Megan Pinette will be the speaker at the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 21, at the Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. Her topic will be “Belfast in the 1930’s.”

As the Great Depression took its toll and deepened throughout the country, Belfast, under the direction of a newly hired city manager, weathered the storm. Through city efforts and with assistance from federal programs, Belfast was able to enact various citywide improvements. Among the many projects were the paving of streets, trimming trees, sidewalk building and improvements to the city park. The largest and costliest of the projects was the construction of the Governor Anderson School in 1935.

During this time various service clubs, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Lions Club and the Belfast Professional Women’s Club, were organized and strengthened. And two native sons, Admiral William V. Pratt and Capt. Albert W. Stevens, made national news. This program will focus on people and events that shaped this difficult time.

This is the Historical Society annual meeting and board of directors election.

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