As promised, here is the text of the poem I read for the library on YouTube for Poetry month! This original poem appeared in the Nightly Comet (Biddeford, Maine) newspaper, February 19, 1902:
The actual author of the poem is unknown; however the Nightly Comet’s editor was noted local writer Mrs. Estelle Tatterson, and it is possible that she wrote it (but we’ll probably never know for sure).
Folks who are home during this time are taking the opportunity to catch up on their “To Read” lists – and for many of us that includes local history books! Here are 3 which you can access fully online…
A History and Stories of Biddeford by Dane Yorke (McArthur Public Library, 1994). Published in late 1940’s, this book has some dated points-of-view, especially the Native American narratives. However the timeline, index, and overall simple writing and storytelling make this a continued go-to for a pre-WWII overview of Biddeford.
Images of America: Biddeford by Charles L. Butler (Arcadia Publishing, 2003). The “best-of-the-best” tour of numerous local photograph collections by an imminent Biddeford historian. With rich details and excellent storytelling, this book is a lovely walk through Biddeford’s highlights.
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“A History and Stories of Biddeford” is made available to read online or download to your device of choice! Posted with permission of McArthur Public Library.
All other titles on this post made available by the publisher(s): Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.
*While Arcadia Publishing/The History Press graciously allow readers to view their materials in full on their website, please do consider purchasing the books that you love to support the authors and their work, if it’s within your means.
HAPPY LEARNING AND READING!!
LOOKING FOR MORE? These topical books aren’t about Biddeford specifically, but you will find Biddeford stories in both. If you are interested in a topic not found here, send us an email and we’ll see what we can find for you! Many of the newest titles are not available online so we’ll do our best.
A historical perspective can be reassuring, when you realize that others have been through tough times as well and they came out the other side. In 1918 the world was battling an epidemic of Spanish Flu (along with WWI). That year, our local schools were closed, people were advised to keep to themselves, and if they started feeling stir crazy? Go for a walk in the country. Even the Acton Fair was closed to keep folks safe. It’s pretty interesting to see the similarities, and to remember that this affected our grandparents and great-grandparents generation, who had access to far fewer resources and conveniences than we do today…and yet, they made it. Without stockpiles of toilet paper, even! But I digress…here are a couple of papers that caught my eye, and I hope you find them interesting too.
The wonderful new-ish journal Résonance, a publication made possible by the Franco American Programs of the University of Maine, has published it’s second volume. It is freely available online thanks to the University, and is full of prose, poetry, reviews and more.
When the SMHC Auxiliary disbanded in 2019, their records came to the library so that they may be preserved for the future and remain accessible to the community. The collection is now fully processed and accessible to the public for study and research.
We are pleased to be able to provide a home to this important collection, and to preserve the story of the remarkable people who served the health and wellness needs of the Biddeford community for over 100 years.
In Spring 2019 I learned about Story Maps, and so this summer I decided to make an interactive map showing all of Biddeford’s National Register of Historic Places sites. Mobile and desktop friendly, it will bring you to all the National Register locations in our fair city. All mistakes and omissions are mine, but as of January 2020 it should be up-to-date. Enjoy!!
In 1972-1973 the Journal published a series of articles by the excellent Franco-American historian, Michael Guignard. This was prior to the publication of his unequaled work, “La Foi – La Langue – La Culture: The Franco-Americans of Biddeford, Maine”. I came across this series while searching for articles on Israel Shevenell this week, and I wanted to bring them to light so they can be read and enjoyed by all again.