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The South Portland Historical Society was established in 1962. Originally known as the Cape Historical Society, and later the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Historical Society, the organization changed its name to the South Portland Historical Society in 2003 to clarify its role as the historical society of the City of South Portland.
Throughout most of its history, the historical society was housed in various city properties, including the former Reynolds School, the former E Street School, the former Sawyer School Annex building and, up until the year 2009, a basement office in City Hall. In 2009, Portland Pipe Line Corporation donated the historic Cushing's Point House building on Madison Street and the Society had the building moved to a new location within Bug Light Park, on land provided by the City of South Portland.
South Portland Historical Society's Mission
The South Portland Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting items of historical significance, providing local history educational programming to school children through seniors, and illustrating the significant role that South Portland has played within the broader context of Maine and American history.
Board of Directors
Larry Legere, president
Bob Blackwood, vice president/treasurer
Josie DiPhilippo, secretary
Leslie Barteaux, collection manager
Judy Arnold, at large
Bill Dale, at large
Linda Eastman, at large
Margaret Hawkins, at large
Chuck Igo, at large
David Kahill, at large
Alan Livingston, at large
Chad MacLeod, at large
Emily Scully, at large
Donna Walker, at large
Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo, Executive Director
Seth Goldstein, Development Director/Museum Manager