Researching Maine Small Towns and Postal History

13 Aug 2019 8:32 PM | Anonymous member

CANTON—The Canton Historical Society is hosting a talk on Researching Canton and Postal History on Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m., in its building at 25 Turner Street.  The speaker will be Tom Vining.

Mr. Vining will talk about the extensive research he has done on the history of Canton and other small Maine towns, specifically their cemeteries, deeds, genealogy, monuments, etc.  He will also discuss his process for investigating postal history.

Thomas “Tom” F. Vining is a former seasonal interpretive ranger at Acadia National Park with a degree in botany from the University of Maine in Orono.  He compiled and edited “Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the Towns of Mount Desert Island: A Record of Names and Dates on Gravestones in Cemeteries of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont,” (2000), and co-authored with nature-writer Ruth Gortner Grierson “Living on the Edge: A Guide to Tide Pool Animals, Seaweeds, and Seaside Plants” (2018).
His cultural and natural history research is accessible at

This event is free of admission and open to the public.  The venue is handicap accessible.  Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Canton Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canton’s heritage and history. Visit

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