Maine state historian to lead schoolhouse talk

Sep 05, 2014
Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will lead a talk on schoolhouses and child life Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Hahn Center in Friendship.

Friendship — The Friendship Museum will host Earle G. Shettleworth presenting “Maine Schoolhouses and Child Life, c. 1900” at the Hahn Center on Main Street in Friendship Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

This is the final program of the season for the Friendship Museum, which has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Friendship Museum is housed in the last functioning one-room schoolhouse in Friendship, which was in use until 1923 and became a museum in 1964.

Shettleworth is Maine’s sixth state historian. He was born, raised and educated in Portland, has received degrees from Colby College, Boston University, and Bowdoin College, and has the distinction of being the longest actively serving State Historic Preservation Officer in the nation. He has been elected to numerous positions in various societies and commissions in Maine including but not limited to the Maine Historical Society, the State House and Capitol Park Commission, the Maine Lighthouse Selection Committee and the State Facilities Master Plan Commission. The Maine Historical Society’s auditorium in Portland was named for him in 1999. He was appointed as the State Historian in 2004 by Gov. John Baldacci and has served in that position since then.

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