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Building A Community / Tout à bâtir Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., August 18, 2018
Building A Community / Tout à bâtir Marker
Maine (Washington County), Calais — Building A Community / Tout à bâtir

"...all set to clear the island, to fetch wood, to cut timber, to carry earth & other things necessary for the construction of the buildings." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation)

Pierre Dugua's settlement . . . — Map (db m125214) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Calais 100th Anniversary of Incorporation1809. July 31. 1909.
. . . — Map (db m125072) HM
Maine (Washington County), Calais — Civil War Memorial1861 — 1865

In grateful remembrance of The Men of Calais who upon land or sea hazarded their lives that the nation might be preserved and that government of the people, by the people and for the people should not perish from the earth. . . . — Map (db m125062) WM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Congregation Chaim Josef1924-1987
A Synagogue near this site in 1924-1987 was the home of the Congregation of Chaim Josef named in honor of Henry Joseph Unobskey This was the only Jewish Congregation to exist in Washington County. Its members included residents of Charlotte . . . — Map (db m136995) HM
Maine (Washington County), Calais — Exploring the Coast / Exploration de la côte

"...I set out from Ste. Croix on September 2...with twelve sailors and two Indians to serve us as guides to the places with which they were acquainted." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation)

In late summer . . . — Map (db m125217) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Imagining the Settlement / La colonie telle qu'on l'imagine

This model shows the Saint Croix Island colony as depicted by Samuel Champlain. His depiction was idealized. Archeological research has revealed discrepancies in building size and location.

[Sketch caption reads] Plan for 1604 . . . — Map (db m125257) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Lessons Learned / Leçons durement apprises

"The Sieur de Mons decided to remove elsewhere...to escape the cold and dreadful winter..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1605 (translation)

After the terrible winter, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, ordered his men to take . . . — Map (db m125245) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Saint Croix Island

St. Croix Island has been presented to the United States of America as a monument to Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain on the North American continent. The creation of this monument has been accomplished as a result of the public spirit . . . — Map (db m125115) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Settling on Saint Croix Island / Colonisation de l'île Sainte-Croix

"...His Majesty commanded the Sieur de Mons to prepare a fresh expedition..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation)

The newcomers who landed on the island offshore came from France. Their leader was Pierre . . . — Map (db m125161) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Strangers Offshore / Étrangers du grand large

In 1604, this was the land of the Passamaquoddy. In June, several families would have been camped here harvesting fish and shellfish. Nobody knows what the residents thought when a large ship landed at a nearby island. We do know they helped . . . — Map (db m125159) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Trapped For The Winter / Prisonniers de l'hiver

"During the winter a certain malady attacked many of our people... We could find no remedy..." Samuel Champlain Journal, 1604 (translation)

When winter came, treacherous ice made crossing to the mainland . . . — Map (db m125238) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Veterans Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to the men and women of Calais, Maine who served their country to preserve the traditional principles of freedom, justice and way of life in our area — Map (db m125045) WM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Veterans Memorial

City of Calais Veterans Park Dedicated July 31 2009 ——————————— Designed by Mayor Vinton E Cassidy in honor of area Vets July 31, 2009 . . . — Map (db m125103) WM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site / An Enduring LegacyBienvenue au lieu historique international de l'île-Sainte-Croix / Un précieux héritage

Share the dramatic story of Saint Croix Island. In 1604, over a hundred artisans, soldiers, and gentlemen sailed here from France in a bold attempt to establish a European colony north of Florida. They built a settlement on an island offshore . . . — Map (db m125121) HM

Maine (Washington County), Calais — World War II Roll of Honor1941 • 1945

Dedicated to the Veterans of World War II

May their names be honored through the years that unfold

[Honor Roll of Veterans] — Map (db m125068) WM


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