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Central Maine’s Architectural History NEW!
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Central Maine’s Architectural History NEW!


with Daniel Mitchell

Calendar Sep 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn about 250 years of Maine architecture, and maybe learn something about YOUR house! Dan Mitchell is a restoration-minded carpenter who lives in Sidney. This course hopes to develop an appreciation for our local, vernacular architecture while at the same time making connections to broad architectural themes. Also, learn how to be an advocate for historic preservation. This class will be eight weeks of presentations covering five major architectural periods (18th Century, Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, Modern), but students are greatly encouraged to enhance the class with experiences from their own homes. Student photos can be integrated into the slide presentations and students are encouraged to share their own old house stories or problems. There will be slides of MANY local, central Maine examples (over 500), numerous hands-on artifacts (including vintage prints, periodicals, stereoviews, tools, and books) as well as general discussions of methods of construction, technology changes, style changes, and the ideas behind them. Also, we’ll cover topics of restoration and historic preservation, as well as how to solve common old house problems. Perhaps a field trip can be added to enhance the classwork.

Instructor: Daniel Mitchell

8 Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Begins: September 12, 2019

Location: MCHS

Registration: $45

Living, Working and Socializing in 19th Century Readfield


with Dale Potter-Clark

Calendar Oct 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

In this class participants will gain insights into how residents lived, in Readfield and the surrounding rural communities, during the last half of the 19th century. During that era Readfield had four distinct centers that included industries, churches, schools, hotels and farms; after 1850 lakeside resorts and camps began to emerge on our four lakes. Readfield is known as the home of four Maine governors but there is so much more to tell.

Presenter: Dale Potter Clark

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: MCHS

Registration: $12.50

(No fee for Maranacook students who are enrolled in a Maine history class)

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Understanding Sacrifice: Researching Mainers Who Served in War


with Shane Gower

Calendar Oct 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Over the past 6 years students at Maranacook working with teacher Shane Gower have researched the stories of 8 Mainers killed in War (2 in WW1 and 6 in WW2) and have published mini-biographies of each soldier on the Award winning website: Shane has been to 8 American Cemeteries in Europe and visited various WW1 and WW2 Battlefields and historic sites from Italy to France and Belgium thanks to funding from National History Day, The World War One Centennial Commission, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. This presentation will discuss travel to these sites, researching soldiers from Maine who fought in these wars, and the attempts to preserve these stories within our community.

Presenter: Shane Gower, MCHS Social Studies Teacher

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Location: MCHS

Registration: Free, but please register in advance. Donations accepted at door to support students' work in National History Day.

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