BELFAST- “A Victorian Childhood” and “The Launching of the Jennie Flood Kreger” will be the topics of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting at 7 p.m., April 22, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.
David Ruberti, historical society vice-president, will present the tales written by Katherine Frost of growing up in Belfast during the first years of the 20th century. In 1992, Katherine, born on the presenter’s birthday in 1907, wrote a memoir for her grandchildren about what it was like growing up in Belfast: what she wore; what she ate; going to school; traveling by automobile, train and ship; what she played for fun & games; her social behavior; her experience with medical matters and, of course the shenanigans of neighbors, that she witnessed.
Megan Pinette, president of the historical society, will pick up where Katherine ends her memoir at the time of the launching of the Jennie Flood Kreger. Her father, Orlando Frost, was Superintendent of Mathews Brothers and it was in 1919 the company launched Belfast’s only five-masted ship, the Jennie Flood Kreger. The ship had been built in response to the need of wooden vessels to re-establish trade with European countries decimated by World War I. Katherine documented the days leading up to the historic event with an illustrated diary. 2019 commemorates the 100th anniversary of her launch.
Belfast Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held April through October. Admission is $5.00, historical society members are admitted free. For our 2019 program schedule, www.belfastmuseum.org.