2018-03-06 / Local

Historical Society raising funds to rebuild Chamberlain Museum entrance porch

Pejepscot Historical Society


Prior to opening the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum for the 2018 season, Pejepscot Historical Society plans to rebuild the visitor entrance porch and accessibility ramp.

Now that more than half the costs of the estimated $26,000 rebuild have been raised privately, the society is inviting the local community to “Join the Welcome Committee” and make a gift toward the rebuilding of the porch by going to pejepscothistorical.org/give.

Donors to the campaign will be listed in signage at the museum thanking the “Welcome Committee” when the Museum opens over Memorial Day weekend, and will be invited to a private reception and house tour.

“We have been very fortunate to receive more than sixty percent of the funding before widely publicizing the campaign,” PHS executive director Larissa Vigue Picard said, noting that the campaign got off to a strong start with a $10,000 grant from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust late last year.

“We also received generous gifts from descendants of Chamberlain’s relatives and other friends of the society when the campaign was first announced to our membership,” says Vigue Picard. “People recognize the importance of creating a more stable, attractive, and accessible entrance to the museum, which sees thousands of visitors annually.”

In addition to replacing a structure worn by time, and improving the accessibility ramp, PHS plans to rebuild the porch in a more aesthetically pleasing, architecturally appropriate way, echoing the home’s roofline, railing, and balusters. A former architect and PHS volunteer has donated his time to help create a design more in keeping with the house. The work will be done by Upright Frameworks out of Wilton, Maine, which did work at the society’s Park Row property in 2017.

Donations may also be made by calling the society at (207) 729-6606, or by mailing a contribution to Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick ME 04011.

For more information, visit pejepscothistorical.org or call (207) 729-6606.

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