Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stalking Maine Wildflowers

Diane and some Lady Slippers

Dianne Sinclair has been stalking wildflowers in northern New England since 1988. Her PowerPoint presentation will sharpen your knowledge of local wildflowers, including some curious facts. Did you know that a Jack-in-the-Pulpit can change its sex? We will also discuss where to find these beauties. And to add a historic perspective, Dianne will share the story of Kate Furbish, a 19th century Maine botanist, who struggled against poverty and discrimination to create a lasting scientific legacy.

Her talk will begin at 1:30 pm, after a short business meeting, on Saturday June 18, 2016.   It will be a highly informative presentation and I hope you will be able to attend.  Also, you can purchase your garden tour tickets and quilt raffle tickets after the presentation.  See you there!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Social Media circa 1883

This is how our great grandparents stayed on top of local happenings.  These are excerpts from the Oxford County Record, regular reading in Kezar Falls back in the day.

These clippings are part of the current exhibit at History House which opened on June 4, 2016.  The next time you can see it is at the June 18th meeting when member Diane Sinclair will do a presentation on Maine wildflowers.  Hope to see you there and don't forget the Garden and Artist's Studio Tour on June 25th.  See the information on where to buy tickets on the right.

 The lovely quilt will also be on view and we hope you buy some raffle tickets.  It is a major part of the Society's fundraising each year and your support is very important.

In fact, although your financial support is crucial to the continued efforts at History House, we need your participation as well.  We have a small, dedicated group but we need a few more helpers.  It needn't be a big commitment of time but if History House is to remain open and accessible to the community people need to step up.  Could you help out in some small way?

Please contact Jan Iler at 625-7019 to find out what you might be able to help us with.  Many hands make light work and it will assure that History House stays open.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memories of South exhibit opens at History House

A new exhibit opens on Saturday June 4, 2016 at History House.  Memories of South Hiram will bring back lots of memories for those of you who grew up in Kezar Falls.

The photograph on the left is looking east on Main Street.  You can just make out the South Hiram Post Office in the background.

South Hiram kids pictured include, front, Tim Stocks, Dave Bucknell, Ed Pendexter.  Back left, Billy Nason, Pat Sargent, Dwight and Gary Gilpatrick.

The South Hiram Elementary School, now the town office, is shown in 1916 below.
 So, mark your calendar for Saturday 4 June 2016 from 1 - 4pm and come to History House to share your remembrances of South Hiram.  Bring along any old photographs too so we can scan them and add them to the collection.  Quilt raffle tickets will be available as will Garden/Artist Studio Tour tickets which will be on June 25, 2016.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Memories of South Hiram...

Meeting on Saturday 21 May 2016.  Join us to hear local residents reminisce about growing up in South Hiram.

Meeting begins at 1:00 pm and the discussion will start around 1:30pm.  If you have any old photographs of South Hiram, bring them along.  We are especially looking for photographs of the Hanaford greenhouses.

Tickets for the garden tour will be available and are $12.  Quilt raffle tickets available too!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time to get your garden tour tickets!

On Saturday, June 25, 2016 (rain date Sunday, June 26 )seven local gardens and some artists studios will be open to the public as a joint fund raiser for the Parsonsfield-Porter, Hiram and Baldwin Historical Societies.  Tickets are only $12.00 and can be purchased at the Adult Education Office, 71 Main Street, Porter, 625-3092.  On the day of the tour tickets will be $15.00 and available at 6 Hiram Hill Road, at one of the gardens.   There will also be a raffle for one of three gift certificates to O'Donal's Nursery and some of the artist's work will also be for sale.

Don't miss this opportunity to see some lovely gardens and help your local historical societies continue their work of preserving you town's history. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Votes for Women

In the midst of this current presidential election year most people take the right to vote for granted when in fact women have been allowed to vote for less than 100 years.  It was not until June 4, 1919 when Congress passed and then ratified, on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed all American women the right to vote. 
This picture was taken in front of the Frank Edgecomb
 Hardware  (now the Kezar Falls Hardware) across
 from the former Norton Block on Federal Road.
 On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time.  It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right and the campaign was not easy. Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. When the amendment was finally ratified it declared for the first time that women, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

It appears from these pictures that the women of Kezar Falls were active in the suffrage movement.  Isn’t it curious that they all seem to be dressed alike in bonnets and with pantaloons  showing below their skirts. And it looks like they were disguising their faces too.  Perhaps these pictures were of a later reenactment?  If anyone knows more about these pictures, please let us know.

The house in the background in the second photograph looks like the former Thelma (Weeks) Maloon house (later Betsy Jarvis’ home) on School Street which would be out of the picture on the left. Perhaps the women are walking down the driveway of the house next door as there is no road in this location. 

A Gentle Reminder:

The PPHS needs your vote too!  Our first meeting is Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Porter Town Hall.  The new slate of officers need to be voted on and a quorum is needed.  Please make every effort to attend.