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Thomaston Historical Society Programs for 2018

Our regular meeting dates are usually on the second Tuesday of the month. Unless otherwise noted, the programs below will be held starting at 7 p.m. at Watts Hall  174 Main St. Thomaston.

The doors will open at 7:00 P.M. Please come early and join us for refreshments before the meeting. The programs begin at 7:30 sharp.

For more information, please call 207-354-2295 or email us at info@thomastonhistoricalsociety.com. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 8th Green Street Touchstones  Historian Peggy McCrea will guide us on a virtual tour of Green Street and talk about the houses and people who lived in them.

Saturday, June 16th

  1-4 p.m.
Summer House Tour  1-4 p.m.  The tour is of 14 Elliot Street, a beautiful Federal home build in 1845 that overlooks the harbor and has lovely gardens. An outdoor tea and raffle baskets will be available.

Tuesday, June 19th In Defense of Henry Knox  Dr. Bill McCarriston seeks to exonerate Major General Henry Knox’s indictments by several authors through his research from the Archives of the Commonwealth of Mass. and elsewhere. He will discuss this research which is based on his monograph. Just prior to the talk is the Thomaston Historical Society’s annual membership meeting and election.

Tuesday, July 10th Alfred D. Snow: A Great Ship Revisited  Betsy White, descendant of Capt. Willey during the last voyage of the Alfred D. Snow, describes her journey to Ballyhack, Ireland, the town closest to where the ship and the crew were lost. Learn how the town supports its memory.

Saturday, July 21st

   10:30 a.m.
General Henry Knox Memorial Service   10:30 a.m.  This service honors Revolutionary War General Henry Knox, who was also the first Secretary of War. It takes place at the gravesite in the Thomaston Town Cemetery off Erin Street. A reception follows on the Knox Museum grounds.

Friday, July 27th
Monday, July 30th
Thomaston Cemetery Cleaning/Repair Workshop  With the blessing of the Cemetery Committee, we are offering a four day workshop next summer. Let’s keep the momentum going started by the restoration of Knox’s grave and the solo work our sexton, Pete Lammert has been doing. There is so much more work to be done. We have expert, Joe Ferannini, who led the restoration of the Tolman Cemetery and is a frequent instructor of MOCA (Maine Old Cemetery Assoc.) workshops. Consider signing up as a student, making a donation to cover the cost, or sponsoring the restoration/maintenance of a gravesite.

Tuesday, August 14th Stonewalling in Maine  Kevin Curtin, Ph.D. will talk about his research on stone walls in New England and the famous impoundment structures in Maine and who built them.

Thursday August 9th

  9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  and 1 p.m.

Brooks Trap Mill
211 Beechwood St. Thomaston

Brooks Trap Mill Tours  Find out how a lobster trap works and how it is made.

For over 60 years Brooks Trap Mill has been an integral part of the local lobster industry and commercial fishing. Today, with locations in Portland, Bath, and Jonesboro, as well as the home location in Thomaston, they are a major supplier to the commercial fishing industry, a mainstay for Maine historically.

At the end of each tour, there will be time for additional questions with light refreshments served by the Historical Society.

Tuesday, September 11th Thatcher Street Archaeological Dig Update  Harbour Mitchell, Archaeologist, will talk about the process and the findings from the June 2017 dig we sponsored. Hear what our next steps will be.

Tuesday, October 9th Heirloom Apples  Our speaker will be John Bunker, the author of “Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine.” He also established the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, home to 300 historic pears and apples.   Heirloom Apples poster

Saturday, October 20

1 - 3 p.m.

Thomaston Masonic Temple
201 Main St. Thomaston
Salute to Veterans  Paying tribute to all military personnel, from every service branch, and every time period in American History.

   * Tables with Memorabilia   * Honor Flight Maine
   * Quilts of Valor   * and much more

   Salute to Veterans poster

Friday December 7th
   5 - 7 p.m.    and

Saturday Dec. 8th
   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

54 Knox Street  Thomaston
Home for the Holidays  12th annual  Holiday House Tour of the Alpheus Sherman House built by James Overlock with a Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. with wine and hors d´oeuvres, live music, and a small live auction.

Note, Friday tickets are limited to 100.

The tour and silent auction continue on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are needed for the Friday night event and tickets may be purchased at the door on Saturday.

   Home For The Holidays poster



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