Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 1 : Summer 2009 - Page 39

Presque Isle is celebrating its 150th anniversary of being incorporated as a town in 2009. The Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee is making this a year to be remembered with events in every month of the year. The actual anniversary date was April 4. Northern Maine Community College, also celebrating National Community College Month, hosted a huge Birthday celebration at their Presque Isle campus. The event featured live music by the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers, the Maine Event Singers, and the Presque Isle Middle School Jazz Band. In the library, numerous artisans demonstrated how their skills have remained unchanged for the last hundred years. The library also featured displays of historic photographs, antique cookbooks, antique clothing and accessories, and antique artifacts. One of the highlights of the day was the three-foot high star-shaped birthday cake. It was such a work of art, it was almost a shame to cut it. Proclamations were delivered from Governor Baldacci (as delivered by State Representative Mike Willette), the Maine State Legislature (delivered by State Representative Pat Sutherland), and Presque Isle’s City Council (delivered by Council Chairman Ed Nickerson with many other councilors present). Video greetings were offered by US Senators Snowe and Collins as well as US Congressman Mike Michaud. A secondary event commemorated the anniversary as well. The Post Office hand cancelled mail on April 4 with a special Sesquicentennial logo stamp. The stamp will now be officially retired and will become the property of the Historical Society for display purposes. The Presque Isle Historical Society is very active in this year-long celebration. The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a series of presentations on topics of Presque Isle’s history. The Series is offered at no charge to the public on the first Tuesday of every month at noon at the Mark & Emily Turner Library. In addition, the first guided walking tour of historic downtown Presque Isle was given on Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m. beginning at the Vera Estey House Museum at 16 Third Street. This tour is available by appointment and at least on one Saturday per month for the summer and early fall, weather permitting. On May 9, in remembrance of Vera Estey’s birthday, the Vera Estey House Museum will feature an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on these events, please contact the Presque Isle Historical Society at 762-1151, or by e-mail at pihistoricalsociety