2017-05-19 / Community

Stagecoach travel in Maine to be explored by historian

By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


Terry Christy will present an informative lecture on stagecoach travel at the South Portland Historical Society’s annual meeting. (Courtesy photo) Terry Christy will present an informative lecture on stagecoach travel at the South Portland Historical Society’s annual meeting. (Courtesy photo) The South Portland Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at the South Portland Community Center. The evening will begin with a very brief business meeting and will then be turned over to local historian Terry Christy for his lecture, “Stagecoach Travel in Maine (1790- 1890).”

Many locals will remember Terry Christy as the former principal of Memorial Junior High School, and as a former city councilor and mayor of South Portland, but he is also a passionate researcher of local history. Terry has spent years researching the history of the stagecoaches and stagecoach lines that carried people and goods around the state of Maine. We are excited for him to come and share what he has learned with us. Knowing Mr. Christy as we do, it is bound to be an interesting, informative and lively program.

Admission to the lecture is free for members of the South Portland Historical Society. Non-members may attend with a $10 donation. Attendees can renew their membership or become a member at the door. If you are renewing or starting your membership, please plan to arrive about 15 minutes early so that we can check everyone in and start on time.

For more information, call 767-7299 or visit the South Portland Historical Society page on Facebook.

In other news, The Bug Light Kite Festival is happening this weekend. This free festival at Bug Light Park takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Kites are available for sale in the museum gift shop and a fundraiser barbecue at the event helps to raise funds for the museum. Please park at Southern Maine Community College or on neighboring streets and walk into the park, leaving any parking within the park available for those with handicap accessible needs. Also, understand that there are not enough bathroom facilities in the park for a festival of this size (we are expecting more than 5,000 people to attend over the course of the day), so use other facilities before arriving. Thank you for your advanced planning to ensure a fun day for all.

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

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