2013-11-29 / Community

A Window on the Past

The season of thanks and giving
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo, director
South Portland Historical Society

When Thanksgiving arrives, we all start thinking of things we are grateful for and our historical society is no exception. We are so grateful to the residents of South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and surrounding communities who have played such a wonderful part in the growth of South Portland’s historical society. Our membership of more than 500 individuals and businesses are the ones who make the historical society possible.

While our museum is wrapping up for the season at the end of December (please come see our Pleasantdale exhibit before it closes), the work of preserving our community’s history is a year-round endeavor. We continue working through the winter months collecting, preserving, archiving and cataloging significant pieces of history, and winter is also the time when we are actively working inside the museum building to improve exhibits and make changes to make new materials available on display. We also maintain yearround climate control in our building so our archives are safe and items are preserved for future generations. All of these activities mean that we need your help to make them happen. If you are not already a member of the South Portland Historical Society, we hope that you will join us.

Having an active historical society and museum in South Portland adds to the quality of life in our community. The society offers programs for adults, field trip opportunities for school children and a place where the public can come to learn about our community’s heritage. We hope that you see the value that the organization brings – and that you find a way to be a part of it. We are always looking for volunteers to help us at the museum. If you think you might have some time to volunteer with us next year, we’d love to hear from you.

We also need your financial help to make sure the historical society can accomplish its mission. One way that you can help is to consider the ultimate “buy local” effort of shopping for holiday gifts in our gift shop. The gift shop is open when the museum is open – on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and offers a great selection of gifts made by local craftspeople. Proceeds from locally made products help both the local craftsperson and the historical society. We also could use your help via a donation to our annual fund; if you are able to make a donation, please clip out the form above.

There are many ways to be a part of your historical society this holiday season, and together we can accomplish great things. Happy Holidays to you.

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