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.
The historical society will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd and re-open on January 3, 2017 Our regular hours will be Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. If you have any questions dring the holidays you may email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look froward to seeing you in 2017. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy Thanksgiving!! The historical society will be closed Wednesday November, 23 - Monday, November 28. We will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, November 29. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 am-5 pm. For more information: email@example.com
Written by: Simon Skold, High school drama teacher and music by Jesse Wakeman, musical director at the high school with Historical support by Holly Hurd Freeport Historical Society's Collections Manager. The musical will be performed by the drama club at Freeport High School: Friday, Nov. 11 at 7pm; Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7pm; Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2pm; Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5pm; Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2pm with the admiring support of Freeport Historical Society. Sure to be an off-Broadway success, plan to see one (or all!) of the performances. Contact Freeport High School for Ticketing and more information.
Ghost Tours at the Cemetery Are happening this year at a New Cemetery, with ALL New Ghosts! Presented by: the Freeport Historical Society and the Freeport Community Players Sponsor: Wilbur's of Maine Chocolates Location: Old Parish Burying Ground (on Meetinghouse Rd, next to Wilbur’s Chocolate) “Ghost Tours” are a 45 minute visit with a number of interesting people interred at the Old Parish Burying Ground. Our Ghost Host this year will be 18th century resident Dorothy Cushing wife of John Cushing who will give a brief history of the cemetery (one of the oldest public burying grounds in Freeport) and introduce us to some of her friends resting there. Ghosts are portrayed by actors from the Freeport Players, in period costume and “risen” to tell you stories about their lives. (Note: The event is more historical than scary, and is appropriate for school age children.) A chocolate treat supplied by Wilbur’s Chocolates is included in the price. Tickets: $12/$10 (non-members/ members) and $5 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets for the following dates and times just click on the preferred time slot: October 27, 6:30 pm - SOLD OUT October 27, 7:15 pm - Rained out October 28, 6:30 pm October 28, 7:15 pm October 28, 8:00pm October 29, 6:30 pm October 29, 7:15 pm October 29, 8:00 pm Participants can also pay at the cemetery, or call 207-865-3170 but tours are limited to 15 people per group, so individual tours may sell out. (Warning: This event is extremely popular so advance tickets are recommended!)
Sunday, October 23, 2pm Freeport Historical Society Garden 45 Main Street, Freeport You loved them this summer at the Harreseeket Heritage Day! Join us for an outdoor concert performed by Freeport's own Coastal Winds Band. They will perform in the garden at our headquarters at 45 Main Street, Freeport.
If you haven't had a chance to get on a Pettengill Farm and House tour yet, be sure to check our calendar for new dates. These 90 minute tours are extremely popular and Holly Hurd, Collections Manager, is a great tour guide - her love of Pettengill Farm really shines through.
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Posted April 12, 2016, at 1:33 p.m. Last modified April 12, 2016, at 2:13 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — About 50 people at the Freeport Historical Society’s annual meeting initially sat in stunned silence Sunday evening after retired Cole Haan CEO George Denney announced he would donate $1 million to the organization. Then they “erupted into applause,” Jim Cram, the society’s executive director, said Tuesday. Denney of Freeport is a past board member who is “very active” with the historical society, according to Cram, and was primarily responsible for the iron fence that lines the society’s headquarters, the Harrington House, on Main Street. He declined, through Cram, to speak to the Bangor Daily News. The donation comes at a critical time for the organization, as board members work to address structural issues at the Harrington House. Cram said the board was about to begin a capital campaign to raise about $900,000 to fix the building’s roof, which sports tarps in several places, and to build a new archival vault for a collection that includes original deeds, daybooks from doctors’ offices and ship captains’ logs dating to the early 1700s. “The vault has been studied for 25 years,” Cram said. “We need a true archival vault that is fireproof and has HVAC, to protect our documents from fire and humidity.” Board members will meet again Thursday to begin to develop a plan. “We’re taking this seriously,” Cram said. “We want to try to match it with additional grants and donations. The intent is to put a lot of money into an endowment and leave the organization stronger.” Construction of the vault is scheduled to begin in 2017, and Cram hopes it will be open by 2019, when they celebrate the historical society’s 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, the society is moving forward with a new project based at Mast Landing, the site of a 100-foot granite dam that once was part of a sawmill, grist mill and spindle mill near the shipbuilding operation. Working with local public school students, the historical society plans to develop an illustrated history of Freeport during the next several years, beginning with Mast Landing and then moving to neighborhoods, such as Porters Landing and South Freeport, according to Cram. CORRECTION: An earlier headline and version of this report incorrectly identified George Denney as founder of Cole Haan. He is a retired CEO for the company.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM NEW LOCATION South Freeport Church 98 S Freeport Rd, Freeport, ME 04032 There will be a brief business meeting followed by a presentation of our annual awards and an illustrated presentation by Curator/Collections Manager, Holly Hurd, on “Freeport, Then & Now.” Light Refreshments RSVP BY: April 6, 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org 207-865-3170
View full article in the Tri-Town Weekly By Larry Grard email@example.com The Freeport Historical Society would have had a difficult time finding someone more qualified than Jim Cram to be its next executive director, and the board of trustees knew it. Foregoing a national search, the board decided on March 10 to name Cram, a Freeport resident, to the position. Cram, 66, has been interim executive director since Dec. 4, after James Myall left following just a year in the position. “We were going to begin a search, but I have to say, Jim was just a shining star right out of the gate,” said Andrea Martin, board president. “He jumped in with both feet.” Cram has been a member of the Freeport Historical Society for 35 years. He brings a background in construction, restoration and project management to the job, and was board president when he and his wife, Anne, lived at Porter’s Landing from 1973-84. The couple moved back to South Freeport three years ago. “It quickly became clear he was the one,” Martin said. “He's got ties to the organization and he was on the board years ago. His background is phenomenal.” Martin continued with the accolades. “He inspires me,” she said. “You get these people who just have this energy and this momentum, and he is one of them. I love working with the man We could not have done a search and found anyone more qualified.” Cram said he looks forward to bringing stability to the Freeport Historical Society. Holly Hurd, curator and collections manager, is now working with her third executive director in 2½ years, and fourth office manager in that time frame. “It's time to stabilize,” Cram said. “I have a pretty good idea of how these organizations work and what they need, and pulling things together.” Cram has plenty on his plate. In addition to what he called “loose ends and projects,” planning is under way for the “Artists of Freeport's Past” exhibit, which begins on May 12 and lasts through autumn. He's spending much of his time in the office, searching out more material for that exhibit, and at the same time working with trustee David Coffin on a new project on historic Mast Landing. One of the four original Freeport villages – along with Porter's Landing, South Freeport and Freeport Corner – Mast Landing, at the head of tide on the Harraseeket River, took in timber for use as masts. The estuary was dammed to power mills.
Freeport Historical Society was featured this week on WGME Real Estate section. Watch the video here: FREEPORT (WGME) -- The Freeport Historical Society is on Main St., right between L.L. Bean and the Gap. It’s a red brick building housing some of the most important artifacts in town, but the curator says those pieces are in danger of destruction. The archive room at the historic Harrington House is busting at the seams. Perhaps more serious than the space crunch, everything from maps and newspaper clippings, to old baby bean boots and other windows into the past, is at risk according to curator Holly Hurd. “We are here in a wooden building with all these precious collections, so we need to do something,” Hurd said. The front of the building is brick, but the archives are stored in an attached wooden structure. One fire or flood, and hundreds of years of history could be gone. Hurd says the solution is simple. The society has wanted to build a climate controlled vault for decades. Exec-director Jim Cram says that now the only issue is cost. “I’m guessing it’s going to be in the $600,000 to $700,000 range could be a little more,” Cram said. “Could be a little less. More than half a million bucks? More than that.” A price they say worth paying to preserve and protect the priceless pieces of this town. Cram says fundraising efforts for the vault will likely start this year. They hope to begin construction in 2017. In the meantime they are working on a disaster plan. Telling the fire department that in the case of a fire, the first priority is to protect that back portion of the structure where the archives are stored. Hurd and Cram are also really excited about an art display that's set to open next week at the Historical Society. It's a travelling exhibit from the Rangeley Logging Museum. The paintings tell the story of logging in Maine in the early 20th century. It starts on Monday and will be there for about eight weeks.