"Preserving an increasingly valuable historic collection representing Skowhegan's legacy and promoting Skowhegan's cultural heritage"

News & Updates

Coming Soon- New Website

Due to technical difficulties we are not able to update several of our other website pages. Please feel free to double check information

by contacting us at

info@skowheganhistoryhouse.org

or via phone 207-474-6632

New Program 2017!

Mondays for Researchers Only

Beginning June 5th Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center will be open on Mondays,

10 to 1:00 PM, for research purposes only (no tours). This will allow researchers to come in and

concentrate on their research with the assistance of research specialists/volunteers, David James or

Kay Marsh, if needed.  In between research visitors, the volunteers will focus on other

research projects including those that are posed from afar.

Researchers are still welcome to visit the History House Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 4:00 PM

during the season.  The Monday research program just offers more in-depth assistance. 

The History House will be closed on holidays that fall on Mondays and July 3-4th.

Featured Exhibit!

"The Depot"

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Skowhegan Schedule

Visiting with “Useful Citizens”

Lead by Melvin Burnham, Director

“This historically based guided walking tour explores the lives of some “Useful Citizens” who are buried at the North Cemetery, lives that helped shape our community.  As participants travel back in time, discussions will also focus on our veterans and their experiences in our history, gravestone and monument design and the various symbols used on the stones, as well as the history of this 1820’s cemetery. Former generations have much to say to us, although with great economy of words because each letter and ornament had to be chiseled in stone with hand tools.”

Tour Date/Time: June 29th (10:00 AM)

Meet at the cemetery gate behind Walton Apartments on Madison Avenue.

Skowhegan Island

Lead by Melvin Burnham, Director

“This historically based walking/guided tour takes participants back to the early 1800s with the use of early photos and historic structures.  Participants will be offered in-depth information and visuals that will assist in creating a good understanding of what role Skowhegan Island and Skowhegan Falls have played in the early industry and culture of this area.  Participants will gleam what it was like to live and work in this era and how the power of moving water can shape the destiny of a community.  Thousands of vehicles cross this island every year- a place that once could be accessed only by rowboat, canoe, or barteaux; a place that Indians used for fishing, resting, growing crops, and gathering mineral resources for their weapons.  Take the tour to see why Skowhegan Falls was and is the heart of life in this community.”

Tour Date/Time: July 20th (10:00 AM)

Meet at Arnold Park on Skowhegan Island behind the Federated Church Parking Lot

Southside Stone Stories

Lead by Kay Marsh & David James

This historically based guided walking tour of the Southside Cemetery reveals the interesting stories related to the head stones on the graves of many of the leading citizens of this community.  Participants will enjoy stories of the lost babies and strangers, the Confederate Solider, the Coburn family, Veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil War, and many more of leading citizens of early Bloomfield and Skowhegan.

Tour Date/Time: August 11th(10:00AM)

Meet at the cemetery entrance on Main Street

"Early Bloomfield Settlers"- Old Bloomfield Cemetery

Lead by Kay Marsh & David James

This historically based guided walking tour of the Old Bloomfield Cemetery will explore the earliest settles in Skowhegan dating back to 1772. Participants will enjoy hearing about these early wilderness explorers, where they settled and raised their families.

Tour Date/Time: July 7th (10:00 AM)

Meet at the cemetery entrance off Route 201 South on the left, approximately 2 miles south of the Skowhegan bridges

A donation of $5.00 per tour participant is requested.

Call the History House to reserve your tour ticket (207-474-6632).

New Program!

Let’s Talk Local History

People with interesting stories or artifacts from the Skowhegan area are invited to a series of informal

discussions about local history and lore. Participants may wish to bring stories, information,

artifacts or heirlooms to share or just come and listen along. Our purpose is to add to our understanding

of this area’s history as we talk about life in earlier times.

2-4:00 PM  Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center on the following dates:

              June 8, Thursday                      July 6, Thursday

              August 24, Thursday                September 21, Thursday

 

Volunteers Needed

Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center depends heavily on dedicated and talented volunteers.

to continue the mission of "Preserving an increasingly valuable historic collection representing

Skowhegan's legacy and promoting Skowhegan's cultural heritage."

If you would like to become a volunteer, or if you would like more information pertaining to our

volunteer program,  please contact Kay Marsh, Trustee/Volunteer Coordinator, (Home) 465-7458, grammy.kay.cee@gmail.com.

Recent Grants Received

Belvedere Fund Grant for Historic Preservation

$5,000- to reconstruct exterior museum shutters

Davis Family Foundation

$7,691- for preservation of Civil War Uniform and Early

Newspaper Collection- 6/2015

Maine Community Foundation

$6,000- for three illustrative panels featuring the "River Bateau"

Exhibit and historic sites along the Kennebec- 6/2015

Daughter's of the American Revolution

$1200 1:1 matching grant for the preservation of leather bound books

Davis Foundation

$15,000 for the preservation of 13 original windows in the History House.

Plum Creek Foundation

$5,000 for the creation of a rotating exhibit room and the first exhibit

CAP Grant

$7,800 for professional assessment of collection and building