Welcome back - and here's to June! The last few days of May in Island Pond consisted of icy cold rain and plenty of wind. But thanks to Mike Strait & the Island Pond Chamber of Commerce we have plenty to look forward to including the ever popular Scavenger Hunt which, this year, will be bigger and better and more exciting than ever before! Mike Strait has cleverly compiled a series of historical questions with clues for you to crack. Collect your clue sheets from Mike and Tim at Hearth & Home Country Store on Cross Street in Island Pond!
Great news, the historical society museum re-opened to record crowds on Friday 28 May. New exhibits included the voice of Albert Laliberty who passed away 26 years ago. During the 60 minute recording made back in the 1980's Albert discusses his memories of Island Pond and his thoughts about the progress made over the years. Visitors to the museum were also wowed by a recording of a train whistling along the tracks from East Deering to Island Pond!
The visitors included plenty of families from Newport, all thanks to Newport Daily Express editor Laura Carpenter who gave us this massive half page spread, thanks Laura!
One of the most exciting things about the museum's re-opening was the look on our volunteer's faces! They were so excited to be back after a year of closure due to the Covid pandemic. From now until 30th October 2021 the historical society museum will open on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm - 4pm.
Volunteer of the Year 2019 Richard A. Martin quickly set about creating a fantastic Rudy Vallee display and a revolving rack of informational pamphlets, while young Volunteer of the Year 2019 Dayna Marie Martin created a wedding dress display and an antique camera montage, well done Dayna and Richard.
Though we are lucky to have over a dozen volunteers including Treasurer Marilyn W Maxwell LLHSM, Gordon Lefebvre, James O'Gorman, Eric & Andy Sawyer Dufour, Mac McKenney, Dale Meehan, Barbara & Thomas Bresse, and so many other volunteers and contributors, and our board of trustees it's especially good to have Dayna and Richard back. They have been 'with us' since Day One and - one day, we hope to see Jeremiah Deslandes back, too, once his work commitments allow. It's a great memory for me when I think back to the sight of Jeremiah, Richard, and one of our star celebrity guests who posed for a photograph together!
We also thank our sponsors - including a very special anonymous donor who sent us a check through Charles Schwab, and Community National Bank whose recent support also enabled our new Bob T. Johnson Jr. Early Settlers & Veteran's Headstones Care program. Also supported by Bob's dad Robert T. Johnson this unique program has an exciting open-air workshop where volunteers on this project will be able to learn how to decipher the special symbols on headstones and do headstone rubbings! How exciting. At the end of each year, volunteers on this project will receive a course completion certificate.
The video on the top left shows the museum in the hours before it re-opened and lets you see our new red and black uniforms and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, thank you everyone you are the best volunteers in the world.
By the way - no matter where you live you're welcome to join the IPHS Home Made Dandelion Wine contest! It's free to enter. Simply send us your bottle of home made Dandelion wine prior to Thanksgiving Eve when the judging ceremony takes place inside the historical society museum. Join James, Lisa, and all our other entrants in this free contest. You could be a winner!
Please also join us for the annual Island Pond Historical Society meeting. It will take place inside the IPHS Museum & Learning Center at 126 Cross St in Island Pond on Sunday 1st August 2021 at 1pm: doors will open 12.30. Enquiries? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One thing June promises is warm sunny weather, perfect for a nostalgic trip down to Gorham's railroad museum, just have a look at this video, it warms the cockles of your heart it really does!
Island Pond Historical Society Pres. Sharon J Biron and Vice President Craig A. Goulet.
Hey Mac Check out this amazing IPHS video!
Do you have any photos of yourself as a baby?
Then send them in for our special new display titled:
Cheeky Babies of Island Pond.
Yes, that's me on the right age 3, oh dear!
Enter the IPHS Home Made Dandelion Wine competition 2021!
Here's James H. O'Gorman with the dandelions near John Boylan airport. Yes, James is entering the contest!
June 1st dawned bright and sunny, perfect for making a nostalgic day trip to Gorham to see their railroad museum. Here's a little video showing the magical highlights!