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  PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022  

****** NEW: Check out some of our prerecorded programs at *****

Programs are presented at 1:30 o'clock on the 1st Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), with the exception of June, July and August. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge.
- Parking in front of building or on right side, by Society entrance.
*****NOTE: If school is cancelled, the Historical Society meeting is cancelled *****

September 10, 2022 - SATURDAY!!
War Pigeons, Couriers of the U.S. Military, 1878-1957

Elizabeth Macalaster, author of the book with the title of this program, will trace the remarkable service of the homing pigeons in the U.S. military. Accompanying her will be Jon Bernhard of Westbrook. Jon will bring some homing pigeons that he raised and will set them free at the end of the program.

Elizabeth Macalaster

Jon Bernhard & friend

October 5 , 2022 -
Lynn Leavitt, Westbrook's Sustainability Coordinator, will discuss Westbrook's curbside trash and recycling program and relate the changes and improvements that have occurred over the last five years.
This old snapshot is titled "Our Boys Coming Home"

November 2, 2022
Arty LeDoux, Veterans' Service Officer, will present a Veterans Day Program.


December 7, 2022 - Cancelled due to illness


  fire dog

January 4, 2023 - Using Dogs for Fire Prevention

A program about the training and use of dogs in teaching young people about fire prevention. Learn how Debbie King trained her dog for such service.

February1, 2023 - Life on the Top
Sarah Long, weather forecaster for WMTW and native New Englander, will share her experiences of living and working at the summit station on the top of Mt. Washington. It is guaranteed to make your winter seem milder!
(This program is rescheduled from December)
sarah long  
March 1, 2023 - Colonel Westbrook : the Man and the History
June - Annual meeting - No Program
2018 - 2019 Programs: Armistice Day, Urban Renewal, AL Post #62, Mysteries of Alice Hawkes
2017 - 2018 Programs:.Historic Walking Tours, Postcards from the Edge,Remembering Westbrook, Westbrook Housing Authority, History of Stagecoach Trail, Saccarappa Cemetery
2016 - 2017 Programs : Home, Business & Schools; Hidden History in Quilts; Knowlton Machine Shop; WW I Home Front; Taste and Toast to Westbrook; Jack Dawson, 50 Years in Football; Sebago's Steamboats; Gambo Hills; Galveston-Westbrook Connection
2015 - 2016 Programs: The Downtown Art Collective, History of the Clarke Farm, Fort Province Archeology Dig
2014 - 2015 Programs: Bartlett Adams, gravestone engraver; The Importance of Family Stories; The S.A.L.T. Institute;Civil War Veterans at Evergreen Cemetery; Recycling Program; Greater Portland's Irish Heritage; Genetic Genealogy; 24 Hours in the Fire Department; Highland Lake Grange
2013 - 2014 Programs: Tour of Evergreen Cemetery; Development of Halidon Tax-Free Colony; Westbrook's Bicentennial; History Blog work-shop; Maine's Early Female Physicians; Maine Forest Fires of 1947; Author presentation: "MAINE - The Wilder Part of New England"; Edward L. Mayo, Artist; Dowsing for Graves
2012-2013 Programs: Portland Fire of 1866; Swimming the English Channel; Civil War Medicine; History of Maine Barns; Cumberland & Oxford Canal; Riverton Trolley Park; Westbrook's Quaker Artist; Deering; Remembering Westbrook's Veterans
2011-2012 Programs: Story of 1951 Little League Champs; A Photographic Show of Westbrook; Using Deeds in Genealogy; Remembering the Civil War; Joys of Collecting Ephemera; Meet the Author, Mary Morton Cowan; Appraisal Day; The Quakers in Maine
2010-2011 Programs: Remembering Westbrook: People of the Paper City, Story of the New England Barn, WW II Diary of Philip LaViolet, The Roberts family of Saco Street, 1866 Portland Fire, Antique Post Cards, From the Hedgrows of Normandy
2009-2010 Programs: Westbrook Then & Now Part III, Collecting is Fun, Over a Cardboard Sea entertainers, Treasure Hunting, Halidon Tax Colony, Halifax Disaster, Girl of the Past, History of Playing
the Spoons, Bones & Saw, Westbrook Immigrants: Peters, Trickey, Kinmond, Roy, Rocheleau families, Maritime History of Portland.
2008-2009 Programs: Westbrook Then & Now Part II, Collecting Old Bottles, Maine Military Museum, Underground Railroad Quilt, Plight of Irish Longshoremen, S.A.L.T., Westbrook Pewter, Tom Nadeau's Artwork, 3rd Annual Westbrook Immigrants: Kourapis, Cairns, Fournier & LaViolette families.
2007-2008 Programs:Remembering Rudy Vallée, Gilding on Glass, Remembering Our Veterans, The Haskell Silk Mill, Westbrook Then & Now, Early American Folk Remedies, Exploring our Collection, 2nd Annual Westbrook Immigrants: The Woroneka, Zaharis, Conant and Guimond families.
2006 - 2007 Programs: History of Dowsing, Antique Bicycles, Just Black & White Photographs, Al
Hawkes & Local Bluegrass Music, Placing Your Home on the National Register, Portland Trails in Westbrook, Maine Irish History, Northeast Historic Films, Westbrook Immigrants: The Turgeon,
Gerhardts, Keating, Jensen & Rathgeb families.
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