2016-02-19 / Community

A Window on the Past

Fundraiser for historical society is Wednesday, Feb. 24
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Historical society seeks volunteers

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, we hope you'll come out for dinner at b.good Restaurant to support the South Portland Historical Society. The b.good Restaurant location at 200 Gorham Road (next to Olive Garden) in South Portland will donate 10 percent of all sales that take place that evening between 6 and 9 p.m. If you aren’t familiar with b.good, their concept is “real food from real people,” meaning they source their product as locally as possible, from local farmers and producers. They are especially known for their great burgers and fries, but they also carry a line of nutritious and healthy options including kale and grain bowls, sandwiches, seasonal salads, smoothies and shakes. We hope you’ll come out on Wednesday and give it a try. It’s a great way to enjoy some good food and support your local historical society and museum, all at the same time.

While we are busy at the South Portland Historical Society researching and preparing to mount a new exhibit on Ferry Village in the museum, we are also looking for people who are friendly and interested in volunteering this year. The society provides training to all of its volunteers, so no prior experience or knowledge is needed.

Our museum season starts on May 1 and, for most volunteers, runs through the end of October (our weekend volunteers continue through December). Most volunteers cover a three-hour shift, either once a week or every other week. We also look for substitutes who can fill in where needed, to cover for our regular volunteers when they have vacations or other plans. Most volunteers either give museum tours or run the museum gift shop which brings in funds to help keep the museum operating, although we could also use volunteers to help with our gardens outside, or to help with additional projects.

The museum is a very relaxed and pleasant place to volunteer. Museum visitors are usually on vacation, having a day off from work and/or are retired. You’ll have a chance to meet visitors who come in to learn more about their city, or who come from all over the world to visit our lighthouses or the Shipyard Memorial. You’ll also meet other volunteers who are truly some of the nicest people you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet. If you’re interested and would like to talk about the possibility of volunteering, please give us a call at 767-7299 so that we can share more information.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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