Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exhibit at the Ossipee Valley Fair

Homespun &

   The PPHS will be doing an exhibit at the Ossipee Valley Fair again this year.  Drawing on History House's collection of hand crafted items, the exhibit will showcase the various skills people living in the 19th and early 20th century needed to make necessary household items.

Sewing, spinning quilting, basket and barrel making, shoe making and even toys for the children, this was a time when you didn't run to the store for items you wanted or needed. You made them yourself!

Visitors to the exhibit in the old Grange building on the fairgrounds can try their hand at weaving and take home a recipe for a farm favorite to try.

 Fair hours Thursday July 9 - Sunday July 12:

Thursday - Saturday
9 am - 9 pm

9 am - 6 pm

You will also be able to purchase your quilt raffle tickets at the fair (and see the quilt displayed).  You won't want to miss the change of winning this handmade masterpiece!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Stitch in Time

  This is a detail from the fabulous crazy quilt at History House.  One of the wonderful things you can see when you visit.  When was the last time you came to History House?  Isn't time for another visit?

   We had a a very successful opening of our current exhibit, Coming Home - 1865 on June 6th.  If you weren't able to make it that day there is one more open house planned for September 20, 2015.

   Raffle tickets are available for our beautiful quilt and we hope you will purchase some.  It is a major fund raiser for History House and we need to sell as many tickets as possible.  Proceeds from the raffle help us keep History House viable and allow us to conserve and exhibit all our fascinating artifacts.  Even if you aren't close enough to visit, your support through purchasing raffle tickets is much needed and greatly appreciated.  Tickets are 6 for $5.00 and you can sent a check with a phone number (so we can contact you when you win!) to:

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    Another way you can show your support and also get some great summer reading is by purchasing Lyn Sudlow's book, A Vast Army of Women.  Lyn is our vice-president and has graciously agreed to donate 25% of the purchase price to PPHS.  It costs $25.00 plus shipping.  You can email us at:
pphs@parsonsfieldporterhistorical.org to get particulars about how you can own this very interesting book and help our continuing work at History House.

   Remember LOCAL HISTORY MATTERS and we can only continue keeping History House open and active if you chip in.  Thank you for all the support you have shown in the past; without you History House wouldn't exist.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Coming Home" - New Exhibit Opens at History House

2015 marks the 150 anniversary of the end of the Civil War and History House is commemorating the event with an outstanding exhibition, "Coming Home".  Come and see how the war impacted Maine, learn about the role of photography in documenting the conflict and step into a parlor circa 1865 through artifacts on loan from the Civil War collection of author and PPHS vice-president, Lyn Sudlow.  In conjunction with this special exhibit, three exhibits will highlight the schools of Porter and Parsonsfield, the businesses of Kezar Falls and the hat shop of Florence Perkins.

 The exhibit opens on
 Saturday, 6 June 2015 from 1 - 4 pm.

Quilt raffle tickets will be available!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Schoolhouses of Porter

The History of Porter Schools
Presented by Dorothy Locke

The small town of Porter once had 13 school districts.
Most were one room school houses typical of the time. Dottie will show us pictures and
 tell us where they were located and will relate stories of what school was like in those days.
The Black School House in District #2

Saturday 16 May 2015

Meeting - 1 pm
Program on the schools at 1:30pm

At History House
92 Main Street
Kezar Falls Village
(Route 160) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PPHS Opening Meeting

Blazo School around 1947
The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society opening meeting will be on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Porter Town Hall at 1 pm.  Officers will be confirmed so it is important that we have a quorum. The society has several interesting events planned for this year, one of which involves the Blazo School House in Parsonsfield!  Come and find out more.  Hope to see you there.

In back, Betty Ela who taught at the school.  Her daughter Marjorie Ela Stanley is on the left.  Girl on the right is Jane Lewis Hartford.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Talk by Photographer Paul Wainwright

   Photographer Paul Wainwright will give a talk about Colonial meeting houses of New England on April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Camp Clumet Conference Center.  The talk will be held in the center's dining room.

   Wainwright is renowned for his beautiful black and white images of architectural facades, interiors and details.  This will be a very interesting talk.  Directions to the center:

Calumet is located on 1090 Ossipee Lake Road in Freedom literally on Ossipee Lake!  From Porter just take Route 25 to Rt 153. Turn right on 153.  Go a mile or so and turn left on the Ossipee Lake Road. Go about 5 miles and the Conference Center is on the right hand side of the road. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Interior Views of the Businesses in Kezar Falls - Part Two

Kezar Falls National Bank

The Kezar Falls National Bank was started by George Towle and Allen Garner in 1910.  In 1937 the top floor of the building was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt without it as shown in the photograph on the right.  The bank occupied the first floor except for a small store at west end and continued until it merged with Maine National Bank in 1972.  It merged again with Fleet Bank and then Bangor Savings Bank in 1996.  Bangor Savings sold the building and moved to Cornish.  The interior views here were taken when the bank was renovated after the 1937 fire.  Today most of the building is unoccupied.  The Bank Vice-President/Cashier, Orman Stanley, is behind the counter.  
  You may recognize the table on the right below.  It is now in the History House and holds our guest book!

Norton Hardware

            Norton Hardware was located in a very old building on Federal Road in Kezar Falls Village diagonally opposite the Kezar Falls bank building.  It was there in the mid-1800’s as Sutton Edgecomb’s grocery and hardware store.  It changed hands several times until Will Norton bought it in 1908.  Neil Hamilton and Clarence Sawyer took over the store in 1932.  At that time it expanded to include a small Five & Dime store at one end and Frank Shaw’s Barber Shop on the west side. The Hamiltons had an apartment on the second floor.  Roger Stanley and Charles Mitchell purchased the property about 1957 and ran a hardware and propane business here. They rented two apartments on the second floor and a laundromat took over the barbershop on the west end.  In 1989 a fire destroyed all but the floor and front wall on the first floor.  It was rebuilt as a one story building.  Greg Shick purchased the building in 2000.  It was sold again in 2013 and continues as “Kezar Falls Hardware” today.   The exterior picture below was taken circa 1940’s.   The interior picture was probably taken in the mid to late-1930’s and shows Clarence Sawyer and Neil Hamilton.  

Frank Shaw’s Barbershop

            Also shown in the Norton Hardware photo is the barber shop ran by Frank Shaw.  Notice the barber pole by the small addition on the right side of the picture.  The interior picture here shows Frank Shaw in the center, the other barber is unidentified.  Any ideas?  Frank died in 1952 at the age of 61.