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2022 Annual Meeting
Thursday, August 18, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

We are excited to hold our 2022 Annual Meeting in-person at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 86 Court Street, Castine. We strongly encourage masking for the safety of all.

For those who can not come, we will be livestreaming the meeting via our YouTube channel. The link to watch will be posted in the upper right corner of this page closer to the date of the meeting.  The meeting will also be recorded and posted at a later time on our website.

After a brief CHS business meeting, nationally-known artist, Robert Shetterly, will give an illustrated talk entitled “My Favorite Stories from Americans Who Tell the Truth.” He will discuss portraits he has painted and the stories of the people who affected him the most with their courage and commitment. A book signing will follow.

2022 New Board Member Election

This year we are offering both in-person, mail-in, or call-in voting options for current CHS members wishing to vote on the new board slate. Postcards will be mailed on July 29th with voting instructions for those who will not be present at the Annual Meeting.  Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 19th. If you do not receive your postcard ballot please email us at or call us at 207-326-4118. You may also call-in your vote to the CHS offices at 207-326-4118 prior to Thursday, August 18th at noon. We are here to help!

The 2022 election includes three items. Please see each section below for information.

  1. Approve the 2022 new Board of Directors slate
  2. Approve the second term for three current board members
  3. Ratify the 2021 Annual Meeting minutes

As per the CHS Bylaws, three individuals have been nominated by the CHS Board of Directors to serve a three-year term. Below are their photographs. To read their bios, please click on the photos.

As per the CHS Bylaws, three current board members are being nominated for a second term. Please click on their names to read their bios.

Richard M. Ames
Mary Dearborn
Howard Lowell

Richard M. Ames, Kiawah Island, S.C. Richard Ames grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and spent summers in Castine at the Whitney house built in 1810 by Captain Henry and Lucy Whiting Whitney, his 3rd great grandparents. Ames earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Duke University and a master’s degree in Geology from the University of Georgia and pursued a thirty-year career in the domestic and international oil and gas industry. Richard and his wife Laura have three grown children and now spend their time between Kiawah Island, S. C. and Highlands, N. C. and visit Castine in the summer. Richard has written articles of family history published by the Castine Historical Society. In 2019 he served as guest curator for the popular exhibit, Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish. He is also the author of the CHS publication Risky Business: A Maine Village Goes Global. He is keenly interested in Castine and its maritime history and continues to write articles for the Castine Visitor. Richard serves as chair of the CHS Collections Committee.

Mary Dearborn, New York City

Mary Dearborn is the former Vice President of Sales for CxRA, where she oversaw all event sales at locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. During her career, Mary was responsible all off-premise event catering as well as the corporate hospitality entertaining at the US Tennis Open, Tour Dupont Cycling Stage Race and multiple PGA tournaments.

Mary is the past president of NYC Chapter of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives).  She received the first June Briggs Award for Excellence in Hospitality, was inducted into the BizBash Hall of Fame in 2017 and was recognized as one of the top 500 people in the meeting and event industry in North America in 2018.  Under her leadership CxRA was selected as a member of The Chosen Few an elite society of event professionals recognized for excellence in catering.

Mary is a graduate of Smith College.  After graduation Mary returned to Paris to attend Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne where she received her Grand Diplome.

Mary has been an active member of the Castine summer community for over 40 years. She served two terms as Vice President of the Castine Golf Club where she spearheaded numerous successful membership drives. She has been a Castine Historical Society volunteer for many years and helped organize the most recent CHS House & Garden Tour. Mary serves on the CHS Governance and Development Committees.

Howard Lowell, South Thomaston, ME

Howard Lowell has spent his career working as an archivist on both the state and federal levels. He has his B.A. in History from the University of Maine and his M.S. in Library Science from Simmons University. Howard served as State Archivist and Records Administrator for the Delaware Public Archives for ten years. He then was appointed Deputy Assistant Archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration for six years. Prior to his retirement, Howard was the External Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness for the National Archives. During his tenure, he oversaw disaster mitigation during Hurricane Katrina. Upon retirement, he returned to Maine and lives in South Thomaston. He most recently served as Interim Executive Director of the General Knox Museum in Thomaston.  Howard serves on the CHS Executive, Collections, and Governance Committees.  Howard grew up spending summers in Castine at his grandparents camp located off neck across from Moss Acre. He often played at Moss Acre as a child.

2021 Annual Meeting Minutes Ratification

You can read the 2021 minutes HERE.