer with a combined guide price of up to £12,000.

They were bought by the current vendor’s parents shortly after Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

The sale, which includes a pair of giltwood chairs, a green-silk screen, a table, and a pair of cabinets, will be held at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on May 29.

Ancient handle with Hebrew text found in Jerusalem

Source: AP (2-20-09)

Archaeologists digging on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives have discovered a nearly 3,000-year-old jar handle bearing ancient Hebrew script, a find significantly older than most inscribed artifacts unearthed in the ancient city, an archaeologist said. The Iron Age handle is inscribed with the Hebrew name Menachem, which was the name of an Israelite king and is still common among Jews.

Coroner: Human Bones Found in Indiana Barbershop Are Prehistoric

Source: AP (5-20-09)

Bones found in the basement of a small-town barbershop in eastern Indiana are those of prehistoric American Indians, a coroner said, but how the bones got there is unknown.

Gary Engelbrecht discovered the bones in a basement vault when he opened his Fading Tradition barbershop about a year ago in Albany, about 10 miles northeast of Muncie.

Engelbrecht mentioned the bones to Clevenger, who investigated. About 125 bone fragments were found in a deteriorating cardboard box. An anthropologist determined that they were from three prehistoric native Americans.

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Reid State Park

Reid State Park became Maine’s first salt water park in 1946 when Walter E. Reid donated land in Georgetown to the state of Maine with the intent that it be forever preserved. Over the years the park grew into the attraction it is today, with thousands of visitors flocking there to enjoy its two sandy beaches and its scenic beauty. The sandy beaches, the Mile and the Half Mile, are exceptional for Maine’s coast line and contain rarely seen sand dunes.

In the spring time Piping Plovers and Least Terns use the beaches as nesting and breeding areas, while numerous other species of birds frequent the area. On the landward side of the park you’ll find a tidal river and salt water marshes teeming with various species of the local flora and fauna. Also to be had is a small salt water lagoon.

From one of the high heads along the beach you can spot (on a clear day) many of the areas islands. Damariscove was once a valuable fishing community in the 1600,s. You can also see Outer Head and Southport Islands. Seguin Island boasts a lighthouse. Also within viewing distance are the Cuckolds and Hendricks Head Islands.

The Beaches and trails are treats in themselves. At low tide you can see tons of periwinkle shells and barnacles on the exposed rocks. Two buildings, one at each beach house a fresh water shower and toilet facility as well as snack bars for your convenience. If you’re into the views, Griffiths Head is a stupendous site.

The Park is open year round, and if you want more information, you can phone the park office at (207) 371-2303. There is a charge for admission.

The Salt & Pines Project is a multimedia production highlighting Maine’s heritage. We will be producing books and video material for educational and entertainment purposes from around Maine. Keep checking back for presentations of our many museums and historical sites, as well as events and destinations you can visit around the state of Maine. For more information, check out our new site at touringmaineshistory.blogspot.com or www.remembermemedia.com. Thanks for your time, and enjoy the show.

The music for this piece is;
Hut On Staffin Island/Sandy MacCleod of Garafad/The Soft Horse reel
By Relativity
All photography by D.L. Soucy
© 2008 All rights reserved

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About Touring Maine’s History

Hello everyone, and welcome to TMH. This blogsite will be pretty much dedicated to highlighting Maine’s historic sites and events that you can travel to and visit. Either on a day trip if you live in the state, or a planned vacation if you are from away makes no difference. There’s lots to see and do in the state of Maine if you are a history buff like me.

In addition to articles and pictures from and about specific sites, I will also be posting as much news as I can about the subject of Maine’s history and its preservation. Enjoy your stay and please keep coming back for more visits. I’ll try to keep things as up to date as I can, and also to keep it as interesting as I can.

For now, here are some news clippings……….

Ellsworth: Town marks Great Fire of ’33

By Eric RussellWednesday, May 07, 2008 – Bangor Daily News

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The massive fire raged for hours, leveling buildings and threatening an entire city as firefighters from 18 towns raced to quell the flames. When the smoke finally cleared, 50 blocks had been decimated, creating a wasteland that eventually would be the foundation for a new city.

Read more at; http://bangornews.com/news/t/hancock.aspx?articleid=164011&zoneid=178

If you have a newslink or article to share, or maybe just some suggestions, please emailme at; dlsoucy@remembermemedia.com and as always, feel free to leave any comments below.

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