Spring Celebration to Honor Our Volunteers, Sunday, April 25th

This is E.E. Pinkham, "Poobah" in Mikado, 1892

Join us at Harrington House on Sunday afternoon, April 25, from 2-3:30 pm to celebrate the work of our volunteers.  Whether you currently volunteer or are thinking about it, come hear live music, enjoy refreshments and learn about all the ways in which you can volunteer at Harrington House and Pettengill Farm.   We hope to see you there!

Grammy Award Winner Paul Sullivan to Perform at Spring Serenade, Saturday, March 20th

Grammy award-winning composer and pianist, Paul Sullivan, performs in Freeport on Saturday, March 20th, at the Spring Serenade to benefit the Freeport Historical Society.  Sullivan, known for his work as a soloist, as part of a jazz trio, and with the Paul Winter Consort, creates a relaxed and intimate experience for his audience with engaging and sometime quirky observations about music and life.  His 13 CDs have sold over 300 thousand copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver Solstice.

Grammy award-winning composer and pianist, Paul Sullivan

Grammy award-winning composer and pianist, Paul Sullivan

Sullivan has played concert tours worldwide and has performed with legendary orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt.  As a jazz player, he has worked in some of New York’s most prestigious clubs, including Sweet Basil and The Village Vanguard, playing with jazz masters like Benny Goodman, Tommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell, Lou Donaldson, and others.

The Spring Serenade includes a silent auction featuring a distinctive array of items and experiences, including the opportunity to discuss and solve your woodworking project with renowned craftsman Tom Moser or an overnight stay in a historic James Place Innafter a lovely afternoon on the isle-dotted Harraseeket River with Sail Freeport and a gourmet meal at Azure Café. The Silent Auction will be presided over by historic figures from Freeport’s past—Arctic explorer, Donald MacMillan, Industrial Revolution era entrepreneur, E.B.Mallett, and John “Colby Jack” Coombs, who pitched for Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers.

The evening also includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Spring Serenade takes place from 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. at the Freeport Community Services building, 53 Depot Street in Freeport. Tickets ($50 each) are available by calling 207-865-3170. FMI: www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org .

NY Times
“Sullivan plays with brilliance and clarity”…

Paul Winter Consort
“Adjectives don’t come good enough for Paul Sullivan… He’s an exquisite musician and just one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.”

Sunday, February 21st, 2:00pm, “Your Face is Like a Book: Reading the Images on Historic Postcards & Valentines” presented by Michelle A. Morgan, PhD candidate

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”.  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.

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: www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org or call 865-3170

Children’s Valentines Workshop

As part of our current Greetings from the Heart exhibit, Freeport Historical Society is inviting children ages 5 to 10 years old to join us on Saturday, Feb 13th from 10am till noon for a Valentine- making workshop. The session will take place at Harrington House, 45 Main Street.

We’ll take inspiration from the current display of vintage Valentine postcards and greeting cards then tap into our own creativity to create a Valentine. Various materials will be available.

Mia Taggart, a senior at Freeport High School and an avid “paper artist” will lead the workshop.

The $2.00 suggested donation will be divided between the Freeport Food Pantry and Freeport Historical Society ( to cover workshop supplies.) Participants are also invited to bring a canned good for the Pantry.

The workshop is limited to twelve children. Call today! FMI- 865-3170 or info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org