Buxton-Hollis Historical Society
 100 Main St., Route 4A
 P.O. Box 34, Buxton, Maine 04093

Fall 2021

President’s Message

Dear BHHS Members and Friends,

Here’s hoping that you had a wonderful, productive, and enjoyable summer! At BHHS life has been slower than usual because of the continuing COVID variant threat and our board’s decision to keep our patrons safe vs. holding our usual monthly educational programming. Instead we continue to meet with masked folks by special appointment for various projects on which they are working. Also, a dedicated crew of volunteers led by Sue Schaller and Vicki Walker have worked diligently throughout the summer to accession (identify, number, and document) the many donated items that continue to flow from donors. Special thanks to them and other volunteers working with them!

As mentioned in the spring news, we are continuing to investigate how the attached portable building space might be modified or expanded for better use. Adequate storage space continues to be a challenge for donated items (as it is for all historical societies). The Maine Historical Society, for instance, actually purchased a large warehouse several years ago, out of which their items rotate for display. Among the many interesting and greatly appreciated recent donations to BHHS, are two large cabinets now located on the first floor. Donated by the Sjulander Family and Dwight and Liz Havu, they will help us display items beyond our second floor exhibits, as wells as help us clear the tables loaded with many donated items set up in our public meeting room! Many thanks to our donors and to Brent Hill (shown), Dwight Havu, and Michael Prescott, who helped move them into place!

For the second year in a row, we are planning another ZOOM annual meeting in lieu of our regular pot luck annual meeting. It really is disappointing, as we would so very much enjoy meeting with all you members and friends! But, knowing the increased incidents of the more easily transmittable COVID variant (and having been in quarantine recently because our younger son, Adam, caught COVID at Maine Med during his two night stay for intense ankle reconstruction surgery), we have seriously considered the health risks a large group meeting would entail! We must elect officers for 2022, however, so I hope that many of you will join us to do so. Please see the DATE, TIME, slate of officers and the invitation reservation enclosed.

We will continue to be open throughout the coming fall and winter months by special appointment with masks required. If you’re interested in volunteering, give us a call!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL NEW and RENEWING MEMBERS for your financial support that makes our continuing volunteer work possible!

Enjoy this beautiful fall season and please stay safe!

Best Regards,

Jan Hill, President

About Us

Organized and incorporated in 1970, the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with partial support from the towns of Buxton and Hollis, Maine. The society’s purpose is to collect, preserve  and publish whatever may be related to the early and late history of the towns of Buxton and Hollis, including but not limited to books, relics and articles about early settlers, records of colonial and later wars, as well as genealogical information and maps.


Our Society's museum, library and archival collections include a wide range of materials documenting the rich heritage of this area of southern Maine and the Saco River Valley.  The N. C. Watson School Museum at Buxton Center offers third grade classes and other visitors the opportunity to experience life in a one-room school at the beginning of the twentieth century. Throughout the year, the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society provides lectures, cemetery and house tours, special exhibits, books and items of historic interest and educational activities for people of all ages.


All of our meetings are open to the public and membership is open to all who wish to help. Our facilities include the Library, Museum and History Center and Museum at 100 Main St, Bar Mills, the N. C. Watson One-Room School at Buxton Center, and the historic 1802 Elden Store at Buxton Center.


We invite your support by becoming a member of the Society!
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Please click on the Video History Links tab at left to view videos of local interest
See an excerpt from the "Buxton, Maine - An American Story" documentary. 
Note this entire video is available on DVD and can be purchased from our Museum Store.