Community House Curtain

The stage curtain from the former Community House was successfully moved to Centennial Hall on Wednesday morning, September 23rd.
Chris Hadsel and staff from Curtains Without Borders inspected the curtain on Monday. They provided some very helpful advice on safely removing the curtain from its installation on the Community House stage, and provided some material for protecting it during the move.
On Wednesday, Nick Rehmert and crew took a break from painting at the Centennial Hall complex. They are used to working on irreplaceable historic items, but the curtain was potentially a challenge due to its awkward size and fragile nature.
The trickiest part was disconnecting the upper edge of the curtain, where it was attached to the framing above the stage. Large screws holding clamping boards to the framing had to be cut through, which required operating a Sawzall in close proximity to the curtain. But all went well, with no damage.
The curtain is now stored in Centennial Hall, rolled up and protected. At some point in the future, pending discussion with Chris, it is planned that she will return to do cleaning and repair of minor, pre-existing, damage on the curtain. She will also prepare the curtain for its new location, on a downstairs wall in the Hall.
Thank you to Donald and Marion Monson for donating the curtain from the Community House stage to Centennial Hall. And thank you to Chris Hadsel from Curtains Without Borders (http://www.curtainswithoutborders.org/) and to Nick Rehmert and his crew for their efforts to move the curtain.

Town Reports Needed

We are searching for Denmark Town Reports between the years 1807 – 1899 to add to our collection. We have a complete set for the years 1900 to the present time. If you have town reports between these years, please contact denmarkhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. Thank you!

Community House Curtain

The stage curtain from the former Community House was successfully moved to Centennial Hall on Wednesday morning, September 23rd.
Chris Hadsel and another person from Curtains Without Borders inspected the curtain on Monday. They provided some very helpful advice on safely removing the curtain from its installation on the Community House stage, and provided some material for protecting it during the move.
On Wednesday, Nick Rehmert and crew took a break from painting at the Centennial Hall complex. They are used to working on irreplaceable historic items, but the curtain was potentially a challenge due to its awkward size and fragile nature.
The trickiest part was disconnecting the upper edge of the curtain, where it was attached to the framing above the stage. Large screws holding clamping boards to the framing had to be cut through, which required operating a Sawzall in close proximity to the curtain. But all went well, with no damage.
The curtain is now stored in Centennial Hall, rolled up and protected. At some point in the future, pending discussion with Chris, it is planned that she will return to do cleaning and repair of minor, pre-existing, damage on the curtain. She will also prepare the curtain for its new location, on a downstairs wall in the Hall.
Thank you to Donald and Marion Monson for donating the curtain at the Community House stage to Centennial Hall. And thank you to Chris Hadsel from Curtains Without Borders (http://www.curtainswithoutborders.org/) and to Nick Rehmert and his crew for their efforts to move the curtain.

Denmark Schools Yearbooks

We  are seeking Denmark High School and Denmark Grammar School Yearbooks!

We have a few in our collection, but not a complete set for either school. The high school yearbooks went by a variety of names: The Den of Mark, The Mt. Pleasant Echo, The Danelaw and The Dehian. The Grammar School yearbook went by the name “Denmark Grammar School Annual.”

If you have a yearbook to donate please contact us at denmarkhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Ora Keller Brine’s Gift To The People Of Denmark

Sunday, July 27th the dedication ceremony of Ora Keller Brine’s Millstone gifted to the people of Denmark was held at Bicentennial Park.

Jeffrey and Barbara Hollis and Fritz Von Ulmer and Brian Grennan celebrated with Denmark’s townspeople and Ora’s Wyonegonic family at the millstone’s new home. After the ceremony celebrants enjoyed refreshments at Centennial Hall.

The millstone that was located in front of Ora’s home on West Main Street – across from Denmark Arts Center – is now located in Bicentennial Park, across the street from Centennial Hall.

Last autumn Fritz Von Ulmer and Brian Grennan approached Jeffrey & Barbara Hollis to ask if Ora would be interested in donating the millstone to the townspeople of Denmark.

At town meeting it was voted to accept ownership of the millstone.

Denmark Historical Society, along with financial assistance from Terry & Carol Rhoads and Fritz & Brian and others, paid for the removal of the stone from Ora’s home and the move to its new home in Bicentennial Park.

We know that the millstone resided for many years in the Keller’s backyard. In 1979 Ora had the stone moved to the front of her home. It is one of a matched pair of stones. The other stone of the pair set flat on the ground for many years in front of the Nell Berry home. The home’s new owner, Linda Softley, sold the stone and it was removed from Denmark.

Where did the pair of stones come from?

A very good question!

Ora is now unable to relay to us the history of the two stones. We do know that the pair of millstones were used in one of the 2 mills located on Moose Pond.

Do you know which mill the stones were located?

Maine Vital Records

Debra Blake’s post from the Maine Genealogical Society’s Facebook page:

Per state law, all vital records – such as notices of birth, death and marriage – dating from 1892 to the present day, are no longer available at the Maine State Archives.*
The records dating from 1892 – 1922 were previously held at the Archives, but have now been digitally scanned, allowing the Vital Records office to issue these documents.
As of May 1, 2015, Data, Research and Vital Statistics at the Vital Records office will issue ALL vital records from 1892 to present.
The Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine State Archives will continue to issue non-certified copies of documents prior to 1892.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have questions, please contact the Archives at 287-5795 or visit the Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Vital Records office at 220
Capitol St. in Augusta. The Vital Records office can also be reached via telephone at 287-3771 or 1-888-664-9491.
*Pursuant to Maine State Revised Statutes, Title 22, Section 2706 (revision effective August 31, 2012), the Department of Health and
Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control, Data, Research, and Vital Statistics and the Maine Department of the Secretary of
State, Maine State Archives have entered into a cooperative agreement for the purpose of complying with MRSA Title 22, Section
2706, Disclosure of vital records

Annual Meeting

June 28th at 1 PM we held our 2015 annual meeting at Centennial Hall.

Terry Rhoads was recognized with the Rufus Ingalls award for community service.

Rufus Ingalls served as Brigadier General & Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Rufus was born in 1818 in Denmark, the son of Cyrus and Sarah Barker Ingalls.

We wish to express our appreciation to Jerry Burnell for serving on the Board of Directors as the president for the past year.

The members of the Board of Directors for 2015/2016 are Daniel Eaton, Daryl Kenison, Patricia Largey, Clare McKeagney, Terry Rhoads, & Lee Ann Shand.

Thank you to Astria Fatica & Carl and JoAnne Harbourt for the delicious refreshments!

 

 

Welcome to our newest webpage!

Today – June 16, 2015 – we announce our webpage to the public. This could not have been accomplished without the efforts of our webmaster, Dave Cousins, and our officers and board of directors: Jerry Burnell, Patricia Burnell, Daniel Eaton,  JoAnne Harbourt, Daryl Kenison, Ron Kiesman, Patricia Largey, Clare McKeagney, Terry Rhoads and Lee Ann Shand.

Visit us often as we will be adding content often!