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'Images of America—Belfast' book launch July 11

Jun 29, 2020

Belfast — The Belfast Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of "Images of America—Belfast" by Arcadia Publishing Company. Please come out Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the book launch, sale and signing of books by authors Megan Pinette and Jane McLean. The event will be held at the Belfast Free Library High Street entrance patio where social distancing and wearing of face masks will be required. Belfast Historical Society members cost is $19.80, non-members is $21.99. Cash or checks only.

Halfway up the coast of Maine, on the northwest shore of Penobscot Bay, lies the city of Belfast. The Penobscot people once hunted its forests and speared sturgeon in the Passagassawakeag River. In 1770, envisioning a prosperous town, like-minded Scots-Irish farmers settled here. During the 19th century, hardworking men and women established Belfast as a major seaport and shipbuilding center, thanks to its abundant resources and accessible harbor.

As the maritime economy faded, enterprising citizens invested in manufacturing as the city’s chief employer. Belfast takes the reader back to the early settlement, through the bustling shipbuilding heyday and gritty industrial decades, up to the city’s centennial celebration in 1953. Join us as we sail a tall ship, stitch boots inside the noisy shoe factory, and eat chicken barbecue on the shores of the bay.

Megan S. Pinette, president of Belfast Historical Society and Museum, was photography editor of "History of Belfast in the 20th Century." Jane B. McLean, storyteller and teacher, coauthored "Helderberg Hilltowns" for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Most of the images used in this book are from the archives of Belfast Historical Society and Museum and were generously donated by local citizens. Mr. Earle G. Shettleworth, Maine Historian, wrote the foreword.

Books will also be available for purchase at the Belfast Museum.

 

 

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