Westbrook Historical Society


Home
| About | Activities | ProgramsCollections | People | Photo  | Photo Archives | Links | Newsletters | Gift Shop |  Contact Us

 

Page Contents: Directions to |  Purpose | Officers |History | President | Committees |

 
Westbrook Historical Society
Principle and Purpose
Officers
The purposes of this Society are to bring together those people interested in the history of Westbrook, Maine, and to discover, collect, and preserve any materials and objects that establish and illustrate the history of the area. The Society shall make all such materials and objects accessible for viewing or study on the premises. The Society shall arouse interest in the past by holding meetings open to the general public, by marking historic buildings, sites, etc. and by using other media to gain public interest in Westbrook history.

The membership meets regularly for business and entertainment at 1:30 o’clock on the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July and August.

President: Mike Sanphy
Vice President:
Roberta Wyer Dutton Morrill
Secretary: Martha Brackett
Treasurer: Tom Clarke

Directors:
Nancy Canfield Crump - Diane Turgeon Dyer -
Wayne Chick - Deborah Shangraw

Immediate Past President
Donna Cousens Conley

The doors of the Westbrook Historical Society are open to the general public every Tuesday and Saturday morning, 9:00 AM to noon and the 1st Wednesday of each month from 4 PM to 8PM. Capable volunteer staff is present at that time to help visitors with their interests and their needs.

Our new location is handicap accessible and located at 426 Bridge Street in the Westbrook Community Center. Arrangements for special openings may be made by calling the office at 207-854-5588 or e-mailing us at info@westbrookhistoricalsociety.org.

     
Meetings, Membership and Newsletter Information
up
Meetings: The Society holds a general business meeting on the 1st Wednesday of the month (from September to June) at 1:30PM.  There is a speaker following each meeting.  (Click HERE to access our Program Schedule.) The meetings are free and open to the public. Visitors are always welcomed!
Membership: $10.00 per year due July 1st. Send checks payable to Westbrook Historical Society, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook, Maine 04092. (Click HERE to access a membership form.)
Bylaws & Standing Rules: A copy of the Westbrook Historical Society Bylaws & Standing Rules may be viewed or downloaded HERE.
Newsletter: An informative newsletter is published 4 times per year and is included with membership. The newsletter contains historical articles about Westbrook as well as information about our members and the Society’s activities. (Click HERE to download current and previous copies of the Newsletter.)
     
History of the Westbrook Historical Society
Westbrook Trust Company

In April 1975, the Westbrook City Council Planning and Development Committee announced a meeting for anyone who was interested in forming a historical society. Then Alderman-at-large Roger Knight, chairman of the committee, said the meeting was called in response to concerns that there was no place in the city to preserve historical relics and artifacts and there was no organization charged with this interest and responsibility.

Thus, the Westbrook Historical Society was formed. The Society was housed in the old Westbrook High School on Main Street where a fine collection of artifacts and ephemera began to be collected and displayed.

In 2001, the Society was moved to a larger facility on the second floor of the Stephen W. Manchester Post 62 on Dunn Street where the collection continued to grow.

In January 2012 the Society moved again to the Westbrook Community Center at 426 Bridge St (the former Wescott Jr. High School building.) The collection is now handicap accessible and housed on the ground floor.

   
up

Michael Sanphy Elected President  

 sanphy
Michael John Sanphy grew up and went to schools in Portland but his adult years have been spent in
Westbrook where he worked for the Westbrook Fire Department Engine 3 Call Company, the Emergency Management Team, and the Westbrook Police Department.  He retired from the police department in 2008 after forty years of service; making him the
longest serving member of the WPD
.

  Mike is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of  the University of Maine in Portland. He is married to the former Cheryl McKenney and he has four children. Mike continues to work part time at a local funeral home while continuing his active 15 year membership in the Westbrook Historical Society and more recently, his volunteer service to the Fireman’s Museum in Portland.
           
Photography and history are two of Mike’s great loves and he has amassed an extensive collection of old Westbrook photographs which he’s always willing to share.  Since 1975 he has been a weekly contributor to the American Journal newspaper with his popular photographic columns Old Photos of Westbrook and “Then and Now”.  The Then and Now column shows a photograph of Westbrook in the past, side-by-side with a photo of the same site today.  He has also presented slide shows on Then & Now
            His vast knowledge of Westbrook history, its businesses and people, will make him a great ambassador for our organization.
     
Standing Committee Assignments
Finance

Ex-officio - Tom Clarke

Library and Museum  
Publicity Mike Sanphy
Program Nancy Crump
Membership

Tom Clarke

Hospitality

Diane Dyer

Friendship

Ellen Burrill

Necrology

Tom Clarke

The President is a member of all committees by virtue of her office.
Newsletter Editor Martha Brackett
   
Location & Directions  
The Westbrook Historical Society is located at 426 Bridge Street in the Westbrook Community Center (the old Wescott Junior High School). It is one block off the intersection of Cumberland Street and Bridge Street, next to Congin Grammar School.
   
up
Home | About | Activities | Programs | Collections | Photo | Photo Archives |Links | Newsletters | Gift Shop | Contact Us
.

© 2006 Westbrook Historical Society, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, Maine 04092     •    (207) 854-5588
by magtreedesigns