Friday, August 7, 2020

The Possibility of Creating Stories with 18th and 19th Century Maps

 This post will be similar to many posts that utilize maps to help you to explore the history of Maine. In this post you are introduced to Mitchell's 1839 Travel Reference Map of the United States. The map is accompanied by a book that provides an overview of each state and a listing of the state's stage coach routes. You can explore and follow the stage coach routes that were also tied to the delivery of mail throughout the United States. You can also conduct Google Searches to research the history of Maine towns and historic events from 1839 onward.  Remember to enlarge the page storyboards for easier reading. On the larger map of Maine, right click with your mouse on the image and open in a new tab. This will allow you to enlarge the map more than just clicking on the storyboard.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

A Presentation: The Lost Trotting Parks of Kennebec County & The Story of Winthrop Messenger -- A ZOOM Presentation sponsored by the Winthrop Historical Society

The Maine Spirit and the Horse
Part of Lost Trotting Parks' Maine 200 Initiative

If other organizations would like to consider a ZOOM Presentation, please contact Stephen Thompson by e-mail --

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Understanding the Development of the State of Maine from Maps and Historic Timelines of the State of Maine

Exploring the Development of Maine
through Maps and Historic Timelines

Banners will be developed for the ten panels on top of the bedsides of a 67 Chevy C-10 Pickup. This pickup was the last truck my father, Keith M. Thompson, purchased when he farmed with his father, Arthur L. Thompson and his two brothers, Colby Thompson and Curtis Thompson. A frame was created for each bedside that include two hinged panels. Three banners will present map images of the State of Maine from 1615 to present day.Online Historic Timelines will provide context for each map. Students and people from other age ranges can explore the development over time of towns as they developed along the rivers of Maine. Primary rivers include Sagadahoc River, Kennebec River, Androscoggin River, and the Penobscot River.

Links to Maine History -- Resources from the State of Maine

Maine History Links

This post on the Maine Spirit of the Horse provides readers with links to historical content. The links fall under the following Categories:

Historical Societies, Historic Sites, Maine State Museums and Archives, Maine History - General, Maine Native American History, Maine History -- Government Officials, 1820 to Present, Maine History - Military/Civil War, Top Online Services and Related Agencies

Click the Link Below:

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Journey Begins Here -- The Maine Spirit Map Initiative

Throughout the next sixteen months, The Maine Spirit Map Initiative will encourage Maine people of all ages to explore the history exhibit through the changing maps that include what has become the State of Maine from 1615 up to present day.

Right click with your mouse and open in a new tab that will allow you to magnify this storyboard.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Winthrop Historical Society Replaces the Winthrop Messenger Monument in Winthrop

Several years ago Clark P. Thompson of Bangor published the book, Maine's Trotting Horse Heritage Trail. For each subject in the book, Clark placed an inscribed granite monument in an appropriate location. Two years ago the monument was scooped up by a snow bucket and was lost. Last year the Winthrop Historical Society replaced the monument. A Great Thank You to the Winthrop Historical Society for keep a piece a Maine's Trotting Horse History. 

Recently I read an article stating that Winthrop Messenger was returned to Dixfield where he died. Just might be more to the story!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Maine Spirit Map Initiative -- Early Maps of the land that became the State of Maine and Communities with trotting parks

The Lost Trotting Parks Maine Spirit Initiative will include maps beginning in 1615 through 1820. Through these maps viewers can see how cartographers visualized the land that became the State of Maine. A special focus will feature the rivers of Maine and 19th century atlas maps that show the location of trotting parks in Maine communities.

This map represents what will be displayed at live exhibitions. Unfortunately you can not read the text due to low resolution.

This map was downloaded from the archives of the Library of Congress.