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A week of Shipwrecks

The anniversary of the wreck of the Titanic was this past Tuesday, April 10, and there has been no lack of interest on this subject. TV specials were all over the place, as well as movies, interviews of researchers, lectures and more could be found all across the state. There were events held in many of Maine’s historical societies, from the mother ship on down.

The picture to the left of the Titanic is from The Loss of the SS Titanic, by Lawrence Beesley, published in 1912. You can download the book by clicking onto the title.

I have a few headlines to share today, as well as a MHS event and an excellent article on selling your collections by Harry Rinker. A link to the story can be found at the end of the blurb. Enjoy, and don’t forget to remember our service men and women on Monday, which is also Patriots Day.

Shipwrecks highlighted during next Belfast Historical Society meeting
Johansen is the publisher of Maine Coastal News, a monthly publication dedicated to covering the waterfront of the state of Maine. He has a lifelong interest in shipwrecks and maritime history. Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to

Stow Historical Society Chowd’a Fest April 14
First Annual Stow Historical Society Chowd’a Fest will be held Saturday, April 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm snow or shine at Saco Valley Fire Station (Route 113 in North Fryeburg). A challenge has been extended to the Cold River Valley and

‘Field School’ allows study of archaeological dig
Students, teachers and history buffs interested in archaeology have an opportunity this summer to join a field school led by archaeologist Neill De Paoli and sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society

A child’s account of the Titanic retold in Portland
Author and St. Joseph’s College Professor of Education Karen Marks Lemke speaks about the ill-fated Titanic at the Maine Historical Society on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The ship sank 100 years ago this week…

New book upcoming on Isles of Shoals
An upcoming book about the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire and Maine coasts traces 6000 years of history at one of the tiny islands. Author and historian J. Dennis Robinson says 250000 artifacts were unearthed on rocky Smuttynose

Maine Historical Society

Thursday, April 19, 7pm

The Civil War of 1812

Speaker: Dr. Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis

This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a formative event in both Maine and U.S. history and the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor’s new book. Join us to learn more! This program is part of the Richard D’Abate Lectures: Conversations About History, Art, and Literature. Series details.

To see a full list of upcoming programs, please click here.

Rinker on Collectibles: Advice on Selling a Collection
When starting a collection, it’s all fun and games and the thrill of the hunt, locating that missing or surprising treasure that will no doubt be the group’s centerpiece. But at some point, when the collection becomes more of a hindrance than a hobby, a decision will be made to sell it off. When selling any collections, especially if assembled after 1980, there are several truths a seller has to face, says Worthologist Harry Rinker. Unfortunately, all have a “bad news” aspect and run counter to what the collector believes deep in his/her heart. Harry has some advice for those who decide to go through with the sale. Does it apply to you and your collection? Read “Rinker on Collectibles: Advice on Selling a Collection”

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Fort Williams to be Unearthed?

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes
In the 1840s and 1850s, Scandinavian settlers brought to the United States the tradition of making an assortment of delicious Christmas cookies using open fireplaces and cast iron implements. Over time, cultures blended into America’s melting pot and traditions became diluted, but these fascinating cookie-making tools can still be found, hidden among the Dutch ovens, skillets and other cast iron miscellany on tables at outdoor flea markets. The items, resembling small branding irons (with screw-on “brands”), are used to make rosettes, a favorite Nordic Christmas treat. Check out Worthologist Liz Holderman’s primer on these vintage kitchen implements, as well as a traditional recipe for those interested in trying to make them. Read “Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes”

History buried at Fort Williams Park


The park’s charitable foundation plans to explore the possibility of uncovering a buried gun battery.

CAPE ELIZABETH – Large interpretive signs help explain Battery Blair to visitors at the town’s Fort Williams ParkJoe Edgar says much more interesting things are under those visitors’ feet. Edgar is a director of the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation, which has raised more than $36,000 for an engineering study to determine whether a buried section of the gun battery — which includes the ammunition magazines, plotting rooms, and space for tool storage, generators and latrines — can stand the stress of being uncovered.

“Spend Christmas in Jail!”

The Ellsworth Historical Society will again be having their annual open house and “Old Fashioned Christmas” with free admission to the museum on December 3, 11:00-3:00 at the home of the Society” The Old Hancock County Jail”, 40 State Street Ellsworth next to the Ellsworth Library.

The 1886 home of the Sherriff will decorated for the holidays with hot mulled cider and cookies. Guests will be welcome to tour the 1886 home of the Hancock County Sherriff’s of the past and see how they spent their day-to-day lives and tending the prisoners in the jail. Guests will also be allowed to tour the Sherriff’s office and the cellblock of so many of our notorious Ellsworth prisoners!

A special exhibit will also be on display “A Soldiers Christmas” that will display military items from the archives of the society as well as items on loan. One very special exhibit we will have this year is a recent donation to the society of a 12 lb British Canon Ball that was shot at a Ellsworth Barn on the Union River believed from the Revolutionary War period. So many Ellsworth boys were not home for the holidays so we felt it was important to show our support and remember the soldiers of Ellsworth at this special time of year.

The society continues its goal of preserving the artifacts of Ellsworth History and as always needs your support. Donations are welcome and may be sent to The Ellsworth Historical Society PO Box 355 Ellsworth, Me 04605. If you have items to donate or any questions, please contact Terri Weed Cormier at 667-8235 or Linda Grindle at 667-5716. The society is currently looking for glass locking display cabinets to display items securely, if you have one to donate please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all at the Open House for some cider and cookies and lots of reminiscing about Ellsworth’s past.

Museums of Old York

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

December

3rd Join us this Saturday for A Christmas Tea at Jefferds Tavern.

As a part of the annual Festival of Lights celebration in York Village, Museums of Old York hosts a favorite holiday tradition at historic Jefferds Tavern from noon until 4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3. This yuletide fest, managed by volunteer Michele LaBranche, offers traditional Victorian-style holiday cheer to the whole family. Candlelight, a cozy fire, shining silver, delicate teacups and holiday greens set the stage in the Tavern. But the desserts are really the highlight of the afternoon!

Created by local bakers and talented volunteers, this year’s menue of tasty treats includeds: Apple Crisp, Harvest Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Almond Pie, Lemon Pie, Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie, and Indian Pudding. Enjoy the ambiance, company of friends and delicious desserts as you warm yourself by the fire. The last sitting will be at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and includes a choice of two desserts and tea. No charge for children under age 5 and no reservation required.

14th Candle Dipping and Holiday Decor. Without electricity how did people light their homes at night? With candles of course! Dip your own candles for when the power goes out this winter or as a centerpiece for a holiday dinner. Create colorful curled candles, string cranberries and make a decoration for your window or Christmas tree. 3-5 p.m. at The Parsons Center. Registration required, ages 8 and up, $10 ($8 members).

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Bringing in the Swedes

30th Anniversary Celebration, New Sweden, 1900

The settlement of the Swedish colony in Aroostook County in the 1870s is a remarkable story. Political leaders, spurred by the Homestead Act and led by W.W. Thomas, actively recruited Swedish immigrants to northern Maine, both to encourage economic development and to secure the northern border with Canada. By the 1890s, nearly 1,500 Swedish immigrants had settled in Aroostook County and established a vibrant community that remains strong to this day.

View the exhibit from Maine History Online for an overview. To explore the story further, visit the website a local team from New Sweden developed through the Maine Community Heritage Project.

TRAVELIN’ MAINE(RS): Head to New Gloucester and have yourself a Merry Shaker
Kennebec Journal
Shaker Village includes a store with many interesting products, a fascinating museum, a craft store with locally made crafts from lamps to baskets to cheese balls, a farm with sheep and goats and several historical buildings

Farmington Historical Society to sell wreaths
Lewiston Sun Journal
Along with a parade and other activities, the Titcomb House Museum is open from 9:30 am to 3 pm All proceeds support the Farmington Historical Society’s mission of preserving Farmington’s history and maintenance of the Titcomb House and North Church

Schooner Bowdoin’s Untold Story Subject of Upcoming Castine Exhibit
The Maritime Executive (press release)
The untold story of Maine Maritime Academy’s (MMA) historic schooner Bowdoin will be illuminated in an upcoming exhibit at the Castine Historical Society scheduled for the summer of 2012. The exhibit, entitled “Schooner Bowdoin on the Greenland Patrol”

Leeds Historical Society views Harry Cochrane Murals
Lewiston Sun Journal
LEEDS — Members of the Leeds Historical Society met recently at the old Methodist Church on Quaker Ridge with artisan Tony Castro from New Gloucester. Castro has worked for more than 25 years in the field of decorative painting, and some of Maine’s…

Maine fish passage restoration effort get $92K grant
The Republic
Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says the $92505 grant is going to the Nobleboro Historical Society. Through the years, the towns have undertaken several

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Glass ‘Houses’ in Thomaston

Glass ‘Houses’ in Thomaston Christopher Glass, author of “Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses,” will be the featured speaker at the Thomaston Historical Society’s program Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. The evening will begin with…

Blueberry pancake breakfast to be held in Ellsworth The Blue Hill Historical Society will host a tour of historic Gettysburg Oct. 17-21 with departure locations in Bangor and Portland. The deposit deadline is Aug. 15 and the final payment deadline is Sept. 12…

Discovery of 2 books reveals Strong history The society recently received a grant from the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net) that will allow the Strong team to purchase a high-quality scanner, computer and archiving materials. The Maine Memory Network was…

Strong groups awarded grant for history project The Strong Historical Society, the Strong Public Library, the High Peaks Alliance, and Strong School have partnered to begin a local history project, funded by a grant recently awarded by the Maine Memory Network…

History symposium scheduled for Aug. 4 in Machias Earl Shettleworth, of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will be the keynote speaker at the History Symposium being sponsored by the Machias Historical Society. The theme of the symposium will be “Historic Preservation is Alice and Well in…

Author to sign mystery novel at Blueberry Festival Wilton author Barbara Schestopol Craig will sign copies of her book, “The Wilding House,” on Friday and Saturday at the Wilton Historical Society during the Blueberry Festival. Wilton author Barbara Schestopol Craig will…

Wrapping Your Mind around Wicker Furniture Everybody knows what wicker is, right? It’s that woven stuff that’s painted white. It may even be that stuff used in some chair seats. Or is that cane? Or rush, or reed? It turns out, Worthologist Fred Taylor explains, the word wicker in furniture terms actually refers to a process rather than a product. Follow along as Fred weaves the story of the evolution of wicker furniture, from ancient Egypt to the late Victorian period of the 1880s and 1890s to today. Read”Wrapping Your Mind around Wicker Furniture”

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Maine Historical Society

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Online Exhibit:

Practical Nursing in Waterville

This exhibit was created by staff at Kennebec Vally Community College, one of Maine Memory Network’s 210+ Contributing Partners.

Thousands of nurses were trained at the Maine School of Practical Nursing in Waterville from the 1950s through the 1980s. Read the story.

MHS News

September 1 Deadline for

Maine Memory Network Grants

Does your community have a story to share? Or a historical collection it would like to provide better access to? MHS is accepting proposals to help YOUR community share its history through Maine Memory Network:

  • Digitization grants (up to $750) are provided to help organizations and local teams use Maine Memory to digitize, catalog, and manage their collections online.
  • Online exhibit grants (up to $1250) are provided to help organizations and local teams share historical stories online. Topics might reflect any aspect of your town’s past, and range from the history of local businesses and industries to the community’s experience during a national event (e.g. the Civil War).

Encourage your favorite local organization to apply! Grants are accompanied by extensive training and support designed to help communities complete their projects and develop a broad range of skills. Detailed information.

From the Collections

MHS Online Catalog and Maine Memory Network recently updated!

If you are looking for a historical object from our collection, or want to browse through Maine artifacts, you can visit our online catalog PastPerfect. We recently added nearly 500 records and over 1,200 images to the catalog, which now contains almost 32,000 searchable records and 23,500 images for museum objects, photographs, manuscript letters, architectural drawings, and newspapers.

Newly added highlights: CMP collection objects, additional images from the Portland Press Herald glass plate negative collection, panoramic photographs, and additional Fogg collection autograph letters, including examples from artist Paul Akers and naturalist Louis Agassiz.

Additions to Maine Memory Network happen every day and we are now featuring 20,155 records! Contributors such as the L.C. Bates Museum and the Dyer Library Archives/ Saco Museum have been busy this summer adding new photos.

You can see what’s new to MMN and even subscribe to an RSS feed for new images and exhibits!

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Museums of Old York

Programs for adults

Thursday, August 4
Author Talk with David Remington at Remick Barn.
We are very pleased to offer an evening with David Remington, who will speak on his recently published book, Ashbel P. Fitch, Champion of Old New York. This biography of his great-grandfather provides a rare glimpse into the gilded age of New York City’s political world. Free for Members of Old York. $5 for nonmembers. Remick Barn, 7 p.m. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Saturday, August 6
Indian Encampment.
Well-known re-enactor, Ken Hamilton, presents a 17th-18th-century Indian Encampment during the day in front of the Remick Barn and Jefferds Tavern. This is a not-to-be-missed event with exciting activities for all age groups. Donations are appreciated. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Thursday, August 11
“History Challenge!” Game Show.
Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game who. Answer questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Call 207-363-4974 or email rbowen@oldyork.org to register your team. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

Through Saturday August 13
Emerson House — 2011 Decorator Show House.
Our fundraiser continues with tours on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. The house is closed to visitors on Tuesdays. Tickets are $20 at the door. We also have just a few tickets remaining for our final luncheon and designer discussion on August 10 at The York Harbor Reading Room. Tickets are $55 and include lunch, lecture and a full show house tour. To purchase tickets, please call (207) 363-4974. Visit our website for updates on the show house and other special events.

Sunday, August 14
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.

Monday, August 15
2011 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium & Exhibit Opening. The Revitalization of Jefferds Tavern and Grand Opening of the Exhibit — Rebecca Bush, Tess Kahn, Lisa Hartung, and Emily Shafer; Report on Library and Archives Project — Jessica Frankenfield, Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine, 5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m. Reception immediately following. Email development@oldyork.org for more information.

Fun for kids and families

Friday, August 5
Hearth Cooking Demonstration.
Join our Tavern Mistress and the Junior Docent ladies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as they prepare colonial fare, creating a full meal using 18th -century receipts and techniques over the open fire. Watch and help as they prepare everything from fish and chicken to bread, pies and pudding using traditional methods such as Dutch ovens, iron kettles, and the bake oven. Stop in around 3:00 p.m. every Friday in July and August in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn to taste what’s been created. Hearth cooking demonstrations are free with a ticket to at least one of the Museums buildings. Email education@oldyork.org for more information.

Through Thursday, August 25
Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs.
Our summer camp programs for children build on the core curriculum of our school programs and provide children with learning experiences in a fun and supportive environment. Download a brochure and sign-up form for Morning Adventures Summer Camp Programs for Children. Reservations are required for all programs. Programs run 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and cost $23 ($20 members) unless otherwise indicated. For more information email education@oldyork.org or phone (207) 363-4974.

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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. I have made a few concessions to changes of the cover and some images, but the stories are all there. It is now available through your local bookstore and on Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can order it direct by clicking the buy now button above, or following this link: https://historypress.net/indexsecure.php?prodid=9781609493684. You can paste the link into your browsers search window if it does not work by simply clicking it.

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Willowbrook Village Needs Your Help!

Willowbrook Village, a historic Maine gem, may be lost
Its endowment depleted, the museum of 19th century life in Newfield will close if it doesn’t get help.

19th Century Willowbook Village 501(c)(3) from Ameilia Chamberlain on Vimeo.

Civil War re-enactment coming to Otisfield The 1839 meetinghouse on Bell Hill Road will be transformed Sunday into a Civil War encampment for the first time in many years to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Members of Maine’s Company A, 3rd Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry, will be camped out…

Volunteers unearth clues to town’s past Artifacts uncovered in a Freeport archaeological dig help tell the story of one of the community’s earliest residents…

The Value and Importance Of Maintaining Civil War Sites

Posted: 25 Jul 2011 08:54 AM PDT

It is an honor to stand with you on one of our most sacred American landscapes. Here, 150 years ago today, the nation got its first real look at civil war. This is where American democracy began its baptism by fire. Where the grueling four-year journey that shaped a nation, began in earnest. The battle of Manassas dispelled the myth that the war would be a quick affair…Over 620,000 lives. That was the price exacted by the Civil War. But those were only the military deaths. The war’s impact extended much farther than the battlefield….

Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou…

Last supper at Jacques Cartier Club
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, a long table at the Jacques Cartier Club was brimming with baked beans of several varieties, hot dogs, bread, coleslaw and casseroles galore. More than 100 waited to eat, for $6 apiece, a meal that included dessert and beverage. For the last time…

Responding to ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries When conducting an appraisal, Worthologist Harry Rinker says he’s more likely to disappoint than please when providing values, as nearly everyone thinks what he/she owns is worth more than its value on the secondary market. When providing an appraisal value, he looks people straight in the eyes. Their facial expression, especially the eyes, is an excellent indicator of their unhappiness if they feel the value is too low. And then follows the question asking how can it be worth so little? “But, it’s (fill in the blank).” Click through to see how Harry answers this stock query. Read “Responding to ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries”

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From the Museums of Old York:

Programs for adults

Thursday, August 4
Author Talk with David Remington at Remick Barn. We are very pleased to offer an evening with David Remington, who will speak on his recently published book, Ashbel P. Fitch, Champion of Old New York. This biography of his great-grandfather provides a rare glimpse into the gilded age of New York City’s political world. Free for Members of Old York. $5 for nonmembers. Remick Barn, 7 p.m. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Saturday, August 6
Indian Encampment. Well-known re-enactor, Ken Hamilton, presents a 17th-18th-century Indian Encampment during the day in front of the Remick Barn and Jefferds Tavern. This is a not-to-be-missed event with exciting activities for all age groups. Donations are appreciated. Email rbowen@oldyork.org for more information.

Thursday, August 11
“History Challenge!” Game Show. Test your knowledge of our past. Put together a team of two to four people and register to participate in this fun and challenging “Jeopardy”-style history game who. Answer questions correctly to gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins cash! $5 per person to play, $1 suggested donation to be in the audience. Call 207-363-4974 or email rbowen@oldyork.org to register your team. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York.

Through Saturday August 13
Emerson House — 2011 Decorator Show House. Our fundraiser continues with tours on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. The house is closed to visitors on Tuesdays. Tickets are $20 at the door. We also have just a few tickets remaining for our final luncheon and designer discussion on August 10 at The York Harbor Reading Room. Tickets are $55 and include lunch, lecture and a full show house tour. To purchase tickets, please call (207) 363-4974. Visit our website for updates on the show house and other special events.

Sunday, August 14
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.

Monday, August 15
2011 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium & Exhibit Opening. The Revitalization of Jefferds Tavern and Grand Opening of the Exhibit — Rebecca Bush, Tess Kahn, Lisa Hartung, and Emily Shafer; Report on Library and Archives Project — Jessica Frankenfield, Remick Barn, 3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine, 5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m. Reception immediately following. Email development@oldyork.org for more information.

Save the Date: August 15, 2011
2011 Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium & Exhibit Opening

The Revitalization of Jefferds Tavern and
Grand Opening of the Exhibit

Rebecca Bush, Tess Kahn, Lisa Hartung, and Emily Shafer

Report on Library and Archives Project
Jessica Frankenfield

Remick Barn
3 Lindsay Road, York Village, Maine

Monday, August 15, 2011
5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m.

Reception Immediately Following

RSVP by email or phone: (207)363-4974

Save the Date: August 21, 2011
Annual Meeting to Feature Discussion of Dramatic Changes for Old York
Calling all members! Please join us this year to weigh in on a new vision for your organization! Old York’s board and staff are working on a strategic plan to address the significant changes affecting Old York and historical museums nationwide. Join a lively discussion of where we may go from here to thrive as a vital part of our community.

There will be a recap of highlights of the past year and a financial report. Enjoy refreshments with staff, trustees, and other members.

Museums of Old York Annual Meeting
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 4 p.m., Remick Barn, York
Phone (207) 363-4974 for more information

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From the Maine Historical Society:

Stories from Maine Memory Network

Historic Photograph: Model Train Races, Houlton, ca. 1960

Click the photograph above, contributed to Maine Memory Network

by the Oakfield Historical Society, to learn about the race!

This Week

Tuesday, July 26, 12pm

Screening: Rapid River Races, 1940

Presenter: Zip Kellogg, Author and Paddler

Join us for a special screening and talk. This 17 minute silent color film is a window into canoe and kayak racing equipment and techniques from another era. It documents the 1940 National Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Championships which were held on the Rapid River in western Maine. The film was lost since it was made 70 years ago; Maine paddler Zip Kellogg had been on the lookout for it for 30 years. Only by utter chance and a twist of fate did it turn up! Zip will share this wonderful story of historical serendipity.

National Whitewater Canoe, Royal River, 1940

Next Week

Tuesday, August 2, 12:00pm

Book Talk: Portland’s Greatest Conflagration: The 1866 Fire Disaster

Speakers: Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, Authors

Friday, August 5, 5-8pm

Dressing Up: First Friday Art Walk

Will you come dressed up to “fit in” or “stand out”?

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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

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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 Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can order it direct by clicking the buy now button above, or following this link: https://historypress.net/indexsecure.php?prodid=9781609493684. 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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The Navy in the Civil War

The Navy in the Civil War

Ellsworth Historical Society Meeting

The Ellsworth Historical Society meeting for July 11th, 2011 will be featuring a special guest speaker, Jack F. Battick, PHD, Professor Emeritus,University of Maine, who will be speaking on the topic of the Navy in the Civil War. The meeting will be held at the dining hall of the Meadowview Retirement Complex, 25 Tweedie Lane, at 7:00 pm, Monday evening July 11th.

Meetings of the Ellsworth Historical Society are open to the public and we encourage members and guests to attend this very special talk and remember the anniversary of the Civil War and its everlasting effect on our history.

For further information please contact the Ellsworth Historical Society at ellsworthhistory@yahoo.com or contact President Terri Cormier at 207-667-8235 or Vice President Linda Grindle at 207-667-5716. Membership is 20.00 per year and may be sent to The Ellsworth Historical Society PO Box 355Ellsworth, Me 04605 along with your contact information. Donations are also gratefully appreciated to help preserve our history.

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Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs Goebel Hummel figures—based on the original designs of innocent views of children created by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel—have been popular since the late 1930s. Like most popular items, manufacturers are very quick to latch onto a new product and try and claim a piece of the market share. Original Hummels came flowing into North America after the Second World War, brought home by troops occupying Germany. But according to Worthologist Mike Wilcox, many “Hummel” figures are actually made in Japan. Mike has some tips on how to ID the genuine from the reproductions. Read”Unloved Antiques: Hummel Knockoffs”

Ask an Expert: What Did Abraham Lincoln’s Voice Sound Like? Civil War scholar Harold Holzer helps to decode what spectators heard when the 16th president spoke Read More »

Retired attorney-turned author to discuss early Maine law The author explains how the evolving law in Maine’s early years played out against the backdrop of old rules from the past running up against a society undergoing radical transformation brought on by momentous historical events, including the …

Waterford Historical Society announces events … he is coming to the North Waterford Church to share some of his Maine humor. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and will be available at Books ‘n Things in Norway and the Bridgton Bookstore and through members of the Historical Society…

CJ Pike: Willowbrook, Newfield Historical society to celebrate the Fourth The Newfield Historical Society and 19th Century Willowbrook Museum have an exciting Fourth of July celebration planned with music, firecracker ice cream, a children’s’ parade, and free admission on Monday, July 4. Families are invited to bring a…

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The Nina and the Pinta Arrive in South Portland

History at the helm Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta sailing ships arrive in South Portland, where visitors are welcome to come aboard…

U.S. Mint releases medal marking 9/11 attacks Officials from New York and the United States Mint unveiled the 9/11 National Medal on Monday just three months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The one-ounce silver medal’s heads side features Lady Liberty with the inscription “always remember 2001-2011,” while the reverse side portrays an eagle against the backdrop of cascading water. The medal, which went on sale Monday, is available at an introductory rate of $56.95 through August 18, after which the price will go up to $66.95…

Preserving History At Salem Maritime National Historic Site Creaking on the tides under the weight of its three masts and 55 miles of rigging, the Friendship is a floating reminder of a time when the upstart United States laid a commercial claim to the high seas. From tiny Salem, Massachusetts, up the coast from another Massachusetts seaport that soon would become known as the whaling capital of the world, ships set out to navigate the globe and return home with spices, water buffalo hides, silks, and porcelains.

Tractor festival set for this weekend
A few years ago, Mike Pratt attended a Maine Antique Tractor Club festival and caught a dose of “classic tractor fever.” Since 2000 he’s accumulated nine Cockshutt tractors and a few others. Pratt, now vice president of the club, is ready to talk tractors as…

Still in the dark about Ram Island Ledge Light Nine months after a Windham surgeon bought the property at auction, his plans are still unclear…

Park ranger takes care of stuff postcards don’t show Maine at Work: On the upside, the Fort Williams Park job involves talking with visitors from around the world…

Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts& In Comfort
Now that the outdoor antique and collectible shopping season is in full swing, with dozens of garage sales, flea markets and the very best in outdoor antique shows populating acres of land each weekend, antiquers are flocking to these sales. Michelle Staley, who has been an antique buyer and dealer for more than 30 years, offers some tips and tricks she has picked up over the years that might make your trip to these shows a little more productive and a lot more comfortable… Read “Summer Antique Shopping with Smarts & In Comfort”

Rockland Historical Society receives grant to scan historic photographs The Rockland Historical Society received a $5000 grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to scan and catalog over 2000 historical photographs. The project will take one year. The scans will enable the historical

Corinth celebrates 200th birthday Tuesday’s celebration kicked off with a barbecue chicken dinner prepared by the Corinth Fire Dept. followed by an opening ceremony with Corinth Historical Society quilt presentation, a poem by Donald Clark and speeches by representives for Maine’s…

Priceless map collection on display in Dennysville The entire collection of maps is a reflection of that history, he said. “This historical society is not a musty, dusty collection. History is living.” The maps show what was important to the settlers of two centuries ago, he said — the water…

Beacon calendar June 23 Presentation on history of Mount Waldo Granite Co., by Stephen Haynes, curator of Maine Granite Industry Historical Museum, 7 pm June 23, Frankfort Elementary School Gym. Group discussion follows. Light refreshments available

Surry Historical Society to hold annual meeting The Surry Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 pm Monday, June 27, at the Old Town Hall on Route 172 in Surry. The featured speakers will be residents of Surry with “Local Yokel Yarns.” There will also be a short

From the Maine Historical Society:

Online Exhibit: Great Bangor Floods, Great Student Work

The end of the school year is a perfect moment to celebrate the newest contributions that students have made to Maine Memory Network. This spring, 7th graders at Cohen Middle School in Bangor researched the historic 1902 and 1976 Penobscot River floods. This exhibit shares what they learned, and recognizes the integral role the river plays in the life of the community–for better and for worse. View the exhibit.

Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out:

Adornment & Identity in Maine

June 24, 2011-May 27, 2012

Opening Party: Thursday, June 23, 5-7pm

MHS members are invited to preview and celebrate the opening of our new museum exhibit this Thursday evening, June 23, from 5-7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday.

Dressing Up offers a fascinating look at how Mainers have “dressed up” for a variety of occasions over nearly 300 years. The exhibit features a broad selection of adornments from the MHS collection, many never before displayed, including hats, jewelry, shoes, hair combs, walking sticks, and several complete costumes. Objects are accompanied and illuminated by photographs, paintings, journal entries, and more.

According to exhibit curator Candace Kanes, Dressing Up explores the choices we make to look our best. “Every hat or shoe, buckle or brooch tells a story about who we are, who we want to be, and how we want others to see us. And every social occasion makes its own demands, whether we are trying to fit in or stand out.”

Learn more about Dressing Up.

Coming Soon

Monday, July 4, 12pm

A Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Speaker: Former State Rep. Herb Adams

Learn more.

New Program Added!

Thursday, July 14, 4pm

Illustrated talk at MHS + West End 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.

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Lisbon Historical Society to commemorate Civil War

Local history book launched The Waldoborough Historical Society will host the release and signing of “Citizens Who Heard the Call to Political Service: Waldoboro, Maine 1773-2010,” written by Jean MB Lawrence. Wednesday, June 15 at 6 pm at the society’s museum

Lisbon Historical Society to commemmorate Civil War Charles W. Plummer in the persona of Maine’s Civil War hero General Joshua L. Chamberlain. LISBON FALLS — The Lisbon Historical Society will feature a guest speaker in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at 7 pm Wednesday, June 8

Baked bean supper to benefit Prospect community projects The Belfast Historical Society will display the 1864 Civil War soldiers flag quilt from 4 to 7 pm Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, at the Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. Pam Weeks, quilt historian and curator at the New England Quilt

Arts around the Mid-coast; June 2, 2011 An exhibit, “Diggin’ History — Piecing Together Pettengill Farm’s Past,” runs June 7 through Oct. 7 at the Freeport Historical Society’s Harrington House, 45 Main St. A bit more than one mile from global retailer LL Bean and the commerce

History: Major Horace M. Warren The Wakefield Historical Society upcoming exhibit will memorialize Warren in “South Reading in the War of the Rebellion,” opening on June 5th and continuing throughout the summer. Interested in a follow-up to this article

State Drinking Glasses & Beverages
The states in the union take great pride in their uniqueness and individuality. There are state birds, state colors, state flowers, state trees, state songs, state fish and even state mythical creatures. But who ever knew there were state beverages? Worthologist Liz Holderman, in her latest Dining with Antiques article, introduces a line of glasses made by Hazel-Atlas and hand-decorated by the Gay Fad Studios. And, as an added bonus, she provides recipes to two official state beverages you can try, if you’ve got some moxie. Read”State Drinking Glasses & Beverages”

Conference to focus on downtown revitalization, historic preservation The day will close with Maine Preservation’s annual Honor Awards. Skowhegan’s historic Strand Theater, featuring the announcement of Maine’s newest Main

Maine Conference on Downtowns to Focus on Reuse of Historic Structures Greg Paxton, executive director of Maine Preservation, and Roxanne Eflin of the Maine Downtown Center, took MPBN’s Irwin Gratz for a look at some of the

Juliana L’Heureux: Tribal historian praises book on Maine Indian It’s a modern history that delves into deeper issues, especially the who is Tribal Historic Preservation director in Indian Township, where he lives

Goat Island gets 1950s-era makeover Rachel H. Goldman – “And that part of history floated out to sea. Indian tribes of Maine, Maine Historical Preservation Commission and the town of Kennebunkport.

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Rally for Norlands Civil War Re-enactment

Here are a few headlines and event notes from around the web for you Maine history buffs…

If you have an event or news to share please email me at editor@touringmaineshistory.com.

Antique English Tableware a Practical Collectible From Worthpoint
Are you looking for a line of antiques to begin a collection, but not quite sure where to start? Worthologist Wes Cowan suggests you take a look at British ceramics, which have the added benefit of enhancing your home. Wes introduces creamware, which can be easily found and are often priced for the novice collector. He also provides some tips on establishing a worthwhile and valuable collection. Read “Antique English Tableware a Practical Collectible”

Heritage Preservation Monitors Major Disasters

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, and with flooding and tornadoes affecting much of the Southeast and Midwest, it is important to remember that a disaster can happen at any time. On behalf of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, Heritage Preservation hosted an information gathering conference call in April with cultural and emergency contacts in the states affected by the recent rash of tornadoes and the Mississippi River crest. Heritage Preservation has also distributed a press release to local media outlets in the affected areas with simple object salvage tips for the public.

If a major disaster has occurred in your region, visit the Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s Information on Major DisastersWeb page for valuable contacts and response resources and to report damage to a cultural institution or collection. For a comprehensive list of preparedness resources to use before a disaster strikes, click here.

Headlines;

Alexander cemetery walk honors local civil war soldiers
Bangor Daily News John Dudley of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society discusses the lives of Civil War veterans buried in the town cemetery during a Decoration Day walk Saturday at the cemetery. At his feet are cedar boughs, a traditional Decoration Day sentiment …

Appleton Historical Society to explore best nature sites
knox.VillageSoup.com Admission, as always, is free, and annual AHS dues are only $5. Light refreshments will be served after the evening’s presentation. July 11: Carolyn Brown will speak on Appleton history at Appleton Historical Society’s Union Meeting House. …

Vital vote: Limerick residents will decide if a bank can move the historic …
KeepMEcurrent.com And, Gooch said, one of the benefits of having an historic district is that it draws history buffs and the attention of agencies, like the Maine Development Foundation, which provide support for the preservation of historic buildings. …

Next Maine Event: Step into the early 1800s at Ancient Ones encampment Press Herald -The 200-year-old living history camp re-enactment is not simply to be observed … The Ancient Ones of Maine will assume historical personas at the park and …

LIVERMORE — The Third “Rally for Norlands” Civil War Re-enactment … Lewiston Sun Journal -The event is organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Maine’s oldest living …

Seacoast exhibition explores history of wrecked vessels The Union Leader – White said newspapers from Portsmouth, Dover and Portland, Maine offered harrowing tales of rescues at New Castle. … state-historic-site.aspx.

Events;

CUSHING — Cushing Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. June 9, Hathorn Point Road. “Scrimshaw Techniques, Old and New” with master scrimshander Connie Bellet. Free and open to all.

SEARSPORT — Searsport Historical Society, 7 p.m. June 14, Curtis Hall, Church Street. Mrs. Charlene Knox Farris will speak on Captain Edwin Earle Greenlaw, Rockport native who married into a Searsport family and became one of town’s most notable citizens. Social period, refreshments to follow.

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Stockton Springs Historical Society, 1:30 p.m. June 5, society’s meeting rooms, Colcord House. program, “Stockton Men in the Civil War” with Jack Merrithew of Searsport.

THOMASTON — Thomaston Historical Society, 7 p.m. June 14, Knox Farmhouse and Museum, 80 Knox St. Guest speaker, antiques expert John D. Bottero. Bring one item for appraisal. Free and open to all.

WARREN — Warren Historical Society member Dick Ferren speaking about vintage wooden items in society’s collection, 7 p.m. June 7, Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. Refreshments. Bring wooden items for discussion, clarification or identification. 273-2726.

From the Maine Historical Society;

Online Exhibit: A Day for Remembering

America’s Memorial Day holiday has its roots in the post-Civil War era when survivors decorated the graves of those who had died in the war. Images of parades suggest the ways in which Maine communities have remembered veterans. Images of gravestones are reminders of the deceased’s contributions to life. The holiday is one that requires looking back to reflect on the ways in which past events and people have brought us to the present. View exhibit here.

Friday, June 3, 5-8pm

First Friday Art Walk at MHS: Celebrating the Longfellow Garden

Join Portland’s vibrant arts community during First Friday Art Walk. Mingle with friends, enjoy refreshments and music, and come see the current show in the Shettleworth Gallery, Images of the Longfellow Garden (May 6-June 30). This exhibit showcases historical images that document the evolution of the garden through the years. Then stroll through and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Longfellow Garden. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 9am-12:30pm

MHS Annual Meeting: Looking (Back) at Television

Join us to conduct the official business of MHS. The annual meeting includes awards, the welcoming of new Trustees, and a talk by Fred Thompson, former head of the Maine Broadcasting System (1983-98), on the early days of television in Maine. Event registration required. Details.

Saturday, June 4, 1-3:30 pm

The Dave Astor Show Reunion

Featuring Dave Astor with Tony Boffa, Steve Romanoff, and Fred Thompson

Join us to remember and celebrate one of Maine’s best-loved homegrown television shows, The Dave Astor Show (For Teenagers Only). Spread the word, and bring your friends and memories! Details.

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Antique Appraisals & the Civil War in the News

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Appraisals
Appraisers are often asked questions about how the appraisal process works and whether an appraisal is even needed. Worthologist Liz Holderman rounds up the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and gives some quick and easy answers, including how an appraiser knows what your collection is worth, why appraisers need to know why you want an appraisal, whether your baseball-card collection is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy and how the Internet changed the value of collectibles. See if your questions are answered here, and if not, ask away in the comments section. Liz will be glad to reply.Read “Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Appraisals”

Who fired first Civil War shot? A dispute in Fla.

A raid 150 years ago by Confederate sympathizers on a Union fort at what is now Pensacola Naval Air Station was likely little more than an ill-planned and drunken misadventure, perhaps ended by one soldier’s warning shot — and a blank one, at that. But don’t tell Pensacola residents that the Jan. 8, 1861, skirmish meant nothing — the event is the stuff of legend in this military town. Some even claim the clash was the Civil War’s first, three months before the battle on April 12, 1861, at South Carolina’s Fort Sumter, which is widely recognized as the start of the war. Dale Cox, the unofficial historian for the Florida Panhandle chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, wrote on his blog that he considers the Pensacola shot the first of the Civil War, saying in an interview that it marked the first time federal troops fired toward Confederate agitators….

How We’ve Commemorated the Civil War

Take a look back at how Americans have remembered the civil war during significant anniversaries of the past… Read More »
also read;
The Civil War at 150 »

Poll: 4 in 10 Southerners Still Side With Confederacy

A century and a half after the opening shots of the U.S. Civil War, nearly four in 10 Southerners say they still sympathize with the Confederacy. That’s according to a new CNN poll released on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, when Union soldiers raised a U.S. flag over Fort Sumter in South Carolina and the opening shots of the war rang out. The poll’s results reveal that the war that divided the nation for four years still divides American public opinion today. In the South, 38 percent of respondents said they sympathize with the Confederacy, which lost the bloody war. More than 600,000 American soldiers on both sides were killed. Overall, the number from all geographic areas who said they still side with the South is less than a quarter….

How Civil War Photography Changed War

Civil War photographers completely changed popular perceptions of modern warfare. We’ve all seen photographs of the Civil War: black-and-white images of bearded Union generals or mustachioed Confederate colonels posing to one side of the camera, dead bodies stacked on the battlefield or common soldiers around a camp tent. Looking back 150 years to the start of the Civil War this month, what impact did photography have on the war? On the people who lived during the time? What do these images tell us today about the soldiers and their families?

Historic Structures at Fort Davis National Historic Site Threatened by Major Wildfires

We’ve grown accustomed to media coverage of property threatened by raging wildfires in California, but… West Texas? Large fires that raced across the high desert last weekend caused major damage in the small town of Fort Davis. Thus far, the key historic structures at Fort Davis National Historic Site have escaped, but it’s been a close call, and fires continue to burn in the vicinity. Fort Davis National Historic Site preserves perhaps the best example of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest, and the rugged terrain adds to the fort’s appeal for modern-day visitors. That terrain, combined with severe drought and fierce winds, contributed to some of the worst fires in Texas history in recent days. Last weekend, the Rock House Fire burned over 108,000 acres in the region, including more than 106 acres of pinion-juniper, brush and grass in the higher elevation area of Fort Davis National Historic Site. The area affected is on the west side of the park, and includes land just acquired by the NPS in January….

Artifacts And Archives From Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Heading South For Safekeeping

Sometime this summer a truck, or trucks, loaded with artifacts and papers at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, will slowly pull away from the monument and set out on a 20-or-so-hour drive south. When the truck, or trucks, pull into the National Park Service’s Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tucscon, Arizona, workers will unload roughly 150,000 artifacts and archives tied in some fashion to the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry’s darkest days in June 1876…

Reenactments Highlight Fort Sumter Battle Anniversary Commemoration

One hundred and fifty years ago this Tuesday, April 12, the first salvos of the Civil War were launched when Confederate forces began a 34-hour bombardment that ended with the surrender of Fort Sumter. “The firing upon that fort will inaugurate a civil war greater than any the world has yet seen,” declared Robert Toombs, Confederate secretary of state, not long before the conflict began. Despite the lack of fatalities (except for two that a surrender ceremony accident produced), the siege on the Union fort on Charleston Harbor in South Carolina commenced

4 ways we’re still fighting the Civil War

He stood 5-foot-8 and weighed 145 pounds. His face was gaunt and sunburned. Ticks, fleas and lice covered his body. Before battle, his lips would quiver and his body went numb. When the shooting started, some of his comrades burst into maniacal laughter. Others bit the throat and ears of their enemy. And some were shattered by shells so powerful that tufts of their hair stuck to rocks and trees. Take a tour of a Civil War battlefield today, and it’s difficult to connect the terrifying experience of an average Civil War soldier — described above from various historical accounts — with the tranquil historic sites where we now snap pictures today. But you don’t have to tour a battlefield to understand the Civil War. Look at today’s headlines. As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of its deadliest war this week, some historians say we’re still fighting over some of the same issues that fueled the Civil War.

Maine’s historic churches presentation May 4

Union Historical Society will present a program on “Maine’s Historic Churches” on Wednesday May 4 at 7:30 pm in the Old Town House, Town House Road, Union. Christi A. Mitchell, architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation …

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