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Genealogy workshop at New Sweden festival

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The Maine Swedish Colony Web site says, “Find your long lost Swedish ancestors at New Sweden’s Midsommar Festival the weekend of June 19th to the 21st.”

And this would be an especially good year to check out the festival, since Lynn Johnson will lead two sessions for the workshop “Swedish Genealogy” — one at 3 p.m. and a second at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at New Sweden Consolidated School.

Reserve your place in either class for $12 with proceeds going towards the restoration of the Clase homestead, recently acquired by the New Sweden Historical Society.

Send a check to the New Sweden Historical Society, P.O. Box 33, New Sweden, ME 04762.

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I’d also suggest visiting Jean B. Duncan’s Web site on First Settlers at

The colony suggests joining one of the area historical societies, as well:

• Maine’s Swedish Colony Inc., P.O. Box 50, New Sweden, ME 04762;

• New Sweden Historical Society, P.O. Box 22, New Sweden, Me 04762;

• Stockholm Historical Society, 280 Main St., Stockholm, ME 04783;

• Woodland Historical Society, 1149 New Sweden Road, Woodland, ME 04736.

This is such a lovely time of year to go to Aroostook County. New Sweden is just a few miles north of Caribou. Without stops, the trip is less than four hours from Bangor.


The South Thomaston Public Library will host a free public program, “Jawsome Adventures: Sea Serpents & Sharks,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at 8 Dublin Road.

The program by Charles Jacobs is produced in association with the Wessaweskeag Historical Society as the inaugural event of the three-part summer series Histo3.

“Jawsome Aventures” will highlight two exciting episodes of local history and folklore.

In the 1780s, a “Mr. Crocket of Ash Point,” presumably the South Thomaston pioneer Nathaniel Crockett, reported seeing not one, but two, sea serpents swimming in tandem.

“Early American naturalists recognized his sighting as an important event in the cryptozoological record,” said Jacobs, “evidence that a great incognitum, a leviathan of yore, inhabited the Gulf of Maine.”

In the 1930s, a sea beast of monstrous proportions intruded into a weir off Waterman’s Beach near Sharkeyville Creek. It was not a sea serpent, but rather a great white shark, approaching 20 feet in length, that was gorging itself on herring and other fish, as well as destroying the great wood trap.

The owner jumped in his motorboat, made for the weir, created a cyclonic surge by racing around the weir perimeter, and then dispatched the intruder with an ax, all the while circling at high speed.

Charles Jacobs is a former site interpreter at Custer Battlefield (today’s Little Bighorn) National Monument, the author of a book about the world’s largest cast iron toy factory, and an explorer of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

Jacobs enhances his talk with slides and artifacts.

A complimentary fossil shark’s tooth will be provided to each attendee.

It sounds like an interesting program.

There are lots of interesting old stories about Maine. With his background at Custer Battlefield, Jacobs would be a good person to ask how to sort out history from folklore.


The Sarah Elizabeth Palmer Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans, laid a wreath on the grave of Palmer during a memorial service on May 23 in the Old Dover Cemetery.

The Sons of the Union Veterans laid a wreath for a private killed in the Battle of the Wilderness. He was a member of Company B in the 20th Maine.


My apologies that I was unable to conduct the genealogy workshop that was set for June 6 in Dover-Foxcroft.

Tisbury Manor Chapter DAR will announce a new date when we are able to arrange plans.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to

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