Annual Fund

  Annual Fund Drive 2012 is Underway! With the goal of developing relevant, multi-generational and collaborative programs serving the most diverse audience possible, we launch our 2012 Annual Fund Campaign!  Freeporter’s and area residents have an appetite for a dynamic, community-based institution that, audiences young and old, serves both as a place where ideas are shared in new ways and is host to scholarly research. Our goal is to be such a place. Some recent initiatives include:
  • In late Spring, with the support of Mast Landing School Art teacher, Becky Christie and the third grade teaching staff, we delivered a presentation on the history of scarecrows. In the weeks following, the 90 third-grade students produced 15 scarecrows at Wolfe’s Neck Farm which today  “protect” the planted landscapes at Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm andMastLandingSchool.
  • Earlier this month teacher Anne Bardaglio’s history class, comprised of sixteen students from Coastal Studies for Girls(CSG)worked with Collections Manager, Ned Allen. While some students examined primary source documents from our substantial maritime collection, other students were sketching items displayed in Harrington and Nye’s 1830 store (our current exhibit.) We anticipate CSG students joining us in the autumn for a community service project!
  • “Moose 1,” an Americorps team comprised of ten 18-24 years-olds, began washing, priming and painting the historic saltbox house (c.1806) at Pettengill Farm.  To accomplish this project, we are again partnering with Greater Portland Habitat for Humanity to team-share and, this year, we invited Pejepscot Historical Society as an additional collaborator. The team will be making substantial contributions to our public properties and furthering Habitat building projects.
  • A growing relationship with RSU5 Freeport High School has resulted in a community-service component for some history students in the classes of Geoff Dyhrberg and Charlie Mellon. Students serve as house docents during Pettengill Farm Day. This year they will also be docenting our antique farm equipment and tools exhibit which includes a terrific sampling of animal and human-powered machinery and labor saving devices.
As a collecting institution, we continue to benefit from Freeporter’s generosity with recent donations including:
  • Pewter teapot and coffeepot from the Porter family
  • Unopened jar of corn, canned in 1890 by Dora Good Goldrup
  • Logbook of the barque Occidental
  • 18 original glass plate negatives ofFreeportscenes ca. 1900
  • Large framed photo of E.B. Mallet’s house onLower Main Street
  • Freeport High School Megaphone from ca. 1930
These gifts inform and guide our public programs, exhibits, workshops and lectures. Related to Collections in 2012, we continue to administer a two-year  $64,000 federal grant awarded to us last summer to produce a Collections Plan, based on a full assessment of our Collections— artifacts and archives.  This plan will allow us adopt more proactive collecting strategies, and this process will deepen our ability to share Freeport stories, through exhibits, presentations, written materials and other programs. As a small cultural institution, we consider ourselves very fortunate to steward and share such impressive and important collections treasures. While grant- funded projects move us forward on many levels, they do not address the financial requirements we face in professionally and sustainably managing the organization, stewarding two historic properties: the 140 acre historic Pettengill Farm and the 19th century Harrington House at 45 Main Street, as well as year-round research activities and calendar of public events. As someone who cares about Freeport’s heritage, we ask for your generous contribution to Freeport Historical Society’s Annual Fund.  A generous gift to our Annual Fund in your name or as a gift in the name of a loved one ensures that this important work continues. We thank you for both your contribution to and affirmation of Freeport’s significant heritage.    Sincerely,   Todd Nicholson                                                            Christina White President, Board of Directors                                   Executive Director