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Pumpkinpalooza – Friday, October 28, 3 to 5 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 23rd, 2016

Come carve out Halloween festivities with us! The library has gleaned 95 pumpkins out of the pumpkin field at Rocky Ridge Orchard in Bowdoin and is looking for volunteers to come carve them into Jack-o-Lanterns with us on Friday, October 28th between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm in the Underground at the Curtis Memorial Library.


Pumpkins, carving tools, and snacks will be provided. Come create Brunswick Halloween spirit! Help put Brunswick on the Maine Pumpkin Trail map!

The Jack-o-Lanterns will be on parade at the library on Saturday evening, October 29th from 6-8 pm when they will be displayed at our original Pleasant Street entrance (across the street from the Post Office) cascading down the outside stairs and across the brick walkway, all of them lit up and shining bright into the night for all to see!

The pumpkins will be lit up again in all the windows of the library on Halloween night. Pumpkinpalooza is a family event and a prelude to the adult cult classic movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, which will be shown at 8:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room on Saturday night, Oct. 29th.

Both events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to view the Jack-o-Lanterns with a suggested age of 15+ for the movie event.

Pumpkinpalooza is an environmentally responsible event. All pumpkins were gleaned from the Rocky Ridge field and, after their moment in the spotlight, are being donated to Two Coves Farm in Harpswell where they will be used to feed the livestock.

Day & Time: Friday, October 28, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Curtis Underground

Contact: Chris Eames

Saving your letters

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on October 21st, 2016

Do you have boxes of old letters from various family members?  Are you wondering about how to preserve them for future generations?  If so, you might want to read the article about how to preserve letters from The Archive Lady which you can access here.5adcb340ff4b98f64b701330297fb57a

The article has some good, common-sense ideas for storing written family documents.  The most important point is the first one – if you have letters folded in envelopes, take them out of the envelopes and unfold them before putting them in archival folders.  Always keep a letter and its envelope together but by unfolding the letter and storing it that way, you allow people the chance to read the letters without folding and unfolding them which tends to stress the paper and cause rips.

An important point not mentioned in the article is that if there are staples in your letters, take them out carefully.  Over time anything metal will degrade and rust and this can damage the letters.  If you need to keep together several pages of a letter, use plastic paperclips.

Finally, the author recommends keeping the letters in archival boxes.  That makes sense if you don’t envision the letters being read very often.  If you think the letters might be looked at on a regular basis, you might want to consider keeping them in an archival sleeve in a binder instead.  The binder will need to lie flat on a shelf to ensure there is no stress on the letters but it will make the letters much easier to look at and read than having to pull them out of a box.

Those are today’s ideas for taking care of your family’s historical documents – happy research!

P.S. At the end of The Archive Lady’s blog you’ll find some tips for taking care of locks of hair that might have been passed down in your family – very interesting!



Halloween at Curtis – Saturday October 29, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 21st, 2016

jack-lanternsVisit the first-ever Saturday evening pumpkin display at Curtis (6-8pm).

Brunswick High School students will be putting together an epic display of jack-o-lanterns, to be enjoyed by all!

Follow-up the pumpkin display by joining us in the Morrell Meeting Room for The Rocky Horrow Picture Show (8-10pm)!

Come in costume prepared to enjoy the 40th anniversary of this classic Halloween movie.

The pumpkin display is for all ages but the movie is recommended for adults.