Fairfield Historical Society

Fairfield Historical Society

2017 Annual Report

Dear Members and Friends:

This past year of public programs began on Feb. 8 at the Town Council meeting. During that meeting the Town Council formally issued a proclamation titled "American Patriot Eugene E. Wing" (a Fairfield native) for his long service to his nation from 1916 to 1944. This was followed on March 1 with a Lawrence High School Adult Ed presentation at the conclusion of which Town Councilors Mike Taylor, John Picchiotti and Arron Rowden presented 102 year old Hope Wing Weston, daughter of Eugene Wing, with a framed Town Council Proclamation.

The FHS participated at the annual Chocolate Festival selling Fairfield memorabilia and chocolate treats. April 12th UMA Sr. Citizen Program "Unique Places" led by Ton Border visited the History House for a tour and talk "Fairfield's Golden Years 1845-1920". There were 36 attendees. The Crazy Quilters of Maine Club visited on May 13th for a tour of the house and barn and to view a display of the FHS collection of crazy quilts.

May 19th The Gerald ballroom was the site of the FHS public program which was made possible by Fairfield resident Dawn Diblasi's friendship with our featured speaker, Prof. Allan Whitmore, from USM. His talk focused on Jack London's 1905 trip to Down East Maine and London's extensive family connections in Maine. As a result of The Gerald's hospitality FHS Board of Directors member, Shirley Duplessis, copied and framed 25 photos from the FHS archives of various rooms in The Gerald from the 1900's. These photos were given to The Gerald Property Manager, Bob Chandler and resident, Bob Morrison, for display in the halls and public rooms of the historic hotel.

In the fall the Unity College Interpretive Methods Class came for their annual tour of the history house and barn to learn about running a small museum. The annual Barn/Bake Sale was held Oct. 7 & 8 and raised over $1,600.00 to help with operating expenses. Nov. 10th Maine Archives and Museum members toured the History House as part of MAM's annual conference held at Thomas College. Our final event of the year was the Christmas Open House held Dec 2 & 3. The theme was "Maine Made Artisan Crafts Through the years" which featured the talents of several Fairfield residents who also helped with the decorating and during the open house itself.

Mark McPheters and his son volunteered their time and materials to repair the back deck at the History House. There was extensive blow down in the back of the property from the October wind storm and it was a major project to clean up and remove debris. Thank you to Bill Blair, Doug Cutchin and Mark McPheters for volunteering to do the work as well as their time maintaining the yard during the summer and walkways in the winter. Also thanks to Frank Bouchard for his services providing year-to-date budget information.

Again this year we received many donated items for our collection. Among them was Ed Lord's extensive family collection of antique tin toys, Barbara Warren's gift of a vintage hand stitched wall hanging and a brass fireplace fender from Doug & Marie Cutchin. Thank you to everyone who supported our work this year.

We are seeking new members and volunteers for 2-3 hours a month to help with the ongoing work of collecting and preserving the history of Fairfield as well as maintaining the house, barn and grounds. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to further our mission to convey Fairfield's rich history to our citizens and those interested in Fairfield.

Fairfield History House Hours: March thru November, Tuesdays & 2nd Saturday each month 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment (453-2998). Email: fhs2@myfairpoint.net

Marie Cutchin for
The Board of Directors