Historical societies offer seasonal exhibits

Jun 10, 2013
Thomaston Historical Society is mounting its Civil War Trail at the town’s library rather than its museum, in order for more people to be able to see it.

The museum complex of the Waldoborough Historical Society will open for the 2013 season on Waldoboro Day, Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesday night, June 18, the Thomaston Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the opening of its Civil War Trail exhibit at the town's library.

Waldoborough Historical Society

Trustee Jan Cellana will serve as Waldoboro Day hostess. Trustee Jim Derby will offer an outdoor mini barn-raising experience, while trustee Pat Kristiansen will demonstrate needlework in the barn. Authors Mark Biscoe and Captain Ray Perkins will sign their books and discuss their writing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, while trustee Elizabeth Sproul will present “Schoolhouse Memories” in the Boggs School house at 2 p.m.

Ongoing in the Hauck Building will be a used book sale of genealogy and history books overseen by Martha Brown; and genealogy information will be provided by members of the Old Broad Bay Family History Association. New exhibits on archeology, rug braiding and Conrad Heyer, Waldoboro’s first child born of German parents, have been added in the barn; class photos, diplomas and trophies from Waldoboro High School may be found in the Schoolhouse.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.  The museum, 1164 Main St./Route 220, will be open Wednesdays through Mondays from noon to 3 p.m. through Labor Day.

Thomaston and the Civil War Trail

As part of the national observance of the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil War, Thomaston Historical Society has joined 22 other societies, museums and libraries throughout the State of Maine by creating a special display as one stop on the Civil War Trail. The opening reception Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. will be at the Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The Civil War’s impact on the maritime town of Thomaston was great. One focus of the display is on the ideological split between wealthy shipbuilder/owners and sea captains of Thomaston, who depended on free trade and had personal relationships with southern plantation owners and the strong nationalism and anti-slavery fervor of many in outlying areas. The severe financial hardship of the war on this maritime community is told through stories of confiscated or burned ships and a decline in shipbuilding.

The second major part of this exhibit follows the personal impact on a few Thomaston soldiers and their families, drawing from personal journals and the Memory Volume of the P. Henry Tillson Post of the GAR.

People who might be related to Civil War soldiers and sailors will be THS’ special guests at the reception. Encouraged to attend are those whose families are connected to Luman Butler, Nehemiah Boynton Catland, Perez Henry Tilson, the Fales Brothers (John, Sylvester and Fenelon), Martin Carr, Greenleaf and Jonathan Prince Cilley, Henry Knox Thatcher and James Henry Hobbs Hewett, all of whom are featured in the display with photographs and/or quotes from their personal letters, journals and military records.

In cooperation with the library this exhibit, will remain on display into September. THS thanks the library for allowing it to use the library space for the display, as the library’s extended hours will allow many more visitors to see the exhibit.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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