News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 24, 2019
Historical society wraps up 2019

Reading minutes

At the final Penobscot Historical Society meeting of 2019, members listen to the reading of past minutes.

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by Anne Berleant

In the one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of the Penobscot Historical Society, about 25 members gathered October 21 for the final meeting of 2019. In the corner by the kitchen entrance, a wood stove hissed with comforting warmth while at the head of the class, President Alden Blodgett went over old business, new business and the treasurer’s report. (The operating fund stands at $22,130, plus $3,255 in the General Store Fund, $975 in the donor restricted fund, and $950 in the education fund.)

Blodgett also praised the speaker from the last meeting, Denny Robertson, who spoke on the settlement of Long Island.

“We’re looking for historical, entertaining programs for next year,” he reminded members, and those on the program committee took note.

Closing up the grounds for winter was old but still unfinished business, with the school and store floors still in need of oiling.

“Like anyplace, there’s always something to do,” Blodgett remarked.

More entertaining activities were discussed next, such as decorating for Halloween, when students from Penobscot Community School will parade in costume for treats, and the December 7 holiday party and tree lighting, and the members’ Valentine’s lunch.

In other business, Sylvia Tapley noted that $500 state grants for the 2020 bicentennial were available for local historical societies, and Penobscot could apply, while Fred Briehl donated a shaving cup that he estimated at 80 to 90 years old.

For Pat Snell, who listened attentively throughout the short-but-packed meeting, joining the society wasn’t a big decision. A member now for 18 years, she said, “I started going as soon as I moved back here.”