Phippsburg Historical Society

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The process of organizing and creating the Phippsburg Historical Society began in December 1960, soon after it came to the Town’s attention that a formal historical association was needed. With the initiative of the Board of Selectmen, individuals from each section of town were contacted and a historical committee was formed.  In early 1961 technicalities involved in creating such a corporation were discussed and a Board of Directors was established.  On March 20, 1961, the Society held is first general meeting where membership was open to the public for the first time.  Reaching out to the community, the first historical pamphlet was written and distributed.  Soon after, several hundred visitors were drawn to an exhibit of historical Phippsburg material, held at the Popham Beach Library.

By the end of the Phippsburg Historical Society’s first year, there were ninety-seven steady members.  In 1962, as a result of the vote of the townspeople at the annual March Town Meeting, the one-room Phippsburg Center Schoolhouse and land was given to the Society to develop a museum and permanent headquarters. The building opened as a museum in 1964. A wing was added to the east side of the building in 1992 and the newest addition was added to the north side in 2007.

Of great importance to not only the town, but the nation, the state-sponsored archaeological “dig” at 1607 Popham Colony’s Fort St. George took place for the first time between April and June 1962.  As the original Board of Directors had hoped, the Phippsburg Historical Society has continued to grow in years since, maintaining its early-found reputation.

Museum Improvements

The Phippsburg Historical Society continues to offer valuable services in preserving the town of Phippsburg's rich history.  We are getting more and more requests from a diverse group of people to open the museum during the winter so visitors may come in and do research.  We also are finding that leaving the room where our archives are housed unheated, is taking a toll on delicate photos and documents.

We have directed our fund raising campaign this year towards making a climate controlled space so the museum could be used year round, and help preserve precious documents and photographs.

Currently, our income through membership, memorial donations, admissions, and sales of books just manages to cover our expenses.  The major expense is property insurance (almost 50% of yearly expenses).  For the fiscal year 2013-2014, our income has reached approximately $8,352.

Our projected expenses for the fiscal year are approximately $6,127.  This gives us a beginning amount of approximately $2,000 to direct towards improvement in year round access to museum and document preservation.

We are currently gathering information on the best (and most fiscally reasonable) way to achieve a climate controlled space in our museum.  We will be updating this post regularly.
 

Volunteer Appeal

                                                        WILL YOU HELP?
Phippsburg Historical Society is looking for volunteers!  Summer volunteers are needed for manning the museum.  We open from the last week in June through September, Mondays to Fridays 2-4 pm.  As always we would like to expand those hours, especially with the 200th year celebration of Phippsburg this year.  With the help of new volunteers, perhaps we can expand hours. Please consider volunteering your time to the museum.
 
Contact Janice Wright   janjanwright@gmail.com   389-1431

Phippsburg Historical Society     P.O. Box 21     Phippsburg Maine 04562

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