Events

The Pembroke Historical Society will be holding a members & community planning meeting on Zoom on Friday, January 15th. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM, and run for about an hour. All members of the Pembroke Historical Society, residents of Pembroke and nearby towns, and friends of the PHS, are invited to attend.


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The Pembroke (Maine) Historical Society

ZOOM History Program Series

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - - - 6:00 PM

RISK & REWARD off CAPE HORN:

The Story of Captain Jesse Thayer Carver, of Searsport, Maine, and the Wreck of the Maine-built Downeaster St. Mary

The Pembroke Historical Society is honored host Charles Lagerbom on Tuesday, January 26th, for his Zoom presentation "Risk & Reward off Cape Horn: The Story of Captain Jesse Thayer Carver, of Searsport, Maine, and the Wreck of the Maine-built Downeaster St. Mary. The presentation will start at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Register at <www.pembrokemainehistoricalsociety.org>.

Captain Jesse Thayer Carver of Searsport gambled everything he owned on a single ship and voyage; one that would make or break him. The ship was the large down-easter St. Mary, her destination San Francisco, and Carver’s big challenge was to get her around Cape Horn. What followed is a tale of storms, tragedy, and loss, but also one of redemption and return. Captain Carver and St. Mary represent an important chapter of Maine maritime history; a time when ambitious men challenged the seas with wooden sailing ships in high risk, high reward ventures.

The evening's presenter, Charles H. Lagerbom received his MA in History/Archaeology at the University of Maine with work on a Revolutionary War Truckhouse excavated on Penobscot River. An avid diver, he organized underwater surveys of ship remains in Maine lakes, the 1779 Penobscot Expedition, and the 17th century English galleon Angel Gabriel off Pemaquid, and spent two field seasons in Antarctica with the University of Maine Quaternary {Climate Change} Institute. A published author, he has given guest lectures on topics covering Antarctica, Cape Horn, Maine's whaling industry, and New England colonial and maritime history. He teaches Advanced Placement United States History at Belfast Area High School and makes his home on the coast of Maine.

Register for the event at <www.pembrokemainehistoricalsociety.org>. Click on Events. Click on the link following the program description. Fill out the form. Submit. You will receive verification by email. For additional information, write to <secretary@pembrokemainehistoricalsociety.org>.

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Pembroke Historical Society

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - - - on ZOOM

“SEA RHYMES”

A Sharing of Songs & Poems

by and about

Seafarers & Coastal Folk

The Pembroke Historical Society invites you to participate in a sharing of traditional and contemporary songs and poems of seafaring and coastal life. You may sing a chantey, a ditty, a ballad, or a hymn with a maritime theme, or recite a poem, or just enjoy listening to others. ""SEA RHYMES" will be presented via ZOOM, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. We expect to have many presenters from the State of Maine and hope to have others from scattered parts of the United States and Canada. For additional information, please contact secretary@pembrokemainehistoricalsociety.org



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December 15, 2020 - - - on ZOOM

“OLD CHRISTMAS in NEW ENGLAND”

performed by

Ally Talbot & Kris Paprocki

The Pembroke Historical Society is delighted to present "Old Christmas in New England, a musical program for the holiday season, via ZOOM, on Tuesday, December 15th, at 6:00, performed by the long-time duet of Allison Talbot and Kris Paprocki. Ally teaches English literature at Machias Memorial High School. Kris teaches music at the Pembroke, Perry, and Charlotte schools, and serves as the PHS's president. Ally & Kris's performance will include songs and fiddle tunes spanning the celebration of Christmas from early pagan roots to Victorian nostalgia, including historic and traditional music of New England. The program will have a maritime feel, as it is said that Christmas in early Puritan New England was unpopular in the villages, and only “kept” by fishermen and mariners. Those attending the concert will hear and learn English carols that those early New England seafaring “keepers” would have sung. Kris and Ally will also be performing Christmas hymns written by America’s first composers, the “Yankee tunesmiths,” including the first piece of Christmas music published in America, composed by Machias, Maine's own James Lyon in the 1700s. Many of the Victorian Christmas songs, such as “Over the River and Through the Wood” were written by New Englanders, as was the lesser-known “Christmas at Sea” by Maine resident George Frederick Root. With two-part vocals and instrumentation with fiddle, guitar, banjo and accordion, this is a "feel good" celebration not to be missed. For additional information please contact secretary@pembrokemainehistoricalsociety.org

DECEMBER 8, 2020 on ZOOM

"MAINE'S LONG STRUGGLE for STATHOOD:

The View from Washington County"

by Liam Riordan, Ph.D.

Professor of History, University of Maine - Orono

As we approach the end of 2020, Maine's statehood bicentennial, the Pembroke Historical Society is honored to host Dr. Liam Riordan, Professor of History at the University of Maine - Orono, for an illustrated discussion on the nearly 50-year movement that led to Maine's admission to the Union on March 15, 1820. Dr. Riordan's presentation will include the process by which, amidst much controversy, Maine was separated from Massachusetts to become a state of its own. Maine's achieving statehood included four major themes that have lasting effects 200 years later. These include the "two Maines" political, economic and cultural division, the crucial issue of slavery at the heart of the Maine-Missouri Compromise of 1820, the sovereignty of the Wabanaki, with a special emphasis on the Passamaquoddy, and the lingering issue of the international boundary between Maine and Canada. Dr. Riordan will make use of several graphics to explain issues involved in Maine statehood, including one showing the division of free and slave states, and a very revealing historic "Map of the Inhabited Part of the State of Maine," dating from the 1820s. Dr. Riordan is widely recognized as leading authority on the history of Maine during the American Revolution and the Early Republic. He has lectured widely on the subject, organized several history conferences in Orono, and worked on a statewide project for grades 6 through 12 on Maine's Statehood Bicentennial.


Friday, November 20th - - - 6:00 PM

The Pembroke Historical Society will be holding a members & community planning meeting on Zoom on Friday, November 20th. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM, and run for about an hour. All members of the Pembroke Historical Society, residents of Pembroke and nearby towns, and friends of the PHS, are invited to attend. Topics for discussion will include updates on recent artifact and document donations to the Society, the Society's history journal, The Pemmaquon Call, the Society's 2020 Christmas ornament, and the Society's Zoom history series. Most of all, the Society's officers and active volunteers would like to hear from YOU about how PHS can better serve the community, educational opportunities, ideas for exhibits and events, and questions and concerns about volunteering to assist in preserving and presenting Pembroke's history and cultural heritage.


November 17th - Songs of the Sea

The November 17th program, "SONGS of the SEA," will feature Heidi Slaney, well known for her singing at Mystic Seaport. Heidi, a music teacher in the state of Connecticut, will lead the virtual audience in chanteys and ballads of seafaring and coastal life, mostly from the 1800s, but also from our own time. Those Zooming into the program will be invited to participate.


PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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November 10th - 6:00 PM - "Veterans' Reminiscences: Thanking Ourselves for Our Service."

For this non-political event we ask all Veterans and those on Active Duty to share stories of the men and women with whom they served, rather than stories of combat. Veterans' families, friends, and the entire public are invited to listen and to join in. The event will be moderated by Stephen Sanfilippo, United States Navy, 1970 - 1976.


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PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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October 27th - 6:00 PM - "The Maine Law: Prelude to Prohibition:

The presenter, Dr. Scott C. Martin, is Chair of the Department of History at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. An internationally recognized scholar in the study of alcohol and alcohol abuse, Dr. Martin will discuss the political, cultural and religious factors leading to Maine outlawing the drinking of alcohol during the 1850s, and the protests that brought that prohibition down. He will also discuss how Maine, as the first state to forbid alcohol consumption, led the way towards National Prohibition in 1919.





PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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October 13th - 6:00 PM - A MANLEY PRIZE:

Pembroke's Ballad of a Forgotten Naval Hero of the American Revolution - presented by Dr. Stephen Sanfilippo, Assistant Professor (Retired), Maine Maritime Academy - researched by Ms. Susan Sanfilippo, PHS Curator. The unexpected history of America's first great naval victory on the high seas, why the song and its hero, Commodore John Manley, were forgotten, and how it came to be remembered in only one place - - - Pembroke, Maine.








The monthly meetings of the Pembroke Historical Society will offer an array of programs that will enthrall lovers of local, state, and national history. In putting the roster together Stephen Sanfilippo, PHS program coordinator, sought to schedule outstanding presenters on a variety of topics, including historic photography, subsistence settlement, women’s history, the American Civil War, shore life, and maritime commerce and culture. Presentations, which include lecture, visuals, and discussion, start at or soon after 7:00 PM, following each month’s 6:30 PM business meeting, at the PHS museum, intersection of Front Street and Old County Road, Pembroke. Admission and refreshments are free, and donations to the PHS are welcome. Presentations are appropriate for adults, especially for educators and for those interested in Maine’s history, and for students, grades 5 through college.


Check the calendar below for details.