2012-06-08 / Community

A Window on the Past

Society to republish Cape, South Portland history
By Kathryn DiPhilippo South Portland Historical Society


This image of the old Cape Elizabeth Depot is actually part of South Portland’s history, as the depot was located near the intersection of Broadway and Evans Street. (Courtesy photo) This image of the old Cape Elizabeth Depot is actually part of South Portland’s history, as the depot was located near the intersection of Broadway and Evans Street. (Courtesy photo) South Portland Historical Society is undergoing another preservation project, of sorts.

It will be republishing the William B. Jordan Jr. book that is looked to by many as the most complete and authoritative record of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth history ever published. Jordan, the retired history professor and noted Maine historian, gifted the ownership and copyright of his book to the society in 2010.

Originally published in 1965 under the title, “A History of Cape Elizabeth, Maine,” the book will be republished by the society with an additional subtitle, “and South Portland, Maine, prior to 1895.” The society’s hope is that the subtitle will draw the attention of many people in the local community who may not have realized that South Portland and Cape Elizabeth were formerly joined together as one town. Indeed, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth share many ties today that are a result of our common and shared history.

Book sponsors are sought to assist the historical society with the costs of republishing. Each sponsor will have their name included on a special acknowledgement page within the book, and will also receive a copy of the book upon its publication, expected in September 2012.

If you would like to help the society with this project, please mail your check for $100 to: South Portland Historical Society, 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106. Please note on your check, or on a separate page, how you would like your name to appear in the book. For more information, call 767-7299.

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