LCHA in the Washington Post

At Prison Museums, A Look at the History of Life Behind Bars, by Erika Mailman Click here to read full article in The Washington Post

Court House Collections and New Connections:

LCHA receives generous donations of historic items connected to Pownalborough Court House – from across the country. A wonderful story about special gifts to the LCHA collections from far and wide was recently highlighted in the Lincoln County News. Click here for the article describing how these items found their way home to Dresden.

Read about the women in Maine’s musical history during National Reading Month

By Louise Miller, Education Director, Lincoln County Historical Association March is National Reading Month as well as Women’s History Month, and the two are tied together in a book by George Thornton Edwards. Music and Musicians of Maine details the role of music, beginning with Maine Native Americans as observed by early European explorers and ending with the state of the art …

A New Year Greeting from 1854

By Louise Miller, Education Director, Lincoln County Historical Association A passage from the diary of Sarah/Sallie Prescott Goodwin, penned during the journey from England to New Orleans on board a ship captained by her husband might well apply to our lives today. Having left Liverpool on November 27,1853 and nearing the Bahamas, she wrote the following: “January 1, 1854.  A …

Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

Ash Hole – Every house should have had one! Several years ago, while a mason was repairing one of the huge chimneys at the Pownalborough Court House, which accommodates six fireplaces, he remarked on this small hole in the bottom left angle of the cooking fireplace in the original kitchen, saying that it was clever of them to be sure …

Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

Samuel Goodwin’s Table When the Canby’s auctioned off the contents of the Pownalborough Court House before the property transfer to LCCHA few objects remained behind. One of the most important of these in terms of its historical association is the gray painted table putatively owned by Major Samuel Goodwin. He was one of the lesser Kennebec Proprietors but was also …

Lincoln County Historical Association misses summer visitors, but looks to the future

Just as many stores, restaurants, and other businesses have fallen victim to the dictates of the Corona virus, museums and historic sites including three that are maintained by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) remain closed to summer visitors. In a normal year, volunteer docents would share stories of these buildings to show how history intertwines with the heritage of this …

Object of the Week: Highlighting the LCHA Collections

When is a blanket chest not a blanket chest? When it’s a “six-board chest.” With a lock. And with a “till.” These boxes were strong, sturdy, and hard to steal—unlike the small metal or wooden lock-boxes of the day. People ask why we have a “blanket chest” in the tavern. Well, it was just right—plenty of room for the valuable stock of the tavern, like brandy or a fine wine. …