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  • 11 Mar 2019 2:32 PM | Anonymous member

    Augusta, ME. — Imagine living in a century-old lightkeeper’s house on the coast of Maine. It sounds like a fantasy, but for Tom and Lee Ann Szelog, dream became reality when they settled into the keeper’s quarters at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. Join the Szelog’s to experience what it’s like to live in an authentic and operating lighthouse on the Maine coast on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library.  In a narrated photography presentation based on the Szelog’s book, Our Point of View – Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, witness the ever changing tide of emotion and drama through compelling stories and extraordinary photographs. Published by Down East Books, Our Point of View has been honored as one of the Best Photo Books by Shutterbug magazine and was the winner of Best Maine-Themed Book in the Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association. The book also is a Gold Medal winner from the Independent Publishers Association.

    The Szelog’s home was remote by most people’s standards, yet relatively accessible for a lighthouse station. Sometimes they had only wildlife and passing boats for company, but not for long, because the spell of the lighthouse drew pilgrims in all seasons. People came to rest, to play, to marry, to meditate, and to celebrate – all within view of the keeper’s house and the lenses of Tom’s camera.

    Thomas Mark Szelog has spent his entire life observing, writing and/or photographing wildlife. He has been a full-time professional photographer for 40 years, specializing in photographing wildlife, nature, and landscapes. He has earned the reputation and is often described as “one of Maine’s most renowned wildlife photographers,” and is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography. Lee Ann is the President of Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations on communication, attitude, and human relations. As passionate wildlife advocates, they also work collaboratively, sharing their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to educate and inspire people about the important role our natural world plays in our lives. Their most recent book, By a Maine River explores the natural beauty found in their own backyard. 

    The Kennebec Historical Society March Presentation is co-sponsored by the Maine State Library and free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library located at 230 State Street in Augusta.  


  • 12 Feb 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous member

    John Christie Heritage Classic

    FREE ADMISSION!

    Formerly know as the Heritage Classic Auction, this newly named and organized event will include a Silent Auction from noon to 4:45, an exciting Historical/Entertainment program on "Early Sugarloaf Nightlife" followed by a Live Auction at 5:30. There are many great items to bid on from 2 night - all-inclusive stay at Sugarloaf to many Gift Cards to local establishments! A great event to support our mission - to celebrate, preserve and share the history and heritage of Maine skiing.

  • 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 | Anonymous member

    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: www.nedcc.org/prestr

    NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
    Andover, MA   
    www.nedcc.org/prestr
    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 psdm061364@gmail.com

    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  www.lincolncountyhistory.org 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.

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  • 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. 

    Agenda:

    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 elizabeth.bischof@maine.edu

  • 16 Jan 2019 1:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Special NEDCC Workshop on Preservation of Photographs  – Andover, MA   

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    Two-day, In-person Workshop:  

    IDENTIFICATION AND CARE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS: Daguerreotypes to Inkjet Prints     

    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.        

    COMPLETE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: www.nedcc.org/prestr19  

    Presented by:
    NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
    Andover, MA
    www.nedcc.org

  • 11 Jan 2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous member

    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 museumla.org 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.


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