Saturday, May 7, 2022 – The South Portland Historical Society’s museum – the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park – will open for the 2022 season. The museum is planned to be open Monday-Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, through the end of October. Open hours for the season will be dependent on the state of the pandemic and volunteer availability. Exhibits for the 2022 season include 100 years of Shipbuilding in South Portland (sponsored by Bath Savings Institution), Lighthouses and their Keepers, the Civil War, Sardine Factories, History of Local Schools and South Portland's harness racing tracks. The featured exhibit, “Play Ball! An American Town’s History of Baseball” covers the history of America’s favorite pastime in South Portland. The 2022 exhibit is sponsored by the Marc Gup team at Keller Williams Realty, Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, and Town & Country Federal Credit Union.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Annual Meeting of the South Portland Historical Society, 6:30pm, at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road. After a brief business meeting, Society vice president Seth Goldstein will present a lecture, “Pirates of Casco Bay.” Admission to the lecture is free for current members of the South Portland Historical Society; non-members may attend with a $15 donation. Attendees can renew their membership or become a member at the door. If you are renewing or starting your membership, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that we can check everyone in and start on time. This is a cash/check event as the historical society doesn’t have the capacity to process credit cards at the Community Center. The facility is handicap accessible.
“Pirates of Casco Bay” - What do you think of when you hear the word “pirates?” Most people think of sparkling blue Caribbean waters, but New England has a rich and fascinating connection to these “Brethren of the Coast.” Local historian and Society vice president Seth Goldstein will share stories of pirates throughout the region. Some of these instances of piracy even took place right here in our back yard of Casco Bay. Prepare yourself to be introduced to a rogues gallery of sea raiders with connections to New England including Dixie Bull, Edward Low, and “Black” Sam Bellamy.
Saturday, June 25 - The South Portland Historical Society’s major fundraiser, the 14th annual Summer in Maine Auction, will kick off and be held at the museum at Bug Light Park! You can bid in a silent auction format any time through the 4th of July. Bidding will end after the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon on the 4th. Auction items featured will showcase the incredible variety of places to go and things to do during our wonderful Maine summers – items like cruises, golf, theater, museums, restaurants, and other summertime activities. You can bid on items like a family membership at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a sail for two on a Maine schooner, an overnight stay at one of a selection of fine Maine hotels, tickets to a show at a live theater or gift certificates to a local restaurant. Bidding will take place at the Society’s Cushing’s Point Museum at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106. Online bidding will be available through the South Portland Historical Society Facebook page or by emailing email@example.com. FMI, call 767-7299.
Monday, July 4, 2022 – Come join the fun at Bug Light Park where the South Portland Historical Society will host its annual 4th of July event - the Independence Day Classic Car Show, presented by Yankee Ford. The museum will open at 10am and the antique and classic cars will begin arriving for the 11am start. At 12 noon, we will enjoy a patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front porch of the museum. From 11am to 2pm, the drop-in car show will feature a display of vintage and classic cars on the lawn across from the museum. If you have an old car, you are welcome to join us; call 767-7299 for more information. ** At the 4th of July event, bidding on the Summer in Maine Auction will take place; bids will close shortly after the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Members of the NorEasters Kite Club will also be on hand throughout the day, flying their whimsical and patriotic kites for all to enjoy. A large selection of kites is available for sale in the museum gift shop, including kite wands for toddlers and young children. **