Friends of Westport Island History (“Friends”)
In 2018, the non-profit "Friends of Westport Island History" (Friends) was formed to further the collection and preservation of Westport Island's History. The Friends will support this goal by providing educational programs, disseminating information about the History Committee's activities and conducting fundraising events to support its preservation mission.
The Friends, in collaboration with community partners, has been instrumental in the creation of the Westport Island History Center at the Wright Landing to increase residents' and visitors' access to the collections and to provide a venue for public exhibits and displays, space for research, and space for archival storage.
Despite limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was a big year for Westport Island History.
The Westport Island History Center had its grand opening on Sunday, October 25 showcasing the new history exhibit and storage space at the Wright Landing House with an inaugural exhibit, "Westport Island in Times of Pandemic, Epidemics & Outbreaks,". The event also marked the launch of the Westport Island History Trail, a self-directed driving tour of 10 historic sites on the island. See more about the trail and each of the historical interpretive signs here.
Soon, a Friends of Westport Island History Website will be accessible on the Town’s Home Page and this page to provide interested viewers with complete information on our collections, genealogy resources, research publications, events and news.
Please join us on our journey to build on the visual and narrative stories of those who came before us by becoming a member of the Friends.
Current Exhibit(s) at the History Center, 38 Ferry Road
Westport Island in Times of Pandemic, Epidemics & Outbreaks which takes a look at current and past public health events – influenza and others — that have impacted Island life. On view until early August.
Coming in August a hometown expanded exhibit created for the Maine Historical Society:"My Island Home: Recollections of Verlie Colby Greenleaf of Westport Island." This exhibit takes a look at the life and times of Verlie Greenleaf (1891-1992) who bore witness to over a century of Westport Island's history. On view beginning on or before August 15 through 2021.
Westport Island History in the News
|Jean Wilhelmsen-Exter||Vice Chair, Board of Trustees|
|Jeff Tarbox||Treasurer, Board of Trustees|
|Gaye Wagner||Secretary, Board of Trustees|