Belfast Historical Society revisits ‘Fireside Chats’
BELFAST — “Fireside Chats” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Almost thirty years ago, photographer Peggy McKenna and staff writer Jeff Shula, both working for Belfast's Waldo Independent newspaper, produced a lengthy series of interviews/photo spreads called "Fireside Chats." These stories focused on wise, colorful old-timers whose lives spanned most of the 20th century.
From their favorite rocking chair or their kitchen table, they told their life stories. The tales, in addition to revealing the resilience and humanity of each person, also opened a window into the challenges and joys of Waldo County life in a bygone era.
The Belfast Historical Society and Museum has received a grant from the William and Emily Muir Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to publish a book of interviews and photographs of Waldo County seniors which first appeared as “Fireside Chats” in the Waldo independent newspaper in the 1990s.
Attendees are invited to join the Society for an evening of selected “chats” and the opportunity to pre-buy a copy of the book, according to a news release.
The book is currently in pre-publication. $18 cash or checks.