Victor Kahill Image of Pleasant Mountain & Moose Pond

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.

Pleasant Mountain & Moose Pond 1918

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Open House

DENMARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

June 26, 2021

2:00 p.m.

At The Denmark Public Library

For Zoom link, contact us through denmarkhistoricalsociety.com

Passages 2020

NameDOBDODAGE
Barbara J. Sargeant MonsonJune 18, 1943January 2, 202076
Barbara Dennett Barton***January 7, 2020***
Cherylene Hale BookerMarch 26, 1946February 4, 202073
Heather Robyn Denney WilsonMarch 28, 1976February 13, 202043
Robert F. Hill***February 23, 2020***
Helen E. Bean KenisonNovember 4, 1924February 26,202094
Alice M. Barton GraffamAugust 5, 1939March 26, 202080
Winston Douglas PerryMay 7, 1943March 28, 202076
David Manus SavaryJanuary 13, 1988April 4, 202032
Dennis Jay LaFontaine***April 5, 202065
Robert A. PoliquinSeptember 29, 1949April 9, 202070
Marjorie A. Lane Sanborn***April 15, 202086
Kathleen Matthews1950April 24, 202070
Allen Frederick Crabtree IVDecember 24, 1965May 5, 202055
Larry Morrison***June 6, 202069
Jerry L. BrillApril 13, 1951June 23, 202069
Dennis Armand PayneMay 17, 1937July 2, 202083
Paul J. Ellis***August 15, 202072
Hugh Waine BartlettMay 27, 1934August 17, 202086

Passages 2019

NameDOBDODAGE
Robert Burrell ClarkJuly 16, 1926January 16, 201992
Ernest Leo Blais Sr.November 7, 1936January 15, 201982
Rose KellerSeptember 18, 1921March 30, 201997
Norma P. Bonard***April 13, 201985
Beverly Kenerson BartlettJanuary 2, 1940May 17, 201979
Irving R. HaleFebruary 13, 2019June 25, 201982
Laurie Graffam Warner***June 28, 201963
Eugene Harlan BarlettMay 28, 1939August 13, 201980
Edward Paul SabasteanskiDecember 7, 1931August 13, 201987
Matthew Smith***August 25, 2019***
Kenneth Wayne MurrayMarch 6, 1928August 28, 201991
Paul F. KiesmanDecember 3, 1943September 13, 201975
Michael Anthony TanerilloSeptember 2, 1953October 23, 201966
Allan R. RichardsonOctober 12, 1931November 3, 201988

Longfellow’s “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

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.

https://youtu.be/VNrvlu74iG4

This one has more graphics of the Civil War and the carol is sung:

https://youtu.be/oZtNlZmnEMU

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.

Robert F. Hill’s Poem Of Thanksgiving

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.

Poem Of Thanksgiving

Military Service Photograph

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?

Have questions?

Contact denmarkhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Highland Street Foundation Gift To The Historical Society

Denmark Historical Society thanks Sean McGrath and the Highland Steet Foundation for its continued support.

Cooler From Village Store

Posted on our social media page from 2015 is this photo of the cooler formerly from the Village Store. After the store closed it was held privately. It’s home is now at Centennial Hall.

Heather Perkin’s Autumn Photo Of West Denmark