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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 14 Touchstones   Historian Peggy McCrea will guide us on a virtual tour of East Main Street and talk about the houses, architecture, and people who lived in them.

Saturday, June 15

  1-4 p.m.
Summer House Tour  1-4 p.m.  The tour is of 33 Hyler Street, a house built in the very popular Victorian Italianate style by joiner, selectman and fire chief John T. Beverage. Light refreshments will be available as well as raffle items.

Tuesday, June 18 Three Midcoast Writers and a Bookseller   For over five years, South Thomaston resident Judith Tydings, PhD., interviewed Thomaston memoirist and centenarian Luthera Dawson, Cushing writer Elisabeth Ogilvie, Maine poet laureate and Appleton resident Kate Barnes, daughter of Henry Beston, author of The Outermost House, and Vivian York, owner of Lobster Lane Bookshop in Spruce Head. Dr. Tydings will bring these people dedicated to writing and books to life.

Saturday, July 27

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

Tuesday, August 13 Thomaston Baptist Church: The First 200 Years   Jolene and Morris Berry, long-time educators in the St. George, Thomaston and Rockland area, will present stories they learned while collecting research for the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Thomaston Baptist Church.

Thursday, August 15 Tour Thomaston Place Auction Galleries  Learn the behind the scenes working and get an early preview of the August auction. (Fee event; space limited)

Tuesday, September 10 Genealogy Research: Beyond Ancestry.com   Certified Genealogist Helen Shaw, board member and former president of the Maine Genealogical Society, will talk about ways of tracing and documenting your family.

Saturday, September 21
  10 a.m.
Lean and Clean Work Day   Thomaston Town Cemetery, Section 2 off Erin Street near General Knox’s grave. Help us clean and straighten some of the old grave stones in the cemetery in a safe way for us and the stones.

Saturday, September 28
  1 - 4 p.m.
Second Annual Thomaston Salute to Veterans  Williams-Brazier Post 037 - American Legion, Thomaston (behind the business block). Come join us on Saturday, September 28th for the second annual Salute to Veterans reception, an afternoon of “celebrating veterans” in our country and community.

You don’t have to be a veteran to come, “All are Welcome.” If you need a ride, or know someone that does, contact us at info@thomastonhistoricalsociety.com or robmainer@outlook.com or by calling (207)790-2204 or (207) 354-2295.

Saturday, October 5
  4 - 6 p.m.
Archival Gallery and Library: Grand Opening Reception   at the Farmhouse Museum, 80 Knox Street (the old train station)   After two years of renovation, the Thomaston Historical Society is proud to open a converted storage room to an amazing new Archival Library and Gallery. See and explore nearly 600 books/magazines, over 60 boxes of photographs and four walls with paintings, photographs, documents, and old business signs that have not been available to the public until now.

Come help the Thomaston Historical Society celebrate the completion of this new community resource. Join us for appetizers and cider. If you are a crafter, there is a chance to pick up packs of old magazines and papers - duplicates that need recycling.

Tuesday, October 8 Finding your Digs   Archaeologist Harbour Mitchell, will again offer an informative talk on the digs he has been working on and he invites people to bring their finds from old “dumps” around their houses for identification.

Friday and Saturday,
December 7, 8
Our 12th Home for the Holidays   The house will be announced at a later date. Wine reception on Friday night with music, a live auction and a silent auction. The house tour and silent auction continues on Saturday.



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