Friday, April 14, 2017

SPRING 2017 READFIELD HISTORY WALKS ANNOUNCED!!


We do not customarily request “reservations” but we would like to get a sense of how many folks plan to participate in two of the walks below. If you plan to come to History Walks #40 and / or #41 below please email Dale at crossings4u@gmail.com.
 
There is no charge for any of the Readfield History Walks. Donations to Readfield Historical Society are gratefully received.
 
#39 Readfield History Walk
Friday, April 28, 2017            10am - 12noon
Readfield Corner the Fires of 1921 & 1934”
For this walk we will meander through Readfield Corner to envision it through different eyes.
Stories will be shared about what happened when the devastating fires of 1921 and 1934 occurred, some of the people who were affected, and hear about what structures was there before the fires. Meet at Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road, by 10am.
 
#40 Readfield History Walk
Friday, May 19, 2017 10am - 12noon  
"Finding Three Readfield Governors”
We have been asked this question so many times: “Jonathan Hunton is buried in Readfield but where are Readfield’s other three governors buried?” In this History Walk, you will find out. The “other three governors” were Jonathan Hubbard, Anson P. Morrill and Lot M. Morrill.
Walkers meet at Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road by 10:00am. From there we will caravan to the Hallowell Village Cemetery to “visit” Gov. Hubbard. From there the caravan will proceed to Augusta to “visit” the Morrill brothers. Additional Readfield historical tidbits will be shared at both cemeteries. Those who wish to start at Hallowell Village Cemetery, rather than caravanning from Readfield, should be at the cemetery by 10:30am. (29 Water Street, next to Bolley’s Famous Franks)
 
#41 Readfield History Walk
Friday, June 16, 2017  10am - 12noon
“The Underground Railroad: Rev. David Thurston and the Metcalf Neighborhood”
Rev. David Thurston served the Winthrop Congregational Church 1807-1851. His anti-slavery views and efforts began in the 1820s and the Underground Railroad route was established through Winthrop due to his advocacy. In 1833 he was a delegate at the founding convention of the American Anti-Slavery Society in Philadelphia and helped draft their “Declaration of Sentiments”. In 1837 he took a year’s leave from the church in order to serve as agent of the Society. He was in demand as a speaker on their “circuit” and over time became more and more assertive that his congregation should hold his views on slavery but some of his Whig Party parishioners did not agree and because of that he was finally asked to resign after 44 years of serving their church. After that he wrote the first History of Winthrop in 1855, various papers on religion, temperance and anti-slavery; and preached in Vassalboro, Sidney, Searsport and finally in Litchfield where he died in 1865. He is burial is Metcalf Cemetery, Winthrop.
This History Walk will include some driving as well as walking. Details about where to meet and other details will be announced at a later date. Our thanks to the Winthrop Historical Society for partnering with us for this History Walk.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

READFIELD HISTORY WALKS ~ DATES SET FOR SPRING 2017

Dates have been set for Readfield History Walks for the spring of 2017. Plans are still in the making and will be announced soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for these three dates!
  1. Friday, April 28, 2017 (#39)
  2. Friday, May 19, 2017 (#40)
  3. Friday, June 16, 2017 (#41)
If you wish to be included on the History Walks email list please send your name and email address to crossings4u@gmail.com People on this list receive reminders about upcoming history walks and associated research materials and on occasion notices about upcoming historical events that are pertinent to Readfield and / or the immediate area.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THREE SPRING 2017 HISTORICAL PRESENTATIONS

Dale Potter-Clark will be doing three historical presentations at Maranacook Adult and Community Education in the spring of 2017. Registration fee is $12.50 per class or $30 for all three. To register  call 207-685-4923 x 1065 or visit http://maranacook.maineadulted.org Proceeds will help fund the creation and placement of historical site markers in Readfield. 


1) Wednesday, March, 22, 2017 6:30-8:00pm
TITLE:  The Day Readfield Corner Burned          NEW!!
Readfield Corner was once a bustling business center where groceries, shoes, clothing, millinery, hardware, carriages and even coffins and gravestones could be purchased. Readfield Telephone Company was also located at Readfield Corner as well as a hotel, tavern and livery. In this presentation you will learn more about this industrious village of long ago and about the day that it all changed forever.
2) Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30-8pm   
TITLE:  Was the Underground Railroad REALLY in Readfield?          NEW!!
It has been proven that the Underground Railroad was in Winthrop, Farmington and Jay, so why not Readfield? In this presentation Dale will share some of the clues she has unearthed in researching old homes and 19th century Readfield that lead her to believe if, when and where it passed through town. She welcomes participants to bring and share their own clues and ideas. This promises to be an enlightening and fascinating evening!
3) Wednesday, May 31, 2017  6:30-8pm        
TITLE:  The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts & Kids Camps   
Charles L. Day and Dale Potter-Clark are co-authors of The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts and Kid’s Camps on Four Lakes in Central Maine.  Four years ago they began the process of gathering information at a Maranacook Community Education class. Fifty or more enthusiastic people gathered that evening to share stories and to learn about the resorts, hotels and kids’ camps that have existed in this immediate area. After more than three years of conducting personal interviews, making site visits and doing exhaustive research Charles and Dale have published a 356 page book packed with 220+ vintage photos and information about more than forty establishments that have existed on the four lakes. Thrown in for good measure is “The Larches” on “Lake Myra” in Readfield. Included is the history of the railroad, steamboats and the trolley in this area as well as the summer hotels, housekeeping cottages, sporting camps and kids’ camps. Dale will first do a presentation about the process of researching and writing the book, followed by a reading. She will be available to sell and sign books after the presentation.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

READFIELD HISTORICAL PRESENTATIONS for the SPRING of 2017


Dale Potter-Clark will be doing three historical presentations at Maranacook Adult and Community Education in the spring of 2017. Registration fee is $12.50 per class or $30 for all three. To register  call 207-685-4923 x 1065 or visit http://maranacook.maineadulted.org Proceeds will help fund the creation and placement of historical site markers in Readfield. 
1) Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:30-8pm
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER TO MARCH 22ND 6:30-8:00PM
TITLE:  The Day Readfield Corner Burned          NEW!!
Readfield Corner was once a bustling business center where groceries, shoes, clothing, millinery, hardware, carriages and even coffins and gravestones could be purchased. Readfield Telephone Company was also located at Readfield Corner as well as a hotel, tavern and livery. In this presentation you will learn more about this industrious village of long ago and about the day that it all changed forever.


2) Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30-8pm   
TITLE:  Was the Underground Railroad REALLY in Readfield?          NEW!!
It has been proven that the Underground Railroad was in Winthrop, Farmington and Jay, so why not Readfield? In this presentation Dale will share some of the clues she has unearthed in researching old homes and 19th century Readfield that lead her to believe if, when and where it passed through town. She welcomes participants to bring and share their own clues and ideas. This promises to be an enlightening and fascinating evening!


3) Wednesday, May 31, 2017  6:30-8pm        
TITLE:  The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts & Kids Camps   
Charles L. Day and Dale Potter-Clark are co-authors of The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts and Kid’s Camps on Four Lakes in Central Maine.  Four years ago they began the process of gathering information at a Maranacook Community Education class. Fifty or more enthusiastic people gathered that evening to share stories and to learn about the resorts, hotels and kids’ camps that have existed in this immediate area. After more than three years of conducting personal interviews, making site visits and doing exhaustive research Charles and Dale have published a 356 page book packed with 220+ vintage photos and information about more than forty establishments that have existed on the four lakes. Thrown in for good measure is “The Larches” on “Lake Myra” in Readfield. Included is the history of the railroad, steamboats and the trolley in this area as well as the summer hotels, housekeeping cottages, sporting camps and kids’ camps. Dale will first do a presentation about the process of researching and writing the book, followed by a reading. She will be available to sell and sign books after the presentation.  

READFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY 31st ANNUAL MEETING and PROGRAM ~ MARCH 18, 2017


     Maine author George A. Smith will be the guest speaker at the Readfield Historical Society 31st annual meeting at Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road on Saturday, March 18th at 1:00pm. The meeting and program is open to all and free of charge. Smith’s presentation will follow a brief business meeting and election of officers.
     Smith served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) for 18 years, making it one of the state’s most influential organizations. In 2010 he left SAM to write full-time. He currently authors an outdoor news blog for the Bangor Daily News and a weekly editorial column for the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Sentinel. For nearly forty years he has written articles for The Maine Sportsman magazine. On another front, Smith co-hosts the television show Wildfire which focuses on hunting, fishing, conservation and environmental issues.
     In 2014 Islandport Press published Smith’s book   A Life Lived Outdoors which includes some of his favorite stories about home, camp, family, faith, travel, hunting, fishing and growing up in Winthrop. Earlier this year Down East Books published his newest release about Maine Sporting Camps. Additionally, he and his wife Linda, a retired first grade teacher, write a weekly travel column for Central Maine Newspapers. Their column focuses on Maine inns, restaurants, events and activities. Last September, Islandport Press published a Maine travel book in which George and Linda’s favorite inns and restaurants are featured.
     George is a Winthrop native, a graduate of the University of Maine, and has lived in Mount Vernon for 38years. He and Linda have three children and three grandchildren. Smith’s books will be available for purchase after the program and he will stay for book signings, while RHS serves refreshments.
     The Readfield Historical Society has existed since 1985 to preserve the rich heritage of Readfield and its’ people. Their extensive collections of memorabilia, photos, and historical and genealogical resource materials are located at their archives and museum at 759 Main Street, Readfield Depot. Members and guests offer historical presentations, tours and programs at various locations throughout the year. FMI about RHS or the annual meeting contact Bob Harris at (207) 377-2299 or via email readfieldhistorical@gmail.com.

 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

"SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS' CAMPS" ~ Book Talks and Signings slated for this fall

Authors Dale Potter-Clark and Charles L. Day are pleased to announce that after three years of exhaustive research, personal interviews with people all over the US, site visits, writing, editing and re-writing "The Founders and Evolution of SUMMER RESORTS AND KIDS' CAMPS on Four Lakes in Central Maine" has been released! This book is 350+ pages and includes 200+ vintage photos. Resorts and kids' camps were located at 39 locations on Lakes Torsey, Echo, Lovejoy, northern Maranacook and "Lake Myra" - several went by different names over the years. Few are still in operation and this book will tell you which ones are. Also included is the coming of the railroad, steamboats, the trolley and sketches about some of the people involved.
The schedule for book talks and signings is below. To buy a copy visit www.readfieldmaine.blogspot.com


Book talks and signings for
Summer Resorts and Kid’s Camps on Four Lakes in Central Maine: 
Sat. August 27st 9am-2pm                  
Vienna Historical Society, U.S. Route 41, Vienna village; book sale & signing
Sat. September 3rd 10am-2pm                        
Maranacook Boat Landing, Winthrop Road, Readfield; book sale & signing
Sat. September 24th 6-8pm                 
Vassalboro Public Library; place TBA; reading, sale and signing
Wed. October 5th 6-8p                   
Readfield Community Library, Main St., Readfield; reading, sale and signing
Mon. October 17th 12-1:30pm           
Cary Memorial Library, 67 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne; reading, sale and signing
Wed. October 19th 7-9pm
Underwood Library, Route 17, Fayette; reading, sale and signing
Tues. November 15th 6:30-8pm (NOTE: date changed from 11/8)                       
Bailey Public Library, 39 Bowdoin St., Winthrop; presentation, sale & signing
Sat. November 19th 9am-2pm            
Fayette Historical Society holiday fair; Fayette Central School; sale & signing
Sat. November 26th
Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair, Mt. Vernon Community Center in Mt. Vernon village; sale & signing
Fri. December 1st 10am-1pm
MaineGeneral Medical Center Auxiliary Gift Shop, Augusta; sale and signing
Wed. May 31st 6:30-8pm
Maranacook Community School; Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield
More will be scheduled for 2017 - stay tuned!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

READFIELD HISTORY WALK #38 ~ A Special Veterans' Day event ~ Nov. 11, 2016


Veterans, family, friends, one and all are welcome and encouraged to attend a special Readfield History Walk on November 11th. Participants should gather at Readfield Corner Cemetery on Church Road by 10am where walkers will be guided through part of the cemetery to learn about some of the Veterans buried there. Following this, walkers will follow Church Road and Main Street to Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road, to join in a tribute to Veterans starting at 11:00 a.m. After the tribute a soup and bread luncheon will be provided by Torsey Church (RUMC), starting at 11:15, upstairs at Gile Hall.
Parking is available at the Old Fairgrounds parking lot on Church Road. Those who do not wish to walk to Gile Hall are welcome to drive there. Drivers will be available to chauffeur walkers back to the Old Fairground’s parking lot from Gile Hall if desired. Veterans and all others are encouraged to attend all or any part of this event.
This Veterans’ Day event is a collaborative effort by members of the Readfield History Walkers, Town of Readfield Select Board, Readfield Heritage Days Committee, Readfield Cemetery Committee and Torsey Memorial Church (RUMC). The objectives of Readfield History Walks are for participants to learn more about the surrounding area - both current and historical - while enjoying the beauty and invigoration of the outdoors. According to where the Walks are held, various organizations, town committees, schools, churches, businesses and homeowners are included in the planning and in leading the tours. In most cases background information and research is provided through written material. FMI email crossings4u@gmail.com.