Follow Mildred Pettengill’s Year on Twitter

Throughout 2015, Freeport Historical Society will be offering you the chance to step back in time and live a year in the life of Mildred Pettengill, the last resident of Pettengill Farm, which is owned and managed by FHS.  Among the artifacts FHS received from the estate of Mildred Pettengill were several diaries, which record interesting details about her life in the early-mid 20th century. Every day, Freeport Historical Society will be Tweeting (from @Miss_Pettengill) an entry from Mildred's 1921 diary.  The Tweets will be augmented with photographs and other historic material from the Pettengill Family Collection at FHS, and annotated with historic details.  The diary entries, with annotations, are also view-able on the FHS website. We'd love to hear what you make of this venture.  Feel free to get in touch.

A Very Special 40th Annual Pettengill Farm Day

Join us for an afternoon of family fun, entertainment, and discovery at Freeport Historical Society's 40th Annual Pettengill Farm Day on Sunday, September 13! Climb aboard a hayride, pick pumpkins, enjoy freshly pressed cider, and rediscover the lost arts of blacksmithing and coopering. Our favorite conjurer, Robert Olsen, returns with his displays of 19th century magic. Will Silvers will show off his World Champion juggling skills, and accordion trio the Maine Squeeze will stroll the fields. The Freeport Community Players will present a specially commissioned dramatic monologue, Visiting Miss Mildred. The 1793 saltbox farmhouse will be open to the public for docent-led tours, and artifacts from the Society’s collections will be on display. Presentations and workshops on reading the forest landscape, foraging for medicinal herbs, and more will be offered. Admission is $5; $2 for children 3-16, free for children under 3. Lunch and snacks are available 11am-2pm at additional cost. PFD 2014-PC DSC_0277

Freeport Historical Society’s Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Join us at Pettengill Farm on August 29, 4-6 pm, for cold drinks, good food, and great company. To our volunteers who have contributed their time, energy, and talents on behalf of the organization, we offer our sincere thanks. To the interested and the curious, we invite you to attend and learn more about what makes volunteering for Freeport Historical Society so enjoyable and rewarding. Kindly RSVP with the number in your party to 865.3170 or Families and partners are welcome!
Pettengill Relatives at the Farm ca. 1920-8MB

Image: Pictured are Pettengill family members at the Farm ca. 1920.

Maine Migrations, Past & Present – April 26 at Colby College

Freeport Historical Society Director James Myall will be among the panelists at an upcoming community forum, Maine Migrations, Past & Present, to be held at Colby College in Waterville, Sunday April 26. Maine Migrations, Past and Present will bring together folks who study, work with, care about, or are themselves members of minority communities that immigrated to Maine, both recently and many generations ago. The conference will explore common dynamics across diverse immigrant communities as well as the similarities and differences among their experiences in Maine.  The conference is open to all at no charge; registration is required for the (free) dinner and keynote address, as space is limited. James will be discussing the reception of French-Canadian immigrants to Lewiston-Auburn in the 19th and 20th centuries; specifically the discrimination leveled against them, and the pressures they faced to assimilate. For more information, or to register, visit the conference website.

Save the Date – Harraseeket Heritage Day & Harborside Gala – June 20

STD_2014_F2-01   Please join us for our 4th Annual Harraseeket Heritage Day & Harborside Gala, Saturday, June 20th at Brewer South Freeport Marine, to benefit the educational programs of Freeport Historical Society. This fun day will include the 2nd Annual Boat Parade around South Freeport Harbor and will feature approximately 50 local vessels!  Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm and boats will begin parading into the Harbor at 2:00.  Front row seats for viewing the Boat Parade will be found at Brewer South Freeport Marine, where a delicious lunch, featuring chowder form Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, will be served to benefit FHS. At 5:30 pm, the popular Harborside Gala will begin at Brewer's, with a full BBQ dinner by Buck's Naked Barbeque, auction & raffle, bluegrass music, a signature rum drink, and historical exhibit, all under festive tents at the water's edge. Tickets will go on sale May 1st.  Watch this space for more details! For more information, contact Freeport Historical Society.  

Freeport Movie Day – April 7

freeport day April 2015 Join Freeport Historical Society for a free day at the movies for Freeport Residents (on presentation of a valid state or school ID), Tuesday April 7th, at the Nordica Theatre in Freeport. Movie-goers will be invited to donate to FHS in lieu of their ticket price, and FHS staff and volunteers will be present to talk about our work. So what are you waiting for?   Grab a friend, grab some popcorn, and take a trip to the movies! We'd love to see you there! Movies and showtimes will be available online Friday, April 3rd.

Closed 1/30-2/9

Due to the anticipated snowstorm, Freeport Historical Society's headquarters at 45 Main Street will be closed Friday, January 31st. We will also be closed the week of February 2nd for rennovations as we remodel our exhibit space. We will reopen Tuesday, February 10th, as usual.