2012-11-30 / People

A Window on the Past

Thornton Heights exhibit wraps up at museum
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


Thornton Heights residents Gary Chisholm and Billy Kirk with their baseball coach, Dan Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of the Gary Chisholm collection. Thornton Heights residents Gary Chisholm and Billy Kirk with their baseball coach, Dan Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of the Gary Chisholm collection. The South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park will finish up its 2012 season on Sunday, Dec. 23. The accompanying photograph has been included in the Thornton Heights exhibit at the museum this year; it comes from the Gary Chisholm collection at the society and shows Chisholm and Billy Kirk with their baseball coach, Dan Kennedy, circa 1959. Gary and Billy were being recognized here as the top sellers in their Sunset Park Farm League’s fruitcake fundraiser.

The Thornton Heights exhibit is a temporary exhibit that you don’t want to miss. Even if you haven’t lived in Thornton Heights, the neighborhood is home to Main Street, which featured popular sites like Bennett’s Ice Cream Bar, Howard Johnson’s and the old A & W Restaurant. The museum will undergo changes over the winter in preparation for next season, which starts in May. One of those changes will be the removal of the Thornton Heights exhibit and mounting in its place a new exhibit that covers the history of the Pleasantdale neighborhood.

Another way you can help your historical society is to consider shopping at the museum gift shop for the holidays. The gift shop focuses on locally made items. There are many talented residents of South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Portland who have their products available as a wonderful gift alternative. Your purchases support both the historical society and these people here in our community. Don’t forget the justreleased book “A History of Cape Elizabeth and South Portland Prior to 1895,” which would make a great gift for anyone who lives in South Portland or Cape Elizabeth. The museum and gift shop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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