Archive for the ‘Maine Historian’ Category

Soldiers’ Memorial Day Speaker

Despite the rain, the show goes on! Herb as the speaker of the day at Evergreen Cemetery services, Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 2016. Hundreds attend the parade and services at our City’s greenest place of memories and monuments.”              

Adams sponsored bill in recognition of Malaga Island eviction.

Letter to Portland Daily Sun Herb Adams deserves your vote; Malaga Island effort recalled Published Date Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:37 Written by Marilyn Darling Voter Editor, It has come to my attention that former Maine House Representative Herbert Adams has decided to re-enter politics and run for House Representative, District 40. I am very […]

Colonel Sabine Edwards, a Civil War veteran from Maine

Sabine Emery Memorial Tribute On Saturday, June 7, 2014 dignitaries gathered at Portland’s Eastern Cemetery to honor Colonel Sabine Edwards, a Civil War veteran from Maine. Researcher Ben Smith, Sabine’s great, great granddaughter Nancy Tidrick, The 3rd Maine Infantry, historian Herb Adams, along with the 2nd Maine Calvary and officials of the Abyssinian Meeting house […]

50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Oh, Freedom! The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Then and Now February 27, 2014 – The SMCC Learning Commons hosted a panel discussion commemorating the “Freedom Summer” and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The discussion was moderated by former Maine State Representative and current SMCC History Professor, Herb Adams. Featured […]

Campaign and vane

Who would fire a gun at a church? Well, according to Portland legend, an inventor’s rifle may have left a dent in the First Parish weathervane — and restoration teams are now looking into whether there’s any evidence for the legend. I got a chance to look at the vane up close while out campaigning […]

Helping Helen Hunt

It is customary for candidates to make a point of their celebrity connections, so here’s mine: Last spring I got to help actress Helen Hunt trace her Portland roots for an episode of the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Her great-great-grandfather,¬†George Hunt, owned a supply store and was a major sugar importer […]

Malaga Island: A bittersweet centennial

AUDIO: Excerpt from Herb Adams speech to descendants of Malaga Islanders, September 2010. It went almost unnoticed in in the hectic legislative session of April 2010, but a bill I sponsored, formally apologizing to the people of Malaga Island and their descendants, remains one of my proudest achievements. Malaga is now a beautiful, uninhabited place. […]

A forgotten service remembered

Yesterday I was part of a ceremony honoring Richard Hill, a long-forgotten African-American from Portland who served in the War of 1812, at a ceremony in Eastern Cemetery. His tragic yet uplifting life story (outlined in this article from the Portland Press Herald) is part of the rich fabric of Portland’s history, and I was […]

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