ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland tiger that used to grace the front of Rockland District High School is alive and well, living in the gym at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.
According to Ben Perry, curator and historian of the RDHS Alumni Heritage room, Lincoln Street Center is a “jewel in the rough,” home to artists of all types, from watercolor, oil and pottery to theater to ballet. The current director of the center is Angela Anderson Pomerleau of Port Clyde. Besides the Alumni Center, the Lincoln Street Center also houses the Watershed School, an accredited private high school.
Liincoln Street Center is starting its annual fund drive to keep the doors open for community artists and events.
As alumni room curator and historian, Perry is in charge of RDHS memorabilia from both the original RDHS building and the one that is now part of Oceanside High School.
Perry said the high school was founded in 1868 and is part of local alumni reunions every summer and fall. The RDHS classes of 1951 and 1956 visited the site as part of their class reunions this summer and made a financial donation.
Many famous local and national figures are connected to RDHS. Louis Nevelson and Walter Piston graduated from the school and a bust of Charles Lindbergh, who has connections to North Haven, was donated to the school by one of the graduating classes. The bust is located in the Alumni Heritage Room.
Perry’s message to RDHS alumni is, “Don’t keep things in the attic or cellar, give them to the Alumni Heritage Room. And come and visit the displays of photos, banners, statues, artwork and other mementos from the many years of RHS located throughout the center.”
Call Perry at 354-0582 or 542-0234 to arrange a visit or to donate.
Call the center director, Angela Anderson Pomerleau, at 594-6490 for more information about the center or to make a donation.