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LCHA MUSEUMS

November 2016

LCHA Annual Meeting November 19th 5-7 PM at the home of Richard Litz and Jorge Pena, Wiscasset
Parking is available at Wiscasset Elementary School, across the street.

August 2016

Lincoln County Historical Association will present Summer with the Past, a week-long children’s program at the 1811 Old Jail the week of August 8 – 12. Click here for more information on this program.

LCHA Membership Party at the Pownalborough Court House Saturday August 27 from 5-7 PM
Come join our party in thIs amazing three-storey Court House and on the broad lawn surrounding it! Visit our period garden and the Revoluntionary War era cemetary. Walk on the path by the Kennebec River and watch the eagles fly to their nest. If you came early, you could even hike the beautiful trails across Rte 128 from the driveway. IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER, COME TO THE PARTY AND JOIN US!

July 2016

Dresden Summerfest at the Pownalborough Court House: Sunday July 10 10-3.
Dresden's Annual SummerFest  is Sunday, July 10 at the Pownalborough Court House on Cedar Grove Road. This low key community event will offer: music for the whole family, children's games,  local crafts for sale, and exhibits by community organizations, a barbeque prepared by the Volunteers of the Dresden Fire Department, and a great chance to relax on a summer day on the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River  with new and old friends. For more information, contact Pat Theriault  at 737-8771, or Peter Walsh at 737-2807

Louise Miller, LCHA Educator: Summer with the Past at the Pownalborough Court House July 18-22(This program will be repeated August 18-22 at the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset.)Summer with the Past programs, conducted by Louise Miller, are open to children age 8, 9, and 10. Each week-long session will be held at a different historic site where the participants will be introduced to its unique history. Activities include: constructing a journal an introduction to historical navigational tools shopping for goods using the bartering system art projects and games relating to the period In addition, to support summer reading, each child will choose an historical theme book to borrow for the week for reading at home. During the two session that run until 3 PM additional activities will focus specifically on the history of the site.

Yard Sale to Benefit Chapman Hall House: Saturday July 23 from 9 AM - 1:00 PM.
Located in Damariscotta, the 1754 Chapman-Hall House sits at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. To reach the sale, travel past the house and down Church Street to the corner of Elm Street where a wide variety of treasures await inspection. Proceeds from the sale will help preserve the structure, which has stood at the head of Main street for over 260 years, making it the oldest existing home in Damariscotta. The sale will include a variety of antiques as well as vintage treasures and even new items. The committee is still collecting donations, so if you are cleaning out your attic or cellar and have something to add, please call Natalie House at 563-8441.

" Kermess" at the Foye-Sortwell Farm - Lobster Bake and Steel Drum Band July 24 5-8 PM
For information on this exciting LCHA event, click here.

JUNE 2016

Three Traditions: Presentations of Three Colonial Skills at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta: Saturday June 11 from 10-4 and Sunday June 12 from 12-4

Three Traditions opens the Chapman-Hall House for the season. This special program offers insights into the Native American culture, navigation instruments of the Colonial era, and the role of the Colonial militiaman, will be presented both Saturday and Sunday. Dressed in mid 18th century costumes, living history professionals will share with visitors a look at life in Colonial Maine from the daily skills of a Native American family, Seafarers, and Settlers.

Between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday, and 12 AM and 3 PM on Sunday, Historic New England’s Gail Usher, along with her husband Jeff Usher, will present the history and culture of the New England Native Americans; Paul Daiute of Hallowell will talk about the early settlers and their role in the militia; and Jeff Miller of Flintlock Forge in Waldoboro will discuss the navigational tools used by seafarers who called the Mid-Coast home.

This special event is designed to be an ongoing, informal visit, specific times for presentations therefore are not scheduled. Admission to visit with the presenters is free, but donations are appreciated to help support the preservation work at Chapman-Hall House. Tours of the house will be offered, admission charge is $5.

Pownalborough Court House Talk at 2:00 - Earle Shettleworth speaks on Mildred Burrage on Sunday June 12 at 2:00 PM.

Earle Shettleworth, recently retired from his long time leadership of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will talk about Mildred Burrage (1890 – 1983), who was one of Maine's most creative artists. She trained in France, Brittany, Rome and Venice. Her body of work was continually evolving and included a wide range of subjects and substance. Burrage produced historical maps, European landscapes, posters for the U.S. Military, portraits, illustrations for Kenneth Robert's novels, sculpture, and finally abstract mica paintings inspired by Jackson Pollack.

Mr. Shettleworth will share his knowledge of Mildred Burrage and her family as he shows color slides of examples from her body of work. Many of these pieces are on exhibit at the Art Gallery at the University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland through June 26. (Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 1-5; Thurs. 1-7.) The exhibit is free of charge.

Mildred and her sister Madeline moved to Wiscasset in 1946. Here they carried on their art. They also became leaders in Maine's historic preservation efforts. In 1954 Mildred founded Lincoln County Historical Association. It is fitting that this lecture will be delivered in the Court Room dedicated to Mildred's memory within a building that she saved for LCHA and for future generations.

Yard Sale on Lawn at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset: Saturday June 18 from 8 AM -2 PM

Come one, come all to our annual lawn sale for bargains galore!

Jeff Miller: Blacksmithing Demonstration at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta: Saturday June 18 from 10-4 PM

Jeff Miller will be working at his 18th century temporary forge, which is modeled on original forges of this type. Forges such as this would be used by a blacksmith when he came into a new area and his permanent shop, which would have a brick or stone forge, was not yet built. During his nearly 40 years at the trade, Mr. Miller has worked as the head blacksmith Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. and Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H. His pieces have been purchased by a number of individuals and museums across the United States and Canada.

Louise Miller, LCHA Educator: Summer with the Past at the Chapman Hall House June 20-24 from 9-12

This program will be repeated July 18-22 at the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden and August 18-22 at the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset.

Summer with the Past programs, conducted by Louise Miller, are open to children age 8, 9, and 10. Each week-long session will be held at a different historic site where the participants will be introduced to its unique history. Activities include: constructing a journal an introduction to historical navigational tools shopping for goods using the bartering system art projects and games relating to the period In addition, to support summer reading, each child will choose an historical theme book to borrow for the week for reading at home. During the two session that run until 3 PM additional activities will focus specifically on the history of the site. Click here for more information

May 2016

May 7: Volunteer inside work day at the Pownalborough Court House 9 AM - 12 PM. All volunteers are welcome.

May 8: plant sale, Chapman Hall House 9 AM -12 PM.
Volunteers will be selling plants on the lawn of the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. A varied assortment of perennials, vegetable seedlings, houseplants and some shrubs and small trees, as well as other garden related items and books will be for sale. Funds generated by the sale will be used for building restoration work.

May 23: VOLUNTEER WORKDAY at the Chapman Hall House from 8 AM.

May 18: Shredding on Site to benefit the Chapman-Hall House Historic Site will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Bath Savings Bank parking lot, next to the Chapman-Hall House located at 270 Main Street, Damariscotta.

May 23: VOLUNTEER WORKDAY at the Museum and Old Jail from 9 AM - 12 PM.

Co-sponsored by Bath Savings Bank, this event offers everyone the opportunity to clear out papers, documents, ancient bank statements, and the like, and have them shredded professionally. Shredding on Site is a safe and convenient way to dispose of old records. Bring your bags, boxes, or by the truck load, papers are shredded quickly. Members of the Chapman-Hall Stewardship Committee will assist you. Fees are not charged, however contributions to Chapman-Hall House are most welcome! The Chapman-Hall House is one of three historic sites under the care of the Lincoln County Historical Association. The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information about the Lincoln County Historical Association visit www. lincolncountyhistory.org.

May 30: Memorial Day Observance at the Pownalborough Court House 11 AM.
This is the 62nd Memorial Day Observance at the Pownalborough Court House. The service begins at 11:00 AM with a program to honor fallen veterans and the laying of flowers on the graves. The flag will be raised and re-enactors will provide a musket salute after the service.

 

Winter Lecture Series:  Four Sundays in February & March 2016
All lectures will be held at 1:00 PM at the 911 Building (LINCOLN COUNTY COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS 911 CENTER) at 15 GROVER LN, which is directly behind the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. There is parking next to the facility.
Suggested donation is $5.00. Coffee and pastries will be served.

February 7: Lincoln Paine, historian,curator, and author of Downeast, A Maritime History of Maine and the award winning The Sea and Civilization, a Maritime History of the World, will offer insights to the collection of the Maine Maritime Museum. Paine's illustrated lecture, “The Seductions of Maritime History,” will be of interest to people well acquainted with maritime history as well as those for whom the phrase "maritime history" conjures up images of little more than Hollywood pirates, shipwrecks, and mal de mer. Paine draws on the museum's extensive collections, including many items not normally exhibited, presenting a behind-the-scenes view of the museum in particular, and of how historians look at and interpret physical objects generally.

February 14: Bill Gemmill, a collector of schoolgirl art will bring examples from his collection and point out the unique features that distinguish Maine work from other parts of the country. Schoolgirl art includes samplers, silk embroideries, watercolors and furniture created by young women in 18th and early 19th century America. They were often made in the classrooms and were often the first — and sometimes only — step in a girl’s education. While many of the schoolmistresses and the locations of their early American classrooms have gone unrecorded, schoolgirl art is usually signed, dated, and even sometimes inscribed with the names of the towns in which they were created. For this reason, they serve as historic documents, attesting to the existence of colonial education for women. Bill and his wife Sally have been collecting schoolgirl art for more than 25 years. In his talk, Bill will focus on examples made in Maine from 1800 to 1840. He will discuss their artistic merit and iconography and the unique features that distinguish them as Maine work.

February 28: Michael Chaney, Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center, will discuss the work of E. Joseph Leighton, an early 20th Century photographer whose work will be featured in a special exhibit at The Old Jail in Wiscasset this summer. Leighton captured images of work, family and community life in Lincoln County during the first three decades of the 20th century. Chaney chose to use Leighton's images as the focus of his master's thesis some 30 years ago, and made poster-size enlargements of about 25 magnificent prints from Leighton's original glass plate negatives. The framed prints were exhibited throughout the state and Chaney later donated them to LCHA.

March 6: Local historian Jay Robbins will present Pownalborough Courts, Cases and Characters (1761 – 1794). Covering sundry details of the Courts held at Pownalborough Court House, Jay will discuss judicial culture and tradition, the evolving state of the law and its adjudication, and the role the Courts played in our local community. “Is it a coincidence,” he asks, “that Court was almost always held above a tavern, and that lawyers organized themselves into a bar association?” Jay promises that “we will get a close look at each of the three levels of Court that met here: the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, the Court of Common Pleas and the MA Supreme Judicial Court (1786-1794). In each instance we will examine the men who took the stage as judges, jurists, lawyers, accused, etc. and learn a bit about them as individuals.” We will examine typical court dockets to see what types of cases were being taken up, and will look at specific cases and their outcomes. At least eight murder trials were held here with three hanged on site soon after conviction.” Jay Robbins has been digging out local history for over 40 years. His primary focus has been the Tidewater Kennebec and early Lincoln County. A former president and executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Association, Jay has also been active with the Arnold Expedition Historical Society, the Friends of Swan Island and many other similar local organizations. Jay also undertakes paid historical research for attorneys and private clients. Robbins Historical Research, Inc., P.O. Box 9, Richmond, ME 04357.

November 2015

LCHA Annual Meeting - at Tom Eichler and Wendy Ross's home in Wiscasset on Saturday November 14 at 5:00 PM.

The Lincoln County Historical Association will hold our Annual Meeting on Saturday November 14 at 5 PM. All members are invited. Please bring appetizers to share!

OCtober 2015

Pownalborough Court House Talk at 2:00 - Jim Leamon Speaks on Charles E. Allen, Local Historian on Sunday October 4 at 2:00 PM.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is pleased to host Jim Leamon this Sunday October 4th , 2:00 P.M., in the Court Room of the Pownalborough Court House, Dresden, as he delivers a free talk, Charles E. Allen, Local Historian – And Much More. Allen, author of the wonderful “History of Dresden, Maine”, was a very complex man who led an interesting life. Jim Leamon will speak on the formative influences of Allen's youth, his employment in the publishing field, his military service in the Civil War, his move from Cambridge, MA to Dresden, ME and the reasons for it, his role as local historian and politician, and his efforts as labor organizer.

Jim Leamon currently lives in Casco, ME. A history professor at Bates College from 1964-2000, Jim is the author of “Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine”, “The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist or God, King, Country, and for Self”, and “The Military Art of J. Thomas Leamon: Drawings, Paintings and More in the Wake of Two World Wars.”

August 2015

Pownalborough Court House Talk at 2:00 - Mike Dekker Speaks on his new book, The French and Indian Wars in Maine on Sunday August 2 at 2:00 PM.

The book, the newest addition to The History Press’ Military series, features stunning images of forgotten battles.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.
For eight decades, an epic power struggle raged across a frontier that would become Maine. Between 1675 and 1759, British, French and Native Americans clashed in six distinct wars to stake and defend their land claims. Though the showdown between France and Great Britain was international in scale, the decidedly local conflicts in Maine pitted European settlers against Native American tribes. Native and European communities from the Penobscot to the Piscataqua Rivers suffered savage attacks. Countless men, women and children were killed, taken captive or sold into servitude. The native people of Maine were torn asunder by disease, social disintegration and political factionalism as they fought to maintain their autonomy in the face of unrelenting European pressure. This dark, tragic and largely forgotten struggle laid the foundation of Maine.

Mike Dekker is a past board member of the Lincoln County Historical Association and the Pownalborough Court House Stewardship Committee.  Growing up and residing in Mid Coast Maine, he has developed a life- long passion for the region’s past.  An avid student of 18th century American History and material culture, he presents educational programs for local historical societies, state historic sites, schools and the public. Portraying Maine soldiers of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution as a living historian, Mike endeavors to relate the stories of forgotten individuals and their world.

LCHA Membership Party at the Pownalborough Court House Saturday August 22 from 5-7 PM

Come join our party in thIs amazing three-storey Court House and on the broad lawn surrounding it! Visit our period garden and the Revoluntionary War era cemetary. Walk on the path by the Kennebec River and watch the eagles fly to their nest. If you came early, you could even hike the beautiful trails across Rte 128 from the driveway. IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER, COME TO THE PARTY AND JOIN US!

JUly 2015

Dresden Summerfest at the Pownalborough Court House: Sunday July 12 10-3.
Dresden's Annual SummerFest  is Sunday, July 12, at the Pownalborough Court House on Cedar Grove Road. Activities begin at 11:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM.
In keeping with past events, this low key community event will once again offer: music for the whole family, children's games,  local crafts for sale, exhibits by community organizations, a petting zoo with goats and other animals,  a barbeque prepared by the Volunteers of the Dresden Fire Department,  horse drawn carriage rides, a pie baking contest, and a great chance to relax on a SUMMER day on the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River  with new and old friends. For more information, contact Pat Theriault  at 737-8771, or Peter Walsh at 737-2807

Yard Sale to Benefit Chapman Hall House: Saturday July 18 from 8 AM - 2 PM. The yard sale will take place at the corner of Elm and Church Streets, just down the street from the Chapman Hall House

JUNE 2015

Opening Weekend: Three Traditions: Native Culture; Navigation; Militia at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta: Saturday June 13 from 12-4 PM
This summer the Chapman-Hall House historic site celebrates the 260th Anniversary of the construction of the house by Nathaniel Chapman and his family in the year of his arrival in Damariscotta.  The house is open to visitors every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 PM, closing for the season October 4th.  Admission is charged to tour the house at $5 per person; free for children 16 and under.

Yard Sale on Lawn at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset: Saturday June 20 from 8 AM -12 PM
Come one, come all to our annual lawn sale for bargains galore!

Jeff Miller: Blacksmithing Demonstration for "Pirates Weekend" at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta: Saturday June 20 from 12-3 PM
Jeffrey Miller, a master blacksmith and historian from Waldoboro will demonstrate his trade at the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta on Saturday, June 20 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Mr. Miller will be working at his 18th century temporary forge, which is modeled on original forges of this type.  Forges such as this would be used by a blacksmith when he came into a new area and his permanent shop, which would have a brick or stone forge, was not yet built. During his nearly 40 years at the trade, Mr. Miller has worked as the head blacksmith Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. and Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H. His pieces have been purchased by a number of individuals and museums across the United States and Canada.

Mr. Miller will be forging a number of small items and sharing insights into the daily work of blacksmiths as recorded in their account books and day books. According to Mr. Miller, the blacksmith’s work pattern changed according to the season, and he will show samples of items that the smith might make for his customers.

May 2015

Indoor Cleaning Day at the Pownalborough Court House: Saturday May 9 at 9AM
Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Contribute a little or a lot - ALL donated time is very valuable for getting our building ready for the season. Volunteers most welcome! For information, call Merry Fossel at 586-5690.

Museum and Old Jail Volunteer Workday: Wednesday May 13 at 9AM

Outdoor Work Day at the Pownalborough Court House: Saturday May 16 at 9AM
Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Contribute a little or a lot - ALL donated time is very valuable for getting our building ready for the season. Volunteers most welcome! For information, call Merry Fossel at 586-5690.

Fletcher's Company Encampment at the Pownalborough Court House: May 16 & 17

Museum and Old Jail Docent Training: Tuesday May 19 from 10AM to 12Noon

Chapman-Hall House to hold Shredding on Site: Tuesday May 19 from 9AM to 12Noon
Shredding on Site (SOS) is coming to Bath Savings Institution in Damariscotta. For several years, Chapman-Hall House and Bath Savings have hosted the SOS truck and they hope to once again fill the truck with safely shredded paper documents. Shredding provides a safe way to dispose of all those old records and paid bills that could potentially give unscrupulous persons access to your private affairs. Shredding on Site has been in business twenty years,  providing mobile shredding to businesses statewide.  

Chapman-Hall House Plant Sale: Sunday May 24 9AM to 1PM
Chapman-Hall House volunteers will be selling plants on the lawn of the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta Sunday May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A varied assortment of perennials, vegetable seedlings, houseplants and some shrubs and small trees, as well as other garden related items and books will be for sale. Funds generated by the sale will be used for building restoration work.

61st Memorial Day Observance at the Pownalborough Court House: Monday May 30 at 11AM
The service begins at 11:00 AM with a program to honor fallen veterans and the laying of flowers on the graves. The flag will be raised and re-enactors will provide a musket salute after the service.

APRIL 2015

R.P. Hale Concert to Benefit CHAPMAN-Hall House: Sunday April 26 at 2PM at the Damariscotta Baptist Church (4 Bristol St.)A Rare Musical Opportunity to celebrate 260 years of the Chapman-Hall House on Main Street, Damariscotta. The Chapman-Hall House Stewardship Committee is offering to the public a musical concert featuring harpsichord, dulcimer, clavichord and organ instruments.  Musician R.P. Hale will present an unusual concert of music covering the 16th through 18th Centuries.  The concert will include pieces from the Mexican Baroque of Hale’s own culture and range through the music of the harpsichordist-astronomer Sir William Herschel, and English dances from the John Playford collection.  The concert will be held at the Damariscotta Baptist Church, 4 Bristol St. (on the corner of Bristol Rd. and Main St., across from the Chapman Hall House.  Admission is free, a good-will donation is appreciated. R. P. Hale is a noted instrument maker, and except for the organ, he will perform on instruments of his own making, all derived from historical models.  He was the only harpsichord maker to be included in a Smithsonian Institute exhibit devoted to the craft, and he has completed 44 early keyboard instruments since he began his first harpsichord in 1977.  His main musical interest are in continuo (improvised accompaniment), and in early Mexican and Hispanic music.  Hale is of Mexican-Aztec heritage and comes from a long line of artists, writers and craftsmen.

R.P. Hale Photo

February 2015

Winter Lecture Series:  Four Consecutive Sundays in February 2015

All lectures will be held at 1:00 PM at the 911 Building (LINCOLN COUNTY COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS 911 CENTER) at 15 GROVER LN, which is directly behind the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. There is parking next to the facility
Suggested donation is $5.00.

Sunday, February 1, Ian Saxine, a Visiting Instructor of History at Bates College, will explore the question of what it meant to own land in 18th century Maine.

Sunday, February 22, Don Perkins, author of The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, demonstrates the vital and precious roles that these structures have played in people’s lives.

Sunday, March 1, Jay Robbins, place based historian and former president of the Maine Genealogical Society, will share his knowledge of the families who have owned the land, built the barns, and spun the flax here in Maine.

Sunday, March 8, Peter Cook, expert in the history and craft of handspinning, will review the cultural significance of hand spinning and spinning wheels in American history. (This lecture was originally scheduled for February 15.)

JULY & August 2014

JAKE DAY EXHIBIT Opening on July 4th, a Jake Day Art Exhibit will be held at the Round Top Arts Building, Upper Main Street Damariscotta. Hours are July 4th and July 5th, (10 AM – 5 PM) & July 6th (10 AM – 1 PM). Admission will be $5.00. Children under 12 free.
Jake Day is best known for his work on the Walt Disney movie Bambi. Locally, Day is known for his whimsical paintings of woodland animals behaving humanly, and often comically. He also carved sea shanties and birds out of driftwood, and painted seascapes and landscapes. Every Christmas season, his hand carved dioramas adorn the windows at the family homestead on Bristol Road in Damariscotta. The art show is being held to raise funds for the historic Chapman Hall House and Museum in Damariscotta, for continued restoration work.

DRESDEN SUMMERFESt at the Pownalborough Court House Sunday July 13 10-3.
The Town of Dresden's day of fun will again be held at the Pownalborough Court House this year! There will be food vendors, entertainment for kids, trail hikes, live music and more!

Antiques Al Fresco at the Museum and old jail Saturday July 27th 8AM - 2 PM.
LCHA’s annual antique show and sale will be held July 27th on the grounds of the Old Jail on Federal Street in Wiscasset from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Antique dealers from around Maine will be displaying antiques for sale.  Dealers are welcome. For additional information contact John Reinhardt, 882-9628.

DANIEL TORTORA LECTURE &BOOK SIGNING on FORT HALIFAX at the Pownalborough Court House SundayJuly 27 at 2 PM.
Daniel Tortora, an assistant professor at Colby College will give a talk about his newly published a book on the history of Fort Halifax. Beginning as a French and Indian War garrison and trading post, the fort welcomed historic figures from Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr to Paul Revere and Chief Joseph Orono. Reduced to one small blockhouse in the 1800s, Fort Halifax hosted archaeologists, travelers, artists, politicians and students. The Flood of 1987 swept away the blockhouse, leaving the fort and its supporters to fight an uphill battle for reconstruction. Fort Halifax, Fort Western and Fort Shirley (also called Fort Frankfort and later the site of the Pownalborough Court House) were built after Fort Richmond was dismantled in 1755.  Dr. Tortora’s talk will provide a context for the military development along the Kennebec in the 18th century. 

"Trail Talk" with Barrie Brusila at the Pownalborough court House Sunday August 24 at 2PM
Barrie Brusila, forester, will give a talk on: Tree Identification and Woodlot Management. The talk will take place on the trails at the Pownalborough Court House. Come and learn and ask questions.

MAY 2014

Volunteer Indoor Workday at Pownalborough Court House Saturday May 10 9-3.
Starts at 9AM. Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Contribute a little or a lot - ALL donated time is very valuable for getting our building ready for the season. Volunteers most welcome! For information, call Merry Fossel at 586-5690.

Chapman-Hall house plant sale Sunday May 11 9-1.
Chapman-Hall House volunteers will be selling plants on the lawn of the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta Sunday May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A varied assortment of perennials, vegetable seedlings, houseplants and some shrubs and small trees, as well as other garden related items and books will be for sale. Funds generated by the sale will be used for ongoing restoration work on the building.

Volunteer Workday at Chapman-Hall House Saturday May17 from 9-12.
Starts at 9AM. Volunteers most welcome! Contact Natalie House at 563-8441.

"Shredding On Site" at Chapman-Hall House at Bath Savings Tuesday May 20 9-12.
The "Shredding on Site" paper shredding truck will be stationed in the Bath Savings Institution Parking lot, right behind the house. Shredding provides a safe way to dispose of all those old records and bills whose careless disposal could lead to identity theft and give unscrupulous persons access to your private affairs. For more information on this fund raiser, contact Natalie House at 563-8441.

"Shredding Event" to benefit Pownalborough court House in Richmond at Richmond Area Health Center Parking Lot Tuesday May 20th 3-5PM

Lincoln County Historical Association is offering a chance for individuals and businesses in the Richmond-Dresden area to safely dispose of old records, checks, etc and at the same time, help preserve and display a unique part of our early Maine history.
Records Management Center will provide a shredding truck, which will safely turn your sensitive documents into recycled paper. All those old checks, bank and credit card statements and old tax returns that you have been giving house space to can all go toward a good cause. A suggested donation of 20 cents per pound will help maintain the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden. Participants are asked to limit their material to 200 pounds to make sure that there is time and room enough for all.

Richmond Area Health Center is providing the space in their parking lot as a public service. They are located just off Main Street (Rt. 197) at 24 Gardiner Street. For more information you can call Chuck Vaughan (208-0350) or Jay Robbins (737-2239.

60th Memorial Day Service: Pownalborough Court House May 26th at 11:00 AM.
The Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden will be the site of the annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 26th, 2014.  The service begins at 11:00 AM with a program to honor fallen veterans and the laying of flowers on the graves. The flag will be raised and re-enactors will provide a musket salute after the service.

Pownalborough Court House Opens for the season on  May 26th.

Volunteer Workday at Museum and Old Jail Tuesday May 27 from 9-12.
Starts at 9AM. Volunteers most welcome!

April 2014

TWO Volunteer Days: Outside Cleanup at the Pownalborough Court House April 19 & 26
Come One, Come All . . . Help a Little or Help a Lot Saturday April 19 and Saturday April 26 from 9AM to 3PM. Due to tree cutting and trimming this past fall, there's a lot do! Come for the whole day or come for an hour - all kinds of help are needed. For information, call Dave Probert 737-4959.

February 2014

Winter Lecture Series:  Four Consecutive Sundays in February 2014
All lectures will be held at 1:00 PM at the 911 Building (LINCOLN COUNTY COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS 911 CENTER) at 15 GROVER LN, which is directly behind the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. There is parking next to the facility.

Sunday, February 2nd at 1:00 PM
Ken Hamilton, Native American cultural historian
Native Americans in the Colonial Period
Dressed in the garb of an Eastern Woodlands Indian circa 1690, Ken Hamilton will trace the origin, purpose and development of Native ornament and clothing. He will also explain how the introduction of European
technologies, the disruption of wars, and the demand for natural resources changed the Native American way of life. Hamilton is a professional interpreter who has developed school and museum programs based on 17th and 18th century life in New England. A skilled blacksmith, stone carver, and silversmith, he creates colonial era utensils and tools, especially those from French and British trade.

Sunday, February 9th at 1:00 PM
Peggy Konitzky, Wiscasset Site Director for Historic New England
Life on the wiscasset home front During World War II
This talk will describe the ways that Mid-Coast Maine communities pulled together to do their part in support of the troops during World War II. In her research of local history, Konitzky found that the archives of libraries in Wiscasset, Bath and the Maine Maritime Museum contain a treasure trove of news articles about the period, and letters provided by Judith and Bill Sutter provide moving stories about men and women serving abroad as well as family members at home who were doing their bit for the war effort. Peggy Konitzky holds a degree in U.S. History and Art History from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service as well as an MBA from New York University, and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. For the past 12 years she has served in a number of positions relating to historic preservation in Maine and New Hampshire.
Sunday, February 16th at 1:00 PM
Lea Wait, Wiscasset Author
stories about her family home, The Marie Antoinette House, Center of speculation for 200 years
Was the house built for Marie Antoinette? Was there a plot to bring her to Maine? Lea, whose family has owned the Marie Antoinette House in Edgecomb for almost sixty years, is an author and historian who’s done extensive research on the her home’s history. Wait writes the New York Times-praised six-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, traditional mysteries featuring antique print dealer and professor Maggie Summer, the most recent of which is 2013’s Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding. She is also the author of four acclaimed historical novels for children aged 8-14 set in nineteenth century Wiscasset: Stopping to HOme, Seaward Born, Wintering Well, and Finest Kind, all of which have been named to state student choice award lists throughout the country. Her next historical for children, Uncertain Glory, set in 1861, will be published in April, 2014.
Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM
Linda Novak, Director and Curator for Old Fort Western
trade on the Kennebec River in the Colonial Period
Linda Novak will talk about the S&W Howard Store which operated out of the old fort from 1767 until 1807. Using the surviving Account Books, Novak will demonstrate how we gain insight into the history of Fort Western and the 18th Century Kennebec Valley. Linda Novak is a graduate of the University of Maine where she received a Bachelor’s in Anthropology.  While there she worked on several archaeological sites including Damariscove Island, a 1622 Plymouth fishing settlement in Boothbay Harbor, and Fort Pentagoet, a 1635 to 1675 French Fort in Castine.  She then worked under Dr. Emerson Baker on the “History in the Ground” Archaeological Project at Old Fort Western.In 1994, after completion of her Master’s program at the College of William & Mary, Linda worked with a number of sites in Virginia. Her last position before returning to Maine in 1996 was Assistant Curator of Archaeology for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation archaeological collections. She then held several positions at Old Fort Western until 2010 when she accepted the position of Director.

September 2013

"Picnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00"
Leath Smith will speak: The Archaeology of Fort Richmond, An Update
Sunday September 15 at 2PM

Leith Smith of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, is lead archaeologist of the Richmond Fort excavations. Knowing that the new Richmond/Dresden Bridge over the Kennebec (now under construction) would destroy the site of the Fort, the State, has conducted a full excavation. Four years and some 25,000 person hours of excavating have yielded an estimated 1,000,000 artifacts, as well as clear evidence of the series of structures comprising Richmond Fort that once commanded and protected the Kennebec River frontier. The Richmond Fort began with the construction of a garrison house, in 1721, by the Pejepscot Proprietors in an effort to settle the area. With the outbreak of Dummer’s War in 1722, the garrison was expanded into a major frontier fort. Several years later, in anticipation of a new outbreak of fighting between settlers and Native Peoples, the Fort was rebuilt and greatly enlarged. This later Fort stood from about 1740 until its decommissioning around 1755.

Our presenter will explain to us how initial investigations determined that the site was well preserved and eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. He will then discuss the process of investigation and discovery. Leith will describe the types and range of features found on this complex site, and will show us how the evidence comes together to reveal the history of the Fort and the people who occupied it. This excavation has been one of the most complete ever conducted of a military installation of the French and Indian War period. Come marvel at what has been discovered.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day at the historic Pownalborough Court House site -- walking the newly built trails on the courthouse grounds, and then having lunch, before going inside the building to hear the lecture.

"Fall Gathering of Lincoln County Historical Societies" Sunday September 22 at 2PM
The Lincoln County Historical Association invites history- focused groups in Lincoln County to a gathering at the barn at the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion.
To RSVP call:  Merry Fossel at 586-5690 or Judith Sutter at 882-7230

Panel
Introduction:
Ed Kavanagh, President, LCHA
Moderator:
Earle Shettleworth, Director, Maine Historic Preservation Commission
Speakers:
Bill Brewer, CPA, Treasurer, LCHA - What Your Historical Society Should Know about Accounting and Taxes
Les Fossel, House restoration expert - Keeping Your Historical Society Building in Shape
Mary Sheldon, President, Nobleboro Historical Society - Putting Together Good Programs
Judy Barrington, Trustee, Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. and Maine Preservation - Keeping Your Members Motivated

 Pownalbourough Courthouse Fall Encampment October 5th and 6th – Saturday and Sunday
Living Historians will spend the weekend on the Court House grounds

As we know from Goodwin’s Journal of 1756 Ft. Shirley frequently accommodated men from the eastern scouting companies including those from St. George and Newcastle as they performed duty “marching the backs of the communities.” Additionally the men of Goodwin’s company operated in conjunction with the men of Howard's company to assure the safe passage of provisions to Ft. Halifax. This encampment hopes to bring together the recreated units of Nichol’s, Goodwin’s, Fletcher’s and Howard’s companies in celebration of their shared contributions to the war effort along the Maine Frontier.
* Saturday, Oct 5
9:00 AM: Camp set up complete with all non period items out of view. The 18th century time warp begins.
9:45 AM: Assemble companies for the raising of Kings Colors.
10:00 AM Colors are raised.
10:15 AM Take roll. Participants are encouraged to use names taken from their company muster rolls. Research into individuals is not required but would be a nice addition. The roll will be recorded in the weekend “scouting journal”.
11:00 AM -12:00 PM Goodwin’s journal states the various companies came into the fort and received their allowances (i.e. rations). For the scouting companies this was strictly pork and bread. For the evenings activities we will have a “mess off” in which camp cooks get to show off their talents preparing a meal using only Government rations and a grab bag of other items. These items would have been available and are based on the account books of Fort Richmond.
12:00 PM Drill using the 1758 Pownal Drill - Sgt. Robinson of Fletcher’s Co. will lead the drill.
2:00 PM Practice scouting drill and tactics.
3:30 PM Kit workshop. Our thoughts are to draft winter mocassins patterns for all interested participants.
6:00 PM “Mess Off” and period games.
Rum call - Company commanders will issue rum to those who performed adequate service. Accolades and antidotes will be bestowed upon all participating members at rum call.  Please note: Any minor or those under 21 will NOT be given a rum ration but rather a non-alcoholic period drink...probably cider.
* Sunday, October 6th
8:00 AM  Morning scout in the woods across the road. Using what we learned during Saturday activities we will conduct a period scout.
10:30 AM 18th century sermon in the courtroom.
11:00 AM ~ 2:00 PM Free time to drill, work on gear, talk history. We will still be in the 18th century. No anachronisms please.
2:00 PM Break camp. Companies assemble for the retiring of the colors.
Please note: At various times during the weekend volunteers from each company will be asked to participate in guard duty.

AUGUST 2013

"Picnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00"
Jay Robbins will speak on Swan Island: the Historic Pearl of Merrymeeting Bay
Sunday August 25 2PM

Place based historian Jay Robbins of Richmond will share gleanings from over 35 years of research concerning Swan Island, a 4 mile by ¾ mile island located in the Kennebec River between Richmond and Dresden at the head of Merrymeeting Bay. Once a Native American stronghold, the Island appears on every early map of Maine from the time of first European contacts. Soon it was settled by these new peoples.

Jay will explore the 17th and 18th century history of Swan Island including a close look at the so-called Noble/Whidden Massacre of 1750. We will see how the Pejepscot and Kennebec Proprietors finally settled their competing claims for ownership and how the Island became a summer “resort.” The Gardiner/Dumaresque house is perhaps the oldest surviving house in New England built specifically as a summer home.

The Island grew into the Town of Perkins with a population of almost 100. It's residents were subsistence farmers who supplemented income through fishing and shipbuilding. Then the ice industry came to the Island. But then, decline. By 1918 there were not enough people on Island to fill the required Town offices and the Town of Perkins became the unorganized territory of Perkins Townshp. 

Folks tried sheep farming and fox farming, but with the opening of the Richmond-Dresden Bridge in 1930, ferry service ended and the last of the Island residents moved off Island. In the early 1940’s what is now Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife purchased the Island. They improved it for migratory waterfowl habitat, developed a deer repellant to keep those pesky critters out of farmer’s fields, and raised the first moose ever in captivity. Jerry the Moose moved to the Bronx Zoo in 1948.
Today Swan Island is still a place of magic. Now known as the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area, tours and camping await those who visit. Jay will discuss State and volunteer group efforts to save the remaining historic buildings and to keep the agrarian landscape of this National Register of Historic Places open for public enjoyment.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day at the historic Pownalborough Court House site -- walking the newly built trails on the courthouse grounds, and then having lunch, before going inside the building to hear the lecture.

July 2013

CHapman House House: Yard Sale at corner of Elm and Church Streets on Saturday July 13 8AM - 2PM
The yard sale will take place at the corner of Elm and Church Streets, just down the street from the Chapman Hall House.

Pownalborough court House: Dresden Summerfest Sunday July 14 9AM - 3PM
The Town of Dresden's day of fun will again be held at the Pownalborough Court House this year! There will be food vendors, entertainment for kids, trail hikes, live music and more!

"Picnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00"
Linda Novak: Accounts of the Howard Store at Fort Western 1767-1807
Sunday July 21 2PM
Archaeologist Linda Novak, who is the Director of Fort Western, will use the accounts of the Howard Store at Fort Western as a window into how people lived during in the period. The end of the colonial wars brought a flood of mostly English-speaking settlers to the Kennebec Valley. Former Captain and local leader, James Howard, purchased the Fort, cut timber from the great pine forests surrounding the site, and opened a store in what had been the military storehouse section of the main house. For the next 50 years, this store was a center of trade between the new settlers on the Kennebec and Boston, New Foundland and the West Indies.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day at the historic Pownalborough Court House site -- walking the newly built trails on the courthouse grounds, and then having lunch, before going inside the building to hear the lecture.

Museum & Old Jail: Antiques Alfresco: Antique Show & Sale  Saturday July 27th 8AM - 2 PM.
LCHA’s annual antique show and sale will be held July 27th on the grounds of the Old Jail on Federal Street in Wiscasset from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Antique dealers from around Maine will be displaying antiques for sale.  Dealers are welcome. For additional information contact John Reinhardt, 882-9628.

LCHA Member Party at Ed & Cheri Kavanagh's Octogon Home Saturday July 27 5 - 7 PM
Come join us for our annual LCHA Member Party in a new location! LCHA President Ed Kavanagh's lovely octagon home is located just down the street from the Museum and Old Jail on Federal Street in Wiscasset. All LCHA members and their friends are welcome. Bring an appetizer to share!

June 2013

Chapman-Hall house: Jeff Miller Blacksmitthing demonstration
Saturday June 22 11AM - 3PM
Jeffrey Miller, a master blacksmith and historian from Waldoboro, will demonstrate his trade as part of Damariscotta's "Pirates Day." Mr. Miller will be working at his 18th Century traveling forge, which he patterned on original forges of this type, forging a number of small items and sharing insights into the daily work of a blacksmith as recorded in their account books and day books. The blacksmith’s work pattern changed according to the season, and Miller will show samples of items that the smith might make for his customers, including a pair of ice skates, a gun lock, and cooking tools.

To benefit the preservation work now underway at Chapman Hall House, one of Miller’s hand forged roasting forks will be raffled off at a drawing on June 22. An essential tool around the cooking hearths of the period, this fork is popular today for handling large pieces of meat, particularly on the BBQ. Besides that, it makes a unique conversation piece!

During his nearly 40 years at the trade, Jeffrey Miller has worked as the head blacksmith at two museums: Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. and Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H. His museum-quality pieces have been purchased by a number of individuals and museums across the United States and Canada.

Museum & Old Jail: Yard Sale Saturday June 29 8AM - 2PM
The yard sale will take place on the lawn of the Museum & Old Jail. If you have furniture, appliances, household accessories, toys, yard equipment, tools, cookware or other odds and ends that need a new home, do drop them off at Chris Hopf-Lovette's house at 128 Federal Street before the sale (Phone 687-2024).

MAY 2013

Volunteer Workday at Chapman-Hall House Saturday May 4 from 10-12.
Starts at 10AM. Volunteers most welcome!

Volunteer Workday at Museum and Old Jail Wednesday May 8 from 9-12.
Starts at 9AM. Volunteers most welcome!

Volunteer Indoor Workday at Pownalborough Court House Saturday May 9-3.
Starts at 9AM. Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Volunteers most welcome!

Chapman-Hall house plant sale Sunday May 12
Chapman-Hall House volunteers will be selling plants on the lawn of the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta Sunday May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A varied assortment of perennials, vegetable seedlings, houseplants and some shrubs and small trees, as well as other garden related items and books will be for sale. Funds generated by the sale will be used for ongoing restoration work on the building.

"Shredding On Site" at Chapman-Hall House Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 to 12:30.
The "Shredding on Site" paper shredding truck will be stationed in the Bath Savings Institution Parking lot, right behind the house. Last year over 3,200 pounds of documents were shredded. Shredding provides a safe way to dispose of all those old records and bills whose careless disposal could lead to identity theft and give unscrupulous persons access to your private affairs. For more information on this fund raiser, contact Natalie House at 563-8441.

59th Memorial Day Service: Pownalborough Court House May 27th at 11:00 AM.
The Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden will be the site of the annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27th, 2013.  The service begins at 11:00 AM with a program to honor fallen veterans and the laying of flowers on the graves. The flag will be raised and White's Company (living historians) will provide a musket salute after the service.

Pownalborough Court House Opens for the season on  May 27th.

February & March 2013

Winter Lecture Series   Sundays in February and March, 2013

All lectures will be held at 2:00 PM at the 911 Building (LINCOLN COUNTY COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS 911 CENTER) at 15 GROVER LN, which is directly behind the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. There is parking next to the facility.

For more information call Ed Kavanagh: 882-4393
Suggested donation for each lecture: $5.00

Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 PM
Jay Robbins, local "place-based" historian
An Economy of "Spirits": 18th Centurey Taverns of Lincoln County & the Kennebec
Robbins will discuss the role of alcohol in our local communities and economies 1740-1800.

Jay Robbins

Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 PM POSTPONED to March 17th
Richard Irons, restoration mason & expert on 18th century fireplaces,
The Anatomy of an Old Chimney
Irons is the first tradesperson to receive the Maine Historic Preservation award for excellence in historic restoration, craftsmanship, and dedication to the preservation of Maine's architectural heritage.

Richard Irons

Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00 PM CANCELLED due to illness
Lea Wait, noted local author of historical fiction
My Home: The House Marie Antionette Didn't Live In
Wait will share the facts about the Wiscasset home her family bought in the 1950s - the legends - and the possibilities.

Lea Wait

Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 PM
Jeff Miller, expert on 18th & 19th century hand forged ironware
A Day in the Life of a Blacksmith!
A blacksmith/historian for nearly 40 years, Miller has been head blacksmith at Old Sturbridge Village and at Fort at No.4 in New Hampshire.

Jeff Miller

February 2012

Winter Lecture Series   Sundays in February, 2012. The Winter Lecture Series is sponsored by Les Fossel and Restoration Resources.

The 1st lecture will be on Sunday, February 5th at 2pm at the 911 building directly in back of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset.  Les Fossel will talk on 18th and 19th century old Maine houses and barns.

The 2nd lecture on Sunday, February 12th will be presented by Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian, who will discuss Civil War photos of Maine related subjects. This lecture will be at 2:30 PM at the Wiscasset Community center on Rt 27 just South of Wiscasset high school.

The 3rd lecture will be Sunday, February 19th presented by Neil Rolde. He will speak on Neil Dow, 19th century mayor of Portland and an advocate of the passage of the 1851 Maine Prohibition law, the first in the nation. This lecture will be at 2pm at the 911 building in back of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset.

The 4th lecture will be on Sunday, February 26th by Bill Bunting who will present material from his latest book, Live Yankees, The Sewells and their Ships. This lecture will be at 2pm at the 911 building directly in back of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset

APRIL 2012

Mildred Burrage Exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art Opens April 21.
"From Portland to Paris," an exhibit of works painted in France in the early 1900s by noted local artist and LCHA founder Mildred Burrage runs from April 21 to July15.

Outdoor Workday at Pownalborough Court House April 28.
Starts at 9AM. Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Volunteers most welcome!

MAY 2012

"Shredding On Site" at Chapman-Hall House Thursday, May 10, 10:30 to 12:30.
The "Shredding on Site" paper shredding truck will be stationed in the Bath Savings Institution Parking lot, right behind the house. Last year over 3,200 pounds of documents were shredded. Shredding provides a safe way to dispose of all those old records and bills whose careless disposal could lead to identity theft and give unscrupulous persons access to your private affairs. For more information on this fund raiser, contact Natalie House at 563-8441.

Indoor Workday at Pownalborough Court House May 12.
Starts at 9AM. Work the morning or bring bag lunch and continue into the afternoon. Volunteers most welcome!

Chapman-Hall house plant sale Sunday May 13
Chapman-Hall House volunteers will be selling plants on the lawn of the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta Sunday May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A varied assortment of perennials, vegetable seedlings, houseplants and some shrubs and small trees, as well as other garden related items and books will be for sale. Funds generated by the sale will be used for ongoing restoration work on the building.

58th Memorial Day Service: Pownalborough Court House May 28th at 11:00 AM.
The Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden will be the site of the annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28th, 2012.  The service begins at 11:00 AM with a program to honor fallen veterans and the laying of flowers on the graves. The flag will be raised and White's Company (living historians who hold an encampment at the Court House on the Memorial Day Weekend) will provide a musket salute after the service.

Pownalborough Court House Opening  May 28th.
The Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden will be open for visitors from May 28th until Columbus Day, October 8th.  For additional information about openings and hours go to Museum Hours & Directions.

June 2012

Old Jail and Chapman-hall house Openings  June 2nd.
The Chapman-Hall house in Damariscotta and the Museum and Old Jail in Wiscasset will be open for visitors from June 2nd through the end of August.  For additional information about hours for each museum site go to Museum Hours & Directions.

Big Tag Sale at the Old Jail in Wiscasset June 9 from 9 AM to 2 PM
The Jail Maintenance Committee for the historic Museum and Old Jail on Federal Street in Wiscasset is collecting donations for a tag sale to underwrite costs for high-priority projects, including chimney repair and gutter replacements. The committee asks residents for contributions of any items in usable condition that might be sold in a flea market or yard sale. including a chimney repair and gutter replacements. Please bring your donations to 128 Federal Street (across from the Old Jail) before Tuesday, June 5. For information, please contact Christine Hopf-Lovette at 687-2024.

July 2012

YARD Sale at Chapman Hall House in Damariscotta July 7th from 8 AM to 1 PM
The CHH committee is asking people to pease get together items you might want to "share" with others and tell all your friends to part with things they no longer need. The drop-off place is Deane and Bill Brewer's on Lewis Point Road, Damaricotta as before. We are hoping this will be a huge boost to our coffers so we might be able to re-shingle one side of the CHH! Thank you so very much for any help you might be able to give. On behalf of the Chapman Hall House committee, Elizabeth and Sarg Potter.

Picnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00
Economy of “Spirits”: 18th Century Taverns of Lincoln County & the Kennebec
Sunday July 15 2 PM
Historian Jay Robbins will pour forth an interesting & illustrated talk covering the role of alcohol in our local communities and economies from about 1740 until 1800. The first part of this talk will look closely at the Massachusetts Acts & Resolves to see how government tried to regulate alcohol and human behaviors. Next, using the records of the Lincoln County Courts from 1761-1788, we’ll see what was really going on locally. The audience will then be taken on a tour of tavern culture before being besotted by a compendium of concoctions meant to please the palate of traveler and townie alike. This whole affair will conclude with a look at a few of the licensed taverns and retailers of the West Parish of Pownalborough, including that of the Court House.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day at the historic site -- walking the newly built trails on the courthouse grounds, and then have lunch, before going inside the building to hear the lecture.

Dresden Summerfest at the Pownalborough Court House  Sunday July 22   11 AM to 5 PM
The Town of Dresden's day of fun will be held at the Pownalborough Court House this year! There will be food vendors, entertainment for kids, trail hikes, live music and more.

Antiques Alfresco: Antique Show and Sale at Old Jail  July 28th from 8 AM to 2 PM.
LCHA’s annual antique show and sale will be held July 28th on the grounds of the Old Jail on Federal Street in Wiscasset from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Antique dealers from around Maine will be displaying antiques for sale.  Dealers are welcome. For additional information contact John Reinhardt, 882-9628.

August 2012

Picnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00
Reminiscences of Cedar Grove by Chuck Vaughn and His Sisters 
Sunday August 19 at 2 PM
This trip down memory lane will include a photographic presentation of how life was many years ago when Chuck and his two sisters lived next door to the courthouse. Neighbor Eleanor Everson will also take part in the presentation. People are encouraged to bring a picnic and spend the day at the Pownalborough Court House -- walking the newly built trails on the courthouse grounds and then have lunch, before going inside the building to hear the lecture.

LCHA Member Party aT Old Jail in Wiscasset Saturday August 25th from 5 - 7 PM
Come join us for our annual LCHA Member Party on the lawn at the Old Jail and Museum on Federal Street in Wiscasset. All LCHA members and their friends are welcome. Bring an appetizer to share!

September 2012

PIcnic at Pownalborough, Talk at 2:00 Sunday September 16 at 2:00 PM
Release Party for Jim Leamon’s new biography of the Rev. Jacob Bailey
The Lincoln County Historical Association is honored to announce that Jim Leamon will officially release his newly published biography  The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist: For God, King, Country, and for Self. Speaking at the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden in the room where the Rev. Bailey often preached, the author will give a free public talk about this local Loyalist caught in the upheaval of the American Revolution. Leamon will then sign copies of his book as offered for sale by LCHA. All profits will go towards Court House repairs.

Goodwin's Company Fall Encampment at the COLBURN HOUSE in Pittston
September 24-25

Goodwin's Company of Living Historians will hold a Fall Encampment on the banks of the Kennecbec in Pittston. Fort Western will also participate.

"Damariscotta Day" at the Chapman Hall House Sunday September 30 12-4 PM
We will hold a “Damariscotta Day” during Damariscotta’s Oyster Festival. The building will be open to visitors free of charge. Traditional music will be provided on the grounds by the Haymakers from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

October 2012

Chapman Hall House Cleaning & Closing for season Thursday October 11 at 9:00 AM
The Chapman-Hall House will be cleaned/closed for the season on Thursday morning, October 11 from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. or whenever we get through. Volunteers Welcome! The back-up weather date will be Saturday, October 13, 9-12.

November 2012

LCHA Annual MeetinG at La Garage in Wiscasset Sunday November 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 PMThe Lincoln County Historical Association will hold its Annual Meeting at La Garage in Wiscasset from 5-7 PM o November 18. The meeting will start at 5:30. All members are invited to come hear reports, elect officers and celebrate another successful year together! The downstairs area of the restaurant has been reserved. There will be a cash bar, light appetizers, and space for the meeting and social time. Reservations for dinner will be available at the desk for after the meeting.

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