Steamboats of Casco Bay: Tonight 7-8:30 in Freeport


Rebecca Hotelling will present “Steamboats of Casco Bay,” Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the meeting room at Freeport Community Library. The program is in conjunction with the Freeport Historical Society’s exhibit, “You Can Get There From Here: How Transportation Defined Freeport.”

Steamboats ruled the waters of Casco Bay for more than a century, from 1823 through the 1930s. At its height, the traffic included 48 steamboat companies operating from 98 wharves. Hotelling will discuss the history of these vessels in the greater Casco Bay region, with a particular focus on vessels constructed in Freeport, as well as their owners, captains and routes.  Hotelling has lived in Freeport for more than 40 years and spent much time sailing the waters of Casco Bay.  During her time volunteering for Freeport Historical Society, she conducted research for the current exhibit. In the course of that research, she became intrigued with the stories of local steamboats.

The exhibit runs through the end of January Freeport Historical Society’s headquarters at 45 Main St. It is open Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a suggested donation of $3. The exhibit and lecture series are made possible by the Maine Humanities Council and Norway Savings Bank.

Admission to the talk is free for historical society, $5 for non-members.  For more information, visit



Updates, Updates, Updates...

It's been a while since I've made any kind of updates to this main page of the site, so I wanted to let people know about a couple of new projects I'm hoping to tackle this year:


#1) I'm hoping to do some updates to the Gravestone Photo Project at, specifically around the UI, and some of the data that is allowed to be passed in (for instance, lots of people have asked about adding GPS coordinates) I am also looking into the possibility of adding more info than just gravestone photos (obituaries, ???) so there are some plans in the work for that.


#2) I am embarking, with a friend on establishing a small software development company targeted to genealogists and local historians. Our first project is a simple app for developing an every name index for books. It could be used for new or old books and will be a MUCH more affordable option than most of the other indexing programs already on the market.  We've already done a considerable amount of work on this project, but are looking for some backers to help fund the last bit of tooling/expenses and to push the project to completion.  Every little bit helps, and so we've launched our first crowdfunding campaign to help get things started.  Donations come in all sizes and we even have some nifty perks for those that are interested.  Check out our GoFundMe campaign here:


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Gravestone Photo Project Update

The Gravestone Photo Project now has more than 4,700 records from across the State. In the last month alone, one volunteer has added more than 100 records from Penobscot County. If you haven't searched this propject lately, its worth running some new searches to see if your ancestors have been added.

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