Honoring some of the other remarkable women of
and the State of Maine
by telling a few of their
Come tour the house and view
all the exhibits, browse our scrapbook collection and albums.
92 Main Street in
Kezar Falls Village
FMI call 625-7019
One of our favorite local remarkable ladies included
in this exhibit is Dottie Locke.
Dorothy Gilman Locke(1921-2016)
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 sentthe 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!
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
BAKED GOOD SALE –
SAT. JULY 6th
, 9am – 1pm
House,92 Main Street, Porter (Kezar