Photo of a Dexter/Newport Railroad engine once a frequent
sight at the former depot on Railroad Avenue in Dexter.
Abbott Memorial Library and the Dexter Historical Society have teamed up to present a number of summer programs. On Thursday, July 31st they will have a presentation, “An Evening With the Dexter/Newport Railroad,” by Leonard Wallace at the Abbott Museum on Church Street starting with an Open House at 6 PM.
Using over two-dozen wooden models, Wallace pinpoints the location of the important buildings in the depot. Today there is hardly a trace of this once huge railroad depot. The ticket office, water tower, turntable, train sheds, repair sheds, and cargo warehouses that extended 350 feet in length along Railroad Avenue are gone.
Molly Graham, Oral Historian and Associate Director of Oral History and Folklore Research at Rutgers University will discuss preserving stories, recollections, and voices of local people and events on Wednesday, August 6th. Topics to be covered will be setting up an oral history project, equipment needed, and interviewing skills.
A Cruze-In is scheduled on Saturday, August 9th in the Dexter Municipal parking lot with food, music, and prizes. The event runs from 5 to 9 PM. Antique autos and street rods will be exhibited and the Grist Mill Museum will be open throughout the evening. All proceeds go to the historical society.
Wendall Kinney, Maine Humorist, will make a presentation about his growing up on a dairy farm on the Crawford Road on Friday, August 22nd. Now a resident of Brunswick, he has written poetry and a book of short stories. He is presently out with a new CD called, “The Bull And I, Maine Humor with a Twist.” All stories he tells are true but “with a bit of blarney added for flavor.”