Gilford Butler School the focus of upcoming Heritage Day
SOUTH THOMASTON – On Sunday, August 12, the annual Heritage Day will be held from noon until 4 p.m. This is a special, "once-a-year" day that opens the museum and its archives to the public, according to a news release.
The Mid Coast Community Band will play at 1:30 p.m. in the Keag park across the street from the library.
The Society museum has a special focus for Heritage Day this year – the history of Gilford Butler School. The local school was built in 1955 and after 63 years of serving this community, it is now closing its doors. The Society has acquired several collections recently from community members Debra Sawyer, the late Joanne (Baum) Smith, and the family of Kenneth Drinkwater.
Notebooks, photos, newspaper articles, and memories of the town and the South Thomaston area will be displayed for the public to enjoy during the day. The historical collection continues to grow and many artifacts, diaries, publications, journals, and items that were collected during the archeological dig in the Keag have been added to the inventory.
Refreshments will be served and members will be available to answer questions.
The Wessaweskeag Historical Society was founded three decades ago and is a nonprofit, charitable organization anchored in South Thomaston. It maintains an archives and museum contiguous to the town's public library, hosts monthly potluck suppers and heritage programming available to the public.
The Society also hosts the annual Heritage Day, sponsors local historic preservation and cooperates the kindred community organizations. Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society's scholarship program