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History event to include talks on UMM, shipbuilding

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The Machias Historical Society will hold its fourth annual History Symposium as a part of the University of Maine at Machias’ 100th anniversary celebration during the Homecoming and Family festivities to be held the weekend of Sept. 24-25.

The History Symposium will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at Portside, Kimball Hall, UMM campus.

The symposium will feature four speakers and displays by several Washington County historical societies. The theme of the event is “Life in Washington County, Maine, 1900 to 1920.” The event is open to all and is free of charge.

Betsy Fitzgerald, Machias Historical Society president, will welcome those attending and introduce the speakers.

Keynote speaker will be Randall Kindleberger, author of the book “The University of Maine at Machias, 1909-2009,” who will speak on the history of the college.

Other speakers will be:

• Betty Duzen of Cutler, who will portray Theodore Roosevelt’s wife, Edith.

• Robert Hammond from Harrington, who will talk on the “End of the Shipbuilding Era in Washington County.”

• Norman Nelson of Machias, who will talk about his time on the last sailing vessel to leave the Machias area, the Lucy Evelyn.

Six Washington County historical groups will have displays featuring life in their part of Washington County: Border Historical Society of Eastport; Jonesport Historical Society; Lubec Historical Society and Lubec Landmarks; Machiasport Historical Society; Robbinston Historical Society; and Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for the Burnham Tavern Museum.


Speaking of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lady Knox Chapter, DAR, announced that the Revolutionary War Lookout sign above Route 1 in Glen Cove, which was severely damaged in a storm last December, has been replaced with a new sign created by Adventure Advertising of Rockport.

The new sign restores the text of the 1921 sign with minor changes. The sign honors mid-coast colonists and members of the Penobscot Nation for their efforts to defend the coast against British forces during the American Revolution.

The original sign was erected in 1921 by the Rockland Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. In 1976 the Glen Cove Garden Club renovated the sign and in 1998 Lady Knox Chapter took over restoration and care of the sign.

“We were pleased to be able to help with this interesting and historic project,” said Joe Ryan of Adventure Advertising. “It’s important to us to help preserve the history of our community, and we’re proud to have been included in the restoration.”

A formal rededication of the sign is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23. For more information about the sign and the rededication, call Helen Shaw at 236-2468.


Orrington Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Orrington Town Hall Addition. Guest speaker John Wedin will present a slide show demonstrating his work “Restoring Cemeteries.” Refreshments will be served.


From week to week, my mother never knows when her name and ancestry may pop up in Family Ties.

Remember when the teacher always had us read aloud when a parent visited the class on Parents Day?

A half-century later, my mother still turns out for my current version of Parents Day — when I give talks to the Abbot Historical Society or Sangerville Historical Society, for example.

The reason she attends, she said, is, “I figure it’s a command performance.”

She also told me, “I like the funny parts.”

Joyce (Steeves) Moore celebrated her 80th birthday recently. She has three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

And she still makes me look forward to Parents Day.

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