The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Annual Appeal to Support the Activities of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center

Seasons Greetings from Lost Trotting Parks!

This post is part of our end of year annual appeal to raise funds to support the activities of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. Lost Trotting Parks is a Maine registered nonprofit and recognized by the IRS for tax deductible donations. This appeal is asking for donations to support the development of the Lost Trotting Parks Web Site and the production of and printing of storyboards for displays that are set up during presentations and displayed through Maine's Tailgate Museum. 

We are asking for your support to purchase memorabilia that will be scanned and placed into digital storyboards for the Lost Trotting Parks web site. We also need funds to support the printing, mounting and or lamination of storyboards for public displays and presentations. 

The Lost Trotting Parks web sites have been visited by Mainers from 193 Maine communities. This represents more than 150,000 page views. The Lost Trotting Parks Online Museum has also been visited by individuals living in Canada, Ireland, England, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. Through Facebook Lost Trotting Parks has posted more than 10,000 images that are freely distributed to Maine's harness racing community. 

Your financial support is needed and would be greatly appreciated. The following link takes you to the front page of the Lost Trotting Parks web site. At the bottom of this page is a button for donations. Your charitable donations at any level will be greatly appreciated. If you prefer to make your donation by check, please mail your donation to Lost Trotting Parks, P.O. Box 263, Hallowell, Maine 04347

Saturday, November 29, 2014

King William is once again resides in the State of Maine

The 1873 painting of King William by Maine Harness Horseman, George H. Bailey, is now owned by the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. The painting had traveled to an auction house in South Carolina. The painting was also the the front page engraving in J.W. Thompson's book, Noted Maine Horses. The painting will be displayed in secure public building so that the public can learn of the stories of Bailey and Thompson. Please suggest possible locations for a Lost Trotting Parks Display!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Celebrated Midnight Ride of Paul Revere -- On a Narragansett Pacer -- A Breed of Horses that No Longer Exists!

As a child one hears of the celebrated ride of Paul Revere. A newly published biography on Paul Revere present a far more comprehensive view of Paul Revere, the man, the silversmith, and Paul Revere as a patriot.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Searching for the Descendants of Billy Hall -- Harness Racing Driver before World War II

This is a story that starts with a letter from Delvin Miller to Clark Thompson written in 1995. Miller relates to Clark a WWII story of when he was responsible for taking 400 mules to India. While in India Miller met up with Billy Smith, a harness racing driver who often drove horses for a Mrs. Gross from Auburn, Maine. Miller knew Billy from his days at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach. Billy as did Jimmy Jordan drove a horse by the name of Forbes Direct. Miller spent an evening with Billy in India and months later met up with his group known as Merrill's Marauders. He found out that Billy had died of a jungle disease. Why tell this story. Here's the point! While Miller spent the evening with Billy Hall, Billy received a cable from the States telling him that his son had been born. If Billy Hall still has living descendants, this story might just be one they would like to hear.  The following images give context to Billy Hall as a harness racing driver and his death during WWII.              

Two Death Certificates for a William Hall (in India)