The year 2020 has been, to quote a phrase, “one for the history books.” Through it all you have sustained us with your continued membership donations and moral support. We thank you for your commitment to the Castine Historical Society.
It has been a year where we have successfully taken on new challenges. Thanks to our 16 enthusiastic walking tour guides, we pivoted and instead of opening exhibits we offered over 70 fun, informative – and most importantly – safe tours of the town and our Town Common.
Partnerships with other organizations in town continue to be a priority. We are working with Castine’s Annex Arts and will be the home for their Castine in the Time of Quarantine, A Community Journal. This, along with the items we have been collecting, will mean that 100 years from now there will be an historical record of how our town dealt with COVID-19.
Nor have we ignored the national introspection prompted by the death of George Floyd and the subsequent calls to address our country’s longstanding racial inequities. We are examining ways to broaden our research, teaching, and exhibitions to tell the stories of people of color – both in Castine and in the wider world in which Castiners engaged. For instance, we will update the 2021 exhibit Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish to show more clearly how Castine’s maritime trade in salted cod and cotton was intertwined with the institution of slavery.
Your Annual Appeal gift can help us meet each challenge and turn them into opportunities as we pursue our shared mission to explore and steward Castine’s history, making the town and region’s past accessible and relevant to an ever-wider population.
We hope you will consider making an Annual Appeal gift today that will help us continue to provide these valuable community services.
We look forward to a better 2021. We remain committed to serving Castine with a Historical Society that connects people to each other, to our history, and to the larger world around us. We couldn’t do any of this without you. Thank you!