Gorham (Maine) Historical Society May Need to Disband

An article by Robert Lowell in the KeepMeCurrent.com web site describes a potential loss for historians, genealogists, and the general public. The Gorham (Maine) Historical Society is on the verge of going out of business. The society doesn’t have a president, vice president or recording secretary. Brenda Caldwell, executive secretary and archivist, and a few core members are trying to breathe new life into it.

The society’s building houses genealogical records, documents, volumes of books, scrapbooks, town reports, school yearbooks and files with histories of Gorham people and landmarks.

You can read Robert Lowell’s article at http://news.keepmecurrent.com/time-running-out-for-gorham-history/.

If you are in or near Gorham, you might want to become involved in saving this valuable resource.

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As president of our local genealogical and historical society, I’m facing many of the same problems that Brenda is — we have combined secretary and treasurer, our vice president hasn’t been to a meeting in 3 years, our average attendance is about 10 now — yet historical societies in two of our bordering counties are booming, even though our county has twice the people of either of those. Our people are very supportive in that they pay their dues, but that’s about it. When my term as president is up in December, I don’t know what will happen — we’re already violating our own bylaws.

I had Dr. York for Maine History in college, and he was on my master’s thesis committee; Brenda helped my ex-wife many times in her genealogy. But he has passed away, and she’s not able to keep the organization going by herself.

The suggestions by the president of the Westbrook (where I grew up) Historical Society are great — and I hope I can implement them here in central Kentucky.

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