Greetings from the Heart Exhibit opens on Feb 4th
And Illustrated Presentation on February 21st

ValentineswebsiteA “sweetheart” of an exhibit, Greetings from the Heart, opens to the public on Thursday, February 4th from 4:30pm- 6:30pm at Freeport Historical Society’s Harrington House, 45 Main Street.

Featured are an array of turn-of-the-century through 1940’s Valentines, greeting cards and general postcards from the FHS archives and from private collections. Pop-ups, hand-made, and other styles of cards are all represented.

Beverages will be available.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the Freeport Historical Society’s collection of historic valentines, join us for a discussion of love, affection, and desire as it played out on these nice (and often not-so-nice) “tokens” of history.

On Sunday, February 21st at 2:00pm, Michelle A. Morgan, a PhD candidate in Visual and Material Culture at Yale, will be presenting excerpts from her Masters Thesis in an illustrated program entitled “Your Face is Like a Book”: Reading the Images on Historic Postcards & Valentines.

During the last decades of the nineteenth century and the earliest years of the twentieth century, visual images proliferated at a never-before-seen pace. Some of the most widely circulated and mass-produced images appeared on greeting cards and, at the turn of the century, on postcards. How do we “read” these images one hundred years (and more) after the fact? What can the images on historic greeting cards and postcards tell us about the people who used and commented on these images? Ms. Morgan will offer her take on how the images of the past constructed the social relationships of the time, suggesting that the motifs of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era were uniquely situated within their historic moment, but were likewise not so different from contemporary sentiments.

$5.00 suggested donation

FMI Please call 865-3170

Yours, Mine, Ours—Our Town and Our Stories Opening Exhibit and 2010 Membership Campaign Launch

Paul Cunningham, Cycling on the Harbor 1994
Cycling on the Harbor, Paul Cunningham 1994

On January 21st from 4:30p-6:30p Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main Street, is hosting the opening of a photo exhibit, “Yours, Mine, Ours—Our Town and Our Stories,” with work produced over the past twenty years by professional photojournalist and lifelong Freeporter, Paul Cunningham.

Black & White and color work will be on display through the end of March, 2010. The exhibit coincides with the launch of the FHS 2010 Membership Campaign.

Paul’s keen eye and technical mastery has resulted in a body of work that puts us in touch with moments ranging from the most celebratory to the most devastating. Paul’s photography captures the evolving story of Freeport. Cunningham’s family has lived in Freeport for over 200 years.

Concurrent with the exhibit opening is the launch of the 2010 Membership Campaign. The public is invited to the exhibit opening which will include introductory remarks by the photographer. Light beverages will be served.

Summer Exhibit to include loaned toys and baseball memorabilia from the public

We are currently in the process of developing an exciting summer exhibit and series of public programs, Freeport Amusements and Entertainments, and are seeking the loan from Freeporters (and others) of vintage and antique toys and baseball-related items and ephemera.

We’d like to supplement the late 19th and early 20th century children’s toys from our Collection with additional items from the public. This allows us to tell a bigger story in terms of how children spent their leisure time. We are interested in outdoor or indoor games, dolls and their accessories, and other childhood amusements. The exhibit will also feature the story of Freeport town baseball, and baseball in general. We’d welcome the opportunity to borrow photographs, balls, gloves, uniforms, and anything related to Freeport baseball or the town team, which was active in the 1950s. Autographs and memorabilia from visits of baseball legends would make great additions to the exhibit.

Please dig around in your attic, cellar and places between and let us know what you have. Your item could make a great contribution to the story of Freeport’s love of baseball.

The Opening Reception for the exhibit will be Thursday, May 27th, 4:30-6:30pm at Harrington House. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. For more information please call 207-865-3170.