Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Six Readfield Oral Histories conducted Summer 2015

During the summer of 2015 Sydney Greene and Dale Potter-Clark, from the Readfield Historical Society, audio recorded six oral histories. Several people who currently or formerly live in Readfield were interviewed, for 1-2 hours each, about various sections of Readfield, farming, schools, WWII and much more. Copies of these are now available for a $10 donation. Proceeds will benefit a fund to have historical site markers - called "Museum  in the Streets" - created and installed at various locations in Readfield. To purchase online see right column or contact Dale at crossings4u@gmail.com
These interviews are included:
  1. Lloyd Bruen and Evelyn Adell-Potter re Readfield Depot in 1930s-40s and much more. (July 3, 2015)
  2. Dale Potter-Clark re Beginnings of Readfield Historical Society, growing up in Readfield in the 1950s and more. (July 14, 2015)
  3. Russell and Phillip Walters re Sawyer-Walters farm on Church Road, memories of Readfield and Phil’s time as a German POW during WWII and more. (July 21, 2015)
  4. Buster Potter, Steve Cowperthwaite and Barbara Clark-Gilman re Nason farm, Kents Hill village, Kents Hill School and more (July 27, 2015)
  5. Joe Maloney, whose mother Margaret was a Fogg, talks about the Fogg Homestead, his memories of Readfield and more (August 3, 2015)
  6. Bob Newman, Gene Newman-Potter and Peggy Lucas-Parks re East Readfield and more (August 11, 2015)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Readfield's Farm Heritage ~ a commemorative calendar for the 225th anniversary of Readfield's incorporation

On Memorial weekend 2015 Readfield Historical Society will make available a 20 month calendar commemorating Readfield's Farm Heritage, in honor of the 225th year of Readfield's incorporation. Evelyn Potter and Dale Potter-Clark have created this calendar to benefit Readfield Historical Society, with support from many of the families who once farmed in Readfield.
Some of the farms featured or included are: Kennemac, Fogg, Gorden, Elvin, Kennecook, McDougald, Wills, Russell, Kents Hill farm, Butman, Nason, Coffin, Luce, Trefethen, Lane, Brown, Mace, Packard, Smith, Hawes and more. Along with a brief history of the farms there will be many pictures, recipes, and historical trivia. A treasure to be sure!!
We are certain you will be very pleased to buy and have one among your treasures!! Cost is $10.00 each. To receive your copy choose one of these options:
  • Order via this web site (see right column) for $10.00 + S&H;
  • Pick one up at Readfield Historical Society on opening weekend - May 23rd or 24th 10a.m. - 2 p.m.;
  • Come by Readfield Historical Society during their open hours anytime this summer.
  • Contact Evelyn Potter etap30@roadrunner.com to make special arrangements for pick-up

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Readfield History Walk #28 8/8/2015 - Readfield Corner, The Old Fairgrounds and development at the Head of Maranacook

SOLD OUT!!
This is a specially produced booklet for Readfield History Walk #28 at Readfield Corner. Included are three maps, created by William Adams, Readfield Corner historian, that portray the evolution of Readfield Corner pre-1799-1850. Readers will enjoy seeing pictures and brief histories of 54 houses on Main Street and Church Road. Also pictures and histories of several businesses in that area, brief bios of several early families and men who helped settle Readfield Corner. There are also excerpts from Ernest “Tink” Rolfe’s oral history done by Dale Potter-Clark in 1987 – that include Rolfe's memories of Readfield Fire Department and big fires that occurred at Readfield Corner in 1921 and 1934; the Readfield Fire Department and more. Learn also about the Old Fairgrounds and development at the north end of Lake Maranacook. Dedication is to Joan Newman Fortier, a Readfield native who died in 2014. This publication is a jammed packed 42 pages and it is a limited edition so order your copy today!!
After expenses sales will benefit a project to place historical site markers throughout Readfield.
This book will be available on the day of the tour but if you are unable to join us on August 8, 2015 for Readfield History Walk #28, and would enjoy having a copy you can order one for USPS delivery. 42 pages $20 + S&H is $5.00 regardless of how many you order - if delivered all at the same time to the same address. These books will not be available until 8/8/2015.For more information about this history walk visit the web site www.readfieldhistorywalks.blogspot.com