Brewer meeting to focus on genealogical research

Posted July 12, 2009, at 6:03 p.m.

The Penobscot County Genealogical Society is taking a field trip this month.

Come along for a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the new Brewer Public Library, 100 South Main St., Brewer.

Donna Rasche and her library team are working toward improving the library’s genealogical information for the Brewer area. Donna plans an open discussion on the strides made toward genealogy research within the scope of the library.

This will include local family histories and pictures. Attendees will see firsthand the process the library is using to help preserve and document these materials.

Come join us and give a warm greeting to the Brewer staff and their efforts. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

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Brewer native Lynne McKenney Lydick will present a special program, “Follow the Cannon: A Reading of Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at First United Methodist Church, 40 South Main St.

The program is sponsored by the Brewer Historical Society, and all are welcome.

Lydick, born and raised in Brewer, is an activist and an actress. After graduating from Brewer High School, she attended the University of Maine, majoring in elementary education. She later moved to Boston and began a career in the financial services area of a private bank. She married Thomas R. Lydick, also a Brewer High School graduate, in 1986.

As an activist, Lydick is a “card-carrying member” of several social reform and political organizations, such as NOW, National Organization for Women; the League of Women Voters and the Worcester Women’s History Project, whose goals are to document and celebrate women’s contributions to the history, social fabric and culture of Worcester and the surrounding communities.

As an actress, Lydick has performed throughout New England with lead roles in both dramas and musicals.

Favorite roles include Mother Superior in “Nunsense I” and “Nunsense II,” Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific,” Vera Charles in “Mame,” Veta Louise in “Harvey,” Mollie in “Mousetrap,” and Betty Meeks in “The Foreigner.”

In performing “Yours for Humanity — Abby,” a one-woman play about the 19th century radical abolitionist and woman’s rights activist, Abby Kelley Foster, Lydick combines her passion for acting with her (and Abby’s) passionate conviction “that all people are created equal and deserve to be free.”

Lydick performs a one-woman show about another Massachusetts woman, Clara Barton, “Follow the Cannon: A Reading of Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters.”

Lydick lives in Worcester, Mass., with her husband and their three children, Thomas, Driscoll and Madeline.

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“Unraveling the Allen Hopkins Family” will be the topic of special guest speaker Paul Firlotte at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the meeting of the Hancock County Genealogical Society in the Riverview Room of the Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St.

Firlotte has spent years sorting out the various branches of the Hancock County Hopkins family, and until recently, the life of Allen Hopkins has been a mystery.

Firlotte will share the chain of events that allowed him to finally put all the pieces together on this line of the family.

The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy research.

For information, contact Charlene Fox Clemons, assistant director, Ellsworth Public Library.

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The descendants of Gideon and Mary (Vining) Parkman of Weymouth and Abington, Mass., and Skowhegan will gather for the 85th reunion of the Parkman Family Association on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the American Legion Hall, 47 Maple St., Corinna.

The gathering will begin at 11 a.m. for the social hour, with a potluck lunch at noon. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks and the traditional ice cream will be provided.

After lunch there will be a short business meeting, entertainment and an auction. For more information on Gideon and Mary Parkman or the reunion, contact Ardell J. Parkman Lynds at lyndsonline@myfairpoint.net.

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The 2009 Sanborn Family Association Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Congregational Church in Boscawen, N.H.

All Sanborns and those interested in the Sanborns are invited to attend with their families. Meet your cousins. Share your family. For more information, contact Jim Davidson at 327-1246 or jshkdavidson@comcast.net.

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Author Wayne E. Reilly will be signing copies of his recent book, “Remembering Bangor: The Queen City Before the Great Fire,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Borders on Bangor Mall Boulevard.

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

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