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  • 11 Sep 2019 9:47 AM | Anonymous member

    TIME:

    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

    LOCATION:

    Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium, Bowdoin College

    The Grizzlies is a 2018 Canadian sports drama film, directed by Miranda de Pencier. Based on a true story, the film depicts a youth lacrosse team that was set up to help combat an epidemic of youth suicide in the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

    The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. In October 2018, de Pencier won the Directors Guild of Canada award for Best Direction in a Feature Film. The film was theatrically released in Canada on April 19, 2019 by Mongrel Media.

    This performance is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.



  • 04 Sep 2019 11:48 AM | Anonymous member

    Born in Bethel in 1835, Thomas Holt was active as an architect in Central and Western Maine from 1859 to 1870. In 1865 he designed the Portland and Kennebec Railroad Station in Augusta, which burned while under construction in the city's Great Fire that year. Between 1871 and 1876, Holt served as Chief Engineer of the Maine Central Railroad, designing railroad buildings and bridges as well as conducting surveys for new rail lines. In 1876, he moved to California, where he pursued careers in architecture, railroading, mining, and lumbering. He died in 1889 from pneumonia contracted in a blizzard in Nevada. 

    Our KHS September speaker, a native of Portland, Maine, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art.  At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961.  In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976.  He retired from that position in 2015.  Mr. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture and served as State Historian since 2004.

    The Kennebec Historical Society September Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church located at 726 Western Avenue in Manchester.  The program will be preceded at 4:30pm by a potluck supper and at 6pm by the society’s annual meeting and election of officers and directors. For details about the potluck supper, please contact Anne Cough, either by email at acough60@aol.com or by phone at 582-2823.


  • 02 Sep 2019 8:03 PM | Anonymous member

    On Thursday, September 19th the Tate House Museum welcomes Dr Richard Kahn as he presents “Stroudwater’s own Dr. Jeremiah Barker (1752-1835)”, the last of the Tate House Summer Lecture Series. Dr Barker was a Revolutionary War veteran and lived at 1168 Westbrook Street just down the road from the Tate House where he practiced medicine.

    Dr. Kahn’s book is titled History of Diseases in the District of Maine 1772-1820: The Unpublished work of a Rural Physician in New England and is due to be published later this year. The lecture will be an overview and will focus on the contents of his book.

    The lecture takes place in the Means House parlor, across the street from the Tate House Museum 1267 Westbrook St. Portland, ME. Admission is $15 and $12 for members and volunteers. Seating for the lecture is limited, so please call the museum at 207-774-6177 for reservations.


  • 28 Aug 2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous member

    DATE:

    November 13, 2019

    TIME:

    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

    LOCATION:

    Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom, Bowdoin College

    ORGANIZATION:

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Studies Center

    Joel Clement is a senior fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative, a senior fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a former Federal executive and whistleblower.

    Free and open to the public

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.


  • 28 Aug 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous member

    DATE:

    September 25, 2019

    TIME:

    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

    LOCATION:

    Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom, Bowdoin College

    ORGANIZATION:

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Studies Center

    John Banks, Director of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Nation, will share his perspectives on the Tribe’s long history of stewardship of the Nation’s territorial land and waters.

    Free and open to the public

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.


  • 28 Aug 2019 1:47 PM | Anonymous member

    DATE:

    September 11, 2019

    TIME:

    7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

    LOCATION:

    David Saul Smith Union, Jack Magee's Pub, Bowdoin College

    ORGANIZATION:

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Studies Center

    Legendary Inuit singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher will perform northern folk rock.

    Willie Thrasher is an Inuk singer-songwriter from Aklavik, Northwest Territories. At five, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture. In the mid-1960s, he drummed for the Cordells, one of the first Inuit rock bands. One evening, a stranger recommended that the group tap into their Aboriginal roots instead of the charts for inspiration. This prompted Thrasher to write songs about his life, people, and the environment (as heard on 1981’s Spirit Child LP, CBC). Thrasher currently performs with his partner Linda Saddleback and is featured on Light in the Attic Records’ Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985. He is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound.

    This performance is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome.

    Sponsored by: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center. Made possible by a gift from Rebecca J. Rowe ’97, and is part the Arctic Museum's Environmental and Social Justice Lecture Series.

  • 28 Aug 2019 10:47 AM | Anonymous member

    Matthew Alexander Henson: First African-American at the North Pole

    Matthew Henson Photo Exhibit – August 27, 2019-December 31, 2019

    Matthew Henson spent years exploring the Arctic with Robert E. Peary and in 1909 he was the only other American to stand with Peary at the North Pole. Henson was excluded from receiving the many honors showered on Peary and the other white members of the expedition. Only near the end of his life did Henson received recognition for his remarkable career as an Arctic explorer. This exhibit is in conjunction with the AF/AM/50 celebrations.

    Matthew Henson, Matt to his friends, was born in Maryland in 1866, the son of free-born sharecroppers. Orphaned at age seven or eight he lived briefly with his uncle in Washington, D.C. before running away to sea when he was eleven.  He traveled the world as a cabin boy and seaman for eight years before returning to Washington. There, in 1887, while working at a haberdashery, he met Robert E. Peary, who was preparing for a survey expedition to Nicaragua. Peary hired Henson as a valet for that trip, the beginning of a long working relationship between the two men.

    Museum Hours:

    Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00a–5:00p

    Sunday: 2:00p–5:00p

    Closed: Mondays and national holidays

    The museum is located in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College and admission is FREE.

  • 26 Aug 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous member

    A reliable drinking source, liquid sustenance and promoter of sociability, beer and ale played an important role in colonial New England society. Archaeologists know this through the thousand of artifacts related to ale and tavern culture that litter our sites. What was the difference between a beer and an ale? Why did the Mayflower end its voyage when it ran out of beer? Why would anyone brew ale with molasses, sassafras and wormwood? Join us as we answer these questions and explore history on tap.

    On Saturday, September 14, the Tate House Museum and Mast Landing Brewing Co in Westbrook present an afternoon of education and entertainment surrounding beer in the 18th and 19th century. The event starts with a beer centered tour of the Tate House Museum. Follow that up with a tasting of 4 beers at Mast Landing Brewing Company and a talk by Dr. Emerson "Tad" Baker, Professor of History, Salem State University.

    The event begins at 3 PM with a tour of the Tate House Museum, followed by the brewery portion of the program beginning at 4:30. There are 2 types of tickets you can purchase, at 2 different price points.

    $35 (or $30 for THM members) Full Event - Museum & Brewery– includes a beer-focused tour of the Tate House, a complimentary THM pint glass & an 18th century beer recipe for you to try at home. Immediately afterward, at Mast Landing Brewing Co., enjoy a tasting of 4 of their delicious brews, an interesting presentation by Dr. Baker.

    $25 Partial Event - Brewery Only - you may purchase a ticket for just the portion of the event which takes place at the brewery (no house tour, no pint glass and no recipe).

    This event is a fundraiser for the Tate House Museum in the Historic Stroudwater District of Portland. FMI go to www.tatehouse.org and click on events or call the museum at 774-6177.



  • 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
    http://www.vfthomas.com.

    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 www.cantonmehistory.com

    If you would like more information about this event, please email cantonmehistorical@gmail.com.

  • 05 Jul 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Portland__ On Thursday, July 18 the Tate House Museum will host noted author, Patricia Q Wall, in the 3rd of it’s Summer Guest Lectures at the Means House in Portland. The title of Mrs Wall’s lecture is “Still Hidden Everywhere: Enslaved Blacks in the Massachusetts Province of Maine”. She is the author of Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine and several children’s books which focused on slavery and the lives of blacks in Maine. For over 48 years she has been involved with colonial history through professional museum work, research, teaching and writing.

    Based on nearly six years of research, Mrs. Wall’s findings refute the old myth of slavery’s scarcity in this region in the 17th and 18th centuries, and point to the significant impact of the labor and skills of enslaved Africans, Native Americans and people of mixed heritage on the economic development of some of Maine’s earliest coastal towns.


    Lectures take place starting at 6:30 PM in the Means House, across the street from the Tate House. Admission is $15 and $12 for members and volunteers. Seating is limited, so please call the Museum at 207-774-6177 for reservations.


    FMI:

    Contact

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland ME 04102

    207-774-6177

    info@tatehouse.org



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