The Trustees of Freeport Historical Society invite the membership
and public to the 45 th Annual Meeting of Freeport Historical
Society taking place on Sunday, March 23rd, 2:00pm till 4:00pm at
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.
On display will be some recent additions to the Collections of Freeport Historical Society.
The afternoon begins with a brief Business Meeting which will include the Treasurer’s Report, review of 2013 programs, and voting on proposed trustees and the slate of Officers. We will also thank outgoing Trustee, Cito Selinger, for his nine years of service.
Presentation of the Mel Collins Community Service Award, Partners in Preservation Award, as well as a Recognition Ceremony for volunteers will also take place.
We are honored to have as our guest speaker this year University of Maine History Professor, Richard W. Judd, whose presentation, “Good Roads for Whom?”, previews our major exhibit theme this year.
Dr. Judd’s primary interest is in U.S. environmental history, particularly in New England. He received a Ph. D from the University of California, Irvine in 1979 and first came to Maine in 1980 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has taught a series of courses at UMaine and leads post graduate seminars in 19th and 20th century U.S. history. Dr. Judd is the editor of the Maine Historical Society’s quarterly journal, Maine History. He has lectured broadly and is the author of numerous highly- regarded articles and books on conversation and environmental history.
We are honored to have Dr. Judd also serving as the scholar on our recently awarded grant from the Maine Humanities Council.
All are welcome to attend the event. Beverages and sweets will be available. FMI: www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org or 207-865-3170
On Sunday, March 16th, 1:30pm-4:30pm at Harrington House (45 Main Street,) Freeport Historical Society is offering an Oral History Interviewing Workshop.
Community members will learn how to conduct an oral history session, including preparation and practice interviews. Equipment will also be reviewed. FHS volunteer Molly Graham, who is a professional oral historian, will be leading the workshop which costs $25.00/pp. For those who volunteer to collect four oral histories over the next twelve months the fee is waived.
Ms. Graham is an oral historian, radio producer and archivist with archival and ﬁeld experience in Massachusetts and Maine. She served as Oral Historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Molly holds an M.A. in Library Science and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Collecting oral histories is a very important dimension to the work of Freeport Historical Society and was an issue which surfaced in several of our recent Lunch with Locals programs.
FHS is interested in capturing a range of stories including recollections of the development of the Interstate through Freeport, in preparation for its 2014 Exhibit, titled, “ You CAN Get There from Here-How Transportation Defined Freeport.” The development of roads and highways has connected and disrupted Maine’s communities and shaped the towns around them. The Freeport Historical Society, in an effort to capture the history and impact of Maine’s transportation systems, seeks to record and preserve the stories of those who witnessed and experienced the changes in Freeport roads and highways. In order to create a more complete record of the past, we hope to compile a variety of perspectives and voices from the community.
While we are particularly interested in capturing oral histories which share details of the impact of the Interstate and other transportation systems on Freeport, we are also interested in collecting stories about Freeport’s once-vibrant shoemaking industry. (Shoemaking will be our exhibit-focus in 2015.)
Please tell us your story (even if it is not related to the Interstate/transportation systems or shoemaking,) we are still very interested! Contact Freeport Historical Society at 865-3170 or email@example.com to schedule a convenient time at your location or ours to be interviewed by Molly Graham or volunteer Rebecca Hotelling.
Due to substantial ice and snowpack at Pettengill creating unsafe conditions for the public we regretfully cancel the Lilac and Apple Tree pruning workshops this year.
For its first public program of the year, Freeport Historical Society is delighted to host Food Historian, Sandy Oliver, who will present a new program entitled Comfort Food: Now and Then.
The presentation takes place on Sunday, February 16th, 2:00pm -3:00pm (storm date: February 23rd, same time/place) at Harrington House, 45 Main Street, Freeport. Tickets are $7.00pp and will be available at the door, or purchase them here:
Sandy will discuss the concept of American comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and spaghetti and meatballs. These and other foods evoke homey, familiar and comforting memories and longings. Since the term “comfort food” is a recent development she will speculate on what foods might have been considered comfort foods in the era in which these dishes were developed. Were there comfort foods in 19th century American cooking? What might have those been? Through this unique lens we will consider the evolution of meaning associated with some of our favorite foods.
At the conclusion of the presentation attendees can sample yummy chocolate cornstarch pudding!
Sandy will also be signing copies of her new book, Maine Home Cooking.
Residing on Maine’s IslesboroIsland, Sandra Oliver is a revered food historian with a vast knowledge of New England food history, subsistence living, and Yankee cooking. For the past five years, she has published her weekly recipes column, “Tastebuds”, in the Bangor Daily News. The column has featured hundreds of recipes—from classic tried-and-true dishes to innovative uses for traditional ingredients. Collecting more than 300 recipes from her column and elsewhere, and emphasizing fresh, local ingredients, as well as the common ingredients found in most kitchens, this volume represents a new standard in home cooking.
These are the most important words to say to those who have already contributed to the Freeport Historical Society’s 2013 Annual Fund Campaign! If you have not yet sent your contribution, we ask you to consider doing so now!
Historic Pettengill Farm is the jewel of our collection and it is our major strategic vision to increasingly share its land and shoreline resources with you, your family, and friends through dynamic, new programming and experiences. A successful Annual Fund Campaign will help us achieve this goal. During our nearly 40 years of Pettengill Farm ownership and stewardship, Freeport Historical Society has consistently strived to share the farm’s unique sense of place and history with Freeporters and friends from around the region. Your gift is vital to our mission and we ask that you please take time now and signal your support through a generous contribution.
Although “historical” is in our name, Freeport Historical Society is firmly grounded in the present, offering meaningful and memorable experiences to people of all ages and interests including:
• Vintage Baseball is a lively June event for everyone, celebrating Freeport’s long history as a baseball town
• Pettengill Farm Day celebrates the farm in autumn with fiddle music in the air, saltbox tours, cider making with kids, slate- carving and fence-building demos, and the marvel of an oxen team plowing
• Dry stone wall building workshop and other “how-to” sessions teach relevant skills to adults
• Our new oral history program captures stories- small and large- from all Freeporters
• Freeport public and private school partnerships feature meaningful community service projects with students and research opportunities
As the epitome of “local”, our focus on collection care, interesting exhibits and lectures at Harrington House, and fun, seasonal events (like our autumn Ghosts of Freeport’s Past tours) has never been greater. Looking ahead, we envision reaching ever more deeply into our community, connecting you, your family, and friends to Freeport’s past in meaningful ways. Our Annual Fund campaign, one of our most important sources of revenue, is the means by which you can help us achieve that goal. Please contribute now.
We thank you for your gift, and through it, your affirmation of the importance of Freeport’s heritage.
Bill Muldoon Christina White
President Executive Director
PS Freeport Historical Society receives no funding from the Town.
Freeport Historical Society presents Phrenology: Quackery of Science of the Mind? the fourth and final program which support the organizations current exhibit, To Comfort, Heal, & Cure: A Survey of 18thc. – 20th c. Medicine in Coastal Maine. The exhibit continues through November 8th at 45 Main Street in Freeport.
Phrenology: Quackery of Science of the Mind? is presented by Tom Kelleher and takes place on Sunday, November 3rd, 1:30pm at the Freeport Community Library Community Room. Tickets are $5.00pp. Light refreshments will be served.
Phrenology is the belief that one’s mental abilities can be discerned by examining the shape of a persons head. This authentic, historically- costumed dramatization includes “reading of cranial bumps” on one or two volunteer heads followed by a discussion of the history and enduring legacy of this once- popular pseudo- science, a parent of modern psychology and neuroscience.
Tom Kelleher, Curator of Historic Trades, Mills, and Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village, coordinates and supervises the daily operation and demonstration of four historic mills, stagecoach ride, cooper shop, and timber frame carpentry programs.
Mr. Kelleher has primary responsibility for the Old Sturbridge Village collections and exhibitions, particularly of antique tools, machinery, mills, firearms, and vehicles. He develops collections-based exhibits and programs, and conducts research into these areas of material culture. In addition, he has primary responsibility for training costumed staff in social history, material culture, and interpretive techniques.
Purchase tickets here:
Or for more information please call Freeport Historical Society at (207)865-3170 or visit our website (www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org) or face book page.
Thank you to our generous, community-supporting Annual Sponsors: LLBean, Taggart Construction, Bath Savings Institution and Bath Savings Trust, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Brown Goldsmith’s, Riley Insurance, Linda Beans Maine Restaurant and Topside Tavern and Freeport USA.
Freeport Historical Society (FHS) is presenting two new programs as part of its popular Ghosts of Freeport’s Past walking tours at historic Woodlawn Cemetery located on West Street in Freeport, ME.
On Friday, October 25th at the historic Belcher House, 31 Main Street, accompany our favorite Psychic Medium, Eddita Felt, for a Meet the Spirits House Tour.
Eddita will invite in the Spirits who once lived at this property to share stories of their time and place, their lives and their loves. This 45 minute tour is a unique opportunity to the former home of the Belcher family, including the basement. Tour times are 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Adults: $10. Children ages 12 and under, $5.00. Reserve your tickets today!
Also new this year and taking place on Sunday, October 27th at 1:30p at Mast Landing Burial Ground (Upper Mast Landing Road) is a stone carving demonstration and guided tourthrough one of Freeport’s early burial grounds.
We’ll interpret this “outdoor” museum and understand how the key elements of stone, imagery and language allow us to understand the evolution of burial practices from colonial period to the 20thcentury.
Stone carver, Mike Ellis (Ellis Stone Carving) will demonstrate slate carving and discuss his work as a contemporary carver.
Ghosts of Freeport’s Past Walking Tours will be led by lantern-carrying docents through the pitch black paths of historic Woodlawn Cemetery on West Street in Freeport. In small groups of ten guests, we will visit specific locations at the burial ground where a range of prominent, former Freeporter’s will share fascinating stories from their past. Groups will be ”pulsed” into the cemetery every 10 minutes with a tour expected to take about forty-five minutes.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is the resting place of some of Freeport’s most prominent past residents including shipbuilders, industrialists, maritime Captain’s and wives, clergy and others whose stories are fascinating.
Tours begin atWoodlawnCemeteryat 6:00p on October 27, 28, 29 and 30 and are expected to end by 8:00p or earlier.
Tickets for the tours are $10. for adults and $5. for children 12 years and younger. Members: $5.00(Sunday night tours are half-price!)
All tour participants must bring a flashlight, dress for the outdoors and be prepared for walking on somewhat uneven ground. Reservations are urged as previous year’s tours have all sold out.
Purchase tickets here: https://ghostsoffreeportspast.eventbrite.com/ or call our office to register.
FMI: (207) 865-3170, firstname.lastname@example.org
or www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org. Information is also available on our face book page.
Join us for a one or two- day, hands-on workshop scheduled for Saturday, October 12th and Sunday October 13th, 2013. The workshop runs from 9:00am-4:00pm both days. The sessions take place at historic Pettengill Farm, located on Pettengill Road off of Flying Point Road in Freeport, Maine.
Owner of Maine Dry Stone and local stone waller, Chris Tanguay, is the instructor of this hands-on dry laid, stone wall building workshop. Chris is an accredited Master Craftsman with both the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain and the Dry Stone Conservancy in Kentucky. He is also a certified instructor and examiner for the DSWA of Great Britain.
Saturday’s workshop will focus on the basic structural techniques used when building or restoring a typical field stone wall. The second day of the workshop will build on these skills, but will include more on detail work. If desired, more advanced instruction can be provided for those with a higher level of skill.
Saturday workshop is $65.00; two- day workshop is $110. Lunch is included both days. Online registration may be completed here:
Registration and payment required, in advance. This workshop sells out each year. Don’t be disappointed. Register now!
FMI: Freeport Historical Society (207) 865-3170 or email:
Visit one of the most unique saltwater farmsteads on the Eastern Seaboard when Freeport Historical Society hosts its 38th Annual Pettengill Farm Day, Sunday, October 6th, 10a-3p.
To the sound of accordion music and children running the fields with newly-crafted kites, visitors will find juggling, docent-led tours of the historic saltbox house, apple cider and butter-making, sack races, oxen teams and much more on “the quiet side of Freeport. “
Enjoy 19th c magic with our favorite conjurer, Robert Olsen. His three half- hour shows begin at 11:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm. At 1:00pm, view the dazzling world-class juggling of World Champ Juggler (Jr. Class,) Will Silvers.
The delightful accordion trio from Maine Squeeze will be strolling the fields throughout the day sharing their musical take on classic Americana tunes.
Last years favorite and NEW workshops and presentations include:
- At 10am, learn how to “read” the forest with A Forest Forensics Walk with forester, Rene Noel. It will open your eyes to the “clues” available in the woodlands. You will be walking on one of our trails.
- At 11:30a, learn to Build a Hemlock Post Fence with Freeport local, Nathan DesJardins, who will share the basics of making your own hemlock fence using basic hand tools and some sweat equity. Nathan will be teaching the fundamentals of tree selection, tool sharpening, debarking your posts using an axe, and digging and preparing post holes. American Homesteads have been creating their own fence posts using similar techniques for hundreds of years and several Freeport residents continue to carry forward this tradition. Hemlock posts have proven themselves as a readily available local wood source for straight, easy to prepare posts. Come join Nathan learn how to take advantage of your local and sustainable wood source.
- At 1p, Bees and Beekeeping will be discussed by Phil Gaven, owner of The Honey Exchange. Stop by his booth during the day.
Also new this year is the Maine Quilt Heritage project, a project of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Since 1987, they have been documenting quilts statewide for the purpose of preserving our quilt heritage. Bring your family quilt(s) for physical analysis and have it/them documented. To date, MQH has documented over 2600 quilts in Maine!
Families will enjoy our Storytelling Tent for children with readings by Kathy Koerber and other local educators. Cozy up on the rug or enjoy a good story from the rocker.
Join us in pressing local apples and sip some just-squeezed apple cider at our antique cider press!
Jump aboard the horse-drawn hay wagon ride from Topsham’s Hideaway Farm and say “hello” to “Big John,” the teamster and his beautiful Belgian horses, 8 year olds Sissy and Evey (who are half-sisters!)
View the strength and agility of the steer teams from Thunder Hill Farm in Waterford. Don’t miss the handsome alpacas from The Upper Farm in Freeport! And Kaitlyn Gardner, Farming Programs Manager at Wolfe’s Neck Farm will bring some of their barnyard to ours!
We’ve expanded our Master Trades and Women’s Skills Area to include dry stone wall building, spinning, slate carving, rug hooking, bee keeping, iron forging, sawyering, and more.
In our Kids Active Area, make and fly kites, try some hula-hooping, and give your best shot at our bean-bag toss! Geo-cache with L.L.Bean, or challenge yourself in our sack races. Win a Wicked Whoopie Pie!
NEW! Kids can learn the simple chemistry behind making butter and then make some! Youngsters are invited to try their hand at sgraffiti-making at our Maine Arts Workshop table.
Don’t miss our docent-guided introduction to hatchels, niddy-noddies, swifts, and other equipment (including the more familiar spinning wheel), drawn from Freeport Historical Society Collections, which will illustrate pre-industrial textile production. Prior to the mid-19th century, most of this production was done in the home, as housewives turned raw fleece into wool, and flax stems into linen. A variety of implements were produced to make these processes more efficient. We’ll show some raw fleece, as well as a set of cards and cleaned fleece which will be used to demonstrate the carding process.
Visit the early 19thc Pettengill home with room docents from RSU5 High School. Wait till you see the sgrafitti upstairs!
Lunch and snacks are available from 11am- 2pm.
Pettengill Farm is located 1.3 miles from the LLBean flagship store in Freeport. From Main Street, turn right onto Bow Street which becomes Flying Point Road . Watch for right-hand turn onto Pettengill Road and bear right to proceed onto the property. Free, on-site parking.
Event donation: $5.00 adults, $2.00 children. To purchase tickets in advance visit this link:
The community-minded sponsors of the 38th Annual Pettengill Farm Day are Bath Savings Trust/ Bath Savings Institution, Coffee by Design, Sherman’s Stationary & Books, Freeport True Value Hardware and Island Treasure Toys.
Thank you to our 2012 Annual Sponsors: LLBean, Harraseeket Inn, Bath Savings Institution/Bath Savings Trust, Chilton Furniture, Hilton Garden Inn, Taggart Construction, Brown Goldsmiths, Riley Insurance, Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern and Freeport USA