Happy 200th birthday State of Maine!

Andrew Robinson Homestead

During the year 2020 you’ll be seeing numerous festivities around the state celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine becoming a state. Visit www.maine200.org to learn more about all the events that are planned. Here in St. George there will be a public supper on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Fire Station Meeting Room, followed by a program put on by the St. George Historical Society on what the town of St. George was like 200 years ago. The planning for the event is currently in the works and more information will be available sometime in January. Save the date—March 14th!

In addition to the special celebration in March, the St. George Historical Society will be having its monthly programs from April through October. The Society holds its annual planning meeting in January, so if you have any ideas on what would be a fun program or walking tour, send an email to stgeorgemainehistory@gmail.com or stop by the Society’s new headquarters at the Old Library Museum at 38 Main Street in Tenants Harbor and share your thoughts.

The Old Library Museum will be opening on a regular basis starting on January 1st. At the beginning we will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, and also by appointment. For the summer season the plan is to be open more hours. You can inquire about our hours or schedule an appointment by calling 207-372-2231 or send a request via the email noted earlier. Our soft opening on November 30th was well attended and there was a lot of interest. Our reference library on local, regional and Maine history and genealogy, plus Maine and New England maritime history, is currently in excess of 300 titles, with more being donated every day. We also have a small—but growing—section on Maine Indians.

Also planned during the State’s celebration in 2020 are events at our other locations in St. George—the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum in Port Clyde (www.marshallpoint.org), the Schoolhouse Museum in Tenants Harbor next to the Town Office, and the Andrew Robinson Homestead in Wiley’s Corner. The Schoolhouse Museum will be open from May to October with regular hours (or by appointment) and there will be an open house at the Andrew Robinson Homestead sometime in August around the birthday of Andrew Robinson—August 15th.

Keep your eyes open for more news of the monthly events and other items planned for 2020. The St. George Historical Society has a website (www.stgeorgehistory.com) where you can sign up for email announcements and notices of upcoming events. The Historical Society is also planning to change its newsletter from quarterly to monthly starting in January 2020. Remember to go to our website to sign up for this monthly news. If you have problems signing up, then email us or call or drop by the Old Library Museum to learn what’s new about the history of St. George.

—John Falla (Falla is president of the St. George Historical Society.)

PHOTO: John Falla

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