Norlands‘ has received a $5,000 matching grant to their “Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic Campaign” from the Otis Federal Credit Union. In order to receive the funds, they must raise $5,000 by October 31st.
This is a great time to support a great cause. Whatever you donate will be doubled!
Read The Norlands’ full press release.
Visit the Washburn Norlands Living History Center website for more info.
Exciting news came in from the Pejepscot Historical Society this week that it had received a donation of the original Medal of Honor of Joshua Chamberlain.
An anonymous donor found the Medal of Honor in a book purchased at a book sale. The First Parish Church of Duxbury, MA didn’t know they had it all these years. This the original medal that Chamberlain was awarded in 1893. It’s replacement, which he received in 1906, is on Bowdoin College in its George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Continue reading
The Waldo County Rangers are looking for some financial help with building a new indoor shooting range.
The Waldo County Rangers is a western heritage shooting club located near Bangor, Maine. It’s members travel all over the state and country to participate in Cowboy Fast Draw competitions.
The number of ways that people enjoy history, especially demonstrations of skills from bygone eras continues to fascinate me. And to have fun doing it too! I’m glad people share their love of firearms and the traditions of the past. Check out what the Waldo County Rangers are up to and if you are interested then contact them! And if you can, try to support their efforts on building a new range. Continue reading
Wiscasset Newspaper has a nice article on a donation to the Maine State Museum by the Alna Cemetery Association. Perhaps the oldest example of an American made horse drawn hearse.
The association loaned the museum the hearse in 1979. But the museum recently changed it’s policy on receiving open-ended loans and the association did not have the means to preserve the hearse on their own. So by donating the hearse and transferring the ownership to the museum, the museum may actually be able to apply for grant money to preserve the hearse in a better fashion.
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The following is taken from Maine at Gettysburg.
NINETEENTH MAINE REGIMENT,
FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,
AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.
While the desperate defense of Little Round Top was going on, the utmost efforts of the Third corps and its reinforcements from the Fifth and Second corps, were insufficient to maintain the advanced line taken up by General Sickles. We have already seen the Third Maine overpowered at the Peach Orchard, the Fourth as severely handled in Devil’s Den, and the Seventeenth holding on until relieved in the Wheatfield, all with heavy losses. The fortunes of these Maine regiments were the fortunes of the whole of Sickles’ line.
The success of Longstreet was the signal for the advance of the Confederate army along the whole Union line; and the Twentieth Maine had hardly ceased fighting Hood’s soldiers on Little Round Top, when the troops of Early were ready to dash on Cemetery Hill, after dark, in the charge already described in connection with the Fifth Maine battery. In this general attack, the place of greatest hope for the Confederates was on the left centre of the Union army, where Sickles’ line was already crumbling. This advantage followed up successfully would cut Meade’s army in two. How this disaster was averted cannot be told without giving lasting honor to two Maine organizations, the Nineteenth infantry and Sixth battery. Continue reading