2012-10-26 / Community

Date set for preservation of Pleasantdale memories

By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


This 1935 photograph shows the neighborhood stores at the corner of Broadway and Elm Streets. The historical society seeks more images and artifacts from the Pleasantdale neighborhood. (Courtesy photo) This 1935 photograph shows the neighborhood stores at the corner of Broadway and Elm Streets. The historical society seeks more images and artifacts from the Pleasantdale neighborhood. (Courtesy photo) Do you remember Ward’s Drug Store, Whitehall the Moose Lodge or going to Kaler School? Did you ever go sliding at the “Gully”? We want to talk with you!

In another installment of the historical society’s popular evening chat series, we will meet 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at council chambers in city hall to talk about the Pleasantdale neighborhood. This neighborhood covers the areas between Anthoine Street and Evans Street and Highland Avenue to the South Portland waterfront at Turner’s Island. The program is intended to preserve memories and oral history related to the neighborhood and also to help the society prepare for mounting a new exhibit in the museum in 2013.

Evening chats are oral history programs that are open to the public and are filmed by South Portland Community Television for preservation. We will begin the chat with a short slide show of historic photographs. Participants will then be invited to participate in a round table discussion and/or just listen in to learn more about one of South Portland’s neighborhoods. The program is later edited and aired on SPC-TV.

If you have ever lived or worked in Pleasantdale or Turner’s Island, we hope that you will join us. Also, if you know of someone who has lived in the neighborhood for many, many years, we hope that you will help us get the word to them about this important preservation event. We also continue to seek old photographs of Pleasantdale and surrounding neighborhoods; contact us at 767-7299 before the meeting if you have photos to share so that we can incorporate them into the slide show so that everyone can see them. If you want to keep your original photos, we can simply scan the images to include them.

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