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Interested In Maine History? July 4, 2017

IMG_3646  Here’s the book for all history enthusiasts.  In a book store in Mystic Connecticut, I found this book about the history of Maine – titled The Lobster Coast, Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, by Colin Woodard.  As one would expect, there’s quite a bit of detail about fish and the fishing industry, particularly  lobsters.  But there is also a lot to make one think about the rights of Native Americans and the rights and relationships between the original settlers and the subsequent waves of  “newcomers”, right up to the present day transformations of land use and the questions of distribution of wealth.

In my genealogy research I have been able to trace most of my ancestors back many generations.  At present I am trying to concentrate/focus on the immigration experiences of these branches in my family tree.  These would be the 6th-9th great grandparents.  About 90% of these forebears came to New England.  I have one case of an abrupt end of the trail with my 3rd great grandparents Joseph Reed and Sarah Maddox.  They were each born in Maine in the late 1700’s.  Joseph died in Maine in 1850.  Their daughter Abigail was my great great grandmother.  She was born in Gloucester in 1804.  But I do not have any information re Joseph and Sarah’s forebears, my 4th great grandparents etc.  Did they come to Maine as immigrants?  What happened to them in this remote and harsh part of the American frontier.  Did they perish in an encounter with one of the many tribes of Native Americans who raided the settlers villages and isolated dwellings.   I wonder.


Notice for Norwegian Language Class February 10, 2011

Filed under: Films,Friendship,Norway,Social issues — Janet @ 6:58 pm

Here’s the notice that came to my mail box last week:

Hei again Norskies!
 We will be showing the Made-for-TV documentary film, “Der Elden Slokna” (Where the Home Fires Died).  It was produced 20 years ago for NRK and tells the story of old farm buildings perched high above Storfjorden in the Ålesund area of western Norway.  Many people who grew up on those farms are interviewed for the program.  It really is quite a treasure.

This week there was another notice about a film, a Norwegian film to be shown at the Nordic Heritage Center.  Elling is the title.  We went on Tuesday lunch time – had a bowl of soup and watched the film, all in Norwegian but it had subtitles in English.  What a gem of a film.  It has received several awards and much acclaim.  It raises questions as to how people cope with transition in a fast changing world and where do the boundaries lie between sanity and the not so sane.  What constitutes normality?  Delicate subjects treated in a very sympathetic way.  From the website, here is the


When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge. Through a friendship born of desperate dependence, the skittish Elling and the boisterous, would-be lover of women, Kjell Bjarne, discover they can not only survive on the outside, they can thrive. But as their courage grows, the two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places. Written by Sujit R. Varma