As we celebrate Patriot’s Day today, we remember not only Lexington and Concord, but also Maine’s role in the early battles of the American Revolution. Through letters, engravings, and maps, the Maine Memory Network online exhibit, Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775, explores some of the events of 1775, including disputes between patriots and loyalists, escalating conflicts in Falmouth (Portland) and Machias, and Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine to Quebéc. View the exhibit.
At left is an illustration for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere from The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with numerous illustrations/ Boston : Houghton, Mifflin and Company; James R. Osgood and Company, 1880 (which can be found at the MHS Library). The poem is from Tales of a Wayside Inn.
Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.
Today’s e-Connection “This Week at MHS” highlights an excellent genealogy workshop happening this coming Saturday, April 23rd from 10-11:30am. The workshop, Using AmericanAncestors.org, will be lead by Ryan Woods, Director of Internet Technology at New England Historic Genealogy Society.
Psssst! MHS is leading a trip to Boston to visit NEHGS on May 14- details here.
Join us for an insider’s look into this extensive new online genealogy resource. NEHGS recently launched their flagship website, AmericanAncestors.org. This new online resource has more than 3,000 digitized collections and more than 135 million records covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. This workshop will offer strategies for maximizing your search experience as well cover tips and techniques for navigation and personalizing your online experience. Registration required. Fee: MHS Members: $15; Non-Members: $25. To register, please call 774-1822.
Coming up in a few weeks is our annual gala event, the Mad Hatter Affair.
We hope to see you all there!
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