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General Knox and Historical Maine Buildings

Well, I’m back to blogging about Maine history again. For reasons that I won’t mention here, search engine problems drove my ranking to the bottom of the heap. But changes have been made, and hopefully people will begin to find me again. I’ve also decided to change the format of my posting as well, so don’t be surprised that things just don’t seem the same around here anymore.

Fund hike keeps University of Maine museum entry free, an article in the Bangor Daily news relates a good story regarding the UofM’s Art museum. Apparently the Machias Savings Bank has increased its annual gift to the museum to $7500 allowing the museum to offer free admission throughout 2010. Kudos to the Machias Savings Bank for their gift and caring for the arts.

We also saw this past weekend the ending of a piece of Maine history as the last two P3 Orion’s left the Brunswick Naval Air Base ending 60 years of patrolling the Eastern Seaboard and helping to protect our seaways. The base, originally used as a training and stop off base during WWII for US, British and Canadian air force planes, was temporarily closed after the war ended before being converted to Naval use. At its normal level of use, BNAS provided homes and work for about 4,000 employees and their families, providing a great opportunity for the mid coast area by way of economic stability. Too bad the base closed, we’ll miss the Navy greatly.

Champlain’s Valley Voice has a good piece regarding Maine’s own General Henry Knox in From Fort Ticonderoga to Boston: The Wintry Trek of Henry Knox. The story relates to Knox’s efforts to relocate 60 tons of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in 1775. WABI has a nice video piece regarding the historic Liberty Hall in Machiasport as the historic Restored Belvedere Tower
cupola was returned to the top of its bell tower. It’s amazing how some of the restoration takes place on these historic properties with all of the details and work it takes to return Maine’s beautiful architecture to where it once was.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that tours are now being offered at the historic Hurd Mansion on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM at a cost of ten dollars per person. Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., was quoted in the article as saying the Hurd Manor was “the most outstanding example of its style in southern Maine and nowhere in the state does a more impressive Queen Anne—Eastlake residence exist.” The paper also reports that the Sanford
Mill yard makes the National Register,
as the historic property was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yard was established by Thomas Goodall in 1867 and became a major source of employment and industry in the area, until it was sold off by Burlington Industries in 1955.

Another couple of interesting articles related to Maine history in that same paper are Ski Museum of Maine and North Berwick Historical Society holding ‘Fireside Chat’
and Funds sought for historic exhibit at North Berwick’s Olde Woolen Mill complex. Ever noticed that some papers place more interest in history than others? I think it’s important to realize that there really is a lot of activity in the preservation and sharing of history here in Maine, but the bulk of it goes on behind the scenes, relatively unnoticed by the public. Fosters Daily Democrat is just one paper that gives these projects and news the coverage they deserve. Three cheers for Fasters, and I hope they can continue with their efforts in these days of closing newspapers.

As I gear up for the coming year, I’ve decided to do my column on a weekly basis which will give me more time to get around and visit. Writing as much as I do consumes a lot of time, so I really need to begin concentrating on various projects, and some of these projects will be terminated. However, I’m still here, and things will progress. If you have some news you’d like to share, enter it into the comments or email it to me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com and I’ll consider including it. Also, if you have a link to place on the links page, or an event for the events page, please feel free to email the information to me at the same address.

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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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Maine Historical Society Fundraising Drive

The Maine Historical Society is nearing the end of this year’s fund raising cycle. If you’ve thought about joining this fine organization, or maybe giving a gift or donation, now’s the time to do it. Click on the links below to visit them and support them in their efforts to preserve Maine’s heritage and history!

This was circulated today, thought you all might be interested……

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Help us Reach new Heights.  Give MHS a Boost!
 
Maine Historical Society’s fundraising year is quickly coming to a close September 30th  

We need your support!

Simply put, every gift counts and helps make it possible for MHS to continue its work of making history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable for all. 

In the current economic environment, your support is even more important so that funding for acquiring new treasures, digitizing collections, designing educational programs and other critical initiatives continue at the same level.

Visit www.mainehistory.org/support to join the MHS commitment, whether as a member or by donating to our Annual Fund. 

Please know that gifts at all levels make a difference and are so appreciated by all of us here at MHS.  If you’ve already given a gift to our 2008-2009 Annual Fund or renewed your membership this year, thank you in advance for your support and best wishes for a great fall!

 

To Join: Please Visit us on-line at www.mainehistory.org/membership/signup or call (207) 774-1822

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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

Hey Everybody!

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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History Headlines for 24 June 2009

Lobster and lighthouses for less in Portland, Maine

USA Today -The Longfellow House –www.mainehistory.org is where famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in downtown Portland in the early 19th century. 

Shopping at Maine’s historic mills

Examiner.com – The mill’s history of textile and shoe manufacturing is shared at Museum LA, a new attraction that preserves the industrial and cultural heritage of 

America’s past on YouTube

San Francisco Chronicle – That was, in its way, better than the story of migrants who made their way from Maine to Michigan in search of work, only to discover that people in their 

Saco Museum Celebrates Decade Of Collecting With Summer Exhibition

Antiques and Arts Weekly – Connecting Maine’s coast to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Saco River carves a pathway for trade and tourism, as well as art and ideas. 

State launches effort to boost woods tourism

Bangor Daily News -AUGUSTA, Maine — In many ways, the effort launched at the State House on Thursday to encourage tourism in the Maine woods is going back to the 

All things Acadian to converge on St. John Valley June 25-28

Bangor Daily News – Thousands are expected to converge on this northern Maine border town June 25-28 to celebrate and honor all things Acadian from historical re-enactments to 

Travels to Ogunquit, Lewiston, Portland

MaineToday.com – The Maine Historical Society on Congress Street, Portland. This refurbished trio of buildings consists of the Longfellow House, a research and archives 

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/elink/?264027

JULIANA L’HEUREUX / LES FRANCO AMERICAINS: Close to Home: Regiment will re-create history at La Kermesse 

Strong celebrates Pierpole Days 
STRONG — The town will host its annual Pierpole Days Festival with a parade, barbeque, and DJ on Friday, June 26. The event is a celebration of Strong’s heritage and its Native American Indian settlers. According town history, Pierpole and his wife Hannah were two of the early residents of Strong, known as Middletown, inthe late 1700s.  Find out more…

Portland

The Maine Historical Society will hold a grand opening celebration on from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 489 Congress St. Campus tours will be offered, and the dedication of the library as the Alida Carroll and John Marshall Brown Library will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. All events are free. For more information, call 774-1822 or visit www.mainehistory.org.

PEAKS ISLAND

“First Lady of the Arctic,” an illustrated talk about Josephine Peary, the Arctic explorer, author and wife of Adm. Robert Peary, will be presented by Patricia Pierce Erikson at 7:30 p.m. July 1 at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave. The cost is $5 per person, free for children under 10. For more information, call 766-3330.

RAYMOND

Strawberry Festival features shortcake and bit of history The annual Strawberry Festival at the historic Nathaniel Hawthorne House on Cape Road will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Strawberry shortcake will be featured, and John Manoush will give a short talk about life in the early 1800s, when Nathaniel Hawthorne was a child living in Raymond. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 8 and under.

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Maine History News

Articles and news…

Maine man’s story reflects horror of war, honor of sacrifice

Bangor Daily News – According to the US Navy Historical Center, some units in the first wave of assaults on Omaha Beach suffered casualty rates of up to 90 percent. 

Living history

LEBANON — Fred Hall was in the second wave of soldiers to storm Omaha Beach at Normandy. Florien St. Arnault was in the fourth wave. It was D-Day, June 6, 1944…

Weird, Wicked Weird: Murders most foul

SunJournal.com – And not the rarity in Maine you might think. “It was unbelievable how many,” said Emeric Spooner, a Bucksport librarian and amateur investigator with a 

Conversion and restoration proposal for Gehring property goes 

Bethel Citizen – He said members of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission office have toured the house and will provide advice on preservation. 

20th Maine victorious once again

Kennebec Journal –  Living History Center, that battle was to be simulated in a sprawling field by 170 Civil War re-enactors portraying the 20th and 3rd Maine regiments and 

Musketry, history, humor
LIVERMORE – On July 2, 1863, Union Army Col. Joshua Chamberlain’s 20th Maine defeated the Confederate Army’s 15th Alabama on Little Round Top south of Gettysburg, Penn…. 

Theo Johnsen, Early Pioneer of Skiing, Exhibition at the Ski 

Ski Channel – In 2003 Johnsen was inducted into the inaugural class of the Main Ski Hall of Fame, part of the the Ski Museum of Maine. Currently the museum is presenting 

Acadia National Park to be free for 3 summer weekends

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Entrance fees will be waived at Acadia National Park three weekends this summer as part of the National Park Service’s effort to encourage more Americans to visit national …

Tour of city secrets sold out

BIDDEFORD — For those who have wondered what lies within the walls of some of the city’s oldest buildings, and the history behind them, the secrets will be revealed this Saturday.

Couple restoring Daniel Stone Inn

BRUNSWICK — After sitting dormant all winter following a foreclosure, the Captain Daniel Stone Inn on Water Street is the site of renewed life in recent weeks as new owners Kim and John Verreault undertake a summer-long renovation designed to restore the inn, restaurant and meeting facility to its historic grandeur….

The man who saved Littlefield School

WEST BATH — Frank Roberts is the first to admit that there were others who did more heavy lifting during the initial push to save West Bath’s historic Littlefield School.

Landmark Steeple On Its Way Home

“How much does this treasured landmark really mean to the town?” was the question posed in the March 30 Lincoln County News editorial. The year was 1978, and the landmark in question was Damariscotta’s First Baptist Church Clock Tower and Steeple.

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Events and happenings…

KITTERY, Maine — The June 9 meeting of the Kittery Historical and Naval Society will feature private investigator Tom Hawthorne of Durham, N.H., as its guest speaker. Hawthorne will outline his work and dispel some of the beliefs people might have about his profession. The Kittery Historical and Naval Society meets at the Lions Club Building, State Road, 7 p. m. The public is invited to attend. For further information contact 207-439-3080 or 207-439-1332.

ROCHESTER N.H.— On Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. the Rochester Historical Society will celebrate “Memories of Rochester Shoe Manufacturing” at the museum on Hanson Street. Slides will be followed by an opportunity for people to informally share memories, information, pictures and mementos of Rochester’s shoe industry. Admission is free and refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information, please call the Rochester Historical Society at 330-3099.

Mace Carter talk at Boothbay Region Historical Society

Avis Carter Gebert of Woodstock, New York will read from her recently published book, “The Carters of Woolwich, Maine,” on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Boothbay Region Historical Society. Her talk, at the society museum, 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, is open to the public, no admission charge…

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Maine History News

Here’s another listing of history news related items…. If you have an event or some news to share please email to dlsoucy@dlsoucypublisher.com.

Civil War battles to be re-enacted
LIVERMORE – Forget about the iPod, the BlackBerry and computers. They haven’t been invented because the year is 1864 at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center.

Descendants of Meriwether Lewis Launch Solve the Mystery Web Site Source: Press Release–http://www.solvethemystery.org/ (6-4-09)

HOHENWALD, Tenn.—Collateral descendants of Meriwether Lewis have unveiled a Web site as part of their campaign to exhume and examine the American explorer’s remains in hopes of determining conclusively how he died. The Web site, www.SolvetheMystery.org, explains the Lewis family’s more than decade-long quest to gain federal permission for the exhumation as well as a Christian reburial. Since Lewis’ death in 1809, speculation has churned about whether he committed suicide or was killed…

With bigger budget Gettysburg filling slots and revving up Source: Evening Sun (5-27-09)

With a budget that rarely saw increases from year to year, Gettysburg park officials struggled for years to keep up with a backlog of necessary maintenance projects.

In August 2006, Pratt told USA Today that time and a tight budget were taking a toll on the battlefield’s historic structures and monuments.

“You start to look around, and there’s work everywhere that needs to be done. We just don’t have the money or people to do those things,” Pratt said at the time. “It’s a red flag that we’re getting behind, and it appears to be getting worse.”

But since 2006 – the year Pratt recently described as the park’s “low” point in terms of funding shortages and backlogged projects – Gettysburg National Military Park’s operating budget has increased by $1,651,000.

That includes $935,155 in the 2008 budget specifically for repair and rehabilitation – up from only $35,570 in 2006.


 

U.S. Deep-Sea Explorers Could Loose Shipwreck Treasure to Spain Source: AP (6-4-09)

Florida deep-sea explorers who raised an estimated $500 million treasure from the 200-year-old wreck of a Spanish galleon should give all the loot back to Spain, a federal magistrate judge said.

But the two-year tug-of-war over the 17 tons of silver coins and other artifacts from what is believed to be the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes y las Animas is likely far from over.

Odyssey Marine Exploration said it will oppose Wednesday’s written recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo, which will be considered by another federal judge who will issue an order later.

 

Conversion and restoration proposal for Gehring property goes  He said members of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission office have toured the house and will provide advice on preservation. 

Downtown Conference in Rockland to Highlight Preservation Efforts
Maine’s downtown areas, especially the smaller ones, are being challenged by the economic downturn. But the Maine Development Foundation’s Kristen Cady says 

Program focus on downtown revitalization
 National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, MDC will announce the communities selected for the new sister program to Main Street, the Maine 

Conversion and restoration proposal for Gehring property goes  He said members of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission office have toured the house and will provide advice on preservation

 

 

 

Upcoming events…

Acton-Shapleigh Historical Society;

19th – QUILTING, Threads of History at 6:30 p.m.

27th – 2nd Annual Craft Fair 

 

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Maine History News for 19 May 2009

Conference on ‘Loyalism’ to Explore Counterrevolutionary Patriotism

May 19, 2009
Contact: Betsy Arntzen, (207) 581-4225

ORONO — The public is invited to an international conference, “Loyalism and the Revolutionary Atlantic World,” June 4-7 at the University of Maine and in Castine.

Organized by the UMaine Canadian-American Center and the Department of History, the conference has attracted dozens of scholars from the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia to present research and explore critical aspects of the American Revolution. 

The conference will examine the role of perhaps the most understudied Revolutionary topic among historians in the United States: Loyalists — those who opposed the Patriot movement. It also will introduce an “Atlantic” perspective, which will help move analysis of the American Revolution beyond its familiar nationalistic boundaries into a larger trans-national region of influence and significance, according to co-organizers Liam Riordan, associate professor of history and authority on early America and its political, religious and ethnic makeup, and Stephen Hornsby, Canadian-American Center director.

A $75 fee covers meal and coffee break expenses. Conference organizers can assist with local accommodations for travelers.

The conference will take place at Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall, on the UMaine campus, and on June 6 at the Castine Historical Society. Castine was a prominent British military site and loyalist refuge on Penobscot Bay.

Conference sponsors include Canadian American Center, the Maine Humanities Council, the UMaine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of New Brunswick, the Castine Historical Society and the Maine Historical Society.

Additional details, including schedule, presentation locations, and information about accommodations, can be found on the Canadian-American Center Web site, or by calling Betsy Arntzen at the center at (207) 581-4225. The conference is free to UMaine faculty, staff and students; advance registration by May 31 is requested.

 

Maine State Museum celebrates Wabanaki creativity

Bangor Daily News 

The exhibit “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costumes” will open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Maine State Museum in Augusta, according to co-curator Bruce Bourque, chief archaeologist and curator of ethnology at the museum. Admission will be free all that day.

Special curator-led tours will be given 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, call 287-2301 or visitwww.mainestatemuseum.com.

 

Shettleworth to tout Townsend photographs

VillageSoup Belfast – May 17, 2009

Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. will give a slide talk presentation “The Photographs and Postcards of Charles A. Townsend,” at the Belfast Historical Society program meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

 

Economy puts lighthouse museum in jeopardy

NECN – May 18, 2009

But without help from the public, the lights may go out for good at the nation’s largest lighthousemuseumMaine’s lighthouse museum reminds visitors that 

FREE ADMISSION ON OPENING DAY AT TATE HOUSE MUSEUM,

MaineToday.com

PORTLAND, MAINE – Opening day at the Tate House Museum in Portland is Wednesday June 17th with free house and garden tours from 10AM to 4PM. 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 12pm
A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812

 
 

James Ellis, Author 

 
 

Join us to explore the role that Maine and New England played in the War of 1812, the subject of Ellis’s new book.  His book, based on extensive research from Machias to Mystic, including at the MHS library, presents a largely untold story of the travails and triumphs of common people in the region during the Second War of Independence.

 
 

Ellis’s talk will pay particular attention to events in Maine, including the capitulation of Eastport and eastern Maine, the pillaging of Hampden and Bangor, the mobilizations at Wiscasset, Bath, and Portland, and the epic sea fight between the Enterprise and the Boxer

 
 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Event Information
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009,  12:00 pm – 1:00 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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Maine History News for 18 April 2009

Grant boosts Museum L-A work

By Scott Taylor , Staff Writer
Monday, May 18, 2009 05:00 am

LEWISTON – A federal environmental cleanup grant targeting the old Camden Yarn Mill, near Simard-Payne Park, will let the Museum L-A move forward with renovation plans.

The museum will get a $200,000 brownfields cleanup grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers. That money will pay to remove lead from the building, asbestos from the basement furnace and clean up some oil-contaminated dirt on the property.

 

Also from the Sun Jornal;

BATH: Ongoing exhibits “A Maritime History of Maine,” “Lobstering and the Maine Coast” and “Percy and Small Shipyard” are continuous; and “NetWorth: The Rise and Fall of Maine’s Fin Fisheries” will be featured through Nov. 29, all at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St. Gallery hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except major holidays. 443-1316

 

BRUNSWICK: “Pejepscot Past Times: Objects from the Original Collection” is ongoing at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and until 8 p.m. Thursday. 729-6606

 

BRUNSWICK: “Northward Over the Great Ice: Robert E. Peary and the Quest for the North Pole” is continuous through April 30, 2011 at Bowdoin College Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free 725-3416

 

YARMOUTH: “Yarmouth at the Turn of the Century” is ongoing at Yarmouth Historical Society, Main Street. Gallery hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 846-6259

 

3 years of work completes newest version of walking tour

Kennebec Journal 

BY SUSAN M. COVER HISTORY ALIVE: Describing a history of images he researched for the Museum in the Streets, Hallowell historian Sam Webber provides a 

 

Water works: Gundalow back in business, delivers 40 rain barrels

Foster’s Daily Democrat 

Besides picking up rain barrels they bought, members of the public could tour the gundalow and learn more about the area’s history

 

Fishing nets on display help bring history alive at new exhibit

Working Waterfront 

Morse is the extension associate for the Maine Sea Grant program. “I don’t remember any kind of other display like that being at another museum. 

 

The Maine Lighthouse Museum needs your help to stay open! Check out the links, and then contact the Museum to see how you can help. Our heritage depends upon your generosity and support…Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum Here

 

A Rockland Museum Fighting to Keep Its Doors Open

WABI 

by Meghan Hayward · May 14th 2009 · See more Local News A museum in Rockland that offers more thanhistory on lighthouses is fighting to remain open. 

 

Rockland Museum Faces Closure

WCSH-TV 

ROCKLAND (NEWS CENTER)–The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland may have to close if more financial help isn’t found in a hurry. The museum got its start in 

 

Maine Lighthouse Museum may have to close

WBZ 

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland says rising costs and lagging donations have led to financial problems that may force it to 

 

Maine Lighthouse Museum dims lights to save money

knox.VillageSoup.com 

By Shlomit Auciello ROCKLAND (May 13): The Maine Lighthouse Museum is reaching out to the community to help stave off financial trouble. 

 

Lights Could Go Out At Maine Lighthouse Museum

MaineToday.com 

America’s largest lighthouse museum, The Maine Lighthouse Museum, in Rockland, Maine, is in financial trouble and may have to close its doors unless 

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