Celebrating 45 years of exploring Union’s history

Unless otherwise noted program meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

March, & April: held at People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street.

May to November: held in the Old Town House, 128 Town House Road.

Refreshments are served after each programs.

We are immensely grateful to the speakers who share their interest and expertise in their chosen fields with us.
Their generosity is humbling. What a wealth of knowledge for us to enjoy.

March 1: “Appreciating Our Historic Buildings”

A photo tour of midcoast building designs with illustrations of their “bones.”

PowerPoint presentation by Society member Dave Shaub of Union

April 5: “The County of Knox, Maine: A Governmental History, 1860-2015”

Highlights from the first written history of Knox County.

PowerPoint presentation by author and former County Commissioner Roger Moody of Camden

May 3: “A Tale of Three privies”

Discoveries from digs in a 1700’s fort, an 1800’s farmstead and urban house.

PowerPoint presentation by retired historical archeologist Leon Cranmer of Jefferson

June 7: “The Amazing Lombard Log Hauler”

The story of the machine, its inventor and the recent restoration to operating condition.

PowerPoint presentation by Herb Crosby, Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering Technology at UMO


Friday evening and Saturday morning: Come Spring Heritage Trail Bus Tour

Saturday afternoon: Seminars on historical topics

Saturday evening: Silent Movie Comedy with piano accompaniment by Doug Protsik

August 2: “Ambiguous Allegiances in Revolutionary Maine: The Importance of Local History”

A focus on historic events at Machias, Falmouth and Castine.

UMO history professor Dr. Liam Riordan

September 6: “1980 Escape from Vietnam to America”

The challenge of assimilating to a new culture.

Presentation by school social worker and martial artist Chuck Nguyen of Warren

October 4: “An Overview of the History of Coinage”

How a paperboy’s fascination with coins led him to a passion for history.

PowerPoint presentation by Brad Hennemuth of Lincolnville


“The Account Books of Levi Morse”

The process of transcribing two account books and what they reveal about life in 1795 Union.

PowerPoint presentation by Society member Wanda Garland of Waldoboro

Check our home page for the monthly press release giving details of the upcoming program.

Time to Plan for Founders Day Weekend July 14 - 16, 2016 - Can you help coordinate activities?

Each year the town of Union celebrates its founding during the weekend closest to July 19th. This is the day that the first tree was felled in 1774 to begin the settlement, as stated by John Sibley in his History of the Town of Union. Founders Day weekend for 2016 will begin Friday afternoon July 14th and will continue through Sunday morning July 16th. Activities are presented by various community organizations; assistance is needed in coordinating the weekend events. If you have would like to be involved, please contact the Union Town Office at 785-3658 or Lyle Cramer 785-2030.

UHS Come Spring Bus Tour - a popular Founders Day weekend event


Come Spring Bus Tour tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling Mary Thompson at 207-385-4611 and leaving a message. Note: this is NOT a 785 number! Your reservation will be confirmed when your payment has been received. Since this popular event usually sells out, it is recommended that you purchase tickets early. It is hopeful we will have both a Friday evening and Saturday morning tour.

Included in the tour are dismount stops at five historic sites, of which four are located on private property and are not open to the public at other times.  The route follows the Georges River Scenic Byway, identifying sites where Union's early settlers built cabins and lived.  The names of the settlers are documented in town records and their lives and stories are recounted by Ben Ames Williams in his 1940 historical novel Come Spring, reprinted by the Historical Society.  After visiting settlers' grave sites in the Common Cemetery on Ayer Hill, the tour will stop at the cellar hole of the cabin where Philip Robbins' large family spent a crowded winter in 1776, and then at the homestead of Robbins' oldest son David.  After circuit over the blueberry barrens of Clarry Hill, tour participants visit the site of the Royal Mess, the bachelor home of Jason Ware, Joel Adams and Matthias Hawes, overlooking the hillside where Adams and his wife Mima Robbins built their home. The final stop is at the Ebenezer Alden House on Common Road to see Alden’s barn and his store, which was established before 1800 and was operated for a century by the Alden family. Many founders’ names are listed in the store ledger.


See “Come Spring” sites and wildlife with UHS member & Maine Guide Marion Gray.
Sat. July 15 at 7:30 AM, weather dependent.

All equipment provided. Meet at Ayer Park, Depot Street. Trip lasts about two hours.

Limited to 7 paddlers, age 16 and up. FMI and to make a reservation, call: 832-1880. No charge; donation to the UHS accepted.

UHS Silent Movies at the Old Town House - 7 PM Saturday, July 15

Silent Movie Sign
The UHS will present a classic silent film at 7:00 PM on Founders Day, Saturday, July 15, 2017, as we once again bring the past to life with a screening at Union’s Old Town House. This is a family friendly event!

Doug Protsik, director of the Maine Fiddle Camp and of The Old Grey Goose band, will play the piano accompaniment for the films using his original scores. With a varied background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik fell naturally into his role as the “heir” of Danny Patt, who accompanied silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s. Doug’s enthusiasm for silent movies has led to work composing and recording original scores for silent film restorations for Turner Classic Movies cable network. A resident of Woolwich, Protsik joined other musicians to form The Old Grey Goose in 1978; their energetic blend of traditional and folk music has become a staple of the Maine music scene.

The UHS is proud to present this old-time entertainment for all ages; families with children are encouraged to attend. We extend a special invitation to present and former military personnel. The Society is grateful for the generous support of Susan Fay, one of our members who underwrites this event.

Doors open at the Old Town House at 6:30 PM on July 15, 2017. There is no charge for admission. A suggested donation of $5.00 will be used for maintenance of the fine 1840’s structure.

FD Sign 2012

Founders Day

Please enjoy some photos from past Founders Day celebrations

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce organized again this year the now traditional "Pie Social" at the Union Common. Along with the pies, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks were also available and a beautiful jazz band entertained one and all.


Tumblewood Inc. held its first World Games on the Common in Union in 2012. FMI on this Union made game and its creator, see

Bus Tour The Come Spring Bus Tour held many delights for those interested in the history of Union, as well as those who enjoy the landscape of woods, ponds and farms that remains little changed from the early days after settlement. Several stops are on private property where the owners graciously host the tour participants and share the sites of the founders’ first dwellings. This plaque marks the cellar hole of the cabin where Phillip Robbins and his large family spent their first winter in 1774.


The Come Spring Cabin was in the parade on Founders Day and was a backdrop for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940).

“Welcome Home Vets” was the theme of the Founders Day parade in 2012.


The cast for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940) which was set in Union by author Ben Ames Williams, using actual people, places and events to tell of the early settlement of a typical inland Maine town during the time of the Revolutionary War.


Moxie inventor, Augustin Thompson, was from Union; on Founders Day everyone has MOXIE!

Alden Store

Tour Bus participants end their tour at the Ebenezer Alden property. When Alden built his store, the first in Union in 1797, there were just 20 families in town; many of his customers were the characters, real people, in COME SPRING! The barn was a later addition to the property in the mid-1860s.


The MidCoast Community Band, directed by Joann Parker, played for the crowds on Founders Day in Union.

Moon Bounce

The Selectmen of Union coordinated the events of Founders Day 2012. Here they work to deflate the “Moon Walk” that children had enjoyed during the day.  The Town Office is looking for a Founders Day coordinator for 2015. Please call to offer your services 785-3658.

Silent Movie

Another annual tradition is the silent movie that the Union Historical Society offers on Saturday night; it is accompanied by Doug Protsik at the piano.


A Sunday morning worship service on the Common begins with gospel music.

Other Programs

Annual Meeting

The UHS Annual Meeting is scheduled for November each year at the Old Town House. There is a business meeting with reports and election of officers. The slate of officers for the new year is presented and additional nominations for officers are accepted. Elections follow the nominations.

Pot-Luck Supper

Pot-luck Supper

This is social, very popular get-together for members and guests alike. Everybody brings a salad or casserole to share. After the supper, the regular program of the month follows. This potluck is usually held prior to the August meeting at the Old Town House. Watch for information on this year's event.

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