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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.

Augusta, Maine - April 21 Maine Genealogical Society Spring Writing Workshop

How do family researchers answer that age-old question: What do I do with all the research I have accumulated? The simple answer is Write it up, Publish it, and Make Your Family Proud. The Maine Genealogical Spring Writing Workshop will give you the tools to get you started. This workshop, led by Joseph C. Anderson, FASG, editor of The Maine Genealogist, will cover the steps to turn your yellowing, dusty files into the printed word.

The Workshop is Saturday, April 21 from 9-4 at the Elks Lodge, 397 Civic Center Drive in Augusta. Details about “Writing Your Family History” and more information can be found at
Registration can be done online or by mail. Registration includes lunch and should be done by April 14 to get an accurate count. FMI: Carol McCoy at or 207.373.0318

Brunswick, Maine - August 14 through 17 - Maine Ulster Scots Project’s 1718-2018 Scots-Irish Reunion at Bowdoin College

Since 2006, we have led the effort to examine the Scots-Irish Identity in Maine from its earliest arrival to present day. Using archaeology, genealogy and classical research methods, we are working hard to uncover the consecutive migrations to Maine from the North of Ireland and examine their significance. This is story that is largely untold and it is the story of our neighbors, and the common people who continue to quietly build Maine.


Our mission is to promote awareness of Maine’s Scots-Irish heritage and to gather, save, and share the stories of Maine’s Scotch-Irish families.

For details, see our web site at and at in the Archaeology & Education section.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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