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Northern Maine Fair brings history to life for 14th year

Presque Isle -

Elizabeth and Emily Wright, who were modeling authentic historic clothing as part of the living history demonstrations at the Historical Pavilion of teh Northern Maine Fair take a moment to enjoy one of the historic artifacts also on display - a 1929 Fire Engine.

PRESQUE ISLE – The Presque Isle Historical Society has announced that Dan Ladner and his grandson, Adam Scott, will perform live Civil War era music as part of the Society’s exhibit on “Presque Isle & the Civil War” in the Historical Pavilion at the Northern Maine Fair. Admission to the Historical Pavilion is free with paid admission to the Fair. The Pavilion, held in the Forum, will run from 4-8pm on Tuesday, August 3rd; 2 – 8 pm onWednesday, August 4th; and from 4-8pm on Thursday, August 5th.

The Society has been voted the “Best Overall Exhibit” for 2009 and as having the Best Living History Demonstration for the previous three years. The same level of excellence is predicted again this year. Ladner and Scott will perform on Wednesday at 3 pm and again at 6 pm. In addition to the live music, the Historical Society’s exhibit will include live Civil War re-enactor Jeff Roberts from Easton; an authentic Civil War sword owned by a Presque Isle resident who served in the Union Army; and an authentic Civil War promotion certificate from well-known Presque Isle resident James Phair. The exhibit will allow you to look up your ancestor’s name, determine what company he served in, where that company was stationed during the Civil War, and perhaps even where in town your ancestor is interred.

This will be the 14th year of the Historical Pavilion with many area historical societies, museums, businesses with 50 or more years of history in our area, and living history demonstrations being exhibited. Other groups participating this year include the Aroostook Genealogical Society, Boy Scout memorabilia, Bridgewater Historical Society, Caribou Historical Society, the Crown of Maine Quilters, Easton Historical Society, Fort Fairfield Historical Society, Haystack Historical Society, James School, Limestone Caswell Historical Society, Loring AFB history, Lost Trotting Parks, Maine Archives & Musuems, Maine Veterans Home, North County Spinners, Northeast Publishing, Northern Maine Community College, Nylander Museum and the Maine Museum of Science, Presque Isle Rotary, Scottish Clans history, Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum, a VFW, and Woodland Historical Society. Living history demonstrations will be given on antique clothing, knitting, quilting, rug braiding, spinning, tatting, weaving, and wood burning.

The mission of the Presque Isle Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1963, is to study, promote, and preserve the history, culture, heritage, and physical artifacts of Presque Isle for future generations. For more information on this event or other programs of the Presque Isle Historical Society, please call them at 762-1151, email them at pihistoricalsociety@hotmail.com, or visit them on the web at www.pihistory.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kimberly Smith

Telephone Number: (207)227-8125

Website: http://www.pihistory.org

Email: pihistoricalsociety@hotmail.com