Buxton-Hollis Historical Society
Events Calendar

2018 Events



Sat., August 11, 9-3: Hollis Pirate Fest -Visit us at our sales & information table at the Hollis Sports Complex. See hollispiratefest.com or hollisrec@gmail.com for more information. Also, don’t forget that our BHHS Research Library, Museum & Store at 100 Main St., Bar Mills will be open for business from 9-Noon too!

Sat., Aug. 18: "Bluebird Benefit Bash in the Brewster Barn" - Mark your calendars and reserve your seat now for this entertaining & informative evening with a trifecta of antique specialists who will do their best to give you an opinion of value of one of your treasures: Steve Center of Centervale Farm Antiques acclaim, one of the largest antique market places in New England; Kevin Keraghan, active in the antique business & estate work for the past 30+ years; and Rachael Gurley, owner of Gurley Antique Gallery in Scarborough, who is carrying on the show promotion tradition of her mother, Nan Gurley, one of the dominant antique dealers and show promoters for decades in New England.


Bring your item (1 per couple, please) at 4 P.M. to be evaluated while you enjoy the social hour and tour the magnificent grounds of this National Register venue. A light summer buffet, concluding with your choice of delectable homemade pies will be served at 5 P.M.


$25/person. Checks in advance made out to Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, C/O of Beverly Atkinson, P. O. Box 277, Bar Mills, ME 04004. FMI, call Bev 929-6495.


*All proceeds to benefit BHHS capital fund projects.


Sat., Sept. 15, 9:30 A.M.: "COOK’S BROOK PADDLE FOLLOWED BY BAR MILLS, BUXTON BBQ" - Bring your kayak or canoe, your safety gear, sunscreen and water for an excursion up scenic Cook’s Brook, a relaxed flat paddle. We’ll put in at Pleasant Point Park off the Simpson Rd. in Buxton and return to the same spot to take out, then proceed to the Bar Mills residence of Burt & Barbara Pease at 59 Depot St., Bar Mills for an enjoyable BBQ in the barn! Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverage provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share!


*Donations to benefit BHHS capital projects always appreciated!

Tues., Sept. 18, 7 P.M.: BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM HOME BY MAIL: KIT HOUSES IN GREATER PORTLAND with architect Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy for Greater Portland Landmarks. The American Dream of home ownership was fostered by reformers, developers, and building material companies in the early 20th century. This program will discuss the history of kit home manufacturing in this country and illustrate the variety of styles available from manufacturers and the various ways you can identify a kit home. You may even be living in a Sears Catalog House or have in your older home an architectural feature, such as a mantel, purchased by mail. BHHS, 100 Main St, Bar Mills.

*Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.

Tues., October 16, 7 P.M. Getting in the mood for the often gruesome subject of the Halloween season, we will explore "RECONSIDERING THE LIZZIE BORDEN MURDER CASE: THE ROLE OF ETHNICITY AND GENDER – Explore this 1892 landmark law case & American Society" with Joseph Conforti, author of seven books on New England history and culture and Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, as he reviews the famous murders and trial, as well as how issues of ethnicity and gender help broaden our understanding of what happened. BHHS, 100 Main St, Bar Mills.

*Suggested donations $10; Seniors $8.

Sat., Nov. 3, 5-9 P.M. BHHS ANNUAL MEETING & POTLUCK DINNER: Join members and friends as we break bread together, elect officers for the 2019 year, and enjoy the informative and fascinating program of the evening "The Wabanaki Confederacy: The Wabnaki or "People of the Dawn," presented by noted teacher and popular historian, Nancy Ponzetti. The Wabnaki are the first people of the area of Northeastern New England and Maritime Canada, living here for over 12,000 years. At one time, there were more than 20 nations of the Wabanaki Confederacy. There are only four nations still in existence in Maine: the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot. More than 16 nations were completely destroyed.


To reserve your seat at the dinner table and let us know your potluck contribution, please R.S.V.P. Roberta Ramsdell at 929-4592.

*Suggested donation $10; Seniors, $8

*Please note that suggested donations are used to support on-going capital improvements to our new history center building.