LISBON FALLS — Lisbon teacher Libby Wade will talk to the Lisbon Historical Society on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the MTM Center at 18 School St.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In 1815, Mt. Tambora in Indonesia erupted, darkening the skies worldwide with ash. Average temperatures dropped everywhere between 4 and 7 degrees, resulting in “the year without a summer” in 1816. Crops failed in many countries, and Maine was hit especially hard.

Corn crops and hay failed to ripen, and residents had to forage for food by fishing and hunting. It was a time when many Mainers, particularly farmers, decided to abandon their homes and move to warmer parts. Many went south and west to the Ohio Valley, where they could raise crops and farm successfully.

Wade is a graduate of Lisbon High School. She returned to Lisbon to teach at Lisbon Community School after living in New York for several years. She is an education technician in special education, and is working on a degree in library science and information technology. She spent a semester as an intern in the Maine State Archives in Augusta.

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