Fairfield Historical Society

Fairfield Historical Society

2020 Annual Report

Dear Members and Friends:

The Fairfield Historical Society is a nonprofit Section 501c (3) which owns and runs the Fairfield History House. It serves as a focal point of Town history and a safe location for a unique collection of Fairfield memorabilia and artifacts. It serves as a repository for area residents who have period items and family memorabilia that they want preserved. The history house is also a local destination and brings people to Fairfield. A major responsibility of the society is the maintenance of the history house and barn.

Visitors tour the museum with docents explaining the story of each room and the artifacts they contain. Visitors also come to research local history and do genealogical work. School children learn what life was like in the early 1900's and what a rich history this area has. Unity College Advanced Interpretive Methods Class comes annually to the History House to learn how we preserve and exhibit the collections.

Our first event of 2019 was a membership meeting where members shared personal artifacts and memorabilia. In May Doug Cutchin and Barbara Bailey went to Lawrence High School and gave a power point presentation of Fairfield's history to two Lawrence High School American History Classes after which the classes toured the History and barn. We collaborated with the Central Kennebec Heritage Council with a summer exhibit of "Women of Courage" featuring four women from Fairfield/Benton. Over the course of the summer G&M Painting of Fairfield finished replacing damaged clapboards and painting the barn.

In August we were very pleased to have a student volunteer from Kennebec Valley Community College - Cullen Stout. He has continued to volunteer after completing his course requirements.

In September, we had a workshop open to the public on using glass ornaments to display family photos. A membership meeting with election of officers was held followed by a potluck supper. Our annual Barn/Bake Sale was held in October which serves as our major fund raiser. We concluded the year with our annual Christmas Open House Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7 & 8 with the theme "All Things Wedding". The house was beautifully decorated with multiple Christmas trees, fresh greens and flowers.

We also received many interesting items to add to our collection, among them: a 12 sided hand-blown bottle embossed E.L. Evans Druggist, Apothecary and period clothing relating to residents. Another deeply appreciated donation is the free snow plowing service that Jeremy Gordon is providing the society.

On going weekly volunteer work was done by Bill & Peggy (Tozier) Blair, Pam Bryan, Shirley (Baker) Duplessis, Barbara Gunvalsen, Kathy Violette and Mark McPheters. Additional volunteers devote many hours working on special events (Judy Albair, Barbara Bailey, Derek Bryan, Cora Damon, Kitty Dawson, Marian Foster, Emily and Josh Fournier, Jasmine Liberty, Ed Lord, Jennifer (Teague) Morrisseau, Cullen Stout, John Verrier, Kevin Violette and Sally Vlodek.

Thank you to the Town of Fairfield and everyone who supported our work this year.

Kevin Violette