Reflect on island history

Winter is a great time of the year to learn more about our fair island, whether online or from a book. A good place to start is with sites recommended by Swan’s Island Historical Society member Bev McAloon: takes you to the town history page, stories, pictures, genealogy and Dr. H.W. Small’s “History of Swan’s Island”; links you to Swan’s Island Educational Society’s “Swan’s Island: Six Miles East of Ordinary,” a community heritage site of the Maine Historical Society; and takes you to the historical information on the Swan’s Island Educational Society site. This last site gives you a Virtual Museum (Maine Memory Network of the Maine Historical Society), Swan’s Island History and Images (our “Past Perfect” digital files), Swan’s Island Memory Project (web pages that Meghan Vigeant created, containing oral histories and images), More Historical Material (written stories and photos on town website) and Student Video (a service learning project that students and Kate Webber worked on in 2013).

The following books provide different perspectives on the history and personal experience of Swans Island: David Hall’s “Brush Camps and Rabbit Paths: My Boyhood on Swan’s Island 1941-46,” Meghan Vigeant’s “Guts, Feathers and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island” and Kate Webber’s “Swan’s Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated, and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life.” These books are for sale at the library, The Island Market and Supply and the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse (seasonally).

The next Historical Society meeting is Monday, March 14, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Swans Island Town Office. As always, the public is invited to attend these meetings.

The Senior Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24. They will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

The weather was not on our side for the much anticipated presentation from Abbe Museum’s George Neptune; the talk was cancelled when Sunbeam could not travel to Swans Island on Friday, Feb. 5. Jeanne Hoyle tells us that the presentation has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 26. Mark your calendars for this date and more details will be in next week’s column.

Happy birthday to Carolyn Miller, Jackson Laws, Bud Martin III, Lucia Tola Dy, Anna Belle Joy, Samuel Kenneth Davis, Mia Violet Davis, Wyatt M. Tapley, and Bev McAloon. Anniversary blessings to Carroll and Lindsay Staples, Leonard and Jackie May, Jim and Sharon Stone, and Joe and Denise Boisvert.

If you have news to share, please email, call or write me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]; drop a note to Kimberly Haller, P.O. Box 94, Swans Island, ME 04685; or call me at 526-4488.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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