Sunday, September 1, 2019

Last Chance to see "Her-Story"

Welcome to our fall
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019,   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society
Last formal showing of  the Exhibit

Remembering the Suffragettes who in 1919
finally won the right to vote for women in Maine
 Honoring some of the other remarkable women of our towns
and the State of Maine
by telling a few of their stories.

Come tour the house and view all the exhibits, browse our scrapbook collection and albums.
History House
92 Main Street in
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)

FMI call 625-7019

One of our favorite local remarkable ladies included in this exhibit is Dottie Locke.
This is
Dorothy Gilman Locke  (1921-2016)
Dorothy Gilman, known to most as Dottie, only child of Arthur and Olive (Gray) Gilman was born in Porter, Maine on the family farm which would remain her life-long home. Unlike most farm girls of the time, Dottie attended the University of Maine Orono receiving a degree in Education in 1942.

She worked for Piscataqua & York County 4-H Extensions, taught four years at Cornish High School, then fourteen years at Sacopee Valley High School teaching home economics to many still living. 

More importantly, Dottie exemplifies the truth that one need not do extraordinary things to be an extraordinary person.  While working full-time, maintaining a busy household with her husband Clayton Locke, and the mother of two she still found time to work for the betterment of her community through her work with the Porter Grange, Riverside Methodist Church, LMR Club, Porter Union Workers and Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society among others.

Dottie was skilled at sewing, knitting and a wonderful cook and used these skills often in her community service.  She was known for years as "the pie lady".

She passed away Sept. 19, 2016 at the age of 95. 

Dottie's portrait in First Person Rural: A Portrait of a Maine Town by Patricia Turner

Thursday, August 15, 2019

at the
September 1, 2019    1 – 3 pm

Come tour this historic building and hear Katherine Rhoda play “Music of the Suffragettes” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maine ratifying the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Katherine is well known for playing her antique instruments and singing folk songs and other music from our past history.  
This unique building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the very few meeting houses left.

It played an important part in the early history of Porter. As you enter the building step back in history to 1824 and imagine attending a Bullockite quarterly service or participating in a Porter Town Meeting here. 

(For more information and pictures about the history of the Old Porter Meeting House, see our previous BLOG post dated Nov. 4, 2016.)
Rain or Shine!
Located on Old Meeting House Road, Porter, ME

Directions: from Kezar Falls Village: take Rt. 25 West to Colcord Pond Rd., then right on Old Meeting House Rd. From Porter Village: take First County Rd., bear left at Colcord Pond Rd. then right on Old Meeting House Rd.
FMI call– 625 7019
Sponsored by
Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society
(Sorry, no “facilities” available)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Save the Date!


Saturday, August 17, 1-3 pm
at Merrill Hill Road just off Middle Road in Parsonsfield.
Come visit what was once the thriving heart of Parsonsfield, Maine.  Both the Parsonsfield Old Town House & the Union Church will be open to the public.

Exhibits, information & photos from past times in the village will be on display in the Town House.

At 2:00 pm Sylvia Wilson will talk about the Moulton family,
former residents of Middle Road Village, based on letters to Hattie, 
the youngest daughter.

Take the Self-guided Cemetery Walk

Learn about some of the illustrious inhabitants who were former residents of Middle Road Village. (Be prepared for rough terrain.)

Sponsored by the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society & the Parsonsfield Union Church Society.

FMI: 625-8189

Note: no restroom facilities available.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Maine's First Strike

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society

Meeting and free program - Public Invited.

In keeping with our theme of commemorating the 100th anniversary of Maine ratifying the 19th Amendment, we are presenting a program entitled:

The Great Turn-Out: Factory Girls and Maine’s 1st Strike

An illustrated talk by History Professor and award-winning author Elizabeth DeWolfe

In 1841, nearly 500 female factory workers walked out of Saco’s York Manufacturing Company and paraded up Main Street, chanting and singing.  They gathered at a local church, formed a committee and sent the factory owner a document articulating their complaints about wages, housing, and paternalistic rules.  In this illustrated talk, we’ll explore the life of New England “factory girls,” the opportunities mill work brought, and the challenges of this difficult labor. We’ll see how a strike in one Maine town connected to national agitation for women’s rights, including suffrage. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 2:00

(after a brief business meeting.)

At History House

92 Main Street in Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)

FMI phone 625-7019

Monday, July 1, 2019


To make this major fundraiser a success again this year, we need donations of sale items. Gently used items that you no longer need but think others may find a use for would be appreciated. (Please no clothes or computers.) They can be left on the porch at History House anytime through Friday, July 5th. Someone will be checking every day and move what is there inside. If you need someone to pick up your items call 625-7019.

The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society will hold their annual
SAT. JULY 6th , 9am – 1pm
at History House,  92 Main Street, Porter (Kezar Falls Village).
Rain or Shine.
Something for everyone.  Come find your treasure!
FMI  625-7019

Friday, June 21, 2019

June 29th Meeting at the Kezar Falls Theater

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society
invites the public to a free program.
at the

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Meeting - 2 p.m.       Program - 2:30 p.m.
21 Main Street,
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160)

Owner/filmmaker Silas Hagerty has transformed the former Playhouse Movie Theater into a new theater and sound studio where he features various films and entertainment projects.
He will once again present a program to interest and entertain us.