2017-11-03 / Community

A Window on the Past

Museum hours to change
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


The first Lions Club dental clinic at South Portland High School. Shown are dentists Albert Johnson and Paul Davis with patients: Francis Dyer, Charles Mahar and Theresa Sullivan. (Courtesy photo) The first Lions Club dental clinic at South Portland High School. Shown are dentists Albert Johnson and Paul Davis with patients: Francis Dyer, Charles Mahar and Theresa Sullivan. (Courtesy photo) The historical society’s museum at Bug Light Park has been open daily since April 29 but, starting Nov. 5, will now be open only on weekends through Christmas. Our special exhibit for 2017, “Our People: At Work and Play,” will be removed this winter to make room for a new exhibit for 2018. The exhibit is a view of the lives of ordinary people who lived and worked in South Portland. If you’re new to the city and want to understand more about South Portland’s blue-collar history, this is a must see. The exhibit features some of the society’s favorite vintage photographs of fishermen, firemen, laborers and others who have come before us. We have also pulled artifacts from the society’s archives to display, including a doctor’s bag and some very interesting early medical tools. If you haven’t been in to the museum to see this exhibit, you’ll want to plan a visit soon.

The society would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring this year’s exhibit: Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Marc Gup Real Estate Group, Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, and Town & Country Federal Credit Union.

We have lined up several book signings at the museum for the remainder of the season. All book signings will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ron Romano will be at the museum on Sunday, Nov. 12 to sign copies of his just-released book, “Portland’s Historic Eastern Cemetery.” Author Paul Ledman will be at the museum Sunday, Nov. 26 to sign copies of his book, “Walking Through History: Portland, Maine on Foot.” On Dec. 3, South Portland author Jean Flahive will be on hand to sign copies of her new children’s book, “The Old Mainer and the Sea.” Books are all available for sale in the museum gift shop, along with many more books by these and other local authors. Proceeds from book sales at the society’s gift shop help to support operation of the museum.

The society’s Cushing’s Point Museum is located at 55 Bug Light Park in South Portland. To reach the museum, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then turn right on Madison Street that leads directly into the park. For questions, call the museum at 767-7299 or visit us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society.

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

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