Sawtell to speak on the history of Onawa at Sangerville Historical Society meeting

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — Noted historian William Sawtell of Brownville will be the guest speaker 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the meeting of Sangerville Historical Society, Sangerville Town Hall. Sawtell will speak on Onawa. The public is invited.

“Mythology of Gettysburg” to be topic of Sept. 29 James Brown Lecture Series

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Tom Desjardin, American Civil War historian and Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands historian, will speak on “The Mythology of Gettysburg” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, for the James Brown Lecture Series at Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft.

Desjardin, who had written two books on the battle, will examine the Battle of Gettysburg and offer fresh insights to help separate myth from reality.

The lecture series has been endowed with memorial funds donated to the Thompson Free Library in memory of Brown, who lost his life in a boating accident in 2008. The series presents lectures on topics related to history, literature and culture, areas of the humanities of great interest to Brown.

As Foxcroft Academy’s longtime English department chair, Brown helped two generations of students explore the world of books. He was president of the Thompson Free Library Association and led its Executive Committee during the capital campaign that resulted in construction of the library addition in 2006.

Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society to hold final meeting of year

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine —The Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society will hold its final meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Gerrish meeting room at Thayer Parkway in Dover-Foxcroft.

Eric Boothroyd, a singer-guitarist who also is a member of the Daniel Chaplin Chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans and is knowledgeable about the Civil War era, will discuss the role that music played for both the soldier and the civilian during that era. He also will present examples of popular tunes. The public is invited.

Guilford Historical Society annual harvest fair to be held Oct. 8

GUILFORD, Maine — The Guilford Historical Society will feature a fall bounty of activities at its annual harvest fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

The events include a scarecrow decorating contest, a flea market, free hay rides, refreshments and an evening cemetery tour. Local businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to build a scarecrow at the corner of Water and North Main streets. Straw will be provided for the first 10 scarecrows, but participants will need to bring their own accessories.

For more information on the event or the flea market, call Carrie Fellows at 717-5271. Only 30 spaces are available at no charge, but preregistration is a must.

Harvest jamboree to be held in Blanchard Oct. 8

BLANCHARD, Maine — The Blanchard Preservation Society will hold a harvest jamboree from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Blanchard Meeting House. Music will be provided by the Monson General Store Gang. There also will be an estate sale, a drawing and refreshments. For more information, call Peg at 997-2970.

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