Juneteenth and North Yarmouth

Greetings to all on Juneteenth—which we celebrate tomorrow. Juneteenth is short for “June Nineteenth.” It marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Note that this was a full two […]

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That’s the Spirit!

So, imagine: You’re in the middle of a project that has so many moving parts you’re in constant challenge mode. Lots of decisions to make, unexpected complications, almost daily updates. In motion, all the time. And then … something happens that gives you the chance to stop … look around […]

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The Past Revealed

If you’ve driven by Old Town House in the past couple of days, you’ve seen yet another change in the building. The clapboards, painted over the years with lead-based paint—as identified by Resurgence Engineering—have been carefully removed. Strange to see workers in yellow hazmat suits at work on the building! […]

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Can Do / Can’t Do

There has been confusion over North Yarmouth Historical’s ability to “save” older structures. This post is to let folks know just what NYHS can and cannot do, and to give some history around this issue. Back in the 1980s, founding members of NYHS had several goals: protecting our town’s historical […]

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Project … Progress!

The New Year has begun! We’ve crossed over from 2021 to 2022, and the Old Town House project continues. We’re constantly pinching ourselves as we look back to see what we planned and hoped for—actually happening. There sits Old Town House on the Village Green, just as we had dreamed. […]

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Clifford Anderson’s snowshoes in DownEast Magazine

In January, 2020 as the pandemic began to take hold of life, a fine article was published in DownEast Magazine featuring iconic Maine photographs from bygone days. One of those photos was of North Yarmouth’s Clifford Anderson. North Yarmouth Historical Society was honored to have a photo of Clifford taken […]

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The First Pandemic in North Yarmouth

A little more than a century ago the world experienced the deadliest flu in modern history. It spread around the planet, and one of every three people was ultimately infected with the virus. An estimated 50 million people died, but since many cases went unreported it is likely that the […]

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Yes. It’s hit us hard.

No one could disagree that 2020 will be seen as a historic year indeed. The word “unprecedented” barely expresses what our community, state, and nation are grappling with—the world is suddenly an uncertain, unreliable, and potentially dangerous place. Compared to what’s happening in the wide world outside of our town, […]

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Annual Meeting Canceled

To all our members and friends: We’ve just received word that North Yarmouth’s Community Center will be closed for one month. Therefore North Yarmouth Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Program scheduled for this upcoming Sunday is canceled. When we’re able to reschedule with a new date, we’ll be sure to […]

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No News about Coronavirus!

You may be wondering if our Sunday meeting is still on. As of today, March 11, 2020, we are soldering on. See you on Sunday!