December 19, 2018
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Hampden Historical Society breaks ground for new climate-controlled archive wing

Community Author: Mary Poulin
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Mary Poulin | BDN
Mary Poulin | BDN

HAMPDEN — The Hampden Historical Society held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Aug. 6  to celebrate the beginning of Phase one construction of its “Our History Lives Here” capital campaign – the construction of a new Archive Wing. Members of the society gathered today at the Kinsley House Museum, 83 Main Road South, to witness the beginning of a new era in the society’s history. Devoted members have worked diligently over the past two and a half years to raise funds to achieve this significant milestone.

Society president and Capital Campaign chair, Mary Poulin, said “This is a wonderful day for the Hampden Historical Society. To date, we have raised $378,000 of our $500,000 goal which allowed us the opportunity to come together today and celebrate what has been accomplished thus far. We are deeply grateful to the generosity of our membership and the greater Hampden community and businesses for their support.”

Phase one will include the construction of a new two-story, climate-controlled archival wing, expanding both the Society’s work and storage areas, an ADA compliant bathroom and a new heating system. With Phase one underway, the Society will continue to seek funds in the months ahead from individuals, families, businesses, service organizations and foundation grants in order to address other exterior and interior areas of the Martin Kinsley House Museum including new windows, siding and insulation as well as repairs to the foundation, front sills and front entrance.

The Hampden Historical Society is located at 83 Main Road South in Hampden. While currently closed due to the renovation, a late fall reopening is anticipated. Gifts to the “Our History Lives Here” capital campaign are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and may be mailed to: Hampden Historical Society, PO Box 456, Hampden, ME 04444-0456.

More information can be found on the Society’s website at www.hampdenhistoricalsociety.org. Interested individuals and others may also email the Society at hampdenhistorical@gmail.com.