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FREE • Issue 11 SUMMER 2015

Source to Sea The Androscoggin River Watershed Council’s Annual Multi-Day Event

Upton, Maine elevation 2,000 ft. Mountains, Lakes, Rivers & Streams

Bethel, Maine A Place of Historical Wellness and Healing

Go Rafting & Roping with ELC Outdoors

Capturing Stories of Mining History with the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

The Bethel Historical Society An update on expansion plans

PLUS a Listing of Local Events

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Waterfront Contemporary $459,000 $699,000

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Peak Village Ski House $489,000

Premier Bethel Home $469,000

Red House Farm Village $349,900

Timber Frame Ski House Sunday River Road $459,000

Lake Christopher $399,000

Upton Waterfront $399,000

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Will View Ski House $319,000

Birch Woods Cabin $329,900

Great Views - New Chalet $309,000

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Bethel Inn Condo $299,000

Log Cabin - Water Access $259,000

Country Colonial $280,000

Viking Village - Ski in/out $629,000

Sunday River Post & Beam $270,000

South Pond Shores Cabin $329,000

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Publisher’s Note Thank you so much for picking up a copy of the Summer Issue of Bethel Living Magazine! Boots and jackets are stowed away, sandals and shorts have made a triumphant return. Long days crowd the calendar with picnic hiking, the perfect roll cast or that portage to a blue gem not seen since last year. So many ways to celebrate the hot days. Kick off the summer by joining us for the Bethel, Maine Moose Festival from June 12-14 on the Bethel Common. A visit with Becky Secrest filled us in on the Androscoggin River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea paddling extravaganza - our coverage could help make this the summer you paddle new vistas. We tour and report on beautiful Upton with it’s breath-taking views and historical treasures. ELC Outdoors gives us a report of their rafting trips and new ropes courses. The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum begins the valuable recording of historical mining stories, and we offer an update on the tremendous expansions at the Bethel Historical Society. Thank you to all our contributors and advertisers, who make this project a joy. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to you, for without you this publication would not flourish. I look forward to seeing you around town!

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source to sea If paddling through pristine verdant countryside with a fun group of river activists is your idea of a perfect summer diversion then read on because the Androscoggin River Watershed Council has a full slate of events upcoming. The July 4th prelude paddle will launch from the Steamer Diamond site north of Errol, NH for a trip up the Magalloway River to explore some quiet spots on a quest for wildlife sighting opportunities. Toward dusk participants will take-out and enjoy the Errol fireworks show from across the water. Next up, July 10 features the first leg of the 20th annual Source to Sea, a series of 2 to 5 hour trips that start in the headwaters of the Androscoggin at Lake Umbagog then work their way down the river one stretch at a time to finish in Merrymeeting Bay at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust on August ninth. The Source to Sea paddling project is organized and lead by the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, whose mission is to continuously improve environmental quality, encourage stewardship and promote healthy and prosperous communities in the Androscoggin Watershed. Most paddles are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Descriptions for each leg of the trip are available on the ARWC website, offering information 6

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such as the type of paddle (mellow, quick water or whitewater), GPS coordinates of the put-ins and take-outs, mileage and expected paddle time for each trip. Average headcount for these day trips runs around 15 paddlers and many people depart the group to camp or explore in the area, then rejoin for the next day’s fun, creating a multi-day mini-vacation. Last year, Shaker Hill Outdoors, a local source for outdoor equipment, appeared at several spots with stand-up paddle boards and other types of kayaks and boats for participants to demo. Visit their website for more details on demo days, local area hikes, special programs on paddling days, and other fun and excitement on the Androscoggin. The full schedule is here for their paddling days in July and August. The Council, founded in 1999, sponsors an annual conference to teach and share awareness of the Clean Water Act and its importance in improving the quality of the river water. The Androscoggin, once one of the nation’s most polluted rivers, is now a safe place to get outside and recreate -- allowing first hand observation of an essential watershed and an ecological success story. With trophy fish in its upper stretches and plentiful bass toward the coast, wildlife such as eagles, osprey, loon, deer and moose are now thriving in a healthier and cleaner environment. Grab a paddle and join in the fun with the Source to Sea!

The ARWC is a 401c3 non-profit with approximately 400 members and a strong focus on habitat management and stewardship of the Androscoggin River. FMI contact Becky Secrest, Director, or call 207-824-3813, 207-318-4217 or 207-754-8158

20th Anniversary

The Androscoggin River Watershed Council would like to thank their sponsors for their generous support: Betterment Fund, Sunday River Charitable Foundation, Verso Paper, Patriot Renewables, TransCanada, Northeast Bank, L. L. Bean, Poland Spring, Brookfield Energy, CES, Mahoosuc Realty, Norway Savings Bank, ReEnergy, Otis Federal Credit Union, L.L. Cote, WJ Wheeler, Pleasant River Campground.

Pre-registration (available on our website) is encouraged for logistical and safety reasons. Although there is no fee to participate, a $10.00 donation is suggested at time of registering. Donations will also be accepted at the put in site on each event day. We invite you to join us on the river for an annual event that is not only a lot of fun, but also an immense benefit to communities and people living within the Androscoggin watershed. We hope to see you on the river. Bethel LIVING |


2015 Schedule Saturday July 4:

Steamer Diamond to Errol 3:00 PM

Friday July 10:

Evening Paddle Wildlife Refuge to Steamer Diamond: 3:00 PM

Saturday July 11:

Errol, NH to 7 Islands Bridge 8:30 AM

Sunday July 12:

7 Island Bridge to Pontook Dam/Pontook to Boffinger 8:30 AM

Wednesday July 15:

Hike Mt. Jerico, Berlin, NH 9:00 AM

Thursday July 16:

After Hours Paddle Nansen Wayside to Berlin 3:00 PM

Friday July 17:

Shelburne to Gilead 8:30 AM

Saturday July 18:

Gilead to Bethel 8:30 AM

Sunday July 19:

Bethel to Hanover 8:30 AM

Wednesday July 22:

Hike Step Falls Newry, NH: 9:00 AM

Thursday July 23:

Hanover to Rumford 8:30 AM

Friday July 24:

Mexico to Dixfield 8:30 AM

Saturday July 25:

Dixfield to Canton 8:30 AM

Sunday July 26:

Canton to Snoopy 8:30 AM

Wednesday July 29:

Livermore Falls to Twin Bridge 8:30 AM

Thursday July 30:

After hours Paddle at Otis Mill in Jay 5:30 PM

Friday July 31:

Twin Bridges to Center Bridge 8:30 AM

Saturday August 1:

Center Bridge to Cherry Pond 8:30 AM

Sunday August 2:

Auburn to Rancourt Preserve 8:30 AM

Thursday August 6:

Auburn After Hours Paddle 5:30 PM

Friday August 7:

Durham to Lisbon Falls 8:30 AM

Saturday August 8:

Topsham to Brunswick: 8:30 AM

Sunday August 9:

Brunswick/Merrymeeeting Bay Water Street in Brunswick Time TBD.

FMI Contact: Becky Secrest 207-824-3813 or 207-318-4217 or 207-754-8158 Email: or Website: or Like Androscoggin River Watershed Council on Facebook 8

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All the good days flow from the lake -- in much the same way as the pristine waters course to the sea -- encouraging life in a cycle as old as the mountains that overlook and feed Umbagog. Mists lying silent upon the lake’s surface greet the residents of Upton, Maine on a fine spring morning, which seemed as though it could never arrive during the frozen days of winter. Lake Umbagog is full of snow-melt and wildlife, scenic beauty and summer possibilities. And the townsfolk, as they have for more than 150 years, gaze on the highland lake and make plans to range through the forest and down to the shore for another season’s idyll. Pressed hard against the New Hampshire border, Upton sits nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, offering views of Mount Washington to the southwest, Rangeley to the northeast and majestic Umbagog Lake 800 feet below. The population of Upton peaked in the early 1900’s during a time of strenuous labor, with the village housing as many as 200+ full-time residents, most all employed as farmers and lumberjacks, making for colorful Saturday evening boxed dinners and dances, group socializing and

occasional brawls. Nowadays, hiking, kayaking, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, trapping, biking, ATVing and snowmobiling are the primary activities in this unique place. As if stepping back into an earlier era, the 65 year-round residents embrace their community and look after each other -- there is no other way to survive. It was from this area that Louise Dickinson Rich penned We Took to the Woods, her autobiographical “back to the land” novel. The Upton Historical Society gives tours of Forest Lodge, Rich’s compound on the Swift River, while providing financial assistance and volunteer hours to help maintain the grounds. Other community treasures -- buildings located around the town center -- are tended to by the active residents. The Upton Schoolhouse, the Upton Town Hall and Public Library, the Upton Union Church, the Upton House B&B and the Upton Ladies Aid Building form a hub to facilitate the conduct of town business. The Upton Ladies Aid, which had their first meeting in 1883, sprang from an earlier pre-Civil War group: the Upton Ladies Benevolent Sewing Society. These days the Ladies continue

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FMI: Letter B Notch Riders Contact Joe Bernier at FMI on the Upton Historical Society Contact Curator Deborah Judkins at FMI on the Upton House & The Upton Ladies Aid Contact Charlotte Dominique at the Upton House at 207-533-2061 or by email at or visit their civic duties by sponsoring breakfasts and events during which folks can gather and socialize. The two-story Upton Schoolhouse (with the original bell) has been restored, providing a home for the Historical Society’s museum on the second floor, a showcase of the area’s rich history and many well preserved artifacts. The Upton House B&B plays host to a surprising number of international travelers who come looking for serenity and the occasional moose. Many of the residents have been here all their lives, with others settling more recently to enjoy the quality of life in this uncommon place. Most everyone mentions the exceptional charm and pride in community found in this pleasant hamlet. Later in the summer this cohesiveness is on display at Upton Fun Day -- held in August to help fund the insurance costs of the

Schoolhouse / Historical Society / Museum. Upton is also the base of the Letter B Notch Riders ATV Club, which cleans and maintains an extensive local trail network offering an accessible corridor through the wilderness. Pathways connecting Rangeley, Maine to Pittsburgh, New Hampshire and beyond afford beautiful scenic views from rugged outcrops. In winter the State Line Snowmobile Club meets to enjoy the different charms of snowy wilderness and frozen white expanses. Both groups update their event list through the Upton House B&B’s Facebook page at To keep up with what’s going on, Joe Bernier writes a weekly column for the Bethel Citizen about Upton, an indispensable connection between Upton and the outside world.

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olly Ockett, an Abenaki Indian of the Pigwacket tribe whose lifetime (ca. 17401816) spans an important and particularly tumultuous period in our region’s past is one of the best known individuals from a bygone era in western Maine. As an itinerant healer and herbalist for both natives and newcomers, Molly Ockett established close relations

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with the early settlers in many local communities. Molly Ockett’s intimate understanding of the natural environment and her use of herbal remedies to cure many of the afflictions of both native peoples and white settlers earned her the respect and gratitude of the local populace. A decided lack of health-care options and her ability to successfully turn raw materials into tonics, salves and poultices solidified her status in

Wendy green Herbalist

FMI: Call Wendy 207-461-2291 Email:

Wendy has been passionate about preventative healing with herbs since 1982. In 1999, she enrolled at the School of Natural Healing, to further her herbal knowledge and wisdom. Learning to recognize, understand, and assist the body’s inherent healing abilities is the basic principles of nutrition, elimination therapies, herbal cleansing, as well as the causes behind disease. Her training also includes the proper applications of wholesome herbs. In 2013, she began studies under herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Wendy enjoys giving herbal lectures to groups and individuals and shares herbal preparations in a lab setting starting with gathering to finished product, giving herbal walks at her home where she has many different examples of herbs present. Wendy is dedicated to finding the simplest, cost effective way to assist the body to heal through cleansing, nourishing, and vitalizing all of the body systems. “Herbs can arrest the causes behind disease, and be part of preventive therapies”

Emily Ecker, LCSW Polarity Energy Therapy

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Polarity Energy Therapy is a form of energy bodywork based on the concept that the life force flows through ‘meridians’ or electro-magnetic pathways in our body. Ancient and Traditional health care systems call this “Chi” or “Prana”. When energy is blocked it can cause dis-ease- physically, emotionally and spiritually. Emily uses a combination of gentle massage and fingertip pressure on energy points along your meridians and chakras to relax and clear these blockages. The Benefits of Polarity Energy Therapy include relieving chronic health issues such as arthritis, back pain, headaches, depression and digestive problems, strengthening the immune system, bringing mental and emotional clarity to a troubling issue, and maintaining and enhancing wellbeing. Emily lives and her husband, Marcel Polak, have lived in Woodstock since 1978. She is certified in Polarity Therapy and has been a licensed clinical social worker. She was certified as a Polarity Therapist from the Polarity Realization Institute of Portland, Maine and held a Polarity Practice in the 1990’s. Emily invites you to experience the benefits of Polarity EnergTherapy and offers a special fee for newcomers.

the world of the white settlers. Molly Ockett often came to Newry and Riley Plantation (“Ketchum”), where she taught Martha Russell Fifield to count in her native language and shared with her some medicinal knowledge and instructions for making root beer, medicines and dyes. Perhaps the most re-told story of Molly

Ockett’s healing powers is her cure of an infant named Hannibal Hamlin during the winter of 1809-10 -- the man, of course, who later became Abraham Lincoln’s first vice-president. Bethel Living recently spoke with several local healing practitioners and asked them about their professions and services.

Darlene Akers Herbalist and Reiki Master Darlene’s passion is about the teaching of plants and trees, especially our local native and pioneer plants. “My students beam when they first discover how to identify and use Plantain.” She is the owner and operator of Dragonfly Healing Nest located in the Akers Ski’s retail shop in Andover, Maine. “We are blending cross country skiing with herbal healing.” Herbal products are available in the ski shop ranging from Elderberry syrup to specialty teas, immune support sprinkle to plantain salve. Herbal classes are held in the “Nest”, located above the retail shop. Apothecary Thursday’s are held each month, when students gather in circle and talk about plants and healing. “Some of the deepest learning and healing occurs in community.” She also meets with clients for herbal consultations to balance mind, body and spirit. Darlene incorporates energy work, spiritual bathing and plant brushing as part of a session. She also specializes in an energetic Lyme treatment. She lives in Andover, Maine with her husband Tim, their eight year old daughter Ella, their dog and two cats. Herbal Consultations by appointment. Herbal classes are posted on Dragonfly Healing Nest facebook group page and emails are sent as classes are posted. Herb Shoppe Hours: April-August, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-2pm. September-March, Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm. FMI: Cell/text 357-3037 • Find us on Facebook: dragonfly healing nest Email:

Karen Swanson Enwaken Energy Coaching & Yoga classes Karen has been a student of yoga for more than 30 years, and a certified teacher for 18. “I remember stretching out before or after running as a teenager, and really getting into it - the slow, long breaths, the emptying of my mind, the stillness and peace.”  Karen rediscovered this when she became a student of yoga.  With certifications in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Thai-Shiatsu, Hellinger Family Constellation Therapy, and Enwaken Energy Coaching, Karen’s main interest in the healing arts is in witnessing and working with the undeniable energy field that enlivens and connects us all. We discover a deep, spiritual & soulful knowing that goes beyond the rational mind and frees us to embody our true selves. In the ongoing discovery of her own truth, Karen’s current passions include ballroom and Latin dancing and being a part of the worldwide community of Shambhala Buddhist practitioners, a path of study and meditation based on our innate basic goodness and dignity as human beings. OPEN SKY yoga classes are accessible to a wide range of abilities, including elders and those with degenerative conditions. FMI: You may also contact Karen at 207-381-3296 Email: Bethel LIVING |


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Local Events by Jessie Seymour Perkins

Summer in Bethel: hiking, fishing,

July 2 – August 29: Summer Season Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses

paddling, exploring, relaxing – punc-

Mason House Bethel Historical Society - 1:00 to 4:00pm, Thursday

tuated by festivals and events nearly

through Saturday. Adults: $3.00, children 6-12 years: $1.50, families: $9.00.

every week in the peak season.

Children under 6 and members are free. 800-824-2910, www.bethelhistori-

Soak it all up while it lasts!

June 12-14: Bethel Moose Lottery

July – early August: 20th Annual Source to the Sea Trek. www.andro-

Festival Expect a full weekend of

moose calling, vendors, exhibits, kids’ activities, and of course, the main

Sundays in August: Bethel Bandstand Concert Series Mahoosuc Arts

event: the moose permit drawing on

Council - Sunday afternoons at 4pm on the Bethel Common. Free to the

Saturday, June 13, 2015. Events

public. Rain or shine. For artist details:

will be centered around downtown Bethel, walking distance to many


lodgings, shops, and restaurants.

July 4: The Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert Bethel His-

Sunday, June 14, 2015, will feature a field day at UMaine 4-H Camp &

torical Society – Celebrate our nation’s independence with an outdoor

Learning Center in nearby Bryant Pond and a golf tournament at The

concert by the fabulous Portland Brass Quintet. Bring your lunch, and af-

Bethel Inn Resort to benefit camp scholarships. Bethel Area Chamber

ter the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, enjoy a two-hour

of Commerce 207-824-2282,, www.bethel-

concert. 14 Broad Street, Bethel. 800-824-2910,

Ongoing Summer Events:

July 4: 26th Annual Bethel Art Fair Mahoosuc Arts Council - Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, and more. On

Spring–Fall: Group Rides with Bethel Bicycle – Meet at 53 Mayville

the Bethel Town Common. Mahoosuc Arts Council, 207-824-3575, www.

Road, Tuesday evenings at 5:30 for rides in the Bethel area at two levels of

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July 11-12: Western Maine Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School. Gems, minerals, crystals, books, magazines, fossils, jewelry, door prizes, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much

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more. Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. www.oxfordcountymineralandgemassociation.

Resort - Join 15+ comics from across the country for a weekend full of

laughs not to be missed! 800-654-0125,

July 16-18: New England Forest Rally Sunday River & surrounding

July 31-Aug. 1: Annual Andover Old Home Days Andover Town Com-

area - regional and national rally racing pros take on the back roads of

mon - Parade, antique car displays, exhibits, art & flower shows, crafts,

western Maine and northern New Hampshire. www.newenglandforestrally.

firemen’s muster, horse show, plenty of food & music. 207-392-3761



July 18: MollyOckett Days Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event for

Aug. 8: 8th Annual Maine State Kids’ Triathlon A non-competitive 100

over 50 years. Road races, artists and crafters on the town common and

yard, 3 mile bike ride, 1 mile run. Ages 8-14. Start and finish at Angevine

on Main Street, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping

Park, 456 North Road. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 207-824-2282,

contest, plenty of food, fireworks, and lots more. Bethel Area Chamber of

Commerce. 207-824-2282, Aug. 9: 24th Annual Maine State Triathlon A sprint triathlon with a July 25: 5th Annual Tough Mountain Challenge Sunday River Resort

750-meter swim at Songo Pond, 24K bike on scenic country roads, and

- The ultimate event for the thrill-seeking athlete and undoubtedly the

a 5.8 K cross-country run, starting at the Bethel Inn Lake House. Teams

hardest race at Sunday River as competitors face many obstacles

or individuals. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 207-824-2282, www.

and some of the most demanding and unique terrain on a 5k course. 800-543-2754,

Aug. 20-22: 38th Annual Trappers’ Weekend 760 East Bethel Road – Trapping and hunting demonstrations, contests, music, and auction.

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Stories The Oral Histories at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum By Dan Marois

While the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum (MMGM) will

where the piece was found and when it was found,” said Smith.

have impressive exhibits and computer screens to enhance the

“They describe the journey as a treasure hunt with almost a

visitor experience, it will also rely on a tried and true way of

spiritual feeling when they discover a piece that no one has ever

preserving the past.

seen or held before.”

“We are capturing the oral histories of people who are a part of the mineral history in Maine,” said Jennifer Smith, owner of

Smith was most impressed in taping Frank Perham’s oral histories.

Moving Circle Pictures, where she serves as producer, director,

“I could have talked with him all day,” said the videographer,

videographer and editor for the film making process. “We are

impressed that Perham was so down to earth and genuinely grateful

capturing the stories and memories, on video, of miners, cutters,

at being at the right place at the right time for mineralogical finds.

and mineral collectors; those who know the history well.”

“Of all the stories he taped, there is no doubt that the tourmaline

Based in Brunswick, her work has

find in Newry in 1972 is among his

brought Smith to the Bethel area at


least once a week where she sets up a

Other video projects have seen

video camera and sound equipment

Smith filming a mining blast in a local

and conducts interviews with people

quarry and an interview with Al Falster,

who are willing to share their stories.

Research Technologist for the MP2




Research Group at the mineral and gem

have included such notables as


Milt Inman, an outdoor enthusiast

While she finds that many people

from Greenwood, Maine to Frank

are a bit nervous appearing in front of

Perham, one of the foremost mineral collectors in western Maine.

a video camera at first, Smith said that most people relax after a

She says that when the camera is running her goal is not only to


capture a story but to add the emotional piece to it. “Every person who has collected minerals can tell you exactly 24

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“I start with general questions and I usually find a connection that puts them at ease.”

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At the age of fifty there is commonly

all it has accomplished since a small group

a slowdown in pace, a certain slide toward

of local residents gathered at the Bethel

less vigorous activities, a tendency to look

Library to establish the association. There

back upon past accomplishments rather

is little time however for reflecting on past

than forward to new challenges. But as

accomplishments when so many projects

BL found out during a recent visit to the

are underway and a semi-centennial

Bethel Historical Society (established in

celebration gleams faintly on the horizon in

1966), this 800 member strong group is just

June 2016.

getting warmed up. As the largest and most

Housed in two adjacent buildings along

active non-profit organization of its type in

the east side of Broad Street in Bethel, the

western Maine, the BHS takes due pride in

Society actively collects, preserves, displays

focused on Maine and northern New England’s Native American heritage. He was also the first person to set up a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) at the Society, providing a donation of cash in exchange for guaranteed lifetime income payments at a fixed rate. In summarizing the significance of Charles Huntoon’s gift, Executive Director Randall Bennett remarked, “This second and final addition to the Robinson House will meet our research library and museum collection storage requirements for the foreseeable future, allow better public access to our varied holdings, and -most importantly -- permit the Society to continue its important role as a center for the study of this region’s colorful and unique

and shares the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region in its six exhibit galleries and nine meticulously recreated period rooms. The most recent facilities expansion -- the Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing -- was completed in June 2014, spurring yet another benefactor to step forward with funding for a substantial and long sought construction project. Thanks to the financial generosity of Charles R. Huntoon of Portland, the BHS now has the money to pursue a September 2000 design proposal from Smith Reuter Lull Architects of Lewiston for the reconstruction of the rear ell and barn at the Society’s 1821 O’Neil Robinson House. A long-time BHS member, Mr. Huntoon has directed that his “dedicated gift” be used to build and maintain a barn-like structure at the east end of the Robinson House that will serve as a secure storage facility for the Society’s largest museum

Executive Director Randall Bennett (left) Charles R. Huntoon (right)

objects, plus most of its rare books, photographs and manuscripts. Based partly on the original two-and-a-half story barn that stood on the Robinson property from 1821 until November 1931 (when it was demolished while under the Bethel Inn’s ownership) the new Huntoon Barn will blend in with the style and form of the existing Robinson House, which was remodeled from the Federal to Italianate style in 1881. In announcing this gift, BHS Board of Trustees President Tineke Ouwinga stated, generous





allow us to complete the expansion and restoration of the Robinson House. To receive this gift so soon after the construction of the Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing is truly exciting and tremendously appreciated.” One of the Society’s staunchest supporters, Charles Huntoon earlier presented the organization with a collection of rare books, booklets and tapes

past.” As recently announced in local papers and on the BHS’s Facebook page, a site plan amendment for the Huntoon addition has been approved by the Bethel Planning Board and a building permit issued. Construction will begin almost immediately, with completion of the new facility scheduled for June 2016, just in time for BHS’s semi-centennial! To learn about the Bethel Historical Society and its upcoming events, exhibits and programs, visit FMI: Contact the Bethel Historical Society at 207-824-2908 or visit Bethel LIVING |


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