Arts, Culture, and Humanities

BRIDGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

  • Bridgton, ME
  • www.bridgtonhistory.org

Mission Statement

Bridgton Historical Society encourages an appreciation and understanding of the events, customs, and traditions of the Bridgton community by collecting and preserving significant historical material and making it available through programs, publications, and exhibitions. We operate and maintain museums, historical properties, and research facilities, advocate for preservation, and consult with town officials and other interested parties on matters that affect the town's identity and sense of place.

As custodians of Bridgton's official historical records, we provide a vital service to the town, as well as providing entertaining educational and cultural opportunities. Our appeal extends to neighboring communities, since Bridgton has traditionally been a commercial and business center for many of the surrounding towns.

Narramissic, our carefully-restored historic house and farmstead, further broadens our appeal. The house and outbuildings sit in a nearly pristine landscape. With an unusually well-documented history, with largely original furnishings and artifacts, it provides a rare opportunity to illustrate the story of nineteenth-century northern New England hill farms.

Main Programs

  1. Narramissic, the Peabody-Fitch Farmstead
  2. Gibbs Avenue Museum and Archives
  3. Historic Hikes and Walks
  4. Lectures and Presentation

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Service Areas

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Maine


ruling year

1973

Principal Officer

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Ned Allen

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Also Known As

Narramissic Historic Farm

EIN

23-7300040

 Number

5191037203

Physical Address

5 Gibbs Avenue

Bridgton, ME 04009

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Narramissic, the Peabody-Fitch Farmstead

Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm, is an historic house museum and a venue for events and workshops that further an appreciation of early American life. With over 20 acres of fields, it sits on one of the highest points of land in town, with spectacular views to the north and west. The house, with a well-documented story and largely original furnishings, tells the story of a 19th-century northern New England hill farm. The 40 x 60 foot Temperance Barn provides a venue for festivals, presentations and events, and the Maine Blacksmith’s Guild is developing educational programs and demonstrations in the working blacksmith shop.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$21,000

Program 2

Gibbs Avenue Museum and Archives

Located in a former fire station, the museum provides space for rotating and long-term exhibitions, climate-controlled vaults and storage areas for the important archival and object collections, and space for researchers and the society's administrative functions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$16,000

Program 3

Historic Hikes and Walks

Walking Tours of Downtown Bridgton conducted by costumed guides; self-guided Pondicherry Park Historic Landscape Hike, Downtown Bridgton Historic Walking Trail, and Quarry Hike at Narramissic, the Peabody-Fitch Farm. The latter three self-guided hikes are also presented occasionally as guided programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,000

Program 4

Lectures and Presentation

Evening lectures and presentations on Bridgton history and related topics. An annual summer presentation in the barn at Narramissic brings in a lively presentation by an outside scholar, author, or other respected professional. Other programs throughout the year take advantage of knowledgeable volunteers, local historians and BHS staff for presentations that often involve photographs and other items from BHS collections.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$1000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine


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BRIDGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Principal Officer

Ned Allen

BIO

Ned Allen (Edward S. Allen officially), a graduate of Bowdoin College and the New England Studies program at the University of Southern Maine, has been working in historical societies and museums since 1988. He first worked for Maine Historical Society as an educator, and has held curatorial positions at several institutions, including Herman Melville's Arrowhead and The Portland Harbor Museum. He served as President of Maine Archives and Museums for three years has, published two books,"Images of America: Bridgton," and "The Sebago Lakes Region: A Brief History," and curated a number of exhibitions.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret Reimer

University of Southern Maine

Term: Oct 2015 - Sept 2016

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