As always, our summer student interns served us well. Kristine Mehuren, a 2014 BAHS graduate, and now a student at the Maine Maritime Academy, presided over the front desk, welcomed visitors, maintained records and worked on a variety of projects. Will Hyland, now a senior at BAHS worked in the archives continuing to conserve and catalog collections. The Summer Student Intern Program has been made possible by generous annual support of our membership and Bangor Savings Bank.
On Monday, September 29, 2014, the Belfast Historical Society and Museum lost a very dear friend and colleague: George Squibb – or Geordie, as he was known to most of us. He had been a volunteer at the museum and a member of the Board of Directors since 1999. George was indispensable to the organization and it was under his enthusiastic leadership that museum building projects, archives collections cataloging, and educational programs were successful.
Now we are looking forward to 2015! The Belfast Historical Society will celebrate 60 years and the Belfast Museum will commemorate 40 years with special exhibits and a celebratory event. The Belfast Museum opened on Market Street in August 1975 and the collection of archival material and artifacts relevant to Belfast’s history continues to grow.
The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, in cooperation with the Belfast Free Library, Senior College and the Game Loft, has posted a permanent exhibit on the Maine Memory Network website telling the story of the Belfast home front during the Civil War. The exhibit features information about the role of the Belfast ladies, letters from soldiers, photographs and the story of the 1864 Belfast Civil War quilt.
The exhibit is part of the Local and Legendary project recounting Maine in the Civil War, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ten Maine communities are participating during 2013 to 2015. The Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society are acting in an advisory capacity and are providing technical support.
The Belfast Historical Society has partnered with Ould Colony Artisans of Wiscasset, Maine to make house plaques. The cost of $72 includes shipping and membership in the Society. This is an attractive product and the company has made historic house markers in communities throughout New England.
This offer is for everyone, not just houses in the Historic District. The Museum may be able to help you date your house and identify the original owner. A sample house marker can be seen on the Museum building. Download the order form [pdf].