MONSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Encouraging an Appreciation of Monson's Past

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Note:  The Monson Historical Society is a 501-C3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Should you wish to donate cash, contact Treasurer Wayne Bennett.  Should you wish to donate artifacts, documents etc. contact Glenn Poole or Estella Bennett (see below for contact information).

NEXT MEETING Spring of 2013 - April 19th on Friday

EXCITING NEWS FOR THE MONSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY!  WE HAVE APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED A GRANT TO HELP PAINT AND RESTORE THE BUILDING.  The work is in progress by Vern Darling and John Wentworth

Please consider making a donation to help with our grant matching effort- click here for details

The front of the building is completed!!!! - See a photo

ALSO, MANY IMPROVENMENTS MADE TO GIFT SHOP AND RESEARCH ROOM - COME VISIT AND SEE THE RESULTS

MHS has also received a grant from the Maine Historical Society to purchase a computer and scanner with software in order to scan some of our photos and post them on the Maine Memory Network

MONSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Greenville Road (Main Street)
Monson, Maine 04464

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of the Monson Historical Society is to discover and collect any material or objects that may help to verify and preserve the history of the town of Monson. It shall be classified non-partisan, non-profit and non-sectarian.

Our goal is to provide for the preservation of such material and its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine and study it.

DONATING ITEMS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

It is the policy of the Monson Historical Society to collect or to accept as donations only those artifacts, documents, publications, pictures, archival materials and other materials which are clearly identified as of specific interest to the history of Monson and the surrounding towns of Elliotsville, Blanchard and Willimantic.

The Society should collect or accept only those things which it is able to preserve, store and make available to the public in an appropriate manner, unless a collection is in imminent danger of being destroyed or lost to scholarship.   In this case the Society may accept the collection until an appropriate repository can be found.

The Society will accept only those items for which the donor has a clear title and which are given without restrictions as to use or disposition.  The transfer of all items must be accompanied by a signed, legally binding conveyance. It is the donors' responsibility to make arrangements for an independent value appraisal if the donor needs such.

Ordinarily the Society does not accept items in deteriorated condition, and the society may request restoration or repair by the donor as part of the condition of acceptance.  Sometimes size may be a factor in acceptance.

The consent of the members of the society will be sought for those desirable accessions, which do not fall within the above guidelines.  A majority of active members will be necessary to decide such questions, and a clear explanation of the reasons for acceptance will be kept in the minutes of the accession file.

PRESIDENT
Glenn Poole
167 Johnson Mill Rd.
Orrington, ME 04474
Glenn.Poole@versopaper.com
Telephone: 207.825.3440
Telephone: 207.557.7769

VICE PRESIDENT
Julie S. Anderson
P.O. Box 322
Monson, ME 04464
monsontownmgr@myfairpoint.net

SECRETARY
Estella Bennett
PO Box 173
Guilford, Maine 04443
Telephone: 207.876.3073

TREASURER
Wayne Bennett
PO Box 173
Guilford, Maine 04443
Telephone: 207.876.3073

DIRECTORS
Alfred Grant
Helen Grant
Molly Poole

 


WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

We are a non-partisan, non-profit, non-sectarian organization with the purpose of discovering and collecting any material or objects that may help to verify and preserve the history of the town of Monson, Maine. Our goal is to provide the preservation of such material and make it accessible, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine and study it.

The Monson Historical Society held its first meeting in November of 1972 and has grown throughout the years.

We welcome anyone to our monthly meetings which are held each month with the exception of November, December, January, February and March.  Meeting dates are posted on this site above.

Visit our online store today -- and support the work of the MHS!

MONSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

The Monson Museum is located on Main Street (Greenville Road) in Monson, right next to the town hall. Summer hours for the Museum and Scandinavian Gift Shop are on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Included in the collections on display for 2008 are items from the Monson Narrow Gauge Railroad, military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War to the current action in Iraq, Monson Fair, Juanita Grange, a display of slate mining, the Spruce Gum business, Monson Academy trophies, Monson Band instruments and much, much more. We invite you to browse through the wonderful collection of photos, documents and scrap books. A friendly atmosphere, great volunteers and a beautiful view up Lake Hebron!

MEMBERSHIP

If you are interested in joining the Society or being a volunteer, please feel free to contact President Glenn Poole or Secretary Estella Bennett (see above). Membership dues are just $8 (eight dollars) per year and membership includes the mailing of three newsletters.


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