2012-11-23 / Community

A Window on the Past

South Portland Historical Society gives thanks
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Thanks to more than 500 thoughtful and generous residents of South Portland, we enjoy an active and thriving historical society in South Portland today. That hasn’t always been the case and we most certainly are grateful not just at Thanksgiving, but all year long, for the many members and volunteers who willingly take a part in preserving history in our community and using our own stories to gain a better understanding of our country’s history, as well.

The South Portland Historical Society was founded back in 1964 by a group of people who had a keen appreciation for our community’s history. The organization was first known as Cape Historical Society and held its first meeting on Sept. 17, 1964 in the South Portland City Hall Council Chambers. At this first meeting, members enrolled and paid dues, Earle Angell gave a program on the history of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, and a nominating committee was formed to elect officers. The first offi cers and directors were the following: Marion Small, president; Arthur Cameron, vice president; Geraldine Bickford, secretary, Marjorie Murphy, treasurer; Earle Angell, historian; William Wadman, curator; Alvah Small; Frieda Holman; William Dow; Rosella Loveitt; and Eugene Wilkin.

Over the years, the historical society has changed its name a few times, but has remained actively preserving historic materials, offering lectures and programs, and, when it has had the space available, has curated exhibits to showcase our community’s history.

We are so very grateful now to be known as the South Portland Historical Society and to have such a wonderful, permanent home at our Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park. We are thankful for the wonderful collection of historic items that we care for and that continues to grow through the gifts of many. It has been the people of this community who have made this possible.

If you have not yet supported this effort this year, please join your neighbors in making a gift to the South Portland Historical Society’s annual fundraising drive. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the museum at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106. Credit card donations can be made by visiting http:// www.sphistory.org/ or calling us at 767-7299. With your support, we will continue to have a vibrant local historical society in South Portland.

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