Historical Society Programs for 2014

Our regular meeting dates are on the second Tuesday of the month. The building is open beginning at 7:00 P.M. Please come early and join us for refreshments before the meeting. The programs begin at 7:30 sharp. Please note that this year several meetings or events are being held on days other than Tuesday and at different venues.

Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30 P.M. Thomaston Education in the 19th Century. Historian Peggy McCrea will provide insights into the earlier days of learning within the village of Thomaston and the evolution of school houses, school districts and school studies.

Tuesday, June 10th at 7:30 P.M. Maine's Early Female Physicians. Author Annette Dorey will weave together stories of these forgotten pioneering healers, drawing from over 180 Allopathic, Botanic, Clairvoyant, Chiropractic, Christian Science, Eclectic, Homeopathic, Magnetic, Metaphysical, and Osteopathic practitioners from 1850 to 1920.

Saturday, July 12th 1 to 4 P.M. Tour of an historic house at 88 Main Street. Built c. 1830, this house in on the National Registry of Historic Places. The house has been the home and office of several doctors throughout the years. It has recently been authentically restored and the exterior  painted in the original cream color.  

Saturday, July 26th at 10 A.M.  (for presenters' sign-in) and 10:30 for observers.  Celebrating the Birthday of Henry Knox, Revolutionary War General and First Secretary of War. After attending the ceremony at the Knox grave site in the Thomaston Town Cemetery, join the "birthday" party at Montpelier, Route 131, Thomaston. Hosted by the Thomaston Historical Society and Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum.

Saturday, August 16th from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. at Watts Hall
One Hundred Years of Quilts. Bonnie Dwyer, the Quilt Whisperer, will discuss how to determine the age/era, condition and care of quilts, using at least 25 quilts from her collection. After the talk, Bonnie will be available to identify quilts that participants bring. Come have tea with us and meet Bonnie and other quilters. Sponsored by the Thomaston Historical Society.  

Tuesday , September 9th  at 7:30 P.M. Construction of Early Chimneys and Fire Places. Mason and speaker, Rich Irons, will tell the story of how early chimneys and fire places were constructed and evolved.

Tuesday, October  14th at 7:30 P.M. Evolution of the Thomaston Fire Department. Pete Lammert will tell the story of how the Thomaston Fire Department evolved, often stimulated by spectacular fires.

Friday, December 5th at 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.  and Saturday, December 6th  from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.  
The Seventh Annual Home for the Holidays House Tour. One of our four available homes in Thomaston will be open and fully decorated for the holidays. Enjoy this historic home, with a wine reception, live music, and both live and silent auctions on Friday, 6 to 8 P.M. The home will be open to tour on Saturday between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. For more information, contact the Thomaston Historical Society, 207-354-7029 or at www.thomastonhistoricalsociety.com
Additional contact, Susan Devlin, 207-354-4121 or sdevlin@theartemisgroup.com

Please note that the venue for our programs is not always the same. May, June,  September and October programs are all at the Farmhouse, our Thomaston Historical Society building at 80 Knox Street. The Saturday, July 26th event begins at the Thomaston Cemetery and then moves to the General Henry Knox Museum on Route 131. The Saturday August 16th program will be at Watts Hall on Main Street, Thomaston. The December "Home for the Holidays" house is still to be chosen and will be announced after the choice is made. Please watch our web site for information as it develops.  


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