Belfast Museum and Historical Society ends 2013 season

Dec 10, 2013

There is no question that the 2013 season was the best ever at the museum. More than 1,200 visitors from 37 states plus Washington, D.C. and 11 foreign countries (including a first from Finland) signed the guest book. While we continue to offer the museum at no charge, most visitors make a donation and many make very favorable comments about our exhibits and the general museum experience we provide.

Of course, our two wonderful and indispensable interns make a significant contribution to our success and we extend sincere thanks to them. Allie Njaa has matriculated at UMaine, Orono, where she will major in chemical engineering. Kristine Mehuren is a senior at BAHS and will return to the Museum next summer along with a new intern. Once again, we thank our membership and the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for making the intern program possible.

The Belfast Museum is now closed for the season (open by appointment) and the monthly programs at the library are over until April. Until then you can see the latest news, announcements, and photos on Facebook or on our website at belfastmuseum.org which has links to all the “Window on History” Vimeo programs as well.

We welcome David Ruberti to the board of directors; he is serving as chairman of the planning committee and we also welcome Cathy Dyer; she is serving as secretary. Both new board members will make great contributions to the Belfast Historical Society and Museum.

We extend sincere gratitude to the following volunteers: Betsey Feeley, Liz Fitzsimmons, Lee Silverton, Penny Squibb, Harmony Joseph, Tom Foster, Linda Whitson, James A. Roberts Sr. and Gil and Connie Leslie.

Update on the Belfast Civil War Quilt

The Belfast Civil War Quilt was returned to the museum in May, following conservation by Deborah Bede of Stillwater Textile Conservation in Bradford, N.H.

Upon inspection we were fully satisfied, indeed delighted, by the appearance of the quilt and the high quality work done by Ms. Bede.

The quilt was prominently displayed as the centerpiece of the Museum’s 2013 summer exhibit recognizing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Belfast Museum was part of the “Maine Civil War Trail,” and we had many visitors following the trail coming to see our exhibit. The Belfast Civil War Quilt will be on loan to the Maine State Museum in Augusta during 2013-2014 as part of the “Maine Voices From the Civil War” exhibit curated by Laurie LaBar.

On Friday morning, Sept. 27, we had the wonderful pleasure to welcome Jim and Diana Brady of Winnett, Mont., to the Museum. Diana is a direct descendant of George R. and Eugenie B. Milburn, who acquired the Belfast Civil War quilt at the end of the war and took it to Montana. The Milburn family cared for the quilt for more than 120 years until it found its way back to Belfast. Jim and Diana were thrilled to see the newly conserved quilt on display at the museum. Diana has provided the museum with information about her family, which is, of course, very much part of the story. The Bradys are Montana ranchers and Diana is a noted western artist. Check out her website at dianabradyart.com.

Your old house makes a great Christmas gift!

The Belfast Historical Society has partnered with Ould Colony Artisans of Farmington, Maine to make house plaques. The cost of $72 includes shipping and membership in the Society. This is an attractive product and the company has made historic house markers in communities throughout New England.

This offer is for everyone, not just houses in the historic district. The Museum may be able to help you date your house and identify the original owner. A sample house marker can be seen on the Museum building. You can download an order form on our website, belfastmuseum.org.

Local and Legendary Civil War program

The Belfast "team," comprised of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, The Belfast Free Library, Senior College and The Game Loft, is one of four Maine community teams recently selected to receive a Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and awarded by the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council, the grants will enable local organizations, by means of an interdisciplinary collaboration, to tell the story of Maine's participation in the Civil War.

Upcoming events will be listed at facebook.com/CivilWarBelfast and on the library and museum websites. We hope to see you at these free events!

Become a member

The Belfast Historical Society and Museum is a membership organization that provides many valuable programs to our community, which are open to the public without charge. The cost of these programs is met by membership dues. We encourage you to become a member and help assure the continuation of all the Historical Society has to offer. 2013 memberships begin Jan.1. An individual membership is only $10 (cheap!) and membership forms are available on our website.

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