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    July 31, 2012

    Summer Folk lecture series continues

    This summer the Belfast Free Library is hosting a lecture series in conjunction with the summer exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, “Summer Folk: the Tourists of Penobscot Bay.” The lectures will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The series continues Tuesday, Aug. 7, when Megan Pinette from the Belfast Historical Society and Museum will ...

  • Published
    July 26, 2012

    Indian Basket Makers

    In 1930, as the effects of the depression began to be felt, Penobscots Leo and Florence Shay of Indian Island at Old Town set up a tent on a vacant lot at Lincolnville Beach with their three young sons. With jobs getting scarcer there was one thing the family could do to earn money and that was make baskets. Growing in the marsh behind the row of shops at the Beach they found a large stand of sweetgrass, the ...

  • Published
    July 22, 2012

    Civil War talk at Belfast Historical Society

    “Civil War Photographs: An Illustrated Discussion of Maine’s Soldiers and Veterans,” will be the topic of a talk given by Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian, for the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library. Shettleworth put together this presentation as part of the state’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. He ...

  • Published
    July 19, 2012

    Approaching 200th anniversary, Jackson church looks forward

    The town of Jackson was founded in 1812. That same year, 12 citizens of Jackson and Brooks — among them, one Jonathan Wright — got together to form what is now the Jackson Congregational Church. With the church approaching its 200th anniversary, it is fitting that descendants of Wright's are compiling a history of it. Marlene Thompson, a relative of Wright's by marriage (her husband, Clifford Thompson, is a blood ...

  • Published
    June 28, 2012

    Antique postcard and paper show is Searsport

    A show of antique postcards and paper collectibles will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at Union Hall (Town Hall), 1 Union Street in Searsport. Attendees' can obtain free appraisals for their paper treasures and a discount on admission to the adjacent Penobscot Marine Museum. The Southern Maine 2012 Antique Paper Show in Searsport is being held in cooperation with Penobscot Marine Museum, in ...

  • Published
    June 19, 2012

    Summer Folk Game Days

    Penobscot Marine Museum will offer three Summer Folk Game Days on June 23, July 14 and August 25, to recreate the spirit of friendly competition enjoyed by old-time tourists like these. Game Days will include lawn games such as croquet, badminton and bocce, and indoor games like cribbage, backgammon, checkers and chess. The events run from noon to 4 p.m., and participation is free with museum admission.

  • Published
    June 14, 2012

    Historical photo

    BELFAST BACK THEN — Rising like the phoenix from the ashes, the Colonial Theatre, seen here in 1932, was rebuilt in 1924 following the fire which destroyed the original theater built in 1912. In addition to movies, popular entertainments included stage shows, lectures, boxing matches, bathing beauty contests and “get rich quick nights.” Next door to the theater, Central Maine Power opened a storefront office and ...

  • Published
    June 4, 2012

    ‘Then and Now’ at Penobscot Marine Museum places modern scenes in historic context

    An exhibit of photography exploring decades of change in midcoast tourism will open with a presentation and free reception in the Penobscot Marine Museum library on Wednesday, June 6. "Midcoast Maine: Tourism and Summer Folk Then and Now" was created by the multimedia class of Searsport District High School, with help from Penobscot Marine Museum. Students made use of the museum's archives to research old ...

  • Published
    February 8, 2010

    Old Northport landmark torched

    [Editor's note: This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 14, 1986, edition of The Republican Journal.] By Nancy Finman The reaction is the same everywhere around town — disbelief. On Monday evening, the Northport Fire Department, acting on a request from the landowner, burned down the collapsing old house on Greenlaw's Corner in Northport. The burning took place despite a public outcry that the ...

  • Published
    February 8, 2010

    The Gray Lady is gone

    [Editor's note: The following editorial appeared in the Aug. 14, 1986, edition of The Republican Journal, just days after the Greenlaw house was burned.] We think whatever a person wishes to do with his personal property is his own business. But when a community landmark falls, there is bound to be a gamut of emotions unleashed. Such was the case this week when the crumpled, old, sagging homestead at Greenlaw'...

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