NORWAY – The Norway Historical Society will hold a program on the “Oxford Bears” with Larry Glatz at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the society house, 471 Main St.

Folks from Indiana are called “Hoosiers” and residents of North Carolina are called “Tar Heels.” Between 1835 and 1935, people from Oxford County were known far and wide as “Oxford Bears.” Glatz will discuss the noisy birth, energetic life and sad demise of the proud old “Oxford Bear.”

“Taking the Grants for Granted” will be presented by Jean Hankins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

The oft-repeated legend is that Oxford County was originally settled by Revolutionary War veterans who were given land by the government in exchange for their valiant military service. But did this really happen? Early records seem to tell a different tale.

The Bicentennial Quilt will be on display at the meeting

“Two Big Towns Go at It” will be the topic when Ben Conant speaks on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Since their earliest days, the brother/sister communities of Norway and Paris have had a series of encounters not unlike those of many feisty siblings. The battle over the location of the county seat and the Norway-Paris “border war” are two of the skirmishes in Oxford County’s early years.

Those wanting more information should call 743-2305.


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