Saturday, September 15, 2018

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society

invites you to their next meeting on

September 22 at History House

Meeting at 2:00 pm

Free Program at 2:30 pm

Local Author, Allen F. Crabtree III will talk about

“Preserving Oral Histories”

and will present stories from his book.

This is a fascinating, first-person commentary on a time that has long vanished in history.  The talk is profusely illustrated with old Effingham and family photos and supplemented with observations by his son, local author Allen F. Crabtree.

History House is located at 92 Main Street, Porter
 (in Kezar Falls Village) just east of the Porter Town Hall and 
the Sacopee Valley Health Center. 

FMI – call 625-7019

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Last Chance to See It!




SUNDAY, SEPT. 16TH 1:00 – 4:00 p.m

If you missed this exhibit in June,

this will be the last formal showing of

 “Logging in the Sacopee Valley”

Logging has been an important industry in Maine, including the Sacopee Valley area, since settlement first began here.  Nearly every family has someone who is or has been involved in the logging industry.  Come learn about old-time logging methods, logging camps and life as a logger in the early days

Old time loggers with tools of the trade.

Come tour the house, view all the exhibits and browse our scrapbook collection.

History House is located at 92 Main Street, Porter (in Kezar Falls Village)
just east of the Porter Town Hall and the Sacopee Valley Health Center.

FMI – call 625-7019

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


at the


September 2, 2018  1 – 3 pm

Have you ever visited this historical building?

It is located right here in the Town of Porter and is 
part of our early history.

This is your opportunity to tour this local gem. 

Step back in history to 1824 and imagine attending a Bullockite quarterly service or participating in a Porter Town Meeting here.  This unique building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the very few meeting houses left.

(For more information and pictures about the history of the Old Porter Meeting House, check out the links below.)


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)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fascinating Talk at History House

The public is invited to  

Parsonsfield-Porter’s next meeting and free program 

Saturday, July 28, 2018  at History House 

Meeting at 2:00 p.m.  -  Program at 2:30 p.m. 

At History House

92 Main Street in

Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160) 

          Fay Melendy returns with another interesting program about WW I.  She will talk about the diplomatic history of this period in the Middle East (1918 – 1919) and how nation states created by Europeans resulted in conflicts that continue today.

 “World War I and the Over-promised Middle East”

World War I Ended November 11, 1919 – the war to end all wars?

Far from it!

Fay is a retired attorney, and has an undergraduate degree in European History plus 40 years study of 19th and 20th century Europe.  She is a very interesting speaker on a subject that most of us know very little about.

Here is a history lesson that will help us understand this very difficult situation.   

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Short HIstory of Yard Sales

Did you know that the tradition of the yard sale (a.k.a. garage sale or rummage sale) got its start on the waterfront docks? 

          In the 16th century “romage” was a nautical term relating to how cargo was packed into the hold of a ship.  The first “rummage” sales were held at the docks and cargo that was unclaimed or damaged was sold at a discounted rate.  By the 1890’s, the rummage sale was a common event held by community groups such as churches or charitable organizations to raise money and many people would donate their unused items to be sold off.   In the 1950’s and 60’s the popularity of yard/garage sales grew and anyone who wanted to dispose of their unused items and raise a little cash for themselves or a worthy cause began to hold sales in their yards and garages.  Today, you can find a yard/garage sale on nearly every corner during good weather.

          What a great way to cut down on waste and recycle perfectly good items that are no longer needed or used!   And who knows what hidden treasures are waiting for you to find.

The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society will hold their annual


SAT. JULY 7th , 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 15, 2018

PPHS June 23 Meeting will be at the KEZAR FALLS THEATER

Once again owner/filmmaker Silas Hagerty will host our June 23 meeting at the beautifully renovated KEZAR FALLS Theater.  As many of you may remember, this is where everyone who lived in this area from the 1940’s through 1971 went to the movies on weekends.  Some may remember it as Welch’s Discount Store Annex.  Silas has done a wonderful job bringing this old building back to life.  It is now his cinematography studio and he very frequently has movies and various other entertainment events here.  We are fortunate that he invites us to have a meeting here once a year and always presents a wonderful program.  Come see what he has been able to accomplish in just a few short years. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Meeting - 2pm  
   Program - 2:30pm
at the renovated 
Kezar Falls Theater
21 Maine Street, 
Kezar Falls Village (Rt.160)

Remember, our annual yard sale is coming soon!  It is a great time to clean out attics and garages for the benefit of PPHS!  Check your newsletter for details.