Mid-Coast Maine in 1856

“Mid-coast Maine in 1856 – A Moment in Time,” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 28, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library. Ray and Patricia Estabrook, with youth participants from the Game Loft’s “Coming of Age in America” program, will talk about life in mid-coast Maine during the pivotal election campaign of 1856 using the historically accurate but imagined setting of Norumbega County.

The expansion of slavery into more states was the issue of the day and the focus of the election held on November 4, 1856. Maine, with eight electoral votes, favored John C. Fremont, Republican, who decried the expansion of slavery.

The Game Loft is an award winning after school program founded in 1998 to serve the educational, emotional, and social needs of youth in Waldo County. It is free to participants; it is open 50 weeks per year; it serves 200+ regularly attending enrolled youth between the ages of 6-18 in Belfast and at Mt. View Middle School in Thorndike.  The Game Loft’s service model is Positive Youth Development. There are three major services offered: socialization through games, mentoring in the Circles of Care Program, and education through the Coming of Age in America program. The founding co-Directors, Ray and Patricia Estabrook, continue to lead the program.

Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held April through October. For our program schedule, www.belfastmuseum.org

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