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HISTORIANS Speak on Downeast Migration to MiddleEast

Posted Aug. 04, 2014, at 4:24 a.m.

Dr. Jean and Reed Holmes will speak on the history of the Downeast religious migration from Jonesport and Addison to Jaffa in the 1860′s in South Addison on Friday, August 8th at the Cape Split Chapel on Cape Split. Mark Twain gave mention to this group in his 1900 book, “Innocents Abroad”. Reed M Holmes PhD, received his doctorate from Haifa University, Israel, based on extensive research about the establishment of the American colony in Jaffa. In the 1970′s he re-discovered the location of the wooden houses brought from Maine on the Nellie Chapin. Reed told the story of the 1866 Jonesport to Jaffa experience in “The Forerunners”.

Jean L. Holmes is a preservationist and director of the Maine Friendship House museum, which she co-founded with Reed in 2003. Jean is a theology and Holocaust scholar, educator, linguist and an accomplished photographer. Honored as a “Friend of Israel” by the Ministry of Tourism for her direction of Friendship Journeys, Jean presides over the nonprofit organizations Keshet haShalom and ViewPax Mondiale. She was graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hebrew College, Brookline, Mass with an M.A. in Judaic Studies. They will provide pictures of the American Colony. The 7pm program is free and all are welcome. It is sponsored by the Pleasant River Historical Society. Information: 483-4777; 483-4655.

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