President’s Report – 2020

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 hope that we will be able to once again invite all of Unity’s citizens to visit and participate in any community programming planned for this year.

Even though COVID-19 disrupted our usual activities, some services continued. People from around the country, and the world, doing genealogical and other research contacted us by email after visiting our website or finding us through the town website.  An industrious group of members led by Jackie Bradeen has continued the work of inventorying our holdings and reorganizing our files to make them more user friendly, especially the genealogy files from James Vickery and numerous area families. We were pleased to once again partner with the town to light up the gazebo and a Christmas display at the corner of Main and Depot Streets for the enjoyment of the town’s citizens.

2020 was an important year for historic celebrations, but many of those had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The Unity Historical Society hope to be able to join in the recognition of the 200th birthday of the State of Maine, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.  We hope to be able to celebrate and do educational activities around these important milestones in the coming year.

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 being able to get together again at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday each month from April to October at our monthly meeting as soon as restrictions open up.

Respectfully Submitted,

Patricia Clark, President

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