Canton Historical Society Aug. 21 topic is town, postal history

CANTON — The Canton Historical Society will host a program on “Researching Canton and Postal History” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in its building at 25 Turner St.
The speaker will be Tom Vining of the Maine State Archives, who will talk about the extensive research he has done on the history of Canton and other small Maine towns, specifically their cemeteries, deeds, genealogy, monuments and more. He will also discuss his process for investigating postal history.
A former seasonal interpretive ranger at Acadia National Park with a degree in botany from the University of Maine in Orono, Vining compiled and edited “Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the Towns of Mount Desert Island: A Record of Names and Dates on Gravestones in Cemeteries of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont,” (2000), and co-authored, with nature-writer Ruth Gortner Grierson, “Living on the Edge: A Guide to Tide Pool Animals, Seaweeds, and Seaside Plants” (2018). His cultural and natural history research is accessible at
This event is free and open to the public. The venue is handicapped accessible; refreshments will be served, and doors will open at 6 p.m.
The Canton Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and celebration of Canton’s heritage and history. For information, email