Exec. Director James Myall to Step Down 11/20

James Myall, Executive Director of Freeport Historical Society, is to resign November 20th, citing health concerns and family commitments.  “I have had an exciting and varied period of time at the helm of an organization with a lot of potential,” says Myall, “But I’ve come to realize that Freeport Historical Society needs somebody who can offer the organization their complete energy and attention, and I’m not able to do that right now, particularly with a young family.” The Historical Society’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees are actively working to ensure a smooth transition, and anticipate only minor disruptions from the change in personnel.  In due course, FHS will advertise for a new Executive Director, but in the meantime an interim individual will be named while a review of the organization’s staffing structure takes place. FHS’s opening hours will remain Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm through Memorial Day 2016, and the Society’s exhibit, research library and gift store will continue to operate as before.  For more information, contact Lisa Schinhofen, Office Manager at (207)865-3170.

Ghosts of Freeport’s Past

Two new ghosts debut their spectral stylings at Freeport Historical Society's popular Halloween event

Ghost Tours 2015

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.

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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 info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

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Remembering Leon A. Gorman

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.

Leon Gorman (left) with Admiral Donald Baxter MacMillan (center right) at the L.L. Bean Store

Leon Gorman (left) with Admiral Donald Baxter MacMillan (center right) at the L.L. Bean Store. The photo was probably taken between 1967, when Gorman became president of L.L. Bean, and 1970, the year of MacMillan's death. MacMillan, a Freeport High School graduate, equipped his team with L.L. Bean's Maine Hunting Shoe for his 1921 Arctic expedition. Gorman is presenting MacMillan with a Hudson's Bay Point Blanket, an item first sold by L.L. Bean in 1925, and still available today. Photo Courtesy Freeport Historical Society, C. Raymond Thomas Collection.

A Very Special 40th Annual Pettengill Farm Day

PFD 2015 poster

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. 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 info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org. Families and partners are welcome!
Pettengill Relatives at the Farm ca. 1920-8MB

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