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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
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Walking in the steps of Lincoln
The North Berwick Historical Society will perform a play marking the president’s 200th birthday.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Alfred Shaker Museum:
Shaker Knit Hat using Shaker Yarn with instructor Barbara Carlson
Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Register: Barbara Carlson 207-490-1646
Maine Historical Society invites you to…
Thursday, September 24
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:email@example.com (207) 865-2047