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TODAY in Maine History - Sept. 23

Usually, I have to look no further than Portland to the south, or Bangor to the north to find an interesting story related to Maine history.  Today I found some of those, but I always find it interesting when I find an article from some place "away" that has ties back to Maine.

 Today I found that story on  The Sun Daily is a the "Malaysian Source For News and Lifestyle."  So, what interesting bit of Maine history made it to their site?


 Tuesday, Sept 23, 1848
THE first commercial production of chewing gum by John Curtis on a stove at his home in Bangor, Maine in the United States and marketed as ‘The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum’.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 23 September 2008 15:37)


See You Tomorrow

I'll be attending the MGS Annual Conference in Portland tomorrow and hope to meet some new friends in the process.   Maybe I'll see you there?

- Brian



Last Updated (Friday, 19 September 2008 04:25) Receives Grant

I am very excited to announce has received an Honoring Our Ancestors grant from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Honoring Our Ancestors web site ( Megan receives applications for small grants to help fund projects of interest to the genealogical community.  Each month she takes the applications, reviews them, and picks a project to help fund through one of these grants.

A few months ago, I took the time to apply, asking for funds to continue the purchase of Maine related letters to add to our Online Letters Collection here on the site.  Earlier last week, I received an email that the check was in the mail.  At the end of the week, I received the grant money, and today I begain putting that money to use.

Thanks to Megan's generosity, we'll have some new and interesting letters being added to the site within a few weeks.

As always, I'll post an update when we are able to add something new to the Online Letters Collection.  In the mean time, if you haven't looked at the letters we already have online, you can see scanned images by going to "Our Projects" and clicking on "Letters Collection"

And don't forget.  If you haven't already registered, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will be speaking at the Maine Genealogical Society's annual Conference in Portland on September 20th.  For more information about the conference visit  If you happen to get a chance to speak with Megan, please take a moment to thank her for her contribution to helping us continue to preserve our State's great history.

- Brian



Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 September 2008 15:08)