The Purpose of the Nobleboro Historical Society is to encourage and promote interest in Nobleboro history
among schoolchildren and the general public through exhibits, lectures and other special events and
through preservation and display of historical memorabilia and important records relating to the town of
All programs are free and everyone is welcome. Programs are held at the Nobleboro
Historical Center unless otherwise noted.
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|Saturday, February 4, 2017
Nobleboro Historical Society
This program is sponsored by the Dunbar Cemetery Association of Nobleboro and the
Nobleboro Historical Society and will be held at the Nobleboro Historical Center.
|“Have Questions about Maine Cemetery Laws?”
Are you curious about the care Maine requires for veterans’ graves or about a person being buried
on their own property?
Helen Shaw, the legislative liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) and president of
the Maine Genealogical Society, will speak about the current Maine laws governing cemeteries and
Shaw moved from Chicago to Rockport in 2003 when she and her family returned to her husband's home
state. Her roots to Maine include an ancestor who was a minister in Whitefield in the mid-1700s.
Since arriving in Rockport, Helen has been elected to the Rockport Charter Commission and is currently
serving on the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee and the Rockport Cemetery Committee. Additionally,
she is the Regent of the Lady Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the
vice-president and secretary of the Old Broad Bay Family History Association.
The program will be a little over an hour long, handouts will be provided and attendees may ask
questions. Refreshments will be served.
|Saturday, April 22, 2017
North Nobleboro Community Hall
Upper East Pond Rd
Please bring your favorite dish to share, along with your plate setting - we will
provide cups. Beverages are provided.
The North Nobleboro Hall is where North Nobleboro Day is held. From US 1, drive
about 4 miles on East Pond Road to the first stop sign. Turn right at stop sign
(on Upper East Pond Road) and drive 300 yards
|38th ANNUAL POTLUCK DINNER
“Maine’s German POW Camps in
World War II”
7:00 P.M. for talk only
David Greenham speaks about “Maine’s
German POW Camps in World War II.”
This obscure, yet lively and surprising, story
is an interesting chapter of Maine history. It
is a story of cooperation, kindness, and
enemies who became colleagues, and even
friends. Between 1944 and 1946, more than
4,000 German prisoners of war called Maine
home in camps located in Houlton, Spencer
Lake, Seboomook, and Indian Township.
David explains why they arrived here and
how their roles caused them to work with the
Mainers, and the lasting impact that they
had on the people who encountered them.
Hosts: Margaret Wellman and Mitchell Wellman
|SATURDAY, MAY 27
SUNDAY, MAY 28
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder
Damariscotta Mills Fish
|10TH ANNUAL FISH LADDER RESTORATION FESTIVAL
Memorial Day Weekend
Sat & Sun 10 to 5
The 10th Annual Fish Ladder Restoration Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend. In addition
to lots of alewives to view, we’ll have most of the great festival events you’ve come to know and a
few new events to keep the weekend lively.
Events ~ children’s activities, music, games, great food, smoked alewives, 5K & 10K races,
magicians, puppets, bagpipes, child fiddlers, and more.
Sunday morning at 8 am is the 5K/10K Run with the Alewives. This year’s main music event is Boston’s
Chris Fitz Band. Singer Holly Cameron from Boston will join them. It’s a blues band with the ability
to appeal to a large cross section of music fans. They will be on stage Sunday night, May 28at the
Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets early by contacting Bobby Whear at
441-2313 or Alewives Fabrics at 207.563.5002 or Milling Around in Newcastle 207.563.1210.
Best of all ~ see the Alewives and Restoration Work.
For more festival details, see the website at www.damariscottamills.org
|FRIDAY, June 2nd
|“Role of Ship’s Navigator in the 1600s & 1700s”
Jeff Miller, historian and man-of-many-historical-skills, will reveal how the captain navigated a
wooden ship through relatively unknown waters using instruments developed 500 hundred years ago.
How did the seafarers know where they were going? When did navigators start to use latitude and
longitude to find their way? This program will explain how the ship’s navigator used an Astrolabe,
cross-staff, quadrant, back staff, sextant or octant to determine navigation information to cross
vast oceans and go around continents. Miller will show reproductions of several of these navigational
tools, along with the Society’s instruments.
|JULY and AUGUST 2017
JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26
Nobleboro Historical Society
|HISTORICAL CENTER OPEN HOUSES
1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
A volunteer will answer your questions. Genealogy materials are available for study. The
museum is interesting for all ages – and it’s free. Maps, books and other memorabilia are
|SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
Nobleboro Central School and
Nobleboro Historical Society
10 to 2
Nobleboro Central School & Historical Center
Enjoy the homemade apple goodies and turkey salad sandwiches, apples & cider from Beth's Farm and
Fondy’s donuts. There are Kieve games and activities for kids, NCS 8th grade class food table and
tables for local businesses and nonprofits.
Enjoy the toe-tapping Damariscotta Lake Country Band, over 70 silent auction items, and creative
crafts – with unique lobster claw witches. It’s a chance to see your friends and neighbors and to
relax and chat.
Proceeds benefit NHS Scholarship Program and the School.
Tell your friends and join the fun!
|FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
|Captain Joseph C. Hopkins Who
Sailed the High Seas
Carolyn Hardman has been working with
the Nobleboro Central School students
learning about Capt. Joseph Hopkins.
Two of our forbearers – Capt. Hopkins grew
up in Nobleboro and captained ocean ships
at the height of Maine's wooden ship era in
1800s. His great-grandfather, Capt. Elisha
Crooke. a soldier in the 1700s, fought the
Native Americans on the Kennebec, French
in Montreal, British under General
Washington, and settled in Lincoln County.
Captain Hopkins grew up in Nobleboro and
captained ocean ships at the height of
Maine's wooden ship era in 1800s and
made 17 voyages to the far reaches of the
oceans – and safely returned to Nobleboro.
We will learn about his life on a ship over
150 years ago – and his family life as
Hopkins took his son along as cabin boy
and took his wife on just one trip.
Nobleboro Historical Society has his log
books that tell this story.
Programs from previous years