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  • 12 Dec 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ending this very busy year is our annual Home for the Holidays Reception and House Tour. This year the chosen home is located at 7 Hyler Street. This textbook style Queen Anne Victorian house was built in 1890 by Thomaston sea captain Edwin S. Smalley, Master Mariner of ship Manuel Liaguno and owned by family members for the next 87 years. Interesting features include a bold and unconventional color scheme – a trait of the period – along with a Victorian period porch, round tower and decorative gables.

    A wine reception with live music, both live and silent auctions will kick off the event at 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 11th. On Saturday, December 12th from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. the house will be available for tours and the silent auction will still be available. The house will be decorated for the holidays in the style appropriate for the time period in which the house was built.

             To make reservations for the Friday gala, please call 354-7029. Reservations are not needed for the Saturday event.  

     For more information please call Eve Anderson at 354-8835 or contact her via e-mail at

  • 18 Nov 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, on November 18, at 7;00 p.m.  the Rumford Historical Society will feature Chuck Halsey, Wildlife Biologist from Maine's Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.  He will discuss the history of the demise and recovery of the wild turkey.  Program to be held in the Auditorium of the Rumford Town Hall.

    Rumford Historical Society

    231 Eaton Hill Rd., Rumford, ME


  • 07 Nov 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Saturday, November 7, 5 PM

    Annual Potluck Supper Meeting: "Bar Mills WWI Memorial Bridge" ...presented by history buff and past BHHS president, Brenton Hill 

    One of only three continuous truss bridges in Maine, it is scheduled for replacement in 2015-16. Important historically and in design, both in Maine and nationally, the Bar Mills Memorial bridge was built to commemorate Buxton and Hollis veterans and their contributions in WWI (2014 to 2018), the greatest war of the first quarter of the twentieth century. Over 5000 people attended its dedication. This program takes us through the three Bar Mills bridges from 1824 to date and will cover the consultants' report to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. It includes many rare photos and maps and was completed with significant contributions by your historical society. You won't want to miss this informative program! To reserve your seat please contact Bertie Ramsdell 929-4529. Suggested donations: $10, Seniors $8 *Please note that suggested donations are used to support on-going capital improvements to our new history center building.

    The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society History Center, 100 Main Street (Route 4A), Buxton, Maine.  Website:     E-mail:

    Telephone: 929-1684  Open through October: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon.

  • 24 Oct 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The Tate House Museum is hosting cemetery tours of the 18th Century Stroudwater Burying Ground on Saturday, October 17th and 24th from noon to 4PM, on the hour, with the last tour starting at 3PM.  The picturesque cemetery, located along the Stroudwater River, is the final resting place for many prominent members of the proud Stroudwater community.Museum volunteer “specters” will portray some of the cemetery’s more celebrated residents, telling their colorful historical tales – some quite tragic, and some with a dash of soap opera to them.  George and Mary Tate are ready to tell their stories, along with the first woman in Maine to have the flags lowered to half staff upon her death, and many more.  Please join the Tate House Museum for an afternoon of spirited fun, entertainment, and education.

    Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 and under.  Tickets and fall bake sale treats will be available in the gift shop, 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME.  Proceeds help support the preservation of the Tate House.

    The Tate House, built in 1755, was the home of Captain George Tate, senior mast agent to the British Royal Navy.  The Tate House, a National Historic Landmark, stands as a physical reminder of the economic importance of the colonial mast trade and its role in the American Revolution.

    For More Information Contact the Tate House at 774-6177 or email

  • 21 Oct 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Rumford Town Hall Auditorium, a round-table discussion of the old ferries and bridges which have been a part of the region's transportation history will be held by the Rumford Historical Society.  Eight residents from Hanover to Dixfield areas will facilitate the discussion.  Map for discussion will be provided, courtesy of the Androscoggin Watershed Council.

    Rumford Historical Society

    231 Eaton Hill Rd., Rumford, ME


  • 20 Oct 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member

    As part of the Maine State Archives' celebration of American Archives Month, 

    guest speaker Dr. Tom McCord will give a free presentation on October 20th at 5:30p.m. in Augusta

    Dr. Tom McCord will give a presentation on Maine’s highway system at the Maine State Archives on Oct. 20, highlighting how the Archives’ holdings helped him in his research.

    “Detours and Details: Unearthing the History of Maine Highways at the Archives and Elsewhere” will be presented to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Maine State Archives in the Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta. The event is part of the Maine State Archives’ celebration of American Archives Month, an effort to spread the word about the resources and role of the bureau.

    McCord teaches history at the University of Maine at Augusta, where his courses include “History of Maine” and “The United States Since World War II.” A longtime editor at the Bangor Daily News, he earned his doctorate in American history from the University of Maine in 2013. His primary research has been on urban renewal in Maine, with emphasis on redevelopment of downtown Bangor, reuse of the former Dow Air Force Base and housing reform.

    In addition to this special event, the Maine State Archives will also be marking American Archives Month with these offerings:

    •  During October, the Research Room will be open every Tuesday evening until 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    •  Public tours of the Maine State Archives, including areas not normally accessible to the public, will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. To reserve your spot on a tour, please call or email (626-8404) with your full name and phone number. Reservations will be made on a first-come/first-served basis and the tours will be capped at 20 participants. No large groups, please.

    The Maine State Archives is a bureau of the Department of the Secretary of State. Visit  or our Facebook page,   for more information and updates about our plans for Archives Month this October.  

    Contact info: Maine State Archives, Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta, ME 04333, 207-287-5794,

  • 18 Oct 2015 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    37th Annual Ste-Agathe Historical Society Breakfast
    Sunday, October 18, 2015
    Wisdom High School Cafeteria
    St. Agatha, Maine
    7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • 13 Oct 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, October 13 at 7 P.M., the Thomaston Historical Society will present an illustrated talk by Ellen Dyer titled Early Maine Gravestones. Her talk will include the evolution of grave markers over the centuries as well as featuring some classic historic monuments in our Village Cemetery. The program will be given at the Thomaston Historical Society’s Museum at 80 Knox Street.

     For more information please call Eve Anderson at 354-8835 or contact her via e-mail at

  • 13 Oct 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tuesday, October 13, 7 PM: "Architectural Salvage" ...with Alice Dunn, owner of Portland Architectural Salvage

    Many of our area's historic buildings are in danger of demolition, even though the tide is turning nationally towards rehabilitating and re-purposing. As with the train station in Portland, it may be too late for some of our National Register eligible rural treasures. Alice will discuss how elements of demolished structures are often re-used. We have asked her to discuss the challenges and advantages of re-purposing and to comment particularly on the old Odd Fellows Hall in West Buxton, which she purchased to save from demolition a few years ago.

    The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society History Center, 100 Main Street (Route 4A), Buxton, Maine.  Website:     E-mail:

    Telephone: 929-1684  Open through October: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon.

  • 08 Oct 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The men of Deer Isle have been famous for their maritime skills for well over a hundred years.  In 1895 and 1899 the America’s Cup was won by all-Deer Isle crews, the first and last time in history a single town supplied an entire crew for the race.  At Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 pm, anthropologist William Haviland will discuss why the men of Deer Isle developed such an excellent reputation and were sought after as crewmen especially for the big steam yachts of the early 20th century.  Haviland’s book on the subject, Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea which he wrote with Deer Isle native Barbara (Greenlaw) Britton, was published this year.  Admission is free. 

    William Haviland is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Vermont.  Growing up he spent summers on Deer Isle and is now a full-time resident.  He is on the boards of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. 

    Floating Palaces: America's Queens of the Sea is part of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Boat Talk Series.  The talk will take place onThursday, October 8, 7:00 pm, at Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. Admission is free.

    About Penobscot Marine Museum
    Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine.  Eight of its twelve exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  Check the website for daily activities and events. The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.orgor call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

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