2014-11-21 / Community

A Window on the Past

Bug Light ornament raises funds for society
By Kathy DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


The purchase of the South Portland Historical Society’s commemorative ornament of Bug Light Park will help support the organization’s efforts throughout the year. (Courtesy photo) The purchase of the South Portland Historical Society’s commemorative ornament of Bug Light Park will help support the organization’s efforts throughout the year. (Courtesy photo) South Portland Historical Society is pleased to announce the arrival of its first holiday ornament. Society board member Chuck Igo spearheaded this effort to create a new brass ornament series that would be lasting keepsakes of South Portland landmarks. Not surprisingly, the first design chosen was of Portland Breakwater Light, more affectionately known as Bug Light in South Portland. Bug Light is a part of the logo for both the historical society and the city of South Portland. The lighthouse is one of only a few National Historic Landmarks that are designated in our city.

Each ornament is cast in a durable metal with a beautiful brass finish and comes in a protective cloth bag. It also includes a card that outlines the lighthouse’s history and lets a gift recipient know that proceeds from the sale of each ornament go directly to the South Portland Historical Society and its museum. Priced at $20 each, the ornaments are available for purchase at the society’s museum gift shop at Bug Light Park, open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Christmas. You will also find them for sale at Broadway Variety and Drillen Hardware. Both stores have graciously agreed to offer them for sale and will collect proceeds on behalf of the society.

Speaking of the museum, our season is wrapping up quickly. There are only five weekends left before the museum closes for the season. This year’s rotating exhibit covering the Willard neighborhood will be removed in the off-season and replaced with a new exhibit that covers the Meeting House Hill neighborhood. If you haven’t already, please stop by for a visit before we close on Dec. 21.

We hope you’ll keep our museum gift shop in mind for your holiday purchases. We seek out local craftspeople and manufacturers whenever possible to support our local economy. Gift shop proceeds are an important source of funds to maintain our museum and archives. Although the museum may be closed in the middle of the winter, we are still active inside working on exhibits, processing donations of artifacts, cataloguing our collections, doing historic research and, most importantly, we maintain year-round climate control so that South Portland’s history is preserved for future generations. It is a tribute to the wonderful community of South Portland that we are able to maintain a thriving local historical society in our city.

For more information, call 767-7299, visit us at the museum at 55 Bug Light Park, and don’t forget to follow and participate with us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society where we post photographs and other information related to the history of South Portland.

Kathy DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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