Saturday, February 28, 2015
USM Wishcamper Center
"Disease, Disasters, and More—Causes of Death in Early New England" will be presented by Richard Kahn M.D, a practicing physician, medical historian, lecturer and author living in Tenant's Harbor. He will help us understand the state of healing arts and many of the illnesses and hazards that ravaged the 17th and 18th century settlements in what is now Maine.
Find out more about the March roundtable. Our lecture series is open to the public and free. Donations of any amount are gladly accepted at the door. All funds will be used for stone conservation in Eastern Cemetery.
Subterranean Celebrity: James Bannatyne
Died October 29, 1842
In 1842, temperance was a hot topic. Maine was less than a decade from enacting prohibition, and speakers like James Bannatyne had been lecturing crowds on the evils of indulgence in alcohol. Bannatyne died at of tuberculosis, and his headstone was purchased by the Young Men’s Temperance Society (of which Neal Dow was a member). The top reads “A Stranger’s Grave.” This is likely not because he was unknown, but because he was a Scottish man without family in a foreign land.
A STRANGER'S GRAVE
Scotia's Gifted Child
A man of rare worth
in Simplicity, Gentleness,
and of Eloquence
Oct 29, 1842.
Erected by the Young Men's Temperance Society
The Conservation of James Bannatyne's Headstone
A Project of the Spirits Alive Stoners
The headstone of our Subterranean Celebrity had fallen and broken, the top partly covered in sod. In spring 2014, Spirits Alive determined it was in good enough shape for conservation.
James Bannatyne's headstone is once again standing in once piece. If you get a chance to visit this season, take a look! After you enter the Congress Street gates, walk up Funeral Lane for a bit, and before you get to the turn and the tomb area, look left. His stone is 7 rows in. It's a big, beautiful piece of historic artwork.
If you’re interested in Stone Conservation & Preservation, join us this season! We train volunteers, and we have a lot of fun doing something nice for the community and this sacred space.
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- Keep the gates open – encouraging the community to explore its open and safe green space
- Offer education about the cemetery and its residents to the public – through tours, lectures, and events
- Encourage and support the city in keeping the site clean and safe for visitors of all ages
- Preserve this incredible outdoor museum and sacred historic landscape