On Oct. 6 the Freedom Grange will have an “Installation of Officers” ceremony, for all interested friends, families and neighbors, at the Grange Hall. A free public supper will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kay Khalvati at 242-5521.

On Sept. 22, the Freedom Community Historical Society presented the results of its summer “Digital Archive Project.” Two high school interns, Liberty’s Lauren Hurst and Unity’s Liz Roberts, spent the summer digitizing old records and organizing other historical memorabilia collected from all corners of town.

They collected and scanned Freedom Academy yearbooks from 1903 to 1957 — a project with a personal touch for Lauren, who told the audience that she was moved by finding her grandfather in one of those yearbooks; Town Reports from 1903 to 1984 (and scattered reports up until 2003); and Town Road Reports from, incredibly, 1878 through 1923. These records provide a window into a bygone era in town.

For example, the public can now see firsthand accounts of how life in town changed when paved roads were installed; when the Monmouth Canning Co. first started operating; or get a glimpse of Freedom Academy life before the academy burned down in 1958.

FCHS President Wilson Hess took particular interest in showing the audience a search warrant template used by Waldo County officials when searching homes for illegal liquor during the Prohibition Era.

The ultimate goal is that the public will be able to access these records from a revamped FCHS website. President Wilson Hess was visibly moved by the work Lauren and Liz did, and praised Lauren, a Mount View sophomore who presented on behalf of the two interns, for her work ethic and demonstrable interest in preserving town history. The digitization will continue through the fall.

Thank you, Lauren and Liz, for a job well done but far from finished!