2013-04-26 / Community

A Window on the Past

Carve your name in history
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

South Portland Historical Society’s ongoing fundraiser, the engraved brick program, has helped the society raise important funding for its preservation activities and museum operations. Brick orders can be made at any time of year, but you’ll need to order by Tuesday, April 30 if you would like to make sure to have your brick installed this summer.

The engraved brick walkway and patio were initially installed in 2010 and they have been an attractive and meaningful addition to the museum grounds. A walk along the path reveals many names of current generous families who have supported the museum effort, as well as the names of many wonderful people who have come before us and who have been honored with a memorial brick.

Bricks are still available for engraving and installation in the walkway and patio, with funds continuing to support the efforts of the historical society and its museum. You can purchase a brick to have your own name included in this South Portland walkway of history, or you can have a brick engraved in memory of a loved one. Bricks may also be purchased and engraved in honor of someone special.

A standard sized 4-inch by 8-inch brick is $150 and includes three lines of engraving with 18 characters per line, including spaces. A larger 8-inch by 8-inch paver is also available with six lines of engraving for $250.

To purchase a brick, you can mail or drop off a check to the South Portland Historical Society at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106, or to use a credit card, either call us at 767-7299 or go online to www.sphistory.org and use the “donate now” button. A brick engraving form is available at the museum or may be downloaded from the website.

Note to readers: The historical society’s Cushing’s Point Museum will open for the season on Wednesday, May 1. There is no charge for admission, thanks to our individual and business members and sponsors. The museum will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 1 through the end of October.

Upcoming event: The annual Bug Light Kite Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Bug Light Park. To reach the park, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then turn right onto Madison Street that leads into the park.

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