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2023 Spring

Classes are free for members

Registration begins 3/6/23

Maine History Tour

Instructor: Linda Williams, Sue & Mick O’Halloran

Fridays • 4/28-5/26 • 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Class size 13-17 students
17 seats remaining
Location: Field Trip
The first class will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Jewett XXX
to sign some necessary paperwork before leaving
on the first field trip.

Tally ho and away we go on an all new Maine History Tour.  Proposed destinations include the L-A Museum, Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows observation deck, the Abbe Museum and the Sail Power and Steam Museum.  Closer to home we plan to visit the First Amendment Museum.  And, of course, each trip includes a visit to a local restaurant for lunch.  Expenses to participants will be lunch costs, entry fee at sites, and a share of gas costs for those who choose to carpool.  There will also be some walking at each site.  This five week class is a perfect way for participants to learn more about the Great State of Maine.

  Away

MEET AT 10:30 A.M, AT JEWETT HALL, ROOM XX
to complete necessary paperwork.

The class will adjourn to lunch at the EL AGAVE'S RESTAURANT
located at 58 Stephen King Drive in the Augusta Mall.
We have scheduled a 1:00pm guided tour at the First Amendment Museum.

FIRST AMENDMENT MUSEUM

184 State Street • Augusta • Free Admission • Website

Augusta is home to this museum in the historic Gannet home next door to the Governor’s mansion. Although the building is in the midst of a renovation we will still see a number of displays that explain the First Amendment, one of the foundations of our U.S. Constitution.

There is no admission charge although contributions are welcomed.

MEET AT 11:30 A.M. AT  RESTAURANT
TBA

ABBE MUSEUM

26 Mt Desert Street • Bar Harbor • $7 admission • Website

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum's core exhibit, introduces visitors to the Wabanaki universe, engaging them with the culture and history of a people that is unfamiliar to many. Bringing together oral traditions, personal stories, cultural knowledge, language, and historical accounts with objects, photographs, multi-media, and digital interactives, People of the First Light shares a wide variety of content and perspectives around more than 12,000 years of history, conflict, adaptation, and survival in the Wabanaki homeland.

A guided tour of this Smithsonian Affiliate museum will be arranged.

MEET AT 11:00 A.M. AT DAVINCI'S EATERY
150 Mill Street, Lewiston • 207-782-2088

MUSEUM L-A

35 Canal Street • Lewiston • Admission $4 • Website

After our repast we will walk to the other end of the big Bates Mill Building to the Lewiston-Auburn Museum.

The water power available from the Androscoggin River was the impetus to building many factories in the mid 1800s. Thousand of folks worked in the various textile mills, shoe factories and brick mills that are described in this museum. Our tour will take approximately one hour.

MEET AT 12:00 P.M. AT JUST BARB'S RESTAURANT
24 Main Street, Stockton Springs • 207-567-3886

FORT KNOX HISTORIC SITE
& PENOBSCOT NARROWS OBSERVATORY

Penobscot Narrows • Prospect, Maine
Fort is Free Admission, Observatory is $2.50 • Website

The Fort Knox Historic Site features one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense fortifications constructed in the mid-1800s.  It is America's first fort named after Major General Henry Knox.

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory (PNO) is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world.  Those who would like may ride Maine's fastest elevator up 420 feet for breathtaking 360 degree views of the Penobscot Bay area.

MEET AT 11:00 A.M. AT ARCHER'S ON THE PIER
58 Ocean Street, Rockland • 207-594-2435

SAIL POWER & STEAM MUSEUM

75 Mechanic Street • Rockland • Free Admission • Website

The Sail Power & Steam Museum is home to a unique collection of marine and industrial photographs, exhibits, demonstrations, and artifacts.. This visit will give us a window into the way of life on Maine’s coast in yesteryear. 

We may also be able to visit the colocated Museum of Maritime Pets featured in the March 7th 2023 UMASC Winter Lecture Series.


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.

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