Responses from five students in Mrs. Harris' Social Studies class can be viewed below:
"Research your topic and summarize the ‘who, what, when, and where’ in the form of a few paragraphs"
Newspapers have changed and stayed the same in many ways. Farmers were important to The news because there were many stories about them in the paper. The Lincoln News was printed in Bangor, then shipped to Lincoln. Some of the stories took place in Mattanawcook. Lincoln merchants would put information in the newspaper to help their sales.
Sales people would have papers outside of the Lincoln House Hotel about the Civil War. The hotel is not here today, but a new Lincoln House Motel is here. Lincoln sold the papers and Bangor sold them; those towns are still here today. Most of Penobscot County sold the papers and the county is still here today.
On January 6, 1939, Alexander M. Weatherbee started a weekly newspaper called Gateway News. In the 1900s, the Lincoln News was called the Lincoln Chronicle and came out on Saturday. Then in the middle of the 1900s, it was called the Lincoln News and came out on Thursday. In 1907, it cost 5 cents. The office is now on West Broadway in Lincoln. A new building has been built, after a fire burned it down in November of 2009. Today, The Lincoln News costs 60 cents and over 6,000 people buy it weekly. Newspapers in Lincoln were important over time in this area because they were people’s main source of communication.
"What if newspapers never existed? Explain the consequences to the town."
There would be many consequences if the newspaper never existed. If newspapers never existed, nobody in Lincoln would have heard news about the Civil War as much as they did. Some people wouldn’t have even heard anything about the war at all. The people of Lincoln might not know when there are changes happening in other places that they could make too. For example, one of the changes could be if there was a new car out that was more improved than the cars in Lincoln, the town might want to get one of these cars.
If there were no newspaper, it would be harder for merchants to advertise their wares. They probably wouldn’t get the business they did when they could advertise in the local newspaper. The newspaper was a way people could also share news and events. If someone wanted to put in a paragraph of something big that is happening, they would be able to share it with everyone who reads the Lincoln News. No newspaper would mean it’s harder for news to get around to each other.
Newspapers All AroundDiorama by Morgan Ireland
There were many newspapers that came out before the most recent one, the Lincoln News. Each newspaper that came out was improved for everyone to be able to share news more easily. For example, farmers would be able to sell their food they grew easier because of the newspaper, so if there wasn’t one then they might not get as much business. One more thing is, a few people would be out of a job. After Bangor stopped making and shipping newspapers up to us because we could finally print them, we had people in Lincoln that were doing that job. If there wasn’t a newspaper, those people who were making newspapers and delivering them wouldn’t have a job unless they found another one somewhere else.
More people have been informed about things from the town of Lincoln over the many years by reading The News, so there would be many consequences to the town if there weren’t any newspapers.
“How have newspapers impacted your life? Your future? The town’s future?”
The newspaper in Lincoln has impacted my life in many ways. I read the Humane Society ads about what animals they have there know. We got our two Siamese cats from one of the ads. My mom looks forward to the Lincoln News every Thursday because she loves to read it when she is bored. She tries to find a dog that I might be able to get that is small. I've wanted a puppy for a while and I have not been able to find the right puppy. My name has been in the News under the perfect attendance for school and I enjoy reading the school section called “Cat Attack.”
One way the newspaper could impact my future is, I could get my future dog from the animal shelter here in Lincoln because of reading the Humane Society ads. My mom could find something she would like in the paper, like a new job. I might find my future job from reading the newspaper.
People ask what would happen if they put the Lincoln News online and got rid of the paper. I think about people that can’t afford internet access and like to read the Lincoln News. What would they do? They might have to not read it at all or get internet or ask people around town to see what was going on in town. This could be bad for the newspaper business.
“Compare and contrast newspapers in the past and in the present”
The first reason newspapers were different back then than they are now is because it has had different names. One of the many names it had was the Lincoln Chronicle. Now it is called the Lincoln News. Second, the newspaper cost less back then. It cost 5 cents in 1907 and now it costs 60 cents. Another difference is the Lincoln Chronicle and some other newspapers came out on Thursday in the past. Now the Lincoln News is published on Wednesday. People show up after 4 p.m. on Wednesday nights to get the newspaper hot off the presses. The last way the newspapers are different now than they were back then is, one of the types of newspapers was not printed in Lincoln. It would be published in Bangor and then sent to Lincoln for circulation. Now the News is printed and sold in Lincoln. This is how the newspapers are different now compared to back then.
The newspaper is the same now and back then in a very important way. They were both sold in Lincoln and were about the important news in Lincoln and the area. For example, the news had, and still has, what happens around town like events, or if someone is selling something. This is how the news is the same now from back then.
Lincoln Historical Society. "A Brief History of Our Town." Lincoln, Maine: Town of Lincoln. Web. 31 Mar. 2010. <http://www.lincolnmaine.org/History/town_history.htm>.
"Local Business & Industry." The Pictorial History of Lincoln, Maine. Lincoln: Lincoln News Print Services Division, 1995. 39-40. Print.
Lyons, Pauline. "Lincoln Opportunities." Lincoln History. 1 & 2 ed. Lincoln: Mrs. Evelyn Jenkins, 1979. 74-77. Print.
"Roaring Lions to Be Heard at Lincoln Field Day." Various Articles, White Binder. Lincoln Historical Society, Lincoln, 1932. Print.