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Mainers on the Titanic
with Mac Smith
Mainers on the Titanic traces the stories of passengers on that fateful ship who had ties to Maine. Many of them were wealthy summer visitors to Bar Harbor, but there were other residents of state aboard as well. Their tales are retold, along with what was going on in the state at that time. Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened on the Titanic, and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking and rescue; and, for those who survived, of their coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's a fascinating addition to the Titanic story. A Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and former news reporter for The Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, Maine, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead. You will be able to purchase signed copies of the books for $15.
Monday, June 10, 6-7 p.m., 1 session
Course Fee: $10
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: From Sails to Atoms
with Joseph Gluckert
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a venerable heritage and rich tradition. Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace from a military historian’s perspective. The tour will begin with a presentation in the new lecture room of the Shipyard Museum, and continue with a tour of the museum and a driving tour around the perimeter of the base, including an up-close view of the prison’s exterior. Must be U.S. Citizen and bring valid photo I.D. such as Driver’s License or U.S. Passport.
Thursday, May 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1 session
*park at Kittery Lions Club and board bus, bus leaves promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Course Fee: $12 per session
Sinking of the Squalus
with Bob Gray
May 23, 2019 will be the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus off the Isles of Shoals. Twenty-six men were lost that day but thirty-three survivors were rescued from the sunken submarine. Come and learn what led to the loss of the Squalus, the amazing rescue of the survivors and the recovery and recommissioning of that submarine. This class will meet at the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.
Thursday, May 9, 6-8 p.m., 1 session
The World is Our Classroom
with Cindy Ross
Parents, Grandparents and teachers come meet inspirational author, Cindy Ross who will discuss her latest book, “The World is Our Classroom”. Cindy will share her story of raising and educating her two children through an immersion into wilderness adventures and global travel. She will describe the gifts her children received from this experiential education including compassion, self-reliance and an appreciation for the natural world. Cindy Ross, Outdoor adventurer and artist, has published six books and written numerous magazine articles. This talk is co-sponsored by the Rice Public Library and Kittery Land Trust and will take place at the Rice Public Library.
Tuesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m., 1 session
Course Fee: Free, pre-registration required
The Wreck of #3666
with Eric Reuter
In 1939, the #3666 went into the Piscataqua River. The wheels of the wreck now sit outside the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. In this presentation, Eric Reuter will talk about what happened that fateful night. Kittery Depot has an interesting place in Kittery's history. Learn about it and how Boston and Maine changed the town's landscape. Eric is a Kittery native and enthusiastic railroad photographer and historian. He has spent many years researching the timelines, equipment, structures and other minutiae of the railroads that serve the Seacoast region. Eric was instrumental in organizing and instituting the new #3666 Train Wheel exhibit on display outside the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum. This class will meet at the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.
Thursday, May 23, 6-8 p.m., 1 session
Victorian Tea-Time Art
with Jackie Abramian
Enjoy a two-hour Victorian Tea-Time Art event at Kittery’s Haley Art Gallery (178 Haley Road, Kittery, ME). Relax and surround yourself with original artwork by local, national and international artists and learn about stories behind the unique artisanal gift items handmade by women in the U.S. and from around the world. Sip aromatic tea in antique tea sets and enjoy locally sourced tea-time delicacies while in the company of your friends and group. Reservations are required. Class meets at the Haley Art Gallery. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kittery Adult education Scholarship fund.
Saturday, May 18, 1-3 p.m., 1 session
Course Fee: $42