Summer Classes are free of charge.
Maine History Tour
Instructor: Linda Williams, Sue & Mick O’Halloran
Fridays • 9/2-9/30 • 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Class size 13-17 students
0 seats remaining
Location: Field Trip
The first class will meet on campus at 189 Jewett Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The other 4 classes are field trips from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This class is full!
We’re off on a brand new magical history tour (with apologies to the Beatles) of some well-known and some not so well known Maine sites. Have you toured the Sarah Orne Jewett house in South Berwick or the Knox home in Thomaston? When was the last time you visited the Outdoor Heritage Museum in Rangeley or the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport?
The first class will meet on campus to complete the paperwork, arrange carpools, etc. We will travel on the next four Fridays. Some walking will be included at each place. There will be a fee or donation at each of the sites. We will meet for lunch before each of the site tours.
This class will give you new ideas of places to take all those visitors who come to stay with you during summer in Maine and/or deepen your appreciation of our unique history. AND it will be fun!
UMASC CAMPUS • JEWETT HALL, ROOM 189
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
At this initial meeting we will get all the necessary paperwork signed.
We will do a quick overview of the sites we will visit and answer any questions.
Directions to each site will be provided.
Students are encouraged to carpool to the sites.
The protocol will be that we meet at the designated restaurant for the week
at 11:00 am. After lunch we will visit the nearby site.
MEET AT 11:00 A.M. AT FOGARTY'S RESTAURANT
471 Main Street, South Berwick • 207-384-8361
SARAH ORNE JEWETT HOUSE
5 Portland Street • South Berwick • $9 for seniors • website
Writer Sarah Orne Jewett was born in her grandparents’ eighteenth-century house. She lived there with her family until 1854, when they built a Greek Revival house next door. As Sarah gained attention as an author, she and her family lived in the two Portland Street homes in the center of town. Jewett and her older sister Mary inherited their grandparents’ house, now a National Historic Landmark, in 1887. It inspired Jewett’s novel Deephaven.
MEET AT 11:00 A.M. AT DARBY'S RESTAURANT
155 High Street, Belfast • 207-338-2339
PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM
40 East Main Street • Searsport • Group rate $10 • website
Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine’s maritime history to life on a campus of beautiful historic buildings in the charming seacoast village of Searsport. Exhibits throughout the campus tell unique stories of ship captains and their families, the industries of Penobscot Bay, global maritime trade, and today’s fisheries.
MEET AT 12:00 P.M. AT STATION 118 RESTAURANT
118 Main Street, Thomaston • 207-593-8208
430 High Street • Thomaston • Seniors $8 • website
Henry Knox was born in Boston and raised by a single mother. During the Revolution he became George Washington's Secretary of War. Knox later built a mansion in Thomaston (on inherited property of his well-to-do wife) to enjoy the "farmers life" after the revolution. We will visit a reproduction of his Montpelier mansion.
MEET AT 11:00 A.M. AT BALD MOUNTAIN CAMPS
125 Bald Mountain Rd., Oquossoc • 207-864-3671
OUTDOOR HERITAGE MUSEUM
ME-4 & Rt 17 • Oquossoc • Adults $7 • website
The Rangeley History Museum shares the stories of the pioneering families who created a town by logging the forests and building farms in the boulder strewn wilderness. You will learn how this rough and tumble existence transformed into Rangeley’s “Gilded Age” of grand hotels, steamboats and legendary sporting camps. Two railroads connected regional industries and farms to eastern markets and brought visitors from across America for the rejuvenation of body and spirit in the fresh mountain air. Exhibits share the stories of country doctors, one room schoolhouses and domestic life. The museum building once served as the town office and jail and the jail cell remains as an interesting exhibit in the basement gallery. Numerous artifacts, photos and vintage film all help to share the intriguing past of Rangeley and the surrounding townships.
Linda Williams taught 21½ years. She has a BA in History and an MA in Education from University of Michigan. In Maine, Linda worked extensively with the Office of Substance Abuse, the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program, and Somerset County Hospice as Executive Director. Linda’s classes are always well-received and highly rated.
Susan O’Halloran grew up in New Hampshire, living winters in Berlin and summers at Moose Brook State Park in Gorham. She taught Special Education in NH and Hawaii, and served as a certified childbirth educator for a dozen years. In Maine, Sue completed a two-year program in Family Systems. She facilitated women’s support groups and a variety of state sponsored initiatives including a decade of helping Maine communities address the prevention and/or aftermath management of Youth Suicide.
Mick O’Halloran received most of his education in Miss Down’s Third Grade class in Millinocket. He later went on to Stearns High School, the University of Maine and finally to UMA Senior College. He spent most of his career working in manufacturing where he somehow managed to avoid being laid off until he was old enough to go on Medicare. Bob and Sue now live in Winthrop.
COVID REQUIREMENTS: Masks are required in classrooms, unless waived by the instructor. All those attending classes must be fully vaccinated and boosted. We recommend carrying a mask at all times while on the campus to use as needed.