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Jean Emerson Presents — The Northeast Harness News (1980 through 1995) Remembering 15 Years of Harness Racing

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Before you explore the Digital Maine Archives of the Northeast Harness News, please take time to read Jean Emerson’s article on the News. It is a compelling story and gives you perspective beginning in the first year of publication. Personally, I am so thankful that Jean realized the importance of sharing her work with the current the…

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1978 Maine Standardbred Registered Sires — Searching for Photographs

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  Recently Jean Emerson provided me with a copy of the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes Promotion for 1977. The back cover listed Registered Sires for 1978. To document this moment in the history of the Maine Sire Stakes Program, I am requesting that horsemen and women, photographers, and others who might have photographs of the horses listed…

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Maine Fair Racing 1945 through 1947 — New Gloucester — Gorham — Darmascotta — Bangor — Cornish

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The history of harness or perhaps any sport generally features star performers, extraordinary events, and locations that hold wonderful memories. Our star performers are the record setting Standardbreds — their drivers and owners. The storyboards presented in this post feature the race cards from five Maine fairs held from 1945 to 1947. Hopefully we can find the…

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Horsemen of the Grand Circuit Competing in Old Orchard Beach, Maine at the Kite Track (At some point during the war years)

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I hope one of the many harness racing historians and followers of groups such as Harness Racing History might be able to provide the exact date of this program The Competitors: 2:16 Bar Pace — Race 1: Clinton High with Stanley up owned by J. Stanley, South Somerset, MA — Sunny Grattan with E. Brown up, owned…

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Digital Maine Brings Jean Emerson’s Northeast Harness News to the Internet — All Issues from 1980 to 1995

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  In early June, Jean Emerson met with Peggy O’Kane at the Maine State Library. The purpose of the meeting was to reach an agreement that would permit the Maine State Library through its Digital Maine Program to scan all issues of the Northeast Harness News from 1980 through 1995. Peggy and Jean reached an agreement to…

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Preliminary Results of Harness Racing Survey: From Its Past to Its Present to Create Its Future in the 21st Century

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This post features the preliminary results for Lost Trotting Parks’ Harness Racing Survey that has been available for Maine Harness Horsemen and women and harness racing fans to complete. At this date, there are 67 respondents to this survey. Forty two of the respondents are from the State of Maine. The survey will be online through July….

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Harness Racing — From Its Past to Present to Create Its Future in the 21st Center — A Survey for your insight and comments!

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An article in a 19th century horse periodical stated, Harness racing is at its best when it is part of a greater event. In the 19th and early 20th century that greater event was an agricultural fair. As we move into the 21th century  it may be time to find that greater event that will bring fans…

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