Unity Historical Society—2017 Annual 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. The photos are being digitalized by Logan Wadick. 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 special items that members brought in to discuss, and listening to an interesting series of speakers from the area. Pat Clark helped commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the United States entry into World War I and the participation of citizens from Unity and the State of Maine. Ryan Howes told us about his adventures running the Hills to Sea Trail. Dana Murch presented his book on the genealogy on the Murch Family going back to Simeon Murch and Rachel Paine, with a CD of family trees.
In September Rick Milligan formally presented to the Town of Unity a mill stone recovered from Sandy Stream by his father Bob, along with Joel Tozier, Joe Stevens and a young Babe Tozier. It was one of three mill stones rescued, and this one had traveled to Florida and back, before being installed at the Unity Historical Society on the Main Street side of the building. An appreciative crowd gathered for the dedication and to hear the story of the stone’s history.
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 checking out markers and information for the walking tour.
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.
~ President Pat Clark’s Report to the Town of Unity (published in the 2018 Town Report)