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Machias historian to present lecture for Machias 250th Birthday series

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, at 1:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Valdine Atwood, the unofficial historian of Machias, will be the next speaker at the Machias 250th Birthday Celebration historical lecture series.

Atwood’s talk is titled “The British are Coming – The Story of Machias and the War of 1812.”

Atwood is well known in Washington County for her geneaogical and historical knowledge.

For 38 years, Valdine Atwood was chairman of the committee that took care of Burnham Tavern; she is a member of the Machias, Machiasport, Pembroke and Dennysville historical societies; in 1999 she was appointed by the Washington County commissioners to the county’s Archives Preservation Committee, which has been responsible for inventorying 150,000 pieces of paper and records, as well as preserving the largest collection of bound newspapers in Maine, all stored at the Washington County Courthouse; she has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 55 years (Machias’ DAR chapter is the second-largest in the state) and has served in a wide range of state and regional positions for DAR activities.

The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at the Kay Parker Building on Hadley Lake Road. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Machais’ Hannaford.

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