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When the Standardbred was in the Consciousness of the Maine People — The Year 1922

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Recently, the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center acquired the 1922 Christmas issue of The Trotter and Pacer &  Book. This issue included racing results for 1922. At this point in history, the automobile was moving quickly to replace the horse and carriage as the major mode of transportation in the United States. In 1925 the automobile exceeded…

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Imagine It! Exploring the Idea of a Southern Maine Community with a Horse Park

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This post provides readers with the opportunity to download two digital publications that address the possibility of creating a living and working environment that reintroduces people from within and outside the State of Maine to the horse. When the horse was king, Maine people understood the importance of the horse to their lives and its contributions to…

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Creating Harness Racing’s Greater Events — A Destination Resort with Horse Park & Inter-Generational Living Community

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Several years ago I published a digital publication titled, S. Dexter’s Maine Spirit of the Turf. I published eight issues totaling more than 400 pages. In many of the issues I included a column, Outside the Oval. The purpose of this column was to share ideas that did not come from long time members of the harness racing…

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Fund Raising Appeal for Lost Trotting Parks — Funds for 2018 Activities

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This year will be a critical year for the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. Each year fund raising becomes more difficult and 2017 may be the last year individuals can take tax deductions for their charitable contributions. Lost Trotting Parks has been fortunate for its contributions from Lost Trotting Parks Directors, the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, the…

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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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