72 Oak Street, P.O. Box 272 Boothbay Region Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-0272 Contact Us Historical Society Phone: 207-633-0820 Email: email@example.com Volume 20, Issue II Fall 2007 BRHS Has New President; BRHS Celebrates Elects Officers, Trustees 40th Anniversary In Style Doreen was Dun elect ed Our 40th anniversary was cele- The Shackletons permitted the his- BRHS president brated in style – in the historic set- torical society to use part of the at the society’s ting of the 1768 Nicholas Knight house and barn for its first museum. 40th annual house, the first home of the BRHS In the mid-1970s the Shackletons meeting, May shortly after its founding in 1967. sold the property and Frank Lenthall 15. Dun led a Melinda and Jeff Browne, who and Jim Wilmot operated the slate including own and maintain the house as a pe- Boothbay Theatre Museum there. Richard Hodg- riod showplace, led tours through the The Brownes bought the house 13 don, vice-president; Sally Bullard, home’s interior while guests mingled years ago. secretary; and Sarah Giles, continu- in the barn, enjoying wine, light bev- Doreen Dun, BRHS president, ing as treasurer. Elected to three-year erages and an elegant array of hors welcomed the 60 guests attending trustee terms were Bullard and Doro- d’oeuvres. Les Fossel, house restora- the event on a perfect September thy Gregory. Don Soler was elected tion specialist, provided insight into day. to a one-year term. Re-elected to some of the details of the house and three-year terms were John Heyl, barn. Musical background was pro- John McKown and Faith Meyer. vided by Arthur Webster and his sis- The new president, taking over ter, June Rose, whose aunt and un- from outgoing President Cathy cle, Birdene and P. Wentworth Sherrill, is an Ocean Point resident, Shackleton, restored the house to its who has volunteered at the historical original 18th century appearance society since 2001 and has served as during the 1950s and 1960s. a board member, secretary and vice- The house, at Boothbay Center, president. Dun is also a board mem- is named for Nicholas Knight, who ber of the Boothbay Harbor Memo- acquired the house in 1804. It was rial Library, trustee of UCC Congre- originally the “session house” for the gational Church in Boothbay Harbor meetinghouse next door. It had been and a board member of the Boothbay owned by the Knight, Corey and Region Food Pantry. She continues Giles families until the Shackletons to work as a consultant to the Ford bought it in the 1930s. Foundation in New York. Trustee Emerita Bea Walker cutting the anniversary cake. (Continued on page 2) In each newsletter we focus on a particular room in the museum, hoping you will consider a Rooms in Time visit to the Boothbay region’s “Rooms in Time.” The Nautical Room Seafaring business is tough and demanding work, requiring a keen sense for detail and superior technical skills. The Nauti- cal Room showcases tools that made it possible to navigate the waters: sextants, compasses, charts, taffrail logs, a course corrector, just to name a few. Flotsam and jetsam also have their place among the currents. Past and present, it’s always interesting to sift through what comes back to the shore. 2 Boothbay Region Historical Society Boothbay Region PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Historical Society President This is a particularly healthy and active moment in the life of the historical society. You will read elsewhere in this newsletter about the numerous programs that we have held in recent months, capped Doreen Dun by two special events to mark the society’s 40th anniversary: a community day at the museum in Au- Vice President gust featuring a variety of culinary and educational activities and a festive birthday party in September Richard Hodgdon at the 1768 Nicholas Knight house, barn, and grounds, courtesy of its current owners, Jeff and Secretary Melinda Browne. We are grateful to all whose vision and hard work made those and other events successful. In addition, the society is focusing on a number of improvements to the museum building, Sally Bullard including thoroughly scraping and repainting its front side with assistance from the Lincoln County Treasurer Prisoner Release Program and projected work to rid the museum cellar of excess moisture. None of Sarah Giles this would be possible without the energy and dedication shown by many of our members – volun- teers who contribute their talents and many hours of their time, trustees who take on special jobs and Trustees responsibilities, and generous donors. Steve Alley Underpinning everything we do are Barbara and Laurie. As we had foreseen, Laurie is a quick study, Roger Duncan and her computer and people skills, coupled with innovative approaches to administration and pro- Dorothy Gregory gramming, are valuable assets to the society. Barbara continues to do much to safeguard the region’s John Heyl heritage through research and writing and helps many visitors and correspondents with research- related questions. As someone new to the job of president, I am particularly grateful for the wisdom Jim Hunt and experience she brings to every issue. John McKown A significant share of credit for the historical society’s current strength and vitality goes to former Faith Meyer president Cathy Sherrill, whose good will and good sense guided us well during her two years at the Cathy Sherrill helm. We are fortunate that Cathy will continue to serve on the society’s board as we take on new Don Soler challenges during the coming year. Ronald Spofford Margaret Voight Trustees Emeriti Alden Stickney (Annual Meeting, con’t. ) Newcomers to the board bring a variety of expertise and talent. Sally Bullard, a 25-year East Boothbay resident, has been volunteering at the BRHS for three Bea Walker years. A wedding planner by profession, Sally volunteers at the Boothbay Region Humane Society and travels to Guatemala as a volunteer for Safe Passage, a group that seeks to assist Director impoverished children and families living on the Guatemala City dump. Dorothy Gregory, of Barbara Rumsey Sawyers Island, who has a B.S. in music and an M.S. in library science, worked for the Li- brary Development Division of the Maine State Library from 1972-2000, providing consultant Administrator services to schools and public libraries statewide. She is an active member of the Friends of Laurie Green the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the St. Andrews Hospital Auxiliary and serves on the Opera House board of directors. Don Soler, raised in East Boothbay, left in 1960 for col- Newsletter Committee lege and professional life as a high school science teacher and science department chair in Old Doreen Dun Town, Maine, retiring 11 years ago. He now lives in East Boothbay again in the family’s reno- John McKown vated summer cottage. He volunteers as a docent for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and is Margaret Voight a member of the Lions Club. Laurie Green, Editor The meeting was topped off with a talk by BRHS trustee and author Roger Duncan, who brought to life for the audience some past and recent history: the 1813 capture of the British Museum Hours of Operation: brig Boxer by the USS Enterprise off the shores of Boothbay and the 1992 loss of the tug Wednesday through Saturday Harkness. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 72 Oak Street Boothbay Harbor, Maine Phone:207-633-0820 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:boothbayhistorical.org Sally Bullard Dorothy Gregory Don Soler Boothbay Region Historical Society 3 MEMBERSHIP MATTERS VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION Thanks to the kindness of our We currently have a count of 657 members. Member- wonderful volunteers, the society ship dues are largely allocated to operating expenses was well represented in area and we sincerely thank you for your continued gener- events and here at the museum osity in supporting our organization. this spring, summer and fall. A Volunteer Recognition Recep- NEW MEMBERS tion was held in September to Angel Boord, Boothbay Harbor, Maine celebrate their great work this Tom Cornell, East Boothbay, Maine year. (Photo at left). In late spring and again this fall Stanley & Lorraine Hodgdon, Trevett, Maine we conducted our usual mailings Ellen Corbett Jones, York, Maine and had an enthusiastic turnout from volunteers including: Eleanor Alley, Marcia Soler, Lynne Mr. & Mrs. Charles Haggett, III, Boothbay Harbor, Maine Nicoletta, Pat Waldman, Judy Burgess, Jane Cowley, Alice Phyllis Kenney, Farmingdale, Maine Minto, Ann Sutter, Angel Brood, Judy Cook, Judy Dunsford, Anne Butler, Alice Fossett, Debbie Mullen, Paul Adams, Lucy Bea King, East Boothbay, Maine Marlowe, Sue Stevens and Gertrude Tibbetts. You wouldn’t get Tom Tavenner, Sawyers Island, Maine this newsletter without them. Thanks to them all! To celebrate our 40th anniversary with the Boothbay region commu- Peter Hunter, East Boothbay, Maine nity, we held a festival day here at the museum in July, with a wildly Suzanne Colburn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine successful bake sale coordinated by Eleanor Alley. There was a bountiful spread of goodies from bakers A-Z among our members. Donna & Jerry Closson, Boothbay Harbor, Maine A chock-a-block roomful of students learned various knot-tying Merry & Mark Knowlton, Newagen, Maine skills taught by Ret. USCG Commander and volunteer Bill Wilson, and the busy day was capped off by a talk from author Colin Janice Gower, Raymond, Maine Woodard, a perennial favorite here at the museum. Christa Elwell, Tenants Harbor, Maine Museum sitters and administrative volunteers have been busy, too. Many thanks go to: Anne Butler, Judy Dunsford, Judy Davidson, Anthony & Trudy Hodgdon, Auburn, Maine Judy Cook, Barbara Bush, Judy Burgess, Eleanor Alley, with Douglas A. Shepardson, III, Northport, New York additional help from trustees, Faith Meyer, Dorothy Greogory, and Doreen Dun. Philip G. Wright, Palm Bay, Florida On a gorgeous summer’s day at the annual Boothbay Region Land Charles & Susan Sorrentino, Marblehead, Massachusetts Trust’s Boat Builders Festival held in the heart of East Boothbay, Kenneth W. MacCormac & Family, West Boothbay Har- BRHS president Doreen Dun ably captained our ship with volunteer bor, Maine Alan Fisher. Doreen reports that, as expected, maritime-related books sold particularly well that day and many of our members Colleen Gaffey, Nashua, New Hampshire stopped by our display to chat. Coincidentally our good friend, au- thor Colin Woodard, was two booths away promoting and signing Robert D. Barton, Washington, DC his latest work. Bob and June Campbell Rose, Edgecomb, Maine At the Fall Foliage Festival at the Railway Village our annual tradi- Robert and Ruth Zollinger, Hunting Valley, Ohio tion of selling Grafton Village Cheddar Cheese continued. Participa- tion in this event truly is a cooperative effort beginning the Friday Heather Buck, New Orleans, Louisiana afternoon before the fair when the museum transforms into a mini- Henry Vess, Boothbay Harbor, Maine assembly line populated by folks carving, wrapping, weighing and labeling the tangy cheese. Most trustees and their spouses joined in Pat & Bob McKee, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine with help from Ken and Nancy Hanson and Bruce Wood. Early the next morning, volunteers carted it up to the booth, where it was Robert Freeman McKown, Wayland, Massachusetts marketed and sold by our loyal staff of merry cheesemongers, in- Gloria Knapp, East Boothbay, Maine cluding: John McKown, Peggy Voight, Jane Cowley, Anne But- ler, Judy and Chuck Davidson, Judy Cook, Judy Dunsford, Rev. Nancy McMillan, Marlboro, Massachusetts Holly Fulmer, her cousin Debbie, Ron Spofford, Barbara Rum- Edward A. Sprague, Palo Alto, California sey and Debbie Mullen. A special tip of the hat is extended to our trustee and “Big Cheese” Ron Spofford, who has organized our par- Jack L. Nisbet, Boothbay, Maine ticipation in this event for several years, and to trustee Richard Hodgdon, who helped set up and take down the display tent. 4 Boothbay Region Historical Society Notes from the Director Collections and the Building by Barbara Rumsey Collections Our group of collections volunteers expands in the summer, and this summer Alan Fisher, Holly Fulmer, and Judy Davidson came in regularly. Alan cataloged some Little Theatre Group papers; Holly sent numerous items to more appropriate re- positories, wrote thank-you notes, and checked the order of files; Judy did all the document and photo filing and helped with the per- ennial checking of the file order. Ken Hanson accessions artifacts and catalogs collections on a year-round basis, but he focused for some time on the Greene collection this summer. Bill Wilson also helps out year round improving the looks of the displays; recently he clipped articles of local significance from many years of the periodical "Maine Coast Fisherman-National Fisherman," donated by Marion Dash. Kay Wilder has been devoting her time, both here and at home, on the Hodgdon shipyard collection. Many of the volunteers spent much of a day at tables outside sorting and cataloging all our town report sets. The volunteers keep the reference room ship shape! The Building Bill Wilson and Don Soler dug and filled near the foundation to prevent some runoff from leaking into the cellar, part of a larger project to make the cellar a little less wet. In mid-October the Lincoln County Sheriff's Correctional Work Crew came to scrape and paint the front of the building, work a little in the cellar, and pick up debris in the yard. They've done a terrific job, strip- ping all the paint right down to the old hemlock clapboards. Recent Acquisitions Articles and Photos Loraine Nickerson: chairs for the public As has been the case since 1988, the John Gordon: images of Bernard Rice and Steve Thompson society's "Out of Our Past" column, con- Evelyn Sherman: 1923 Boothbay Register, 1940s aerial photos, Gus Pratt 1920s and 1940s store receipts, sisting of articles on historical subjects, straight razor has appeared approximately monthly in the Boothbay Register. Since the last Southport Historical Society: postcards and photos, bait bag newsletter, article subjects by Barbara Edith Tauber family: Anderson & Gaw promotional mirror Rumsey have included: Jim Fossett: still photos of historical society artifacts — Black Spanish-American War Larry Crane: transfer of five videos to DVD Veteran Reunions at Ocean Point Tom Cornell: Charlotte Beath Brown poems, Labbie Picture Shop promotional soap box in three installments (Close-up Bea Walker: Pastor Clifford card and church service schedule, ham radio postcard of F. C. McKown to photo below, circa 1900) Wales, Pinkham Bros. 1935 calendar, clapper for bell from fraternal organization, postcards — the Alewife Run at West Harbor in Sarah Duggan: tape of Rusty Court telling Tall Tales at the Fisherman’s Festival three installments Elizabeth Kiehn: Boothbay Medicinal Spring bottle — Preparing for the Fourth of July Alton Swett: Mass. Volunteer Militia button — Moving a Mast at Goudy's Peggy Powis: DVD interview Eliot Winslow “An Evening with Eliot” Barbara Gray: many children's books, puzzles, and toys — the Nicholas Knight House Tom Tavenner: tape of Harold Clifford, 1979 Rotary Club talk — the Marr-Paine Store Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club: a 2007 book of the history of the club Since 1999, photos with extended cap- Cathy Rouse: a monograph on the Jeffcott family tions have appeared about monthly as Bruce Lewis: half model of the “Sunny South” made by Don Kenniston, Sr. well. Since the last newsletter: Barbara Rumsey: netting needle — Boothbay Center, Circa 1900 Sprucewold History Committee: a 2007 book “Rusticators in Sprucewold. Preserving the Legacy.” — The West Side Cold Storage John G. Wilson family: 1957 version of the 1795 Boyd map Bob Barton: 1930s Girl Scout uniform of Nancy Whitten Barton Nancy Morris: razor handler, Rice Bros. builders plate, tray, hat pin, whisk broom Elizabeth Brown Paradis: Chester Brown service and life DVD Betsy Kristl: Dorothy Abbot memorabilia David Patch: ice saw, timber saw Kay Wilder: 1984 elementary school booklet "Behind the Door" Joanne Brown: Sidney Baldwin printing block, "Sanibel Sands" manuscript Rose LaVoie: Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club paperweight, postcards Friends of the Library: Conley's garden book Linda Giles: 1950 East Boothbay School photo Boothbay Region Historical Society 5 PLEASE? The society sometimes finds the need for particular items to make the museum run more smoothly. If you have or can do- nate to us the following items, we will put them to quick use! Thank you. T Small “dorm” refrigerator T 2 soft-filled easy chairs ITEMS FOR SALE T Floor lamp adjustable for reading (Members receive a 10% discount off these prices.) T Area rug (no greater than 5’x7’) BOOKS T DVD Player History of Boothbay, Southport, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Francis B. Greene, 1906 (reprinted 1984, 1986, 1999) $63.00 T DVD Holder (20+ slots) Family History of the Boothbay Region, Francis B. Greene, 1932 $26.25 THANK YOU! (This 1932 book duplicates the genealogies in the last 185 pages of Greene's 1906 history) We are grateful to our neighbor, Philip Shipping Days of Old Boothbay, George W. Rice, 1938 (reprinted 1986) $47.25 Haselton, who this past summer under- The Boothbay Region, 1906-1960, Harold B. Clifford, 1961 (reprinted 1982) $13.60 wrote installation and long-term mainte- nance of a DSL high speed internet con- Reminiscences of a Boothbay Shipbuilder, James P. Stevens, 1993 $10.50 nection for the society, a nearly indis- Boothbay Region Historical Sketches, Vol. I, Barbara Rumsey, editor, 1995 $14.70 pensable tool in today’s business and Boothbay Region Historical Sketches, Vol. II, Barbara Rumsey, editor, 1999 $15.75 nonprofit environment. Philip also has voiced his intention to materially assist Boothbay Region Historical Sketches, Vol. III, Barbara Rumsey, editor, 2006 $16.80 with the cellar project. Hodgdon Shipbuilding and Mills, A Documentary History of the First Hundred A special thank you as well to Frank Years, 1816-1916, Barbara Rumsey, 1995 $15.75 Luke of P.E. Luke Inc. who had his Colonial Boothbay, Mid-1600s to 1775, Barbara Rumsey, 2000 $16.80 machine shop weld the stair railing as part of the maintenance of the building Boothbay Region Revisited, Boothbay Region Historical Society, 2004 $21.00 this October. I'm Different, A Biography of Ethelyn P. Giles, Carl R. "Chip" Griffin, 1999 $14.70 Coming of Age on Damariscove Island, Maine, Carl R. "Chip" Griffin, 1980 $10.50 Boothbay, Maine Marriage Intentions, 1766-1904, Fred Bennett $21.00 Shipping for the books is $2.50, except for Greene's 1906 history, which is $3.50. Price includes 5% sales tax; deduct the sales tax for out-of-state purchases. MONOGRAPHS and MAPS "Researching Your Old Boothbay Region House," Barbara Rumsey $ 3.68 "Early History of Barters Island," Barbara Rumsey $ 6.30 1948 Rockwell Map (shows the harbor and surrounding communities) $12.60 1885 Boothbay Harbor Map (names local businesses and shows house locations) $ 5.25 1815 Map and Key (shows land ownership at the time) $ 7.35 Frank Luke (left) with his father Paul Luke at their East Boothbay shipyard, Shipping for the monographs is $1.50. circa 1985. Shipping for the 1815 map, folded, is $1.50. The 1885 and 1948 maps are packaged in a tube and GIFTS IN MEMORIAM cost $5.00 to ship. Memorial gifts were given to the society in the name of: PHOTOGRAPHS We have gone almost entirely to scanning in order to reproduce photographs in our collection. ò Gwendolyn Gordon As a rule, copies of existing prints cost $10. Scans may be printed on matte or glossy paper. ò Dr. Frank Farmer ò Robert Holbrook Please visit www.boothbayhistorical.org for a complete listing of our items for sale. ò John Gregg (Jack) Wilson NONPROFIT BOOTHBAY REGION HISTORICAL SOCIETY U.S. POSTAGE P.O. BOX 272 PAID BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME 04538-0272 BOOTHBAY HBR., ME PERMIT NO. 1 Boothbay Region Historical Society 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine Open: Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone: 207-633-0820 Email: email@example.com Website: www.boothbayhistorical.org The museum is open year round. Please stop in for a visit. Barbara Rumsey is in on Wednesday afternoons and all day on Saturdays and is available for research-related help on those days. GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP THIS HOLIDAY! MARK YOUR CALENDAR Help your society and increase our support—these memberships make a nice gift. Give one to a friend, neighbor or relative, or pass on this newsletter so they can decide for themselves. Thank you! Membership Form Yes, I would like to become a member of the Boothbay Region Historical Society. Name____________________________________________________ T December 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Annual Holiday Open House as part of the Harbor Lights Festival, special Address__________________________________________________ Antique Toy Exhibit by Richard Plunkett, Quilt Raffle Drawing and Town__________________________ State______ Zip____________ plenty of holiday cheer. T December 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Telephone___________________ Email _______________________ Antique Appraisal Clinic with guest antique appraiser Richard Plunkett. __ Individual $ 10.00 Please send checks payable to: __ Family $ 17.50 Boothbay Region Historical Society T February 17, 2 p.m. Winter Series __ Contributing $ 35.00 P.O. Box 272 speaker Bette Finocchiaro of Bette’s __ Other Amount $ _____ Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-0272 Famous Fish Fry will speak about her fishing boat and restaurant businesses. Do you have a particular interest?________________________________________ Would you like to volunteer? Y / N How may we contact you?________________ T March 23, 2 p.m. Winter Series Membership entitles you to a biannual newsletter and a 10% discount on items in the museum shop. speaker Cathy Sherrill will talk about her sailing adventures to Labrador. The BRHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.