2016 President’s Report

Since 1982 the Unity Historical Society has preserved the historical materials and artifacts of the area and served as an informational resource for the local community and people around the world. Hundreds of people have toured the house on Depot Street, utilized the library and received assistance with genealogy searches. We would like to thank everyone who supports UHS and invite all of Unity’s citizens to visit and participate in the community programming planned for this year.

During the past year students from various classes at Unity College visited and spoke with Historical Society members and used the library for assistance with their research projects. People from around the country, and the world, doing   genealogic and other research contacted us by email after visiting our website or finding us through the town website. An industrious group of members has continued the work of inventorying our holdings and reorganizing our files to make them more user friendly. A full-scale recording of the genealogy files from James Vickery and numerous area families   continues. Interesting speakers presented information at our monthly meetings on a variety of topics, enabling members and friends to learn more about

history in general and specific information about our area. Members and guests were informed and entertained at the monthly meetings by a variety of activities and speakers. We had enjoyable evenings looking at clothing from the Historical Society’s collection, special items that members brought in to discuss, and answering questions from a fun quiz on Maine history. We had several fabulous speakers, such as Sarah           Sugden, Waterville Public Library Curator and member of the Waterville Historical Society and Redington Museum, who shared information about the history of Waterville. In September, Josh Kercsman, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at Unity College, spoke about the questions that his students would be investigating about residents and the changing environment in the Unity area. In October, representatives from the Game Loft explained and demonstrated one of their activities, with Historical Society members taking on some of the roles.

The Unity Historical Society participated in community events such as the Unity Festival in July, as well as the Volunteer Day of Service in October with energetic students from Unity College doing fall clean up.

Work continues on upkeep projects for the building and donations would be greatly appreciated in order to help preserve the Historical Society building and keep it more sustainable.

Unity Historical Society continues to stimulate interest in the collection and preservation of historic materials related to the town of Unity as well as Maine and the rest of the world. We look forward to continuing these projects and invite you to join us at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday each month from April to October at our monthly meeting.

If you are interested in becoming a member, dues are $10 per person (April to October) or $250 for a life membership. Books, bumper stickers, and other gifts are available through the Society. Donations for any of our projects are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. For more information about the collections or genealogy, please visit our website at http://www.unityhistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.

~ President Pat Clark’s Report to the Town of Unity (published in the Town Report)