BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Bicentennial Committee is taking folks back in time by holding Living History Day on Saturday. The event will provide a look into what the village of Brewer looked like in the early 1800s.
“Brewer was very different than the city it is today,” Gibran Graham, the bicentennial committee’s executive director, said in a press release. “Join us as we celebrate the days of yesteryear and experience life in Brewer up to 200 years in our past.”
Living History Day, which will feature people from Leonard’s Mills in Bradley who will “recreate the past for some family fun,” kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Brewer Children’s Garden, located along the Penobscot River off South Main Street.
Free activities include grace hoops, stilts, quill pen writing, tin punching, ribbon making, log rolling and table games, Graham said.
“Learn what life was like during the early days of Brewer before electricity,” he said.
At the park next to Brewer Auditorium, “families can visit the encampment of the Acadia Frontiersmen with demonstrations on period cooking, tomahawk throwing and the trapper’s working life over 200 years ago,” Graham said.
Both the Clewley Museum at 199 Wilson St. and the Brewer Public Safety Museum inside the combined police and fire station at 151 Parkway South will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The Clewley Museum is a turn-of-the-20th century in-town farmhouse maintained by the Brewer Historical Society that features material culture from Brewer’s history, including a collection that focuses on Brewer native and Civil War hero General Joshua Chamberlain,” Graham said. “The Brewer Public Safety Museum is proud to feature historic displays from both the Brewer Fire and Police Departments. Included in these displays are a 6-inch steel beam from the World Trade Center and our antique 1947 American LaFrance fire truck.”
For more information about the event or other bicentennial events this year, visit www.brewermaine.gov.