We sell "COME SPRING" by Ben Ames
Williams in print for $24.95
We also sell Williams' "FRATERNITY
VILLAGE" in print for $16.00
Both books are available on Kindle for
Other Union related titles are for
sale, too; please check our sales page.
Write or call to order or stop by the Robbins
House on Wednesday or Saturday mornings.
(Please call ahead if coming from a distance)
meetings for May through November will be held at 7:30 PM at
the recently restored Old Town House at 128 Town House Rd., up
the hill from the Common.
the media for more details on our programs.
CALL BY WEDNESDAY MORNING IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
PROGRAM THAT DAY.
Unfortunately we do not have
someone to answer the phone later in the day.
14-16: FOUNDERS DAY WEEKEND
evening and Saturday morning: Come Spring Heritage Trail
afternoon: Seminars on historical topics
evening: Silent Movie Comedy with piano accompaniment by
2: “Ambiguous Allegiances in Revolutionary Maine: The
Importance of Local History”
focus on historic events at Machias, Falmouth and
history professor Dr. Liam Riordan
6: “1980 Escape from Vietnam to America”
challenge of assimilating to a new culture.
by school social worker and martial artist Chuck Nguyen
4: “An Overview of the History of Coinage”
a paperboy’s fascination with coins led him to a passion
presentation by Brad Hennemuth of Lincolnville
1: ANNUAL MEETING
Account Books of Levi Morse”
process of transcribing two account books and what they
reveal about life in 1795 Union.
presentation by Society member Wanda Garland of
Mima’s Rocking Chair Comes Home
Union Historical Society has received an exciting gift from Mrs. Nancy
Lee Cranmer Mudd, of Pennsylvania,
a direct descendant of Union’s early settlers, Joel Adams and Mima
Robbins Adams. Mrs. Mudd has donated a
small ladder-back rush-seated rocking chair which is known to have
belonged to Mima Robbins Adams wife
of Revolutionary War soldier Joel Adams. The rocker is nearly
identical to the ladder-back rush-seated upright
chair belonging to Joel, which was donated in 1993 by Mrs. Mudd’s
father, Stephen Cranmer. Both chairs
are in excellent condition and were treasured by the Cranmer family for
In his 1940 historical novel Come Spring, Ben Ames Williams describes
Joel and Mima Adams making a winter
trip to Boston shortly after their marriage, when they made purchases
including these chairs.
Image: Nancy Lee Mudd with the two chairs donated by her family to Union
Mima’s rocking chair is on the left, Joel Adams’ chair is on the right.
UHS Booth at the Union Fair
Our 2014 Summer Intern, Hailey Paige, mounted several displays, which
we showed at the UHS Fair Booth, both in August 2014
and again in August 2015. She did a colorful "Brief History of Union
Common" and three large posters about the Vietnam War,
including an interview with a Union veteran, seen in the image above.
These are now available to see at the Robbins House. Please stop by
to enjoy Hailey's fine work.
Our viewers continue to enjoy
the 21-minute slide show of photographs of Union: "Union, Then and Now”
done by the 2013 UHS intern, Molly Parent. The show was set up again
at the Union Fair, where visitors reminisced about places in Union. We are
pleased to make this available to anyone wishing to view the photographs.
Molly placed the video on You-Tube and you can watch it at your
You can watch the presentation in full screen by clicking on the
rectangle at the bottom right of the YouTube screen.
The UHS (Union Historical Society) has been collecting records related to
the Civil War and the town of Union's involvement in particular. We have
created a special page for this purpose. People interested on the subject
are invited to visit
this page under
the "About Union" in the menu at the left. This is an on-going work.
We appreciate additional information and corrections; please share your
Union family history with us.
Look for updates on our
"Civil War" page - under the "About Union" heading at the left
Books about Union that you
can read for free Online
Available at Goggle Books
Union Past and Present:
an illustrated history of the town of Union, Maine, from George Willoughby Fish
This useful concise history of Union with important information about the
town since the 1851 writing of John Langdon Sibley's History of the
Town of Union
- including portraits of notable town businessmen,
interesting advertising from area companies, and discussion of the newly
constructed Civil War Soldiers Monument.
The Preface: The publishers do not claim this condensed history of the
town of Union, Maine, to be a model of perfection, believing it an
impossible task to write a complete and accurate history of any town, from
a critical standpoint. In this volume, however, the reader will find
material which has been carefully compiled from many sources and believed
to be trustworthy and reliable. Many extracts have been made from Sibley's
History of Union
to which credit is hereby given. To many citizens
about town the publishers are grateful for numerous favors and extend
thanks for the same.
The History of the Town of Union
by John Langdon Sibley, 1851, considered to be one of the best early
histories of a Maine town. The book is also for sale by the UHS in a new
Larger print edition. Please go to our "Items for Sale" page by clicking
on the link in the menu at the left.
Now available at OpenLibrary.org
Horse and Buggy Days,
1950, by Edwards A. Matthews.
This book includes censuses of Union, plus a description of the early
homes and businesses of Union and articles about the implements from farm
and kitchen which were falling into disuse by the 1950's.
Many local historians have noticed discrepancies, omissions, and errors in
some details presented in this book, however it is a slice of history that
is important to have recorded and useful to those searching their roots in
Union. The Union Historical Society has attempted to make corrections
where possible and is willing to share additional information. Contact us
with specific questions about Union's history and it's people.