NORWAY — The Norway Historical Society will host a program on the history of snowshoeing in the Oxford Hills at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the society house, 471 Main St.

Kellie Sanborn of Oxford will present. The public is invited to learn about the history of snowshoe-making as it evolved from a cottage industry to a thriving business. In addition, Sanborn will talk about the increased popularity of woodland vacations and winter sports and the effect on the snowshoe industry.

Sanborn graduated from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and is a student at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. The snowshoe industry in Maine is the topic of her master’s thesis.

Lee Dassler, executive director of the Western Maine Foothills Land Trust, will present information about trails being developed for snowshoeing and cross country skiing at the Roberts Farm Preserve.

Lunch will be provided following the presentations and after lunch, activities will more to Roberts Farm for snowshoeing. Call 743-5309 to reserve a space for lunch by Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, call 743-5309.


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