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  • 08 Feb 2019 2:06 PM | Anonymous member

    For over one hundred years, Camp Keyes has been known as the headquarters for the Maine National Guard in Augusta. But how did that site on the hill come to be chosen? Who is it named for? Who trained there, and why? Come listen as Captain Jonathan Bratten (historian for the Maine National Guard) answers those questions and describes the role that Camp Keyes has played in five different conflicts and for generations of Maine soldiers and airmen.

    Our February speaker, Captain Jonathan Bratten is the Command Historian for the Maine National Guard. In this capacity, he has produced multiple articles on the history of Maine's soldiers, appearing in such publications as “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “Army History,” “On Point,” and “Army Magazine.” He has also appeared in the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Americans Underground: Secret Cities of World War I” and served as a historian in France for the Army’s World War I Centennial commemorations. Additionally, Captain Bratten is the commander of the 251st Engineer Company and a veteran of Afghanistan. He and his wife live in Portland, Maine.

    The Kennebec Historical Society February Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church, located at 726 Western Avenue in Manchester.

  • 31 Jan 2019 3:40 PM | Deleted user

    February 25 & 26,2019
    New Hampshire Historical Society
    Concord, NH

    Presented by NEDCC, this two-day in-person workshop provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program. The course covers preservation policies, environmental and storage conditions, care and handling of collections materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and program assessment. The instructors will discuss realistic approaches to preservation at small and medium sized organizations, and small group work will encourage participants to discuss their own preservation goals together. 

    The program is a beginner to intermediate workshop intended for staff and volunteers at historical societies, libraries with local history collections, town clerk's offices, and other organizations that care for collections.

    For complete information on this and other training programs to help you care for your collections:

    NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
    Andover, MA
    Conservation | Digitization | Audio Preservation | Assessments | Training 

  • 31 Jan 2019 2:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Lincoln County Historical Association

    Contact: Bill Danielson

    207-607-2301 or

    For immediate release

    Michael Dekker to Speak on “Resistance and Reprisal: The Scots-Irish of Midcoast Maine During the French and Indian War”

    Wiscasset, Maine, January 31, 2019. 

    The second presentation of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s 2019 Winter Lecture Series will commence at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 10th, in the Communications (“911”) Building behind the Lincoln County Court House in Wiscasset. Author, teacher, historian and reenactor Michael Dekker will discuss Scots-Irish involvement in our region during the French and Indian War of 1754-1763. During the conflict, Scots-Irish residents of the mid-coast prosecuted a war against their native neighbors while simultaneously defying the government of Massachusetts and its representatives living in their midst.

    An avid student of early American history and material culture, Michael Dekker presents educational programs for historical societies, museums, historic sites, schools and the public. Mike is author of the book “The French and Indian Wars in Maine”, and is a former trustee on the Lincoln County Historical Association and a member of the Boothbay Region Historical Society.

    The Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization providing stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.  For more information, please visit our website at or on Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association Maine.

    The public is encouraged to attend the Winter Series Lectures and enjoy their warm conviviality.

    Coffee and pastries will be served. Suggested donation is $5.00.


  • 25 Jan 2019 9:55 AM | Anonymous member

    The Lincoln County Historical Association launches its 2019 Winter Lecture Series at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3rd, in the Communications (“911”) Building behind the Lincoln County Court House in Wiscasset. Artist and photographer Doreen Conboy will give a visual tour of decorative wall treatments such as stenciling, mural painting, trompe l’oeil and grain painting used in early 19th century Maine. Ms. Conboy’s presentation highlights her 18 years of research and photography on the subject.

    Coffee and pastries will be served. Suggested donation is $5.00.

  • 24 Jan 2019 4:28 PM | Anonymous member

    You are invited to participate in the upcoming Maine Photography Collections Digital Curation Summit. To be held at the University of Southern Maine, Glickman Family Library, University Events Room (7th floor), on Friday, March 1st, 2019, from 9am to 2pm.  

    Sponsored by the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Historical Society and the Penobscot Marine Museum.  

    Is your organization struggling with best practices for archiving, digitizing, preserving, and/or making your photography collections available to the public? Do you have advice on grants appropriate to this work? Has your organization recently digitized and/or made accessible a new collection of photographic materials? Do you have upcoming exhibitions you would like to share or promote?  Join archivists, curators, librarians, digitization professionals, directors, and other interested parties for a day of lightning talks, networking, and roundtable discussions about these topics and more! 

    Please RSVP here.  

    There is no cost to attend the summit, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    The summit is funded by a grant from the Maine Economic Improvement fund. Attendees may park in USM's Bedford Street parking garage free of charge. 


    Check in and breakfast: 9-9:30am

    Welcome and Introductions: 9:30am-9:45am

    Lightning Talks: 9:45am-11:45am

    Lunch: 11:45am-12:45pm

    Topic Based Roundtable Discussions: 12:45pm-1:45pm

    Closing Remarks/Next Steps: 1:45pm-2pm

    We hope you can join us!

    Libby Bischof (USM), Jamie Rice (MHS), Kevin Johnson (PMM) and Matt Wheeler (PMM)

    Questions? Contact Libby Bischof at

  • 16 Jan 2019 1:13 PM | Deleted user

    Special NEDCC Workshop on Preservation of Photographs  – Andover, MA   


    Two-day, In-person Workshop:  


    DATE: March 14 and 15, 2019      

    LOCATION: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA      

    The two-day workshop is a beginner to intermediate program intended for individuals who want to learn how to care for photographic materials including curators, collection managers, exhibit preparations, catalogers, archivists , photographers, and collectors.        

    This hands-on workshop offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of photographic materials, including their identification, deterioration, and care. Participants will learn how to recognize various photographic processes ranging from daguerreotypes to inkjet prints. Preservation problems associated with specific processes will also be studied. The workshop will address storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines, enclosures, and proper care and handling. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs for examination and discussion.        


    Presented by:
    NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
    Andover, MA

  • 11 Jan 2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    6:00 - 7:30 pm

    Museum L-A

    35 Canal Street

    Lewiston, ME 04240

    You're invited to Museum L-A's upcoming exhibit featuring Edward Little High School students who will share about their experience with curating, designing, and installing in Museum L-A’s gallery space. The exhibit--focusing on the history of music in the local community--is titled “Nights at the PAL Hop: How Music Can Change History”. Please join us at Museum L-A's Gallery to show your support of the hard work done by the ELHS students and to find out about the history of music in L-A!

    Visit for more information!

  • 18 Dec 2018 11:49 AM | Anonymous member

    A Tale of Three Privies looks at the archaeological excavation of privies on three diverse sites, an 18th-century fort, a 19th-century farmstead, and a 19th-century urban house.  From the large quantity of nearly complete artifacts from these privies, a picture of the lifestyles of the sites’ occupants can be developed along with an understanding of the material culture of the time.  We can also determine when these privies were filled in and even speculate as to why they were filled. 

    Our speaker, Leon (Lee) Cranmer, is an historical archaeologist who retired in August 2010 from the staff of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  He has a BS from Stockton University, and a BA in anthropology and MA in history/historical archaeology from the University of Maine.  Lee has worked in archaeology in Maine for over 35 years and has conducted archaeology for the state of Maine for well over 25 years.  Prior to that he spent two seasons in England doing archaeology.  He has written one book and numerous articles on Maine historical archaeology and is currently working on another book on Fort Halifax, a French and Indian War period fort in Winslow, Maine.  He has excavated hundreds of Maine sites for which he has written or co-authored site reports.  Prior to his archaeology career, Lee spent 7 years in the Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.  He lives in Somerville, Maine, with his wife Liz.

    The Kennebec Historical Society January Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  The presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church, located at 726 Western Avenue in Manchester.

  • 23 Nov 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous member

    The Kennebec Historical Society will host a Victorian Tea Party at its headquarters, 107 Winthrop Street in Augusta.  Please come and join us as we celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, December 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and if the weather does not cooperate, we’ll host the tea party the following Sunday, December 16 at the same time.  

    There will be a variety of goodies to sample including cookies, snacks, coffee and of course tea!  Enjoy the festive decorations and holiday musical selections by Christopher Faris.  Anyone interested in decorating, serving or who would like to bring in some tasty treats are asked to contact Anne Cough, either by email at or by phone at 582-2823.  Hope to see you there!

  • 17 Nov 2018 11:35 AM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum Hosts A Colonial Christmas

    Portland, Maine – Stroudwater’s historic Tate House Museum is hosting a Colonial Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, from noon until 4:00 pm. Come and see how an affluent mast agent’s family may have celebrated the holidays in the 18th century.

    Docents donned in period attire will greet visitors as they make their way from room to room in the 1755 home of Captain George Tate and his wife Mary. They will explain the prevailing traditions and customs of the time, including: Why did the Tates celebrate Christmas while many of their neighbors did not? How did decorations differ from those of today? What types of food and drink would be served? What kind of games and gifts might the children have enjoyed? What types of leisure activities did the adults pursue during the winter months? What was the music of the mid 18th century like? And be prepared to be delighted by a very special surprise or two along the way, as well.

    Delectable sweet and savory treats will also be served across the street at the Means House. So please join us for the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Colonial Christmas at the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 to 16 and free for children under 12.

    Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or on the day of the event.

    For more information contact:

    Betty Janus

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04012


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