Visitors at the 2017 Season Opening Reception

Donate to the 2017 Annual Appeal

The Castine Historical Society is now officially “middle-aged.” Having celebrated our 50th year in 2016, we marched boldly into our second half-century this past season and our efforts were recognized with the following awards:

  • “Yankee Magazine Best of Maine 2017 Editors’ Choice Award” for Best Historical Experience.
  • 2017 “Maine Preservation Honor Award” for excellence in historic preservation and restoration of the Samuel P. Grindle House.

We helped bring Castine together as one community, and illuminated some of its most fascinating history with a calendar full of engaging programs and collaborative activities. Among the many 2017 highlights:

  •  Dixie Gray, Paul Gray, and Virginia Bourne look in display cases at the 2017 Season Opening ReceptionThe summer exhibit, Castine’s Devoted Women: Partnership and Social Reform 1910-1962, focused on the lives of Mary W. (Molly) Dewson and Mary G. (Polly) Porter who were life partners during an age of progressive change in women’s lives. The exhibit attracted well over 2000 visitors.
  • A talk given by Susan Ware “Two Lifelong Partnerships: Molly Dewson and Polly Porter, and the Historian Who Wrote About Them,”
    followed by a members’ reception at Moss Acre, thanks to the generosity of the Virginia and Standish Bourne family.
  • The Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lecture, “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Moral Basis of Democracy,” delivered by Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • A gift from the children of Clark Fitz-Gerald of the artist’s sketchbooks, slides and journals to be made available to researchers and artists of many disciplines.
  • Well attended historic walking tours given every Saturday and additionally by request in July and August.
  • Support of both the Bastille Day celebration and the Friends of Castine Fortifications’ Fort George encampment.

We are proud to have hired our first Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts, who will help our organization expand its efforts to promote Castine history in ways that invigorate the community. Her expertise will be instrumental in guiding us towards our strategic goals. It is you, our supporters, who have made this the monumental year it has been. We count on you to continue our mission to help Castine’s history come alive and brighten the future for all of our residents and visitors.

Please contribute to the 2017 Annual Appeal today and be a part of the excitement and momentum that is the Castine Historical Society.  You can do so by clicking the PayPal link above, or by mailing a check to the Society at P.O. Box 238, Castine ME, 04421.

Marcia P. Mason
President, Castine Historical Society

“I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, November 8, 1944