Posted on Aug 2, 2021 Leave a Comment
Sculptor, Victor Kahill, first took up photography before he began sculpting. He travelled around southern Maine and photographed scenic views.
For this photograph he stood on Stone Road, off Hio Ridge Road, in 1918 to snap this black and white photograph of Pleasant Mountain and Moose Pond. Image may be viewed in Denmark Historical Society’s collection. Photographer, Richard J. Snow, digitized the image for the Histoircal Society in July 2021.
Posted on Jun 14, 2021
Annual Meeting and Open House
DENMARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
June 26, 2021
At The Denmark Public Library
For Zoom link, contact us through denmarkhistoricalsociety.com
Posted on Jan 20, 2021
|Barbara J. Sargeant Monson||June 18, 1943||January 2, 2020||76|
|Barbara Dennett Barton||***||January 7, 2020||***|
|Cherylene Hale Booker||March 26, 1946||February 4, 2020||73|
|Heather Robyn Denney Wilson||March 28, 1976||February 13, 2020||43|
|Robert F. Hill||***||February 23, 2020||***|
|Helen E. Bean Kenison||November 4, 1924||February 26,2020||94|
|Alice M. Barton Graffam||August 5, 1939||March 26, 2020||80|
|Winston Douglas Perry||May 7, 1943||March 28, 2020||76|
|David Manus Savary||January 13, 1988||April 4, 2020||32|
|Dennis Jay LaFontaine||***||April 5, 2020||65|
|Robert A. Poliquin||September 29, 1949||April 9, 2020||70|
|Marjorie A. Lane Sanborn||***||April 15, 2020||86|
|Kathleen Matthews||1950||April 24, 2020||70|
|Allen Frederick Crabtree IV||December 24, 1965||May 5, 2020||55|
|Larry Morrison||***||June 6, 2020||69|
|Jerry L. Brill||April 13, 1951||June 23, 2020||69|
|Dennis Armand Payne||May 17, 1937||July 2, 2020||83|
|Paul J. Ellis||***||August 15, 2020||72|
|Hugh Waine Bartlett||May 27, 1934||August 17, 2020||86|
Posted on Jan 20, 2021
|Robert Burrell Clark||July 16, 1926||January 16, 2019||92|
|Ernest Leo Blais Sr.||November 7, 1936||January 15, 2019||82|
|Rose Keller||September 18, 1921||March 30, 2019||97|
|Norma P. Bonard||***||April 13, 2019||85|
|Beverly Kenerson Bartlett||January 2, 1940||May 17, 2019||79|
|Irving R. Hale||February 13, 2019||June 25, 2019||82|
|Laurie Graffam Warner||***||June 28, 2019||63|
|Eugene Harlan Barlett||May 28, 1939||August 13, 2019||80|
|Edward Paul Sabasteanski||December 7, 1931||August 13, 2019||87|
|Matthew Smith||***||August 25, 2019||***|
|Kenneth Wayne Murray||March 6, 1928||August 28, 2019||91|
|Paul F. Kiesman||December 3, 1943||September 13, 2019||75|
|Michael Anthony Tanerillo||September 2, 1953||October 23, 2019||66|
|Allan R. Richardson||October 12, 1931||November 3, 2019||88|
Posted on Jan 8, 2021
Daniel Hester and Sally Williams, both from Hiram, write about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “I heard the bells on Christmas Day” , its history and message which I have copied sections of their message into this email:
Good morning to some of our Hiram Library Lovers.
This is not about budget problems, organizational planning, COVID19 management, events, fund-raising, or other persistent needs and issues.
This is about the significance of our heritage from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his relatives and our neighbors here in Hiram.
And this is about The Atlantic magazine. So what?
Well… The Atlantic has a unique connection to Soldiers Memorial Library and all of our Town. As you all know, Henry spent some pleasant times here in Hiram, and Sue Moulton and her family have preserved the room that he had at their home, Wadsworth Hall.
And, Henry was one of the founders of The Atlantic magazine in 1857.
As a founder of the magazine, he was in good company. And The Atlantic does honor the efforts of their founders.
A major part of the “ride” that The Atlantic is inviting you to join at the end of that article is political in nature. As the article explains, Henry wrote the poem only in part to honor the Revolutionary War founders, but also to stir reticent “Northerners” of 1861 to rise against the abominations of slavery. I think that we can agree, especially with the sad demise of George Floyd and other victims of unreasonable violence, that the work that Henry was inciting is still not accomplished.
But, let me divert back to something about Henry that is very timely at this moment.
On Christmas Eve, I spent the afternoon… in careful safety and good health… with three of my daughter’s family in Harrison. I timed my return to be back in Hiram before 6 PM. A few days earlier, Pam had suggested that it might be a welcomed gesture to ring the Arts Center bell at 6 PM. Pam had provided a short article describing how Henry W. Longfellow came to write the poem that has become known as “The Carol of the Bells.” (Of Christmas music, I find this to be the most inspirational. Please save me from “little drummer boys” and “Jingle Bells.”)
Pam said that several churches on the Standish area had planned to ring the bells on Christmas Eve at 6 PM. I do not know who may have heard and noticed, but I did ring the bell on Hancock Avenue at that time.
As we all know, The Carol of the Bells first dives into deep despair, then rises to reassured hope. As you see in that article, the despair goes even deeper than what we usually hear in the song; “The cannon thundered from the south” as we plunged into the war and hate of The Civil War.
I hope that this update of the Longfellow legacy in Hiram and beyond, bring to all of us some hope for the new year. These are difficult times, and the difficulties are far from over.
Thanks for your patience with me, and sincere Best Wishes for the New Year that is approaching.
Daniel Hester reminded us of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “I heard the bells on Christmas Day” (Thank you, Dan, see below) and we thought that hearing the background and seeing it would bring it to life. There are several on YoutTube but we like this one for the brief history and music without voices.
This one has more graphics of the Civil War and the carol is sung:
Extend the season a few more days and enjoy the connection to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in ways we hadn’t until now.
My hope is that you will enjoy this message of Christmas cheer from Dan and Sally and a bit of local Hiram history.
Posted on Jan 8, 2021
We are sending this poem of Thanksgiving written by Robert F. Hill. Bob lived along the shores of Moose Pond. Often he posted photos taken of brilliant sunrises and sunsets and loons on the Denmark, Maine Memories page located on Facebook. And he posted poetry commemorating most holidays. After Bob’s passing I went back through Bob’s posts and saved his poetry.
I hope you will enjoy Bob’s poem of Thanksgiving.
Posted on Aug 25, 2020
Hello Active Duty Military and Veterans
If Denmark was your hometown when you joined the military or Denmark is now your home, Denmark Historical Society invites you to a photo opportunity Tuesday September 1 6:30 PM at the Municipal Building.
We are documenting your service to our country.
If you’d like you may wear your uniform, display your medals and ribbons too. Casual dress is OK!
Unable to attend, and want to participate?
Posted on Jan 6, 2020 Leave a Comment
Denmark Historical Society thanks Sean McGrath and the Highland Steet Foundation for its continued support.
Posted on Nov 6, 2019