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Greater Portland Maine Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society Holiday Meeting

Dec. 2, 2017

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month. at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ at 301 Cottage Road, South Portland (across from Mount Pleasant Cemetery).Our meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. Come early as refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30. Admission is free, though a $3 donation is requested. A program is planned for each meeting.

For this meeting, members will be bring holiday foods to share and something genealogical for "show and tell"!


Your Father Still Fears That New England Will Be Depopulated: Mainers and the Rush for California Gold

Saturday, January 27, 1:30pm

News of California gold changed the lives of everyone in Maine - those who left and those who stayed. Historian Jan Eakins draws on diaries and letters of 300 Mainers to tell why more than 2,000 headed west in 1849 and why thousands more followed. She explores how families coped, who returned to Maine, who stayed in the West, and the effects of migration and gold on the State of Maine.

Lecture begins at 1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St. on the USM Portland Campus, with parking in the USM Bedford St. garage. Lectures are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Sponsored by Spirits Alive and co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science at USM.


The Strangling Angel in Casco Bay: Epidemic Diphtheria in Coastal Maine, 1735-1750

Saturday, February 24, 1:30pm

In 1735, a new disease seized the northeast of North America. The mysterious throat distempers never achieved the notoriety of other diseases of the colonial era, but no single epidemic of the period proved more deadly to European settlers. It is estimated that by 1740, deaths in New England exceeded 5,000 out of a population of roughly 200,000, and that over 90% were children. While the presence of the distempers in Coastal Maine has been acknowledged, deaths in Casco Bay have never been included due to a lack of reliable data. Combining traditional research with computational humanities techniques, Nicholas E. Bonneau brings our region into this narrative.

This lecture is generously sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

Lecture begins at 1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St. on the USM Portland Campus, with parking in the USM Bedford St. garage. Lectures are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.


A Field of Ancient Graves: Celebrating 350 Years

Saturday, March 24, 1:30pm

Eastern Cemetery, Portland’s oldest public space, reaches a milestone 350th anniversary in 2018, and Spirits Alive will kick off its celebration of the beloved burial ground with a presentation by cemetery historian and author Ron Romano. Using photos, maps, and images of historic documents, Ron will guide us through the cemetery’s rich history, with a peek inside the City Tomb, an overview of the remote burial patches designated for minorities, and a look at how the landscape has changed over the past 350 years. From bank robbers and pirates to abolitionists and war heroes - with some gravestone symbolism sprinkled in - this presentation promises to be a most interesting hour.

Lecture begins at 1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St. on the USM Portland Campus, with parking in the USM Bedford St. garage. Lectures are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Sponsored by Spirits Alive and co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science at USM.


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