Outdoor Train Layout
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Outdoor Train Layout

June Program Update

This month’s program is a unique field trip that is guaranteed to be fun for folks of all ages. On Monday, June 25, David Kierstead of 115 Standish Neck Road in Standish is opening his backyard to the public to see the outdoor train exhibit he has put together there. This is a “G” scale working train exhibit that Mr. Kierstead has been compiling for the past 10 years. Visitors are welcome to stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


This entertaining event will give visitors a firsthand look at the miniature railroad that David has set up in his yard. We’re starting the program an hour earlier than usual in order to provide ample daylight for viewing the trains. Some seating will be available for those who prefer not to walk on uneven ground. More details will follow as we get closer to the date of the event. This program will be fun for people of all ages and the Society thanks Mr. Kierstead for graciously allowing us to visit his home.

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Growing Up in Windham
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Growing Up in Windham

Lifetime Windham resident and Historical Society member Don Rich will talk about his memories of growing up in Windham. Don will reminisce about Windham during the 1950s and 60s. He’ll talk about the British pilot training plane that crashed by the head gates one winter day. He’ll also reflect on his early oil business days and his first truck (which has a history all its own). This is a special opportunity to learn about Windham in the mid-twentieth century as remembered by a real fixture of the Windham community.

Please check back as the date approaches to confirm location and time.

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Cemetery Tour
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Cemetery Tour

This program will feature stories about some of Windham’s notable citizens and historic figures told as we’re walking through an historic old cemetery.  We’ll give you more information once details are confirmed.

Still in planning stage - 

Date: Possibly Sunday, September 23

Time: To be confirmed

Place: Possibly Friends Cemetery, next door to Friends Church on Route 202

Please check back as the date approaches to confirm locations and time.

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Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Supper
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Supper

This is our annual opportunity to get together and socialize with other members of the Society. Just bring a dish to share and grab a chair and enjoy an evening of good food and company while learning about what the Society has been up to during the year and find out what is planned for the future.

Please check back as the date approaches as the TIME and LOCATION are not yet confirmed!

Place: Friends Church (to be confirmed)

Time: 6 p.m. (to be confirmed)

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Windham History Thru Maps
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Windham History Thru Maps

Rosemary Mosher, who works with the Geographic Information Center (GIS), will present this wonderful program that will begin with the earliest history of Windham using early maps, particularly the map of 1871. Through her GIS work, Rosemary is able to isolate homes, stores, schools, cemeteries, and other notable town locations and she will show aerial “now and then” comparisons of various areas of town. This program is quite remarkable and we guarantee it will intrigue you.

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History of Windham’s Correctional Center
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

History of Windham’s Correctional Center

This fascinating program will feature Brad Fogg, who will be sharing slides and giving a talk about the History of Windham’s Correctional Center. Because of anticipated interest in this topic, the event will be held at the Little Meetinghouse, which is located next door to the North Windham Union Church on Route 302. Brad is a former employee of Windham Correctional who has continued his interest in the facility by collecting items and conducting interviews over many years. This should prove to be a very interesting program as we explore the prison from its early days and learn how it has evolved into the facility we see today.

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Women’s Suffrage in Maine: The Story of Florence Brooks Whitehouse
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Women’s Suffrage in Maine: The Story of Florence Brooks Whitehouse

Anne Gass, a local author, will discuss her book, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Women’s Suffrage, which chronicles her
great grandmother’s leadership in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Maine from 1914 to 1920. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show.

Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $5.00

Location: 234 Windham Center Road, Windham 04062

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Author Anne Gass will be the guest speaker at the WHS March program.

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History Tour
Oct
21
8:30 AM08:30

History Tour

Last October, the Windham Historical Society hosted a Fall History Tour. People aboard our History Bus were taken on a history-filled trip through time. They learned about Popeville, our town’s early settlers, and about South Windham in the 1920s. Stops along the way included such historic sites as Babb’s Bridge, the Parson Smith House, Friends Meeting House, Windham Hill United Church of Christ, and Gambo Falls.

  Linda Griffin explains the history of the Windham Friends Meeting House.

Linda Griffin explains the history of the Windham Friends Meeting House.

  Gambo Falls, the former site of the Oriental Gunpowder Mill.

Gambo Falls, the former site of the Oriental Gunpowder Mill.

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Herbal Lunch
Aug
30
3:30 PM15:30

Herbal Lunch

An herbal luncheon to benefit the Historical Society was held at member Haley Pal’s house in early September. Haley gave a short tour of her herb garden and served luncheon dishes that were made with fresh herbs. A salmon quiche with mixed herbs, a salad with fresh nasturtium flowers, and lavender cookies were some of the items on the menu. Luncheon guests were also given bottles and provided the materials they would need to make an herbal vinegar they could bring home with them.

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Friends of  the  Presumpscot
Aug
13
3:30 PM15:30

Friends of the Presumpscot

Michael Shaughnessy spoke about the 5 mile historic corridor.  His narration including the following topics:

  • Protect & improve water quality
  • Protect & restore indigenous Fish
  • Provide Recreational opportunities
  • 25 year mission to restore the Presumpscot River
  • Remnents of Historic Cumberland-Oxford Canal
  • Mt. Division Trail next to the old RR bed
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Valuing Antique Clocks
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Valuing Antique Clocks

Harry Hepburn III
Hermitage Antiques
Harrison, Me.
Windham Historical Society


Bring your clocks and he will tell you value...


Hepburn will speak on the style and history of a newly donated paint grained Whiting Winchester Grandfather Clock that has always been in the family of Ebenezer Barton of Windham.  Donated by Dale King of Raymond

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Great Fires of 1947
Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

Great Fires of 1947

The Great Fires of 1947 destroyed a total area of 17,188 acres of wooded land on Mount Desert Island and 200,000 acres statewide. Author and storyteller Jo Radner holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard University. She has published many books on a variety of historic events. The 1947 fires in Maine impacted the state and its people for years. Radner’s presentation, focused on the Brownfield area, is sure to enthrall. $5 donation. Refreshments.

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