Updates – March 2020

Education

Dunstan (Grammar) School

Posted a photo of Students boarding a school bus at Dunstan School for a field trip – Year Unknown.

Scarborough High School

Class of 1894

Added an image of the SHS Class of 1894 – D. B. Lothrop, teacher.

SHS Classes from 1913 to 1965

I added an OCRed PDF of Graduation Exercise Programs for 1913, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1950, & 1965. PDF his Here.

I added an OCRed PDF of Graduation Exercise Programs 1925, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37 plus Drama, 38, 41, 57, 64 Class Night. PDF is here.

Class of 1922

Four Corners – 1922 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine

Class of 1925

Four Corners – 1925 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine
Select Graduation Exercises 1825-1964 from the Rodney Laughton Collection.

Class of 1926

Four Corners – 1926 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine
Graduation Exercise Programs – 1913, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1950, & 1965

Class of 1927

Four Corners – 1927 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine
New image of the SHS Class of 1927 added.

Class of 1929

Added three images for students in the Class of 1929

Bernice Thibeau, Clara Storey, Ernest “Shrimp” Bowley – Class of 1929

Added Four Corners – 1929 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine

Class of 1930

Added Four Corners – 1930 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine

Class of 1931

Four Corners – 1931 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine.

Class of 1932

Four Corners – 1932 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine.

Class of 1934

Four Corners – 1934 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine.

Class of 1935

Four Corners – 1935 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine.

Class of 1936

Four Corners – 1936 – The Scarboro High School Yearbook – Archive.Org & Digital Maine.

Class of 1965

Baccalaureate Service Program  – June 13, 1965 
Class Night Program – “That Was The Class That Was” – SHS Auditorium – June 11, 1965.

New section to Education titled: 

“State Laws regarding Schools”

Added:  Maine School Laws – 1895Digital MaineArchive.Org

Photos

I created a new Flickr Album for Business – Canning

I uploaded eight can labels for Scarborough canned seafood. 

  • Label – Massasoit Clam Chowder – 2019.48.01a
  • Label – Ossipee Clam Chowder – 2019.48.01b
  • Label – Snow’s Clam Juice – 2019.48.01d
  • Label – Snow’s Mackerel – RLC
  • Label – Ossipee Brand Clam Chowder – RLC
  • Label – Ossipee Brand Clam Chowder – RLC
  • Label – Snow’s Shell Clams – RLC
  • Label – Snow’s Clam Chowder – 2019.48.01c

I added a Scarborough Beach album and added 8 Atlantic House Photos.

Videos


Past and Present Perspectives in Maine Statehood
by Dr. Liam Riordan
(March 1, 2020)

was posted to YouTube and is available for viewing at the museum.

 

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SUSPENDED: Celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial – Part 2

The Scarborough Public Library, in line with recommendations from the Federal and Maine Centers for Disease Control to practice social distancing, has suspended scheduled programs and events until further notice. 

See the Scarborough Public Library website for more information.


The Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society join to bring a series of programs to our community in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial of Statehood. The following program is free to attend and is made possible through the financial partnership of the Scarborough Public Library, the Scarborough Historical Society, and the Maine Humanities Council.

Due to limited seating, please register by calling 883-4723, option 4 or emailing askSPL@scarboroughlibrary.org.

Mapping Maine With the Osher Map Library

Photo of Dr. Matthew Edney, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Edney, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Edney, Ph.D.

Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Matthew Edney is the curator of the Osher Map Library’s Maine Bicentennial Exhibition, Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677-1842. Using digital images of the exhibit and additional items from the OML collection, Dr. Edney will provide an overview of this special installation. Digital maps of Scarborough’s marshes – an important part of Scarborough’s early and present history – will also be included.

Dr. Edney has been a professor of geography at the University of Southern Maine since 2007 and is the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography with responsibility for courses in map history. He is also a “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Since 2005 he has also directed the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Updates – February 2020

Maps

1916 – USGS Map of the “Portland Quadrangle”

This map is the 1943 reprint and includes from 70° 15′ to 70° 30′W and 43° 30′ to 43° 30′N. The map includes all of Portland and Scarboro and much of Westbrook, South Portland, Old Orchard, Saco and parts of Windham, Gorham, Buxton, and Cape Elizabeth. This map is of particular interest as it shows the locations of the various railroad lines in 1916 including the various electric rails, such as the “Portland and Saco Electric,” various schools, such as the “Broad Turn School,” and places of interest such as the “Buggy Meeting House.” This map is available at Digital Maine and the USGS.

Photos:

People

Groups of People

Libby Family Association "1933" - Howe Studios Inc, Portland, Maine - 67.16.01

Libby Family Association “1933”

Students

Grammar School (Black Point) Graduation - c. 1906“Grammer School Graduation”
Students included, from the back row, left to right: 

  • Olive Skillings
  • Esther Bowley
  • Maud Johnson
  • Arthur Hudson
  • Ralph Johnson
  • Percy Lyons
  • Della Carter
  • Mary Hudson

 

Scottow’s Hill Rural School – 1921-1922

Scottow's Hill Rural School, 1921-1922 - with namesBack Row: All rows Left to Right:
Ira Milliken, Lawrence Waterhouse, Edward Nielsen, Herbert Sargent, Lawrence Storey, Herbert McPherson, Maynard Curtis, James Knox.

Middle Row: Ruth Moulton, Eleanor Robinson, Gertrude Soule, Ethel Small, Beatrice Hurrell, Olive Dew, Geneva Berry, Rita Milliken

Front Row: Robert Waterhouse, George Milliken, Irving Moulton, Linwood Prescott, Leroy Clough

Scarborough Grammar School Graduations 1933 to 1954

I added an OCRed a PDF of “Select Scarborough Grammar School Graduation Exercises – 1953-1964” – from the Rodney Laughton Collection. PDF is HERE.


Scarborough High School

SHS Class of 1929


SHS Classes from 1895 to 1987

I added an OCRed PDF of SHS (Bessey School) Graduation Exercises 1956 from the Rodney Laughton Collection. PDF is HERE.

I added an OCRed PDF of “Select SHS Graduation Exercises 1895-1987” from the Rodney Laughton Collection. PDF is HERE.

The Scarborough High School class of 1940

The Scarborough High School class of 1946 visited Washington DC on May 1, 1946. A class photo in front of the Capitol building documented the trip. 

The Scarborough High School – Class of 1965

The Scarborough High School – Class of 1978.


Places

Higgins Beach

I added a new album to Flickr for
the Locale “Higgins Beach” and added the Higgins Beach Grill as the first item.

Locale - Higgins Beach
Postcard - Scarborough Downs - Scarborough, Maine - 2020.06.01

Scarborough Downs

I added a new Album to Flickr for the locale/business “Scarborough Downs.”

Things:

Fire Equipment

A panoramic photo of the 1964 Scarborough Fire Department equipment. The photo includes (Left to Right) Civil Defense Mobile Unit, Tank 1, Engines #7, #6, #5, Aerial (Ladder) #1, Engines #4,# 3, #2, #1, and a Rescue Unit.  Higher-quality images were posted to Digital Maine and to Flickr.


Videos:


The Prince Project: Enslavement in Maine 1600-1800″ by Vana Carmona – 2 Feb 2020

Video Binder – Several years ago many of our videos, which were on VHS Tape, were converted to DVD format. Here is a listing of those videos. They are available for viewing at the Scarborough Historical Museum.

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VHS Tapes Converted to DVDs

Friday Forum – Scarborough Historical Society DVDs 

Scarborough Historical Society DVDs.

“Parts 1 and 2” refer to how many DVD Discs were converted from VHS to DVD by the Community Services Staff.

These DVDs are in a 3-ring binder above the standard file cabinets and are available for watching at the Museum.

  1. Jim Scamman – Harold & Mary Johns (Parts 1& 2)
  2. Ribe, Denmark – Fred Thomas – October 1994
  3. Frank Hodgdon – Genesis: A Brief History of Piper Shore (Parts 1 & 2)
  4. Bob Lindquist – Preserving the Past and Museum walkthrough
  5. Mark Matteau and Jim Scamman=-Fleritage Sunday 9/29/1996
  6. Mark Matteau and Heather Richards – Heritage Sunday (Parts 1 & 2)
  7. West Scarborough United Methodist Church =- Renovations and Repairs (1988,1989 and 1990). Fairs held (1990,1991, and 1992). Frank Hodgdon – Genesis: A Brief History of Piper Shore (Parts 1 & 2)
  8. At Governor William King Masonic Lodge, First Annual Governor William King Day 2/9/1996 ((Parts 1& 2)
  9. SHS Information Piece – 06.02
  10. SHS – School Visits on 5/18/99. The group was double-sized and overwhelmed the staff. (Parts 1 & 2)
  11. SHS – 3rd-grade classes of Mrs. O’Brien and Mrs. Kelly visited on 5/11/1999. (Parts 1 & 2)
  12. Mrs. Dora Shaw’s 100th Birthday – November 9, 1986
  13. Scarborough My Home Town – 3/97
  14. SHS School Visits in 1999 (45 minutes)
  15. Harold Snow- Snow’s Canning Factory 2/6/2
  16. SHS – School Visits -1999 (45 minutes)
  17. SHS – School Visits, Last Days – 5/27/1999
  18. SHS – School Visits – 5/24/1999 3rd, 4th and 5th grades (Parts 1 & 2)
  19. SHS – Open House – 1997
  20. SHS – 3rd grade – 4/29/1999
  21. SHS – 3rd grade – 5/25/1999 – (Parts 1 & 2)
  22. SHS – 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades – 5/14/1999 – (Parts 1 & 2)
  23. SHS Tour; Critique following – 4/29/1999

Scarborough Community Television Productions

  1. Vernacular Architecture with Eric Cantor – (Parts 1 & 2)
  2. Friends of the Scarborough Marsh – 5/25/2002 – (Parts 1 & 2)
  3. Friday Forum -1995
  4. Friday Forum 1995 (Parts 1 & 6)
  5. SHS – Ground Breaking -11/6/1995 – Also, Friday Forum: Dunstan History – Sgt. Greene Grave Site.
  6. Friday Forum – 5/26/1995 – (Parts 1 & 2)
  7. SCTV – Friday Forum – 1/30/98
  8. Community Dialog – PSA
  9. Friday Forum -4/26/1996-House Tour –

Maine History

  1. Jordan’s Meat – the movie – 29 minutes
  2. Rockport Town -1891 to 1991 – 40 minutes
  3. Maine’s Golden School Days – 1890 to 1930
  4. The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine – 30 minutes film of the exhibit related to the 1947 fires
  5. Friday Forum – 4/26/1996 – House Tour – (Parts 1 & 2) – repeat copies

Home the Story of Maine

  1. Home the story of Maine – The Nation’s Playground
  2. Home the story of Maine – Power Lines
  3. Home the story of Maine – The Study of Maine: A Place Apart (26 minutes)
  4. Home the story of Maine-A Part of the Main (26minutes)
  5. Home the story of Maine – The Love for the Land
  6. Home the story of Maine – They Came by Sea
  7. Home the story of Maine -Trails, Rails, and Roads

New England History

  1. On the Home Front: World War 2 – New Hampshire
  2. Making History: Fortress of Louisbourg
  3. Jefferson – Ken Burns Films- (Parts 1 to 4) First Part has a 30-minute begging of some flood!

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Celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial – Part 1

The Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society join to bring a series of programs to our community in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial of Statehood. The following program is free to attend and is made possible through the financial partnership of the Scarborough Public Library, the Scarborough Historical Society, and the Maine Humanities Council.

Due to limited seating, please register by calling 883-4723, option 4 or emailing askSPL@scarboroughlibrary.org.

Past and Present: Perspectives on Maine Statehood

Dr. Liam Riordan, Ph.D.

Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Liam Riordan will open our Bicentennial Series with the presentation Past and Present: Perspectives on Maine Statehood. This illustrated presentation explores the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable in contemporary Maine politics and culture.

The talk focuses on four themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways: the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive pace of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Compromise, Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location of the international border to at least 1842.

Dr. Riordan is an early American historian specializing in the broad Revolutionary era (ca. 1760-1830) and has been a faculty member at the University of Maine since 1997. He has led community discussions across Maine about the statehood process and organized a public scholarly conference to commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Maine held May 31-June 1, 2019 at the University of Maine.

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Added January 2020

Reference

Photos

Locales – Created a new album on Flickr for Locales and added four photos regarding Hubbard’s Rocks

  • Hubbards Rocks – Barn at Hubbards Rocks Farm – 63.31.9
  • Hubbards Rocks – Farms look east toward “new house” of James Jordan – 63.31.7
  • Hubbards Rocks – Surf (PC) – NA
  • Hubbards Rocks – Surf, Scarboro, Me – New England Views on Boston & Maine R.R.

Students

Scarborough High School Girls Basketball Team 1928-1929

Scarborough High School - Girls Basketball - 1928-29Elwood G. Bessey Principal and Coach
Evelyn Chandler
Esther Nielsen
Elizabeth Shaw
Hilda Harmon
Olive Jellison
Barbara Harmon
Gertrude DeCosta
Helen Scamman

 

Scarborough High School Girls Basketball Team 1929-1930 |

Scarborough High School - Girls Basketball - 1929-30Barbara Harmon | Gertrude DeCoste | Elizabeth Shaw (Backrow L-R)
Miss Knudson Coach (Home Ec Teacher)
Marguerite Shaw
Hilda Harmon
Esther Nielsen (Thurston)
Lillian CcClough (Lilley)
Dagma Nielsen – Helen Scamman

 

Warren Libby - Class 1930Warren Everett Libby –
[Scarborough High School] Class of 1930

 

 

 

Ralph Adolph Johnson“Ralph Adolph Johnson” – Photo by Marion, Lowell, Mass. There was a Ralph Adolph John, who married Almira Louise Johnson on 7 Sep 1916 in South Portland, Cumberland, Maine. At the time of the Marriage, Ralph lived in Lowell, Mass; he was 23 years old and born in Scarboro, Maine. I am confident this is Ralph Adolph Johnson (1893-1972).  There is no entry for this person in Family Search. I’ll see he is added to the Scarborough Historical Society photo collection.

 

Research

Main Room

Bookcase 1 – Back – Top 

Scarborough Annual Report – 1884 posted to Digital Maine and reposted to  Archive.Org with a complete cover and pages 1 & 2.

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Owascoag Newsletter

The January-February 2020 Issue of Owascoag was released.

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February Presentation: African Americans in Maine Prior to 1800

February 2, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. 

Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham RD, Scarborough, ME O4074

After a short business meeting, Vana Carmona will present “African Americans in Maine Before 1800” to the historical society.

About the Presentation

Photo of the entrance into the Eastern Cemetery, Portland, ME taken by Vana Carmona.

Photo by Vana Carmona.

The Eastern Cemetery is the final resting place of Portland’s founding fathers.  We know them for their contributions to the area’s political, social, cultural, and often military fabric.  But most do not know their “other” lives:  the lives in which they enslaved African Americans or were complicit in their enslavement.  Six years ago, Vana Carmona discovered inadvertently that her ancestors were among them.  This inspired her to launch The Prince Project, her study of slavery in Maine during the period before 1800.  As a docent for Spirits Alive, which overseas stone conservation and education in the Cemetery, she has used her knowledge to organize a tour of these very people.  She uses gravestones as a basis for discussing the individuals as well as the history of slavery in Maine.  She also provides insights on those African Americans buried in the two sections of the burial ground set aside to segregate them.  Her presentation is a virtual tour of Eastern Cemetery and covers these topics.

About Vana Carmona

A descendant of several early notable Maine families, Vana left the State after high school to indulge her wanderlust.  Her journey took her abroad and on to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she graduated with a BA in Italian and international studies.  Vana went on to work for the Italian press for several years.  Then, she had a “temporary” stay in Northern California that lasted 30 years.  During that time, she raised her two daughters, rode her horses, developed her business, and eventually returned to college for an advanced degree.  She holds a Masters in Medieval History from California State University Sacramento (CSUS).  Ten years ago, she returned to her hometown of Portland, bringing her Los Angeles husband with her.  They settled on Munjoy Hill, the area she most loved as a child.  Immediately she became involved in several local historic venues:  Maine Historical, Portland Observatory, and Eastern Cemetery.  During the last six years, she has pursued a major research project seeking out information on African Americans who were in Maine before 1800. They are all part of The Prince Project, her database of over 1600 free and enslaved people living here through the post-Revolutionary period. In her tours of Eastern Cemetery, Vana uses this work to help educate people about the history of slavery in Maine, a topic she believes needs greater attention.

The meeting is free and open to the public. (Donations are always welcome.)

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January Meeting Cancelled

Out of respect for the Pearson family, we are canceling the January meeting of Scarborough Historical Society.

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Added in December 2019

Main Room

Bookcase 1 – Back – Top 

Scarborough Annual Reports – Scanned, OCRed, and posted the Scarboro Annual Report for 1908 to Digital Maine and to Archive.org
I also uploaded the 1891 Annual Report to Archive.Org.

Videos

Prouts Neck Highlights – Prouts Neck, Scarborough, Maine.

Prouts Neck Historical Society Executive Director Phil von Stade speaks about the Prouts Neck Historical Society, Prouts Neck during the 17th and 18th-century conflicts, and changes in Prouts Neck between 1939 and 2019 to the Scarborough Historical Society on December 1, 2019. Available for viewing on YouTube.

Kitchen

Scrapbooks

A collection of seven newspaper clippings from the 1970s and 1980s from a loose file folder including “Tax Plan Hearing,” “Industrial Park Plans,” “Sewer Plan,” a Scarborough Taxpayers Association town charter change proposal, “Budget Hearing,” The Recreation committee wanting to buy the old State Police Barracks, New England Telephone erecting a tower.  Scrapbook (loose) 2019.57.01a-g.

Various clippings relating to the Scarborough Planning Board from 1972 and 1973. OCRed images are HERE – OCRed text only id HERE. Accession #2019-57.02.

 

Photos added

Transportation

Created a new “Transportation” photo Gallery.

Includes a photo of the Trolley Tracks being removed circa 1932. 

 

Student Photos – Moving to Flickr.

I opened a Scarborough Historical Society account (and Photostream) on Flickr. I then created an album for Student Photos and added two photos. 

  • Olive Jefferson – Scarborough HS – Class of 1930
  • Stanley Pederson “Pite” – 1929

Photo: 30 Students c. 1946 – 2019.60.01

Students included:

Stephen Libby – Maravene Clough – Robert Moran – Patricia Lysaght – Robert Olsen
June Malloch – George Pooler – Patricia Briggs – Francis Picher – Nettie Noble
Robert Ferrelli – Jeanne Ridlon – Donald Burnham – Carole Sturgeon – James Pearson
Helen Clarke – Dewey Thompson – Edith LaRochelle – David Collins – Virginia Sampson
Rae Jones – Rickard Ganem – Clifton Temm – Ruth Mitchell – Royetta Chandler
Albert Varney – Susan Martin – Margaret Wright – James Barney – David Swanson

Student Photos – Moving to Flickr.

I opened a Scarborough Historical Society account (and Photostream) on Flickr. I then created an album for Student Photos and added two photos. 

  • Olive Jefferson – Scarborough HS – Class of 1930
  • Stanley Pederson “Pite” – 1929

Beech Ridge School Restoration Project

Digital Maine

We uploaded a photo of horses hitched to snow roller to Digital Maine.

Horses hitched to a snow roller.

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