The Purpose of the Nobleboro Historical Society is to encourage and promote interest in Nobleboro history among schoolchildren and the general public through exhibits, lectures and other special events and through preservation and display of historical memorabilia and important records relating to the town of Nobleboro.

Program Committee
Sarah Birkett
Alice Scott
Mary Sheldon
All programs are free and everyone is welcome. Programs are held at the Nobleboro Historical Center unless otherwise noted.
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February 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Nobleboro Historical Society

This program is sponsored by the Dunbar Cemetery Association of Nobleboro and the Nobleboro Historical Society and will be held at the Nobleboro Historical Center.
“Have Questions about Maine Cemetery Laws?”

10:00 AM

Are you curious about the care Maine requires for veterans’ graves or about a person being buried on their own property?

Helen Shaw, the legislative liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) and president of the Maine Genealogical Society, will speak about the current Maine laws governing cemeteries and answer questions.

Shaw moved from Chicago to Rockport in 2003 when she and her family returned to her husband's home state. Her roots to Maine include an ancestor who was a minister in Whitefield in the mid-1700s. Since arriving in Rockport, Helen has been elected to the Rockport Charter Commission and is currently serving on the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee and the Rockport Cemetery Committee. Additionally, she is the Regent of the Lady Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the vice-president and secretary of the Old Broad Bay Family History Association.

The program will be a little over an hour long, handouts will be provided and attendees may ask questions. Refreshments will be served.
APRIL 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017

North Nobleboro Community Hall
Upper East Pond Rd

Please bring your favorite dish to share, along with your plate setting - we will provide cups. Beverages are provided.

The North Nobleboro Hall is where North Nobleboro Day is held. From US 1, drive about 4 miles on East Pond Road to the first stop sign. Turn right at stop sign (on Upper East Pond Road) and drive 300 yards
“Maine’s German POW Camps in World War II”

6:00 PM

7:00 P.M. for talk only
David Greenham speaks about “Maine’s German POW Camps in World War II.” This obscure, yet lively and surprising, story is an interesting chapter of Maine history. It is a story of cooperation, kindness, and enemies who became colleagues, and even friends. Between 1944 and 1946, more than 4,000 German prisoners of war called Maine home in camps located in Houlton, Spencer Lake, Seboomook, and Indian Township. David explains why they arrived here and how their roles caused them to work with the Mainers, and the lasting impact that they had on the people who encountered them.

Hosts: Margaret Wellman and Mitchell Wellman
MAY 2017

Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder

Damariscotta Mills Fish
Ladder Restoration

Memorial Day Weekend
Sat & Sun 10 to 5

The 10th Annual Fish Ladder Restoration Festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to lots of alewives to view, we’ll have most of the great festival events you’ve come to know and a few new events to keep the weekend lively.

Events ~ children’s activities, music, games, great food, smoked alewives, 5K & 10K races, magicians, puppets, bagpipes, child fiddlers, and more.

Sunday morning at 8 am is the 5K/10K Run with the Alewives. This year’s main music event is Boston’s Chris Fitz Band. Singer Holly Cameron from Boston will join them. It’s a blues band with the ability to appeal to a large cross section of music fans. They will be on stage Sunday night, May 28at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets early by contacting Bobby Whear at 441-2313 or Alewives Fabrics at 207.563.5002 or Milling Around in Newcastle 207.563.1210.

Best of all ~ see the Alewives and Restoration Work.

For more festival details, see the website at
JUNE 2017
FRIDAY, June 2nd

“Role of Ship’s Navigator in the 1600s & 1700s”

7:00 PM
Jeff Miller, historian and man-of-many-historical-skills, will reveal how the captain navigated a wooden ship through relatively unknown waters using instruments developed 500 hundred years ago.
How did the seafarers know where they were going? When did navigators start to use latitude and longitude to find their way? This program will explain how the ship’s navigator used an Astrolabe, cross-staff, quadrant, back staff, sextant or octant to determine navigation information to cross vast oceans and go around continents. Miller will show reproductions of several of these navigational tools, along with the Society’s instruments.
JULY and AUGUST 2017
JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26
Nobleboro Historical Society

1:30 to 4:30 P.M.

A volunteer will answer your questions. Genealogy materials are available for study. The museum is interesting for all ages – and it’s free. Maps, books and other memorabilia are for sale.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH Nobleboro Central School and Nobleboro Historical Society

September 30
10 to 2
Nobleboro Central School & Historical Center

Enjoy the homemade apple goodies and turkey salad sandwiches, apples & cider from Beth's Farm and Fondy’s donuts. There are Kieve games and activities for kids, NCS 8th grade class food table and tables for local businesses and nonprofits.

Enjoy the toe-tapping Damariscotta Lake Country Band, over 70 silent auction items, and creative crafts – with unique lobster claw witches. It’s a chance to see your friends and neighbors and to relax and chat.

Proceeds benefit NHS Scholarship Program and the School.

Tell your friends and join the fun!

Captain Joseph C. Hopkins Who
Sailed the High Seas
7:00 PM

Carolyn Hardman has been working with the Nobleboro Central School students learning about Capt. Joseph Hopkins. Two of our forbearers – Capt. Hopkins grew up in Nobleboro and captained ocean ships at the height of Maine's wooden ship era in 1800s. His great-grandfather, Capt. Elisha Crooke. a soldier in the 1700s, fought the Native Americans on the Kennebec, French in Montreal, British under General Washington, and settled in Lincoln County.

Captain Hopkins grew up in Nobleboro and captained ocean ships at the height of Maine's wooden ship era in 1800s and made 17 voyages to the far reaches of the oceans – and safely returned to Nobleboro. We will learn about his life on a ship over 150 years ago – and his family life as Hopkins took his son along as cabin boy and took his wife on just one trip. Nobleboro Historical Society has his log books that tell this story.

Programs from previous years

2016 Program
2015 Program
2014 Program
2013 Program
2012 Program
2010 Program
2008-2009 Program
2007-2008 Program
2006-2007 Program
2005-2006 Program
2004-2005 Program
2003-2004 Program
2002-2003 Program
2001-2002 Program
2000-2001 Program
1999-2000 Program