Historical Society

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The purpose of the Society shall be to collect and preserve artifacts pertaining to the Town of Cumberland and its history, making it available to groups, schools, and individuals.

The Cumberland Historical Society was founded in 1939 through the dedicated efforts of Herman and Phyllis Sweetser. The meetings were first held in the Prince Memorial Library, but in 1989 moved into a home of its own. That building was built in 1853 as a one-room schoolhouse, the bricks of which were fired right in the town.

We are a group of 100 or so members, and are a totally volunteer group. Meetings are held once a month, from September through June, excluding December, and we have an Open House on Memorial Day after the parade.

In October, we give a two-hour walking historical tour of the center of town to the second grades at the Mabel I. Wilson Elementary School as a part of their community curriculum. Individual tours are offered to anyone else who contacts us

Recently we connected with the local library, a seventh grade history class at Greely Middle School, the North Yarmouth Historical Society in our neighboring town, and the Skyline Carriage Museum in that same town to get a grant from the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network to establish an on-line pictorial review.

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Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Carolyn Small (207) 829-3757 or (207) 415-4589