Logging in the Maine Woods, 1915-1928
The Paintings of Alden Grant
February 1- March 25, 2016
This special exhibit of 19 paintings by Alden Grant, Sr. is on loan from the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum for 8 weeks only. The subject is logging in the Maine woods from 1915-1928, when axes, handsaws, and horses were used to cut and haul trees. Alden Grant, who lived some years in Freeport, spent many hours of his youth observing loggers working near his childhood home in the area of Rangeley, Maine. He created these folk art paintings from 1986-1990, when he was in his late seventies, from his memories of the logging camps in the early decades of the 20th century.
Opening Reception 5-7 PM Feb 1
Regular open hours Tues-Fri, 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $5 non-members / $3 FHS members and children 12 & under
Two new ghosts debut their spectral stylings at Freeport Historical Society's popular Halloween event
The adventurous and open-minded are invited to Freeport’s Woodlawn Cemetery this Halloween season for an encounter with specters and spirits, courtesy of Freeport Historical Society. FHS is bringing history back from beyond the grave, with the appearance of notable Freeporters in the graveyard, with the assistance of the Freeport Players.
The reincarnations of famous and not-so-well-known former residents of Freeport will share fascinating tales of their lives, and illuminate interesting aspects of Freeport’s past. Come and hear history from the mouths of those who lived it!
Tours lasting approximately 45 minutes, will take place the 28th, 29th and 30th of October, beginning at 6:30. Tours depart at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30.
Admission is $10, children (12 and under), $5. FHS members, $5.
Woodlawn Cemetery is the resting place of some of Freeport’s most prominent past residents including shipbuilders, industrialists, maritime captains, clergy and others whose stories are fascinating. This year’s tour will incorporate some favorite tales from previous years, but will include some new appearances – including the survivor of an 18th-century Indian raid and an eccentric 20th-century artist.
Since the tours will take place on uneven ground in the dark, participants should bring a flashlight. Participants should also dress appropriately for nighttime, outdoors, in late fall. Reservations are encouraged. FMI: (207) 865-3170, www.freeeporthistoricalsociety.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like many in the greater Freeport community, Freeport Historical Society's members, trustees and staff were saddened to learn of the passing of Leon A. Gorman on September 3rd. The longtime L.L. Bean president and chairman loomed large in Freeport's recent history, not only for his role in transforming the company into an international brand, and Freeport into a destination for millions, but also as a committed philanthropist and an advocate for the preservation and promulgation of Maine history.
The Gorman and Bean families, as well as the company, have long been supporters of Freeport Historical Society. We join them, our friends and neighbors in mourning Leon's passing. He was a true local history maker.
Join us for an afternoon of family fun, entertainment, and discovery at the 40th Annual Pettengill Farm Day on Sunday, September 13!Climb aboard for 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.