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Otisfield Historical Society

Otisfield Historical Society Facts

Founded:
1980 when volunteers were sought for a survey of historic buildings. Ethel Bean Turner started the society.

Mission:
To inform the townspeople about Otisfield's history and to collect information on the town's history for the archives.

Collections:
45 collections including letters, diaries, photographs

Facilities:
The Historical Society does not have a building of its own. Its collections currently are stored in a privately owned barn. For access to collections, contact Jean Hankins.

Activities:
Meet four times a year, in April, June, September and November with speakers on local topics or hands-on programs. A recent meeting was an antiques appraisal/educational session focusing on glass bottles. Also hold a picnic each summer.

The society recently had a grant to restore a public watering trough to working condition. The town once had ten public watering troughs for horses; the ninth one vanished in 1930 and the tenth one is being restored. The tubs were made out of wood and rotted if neglected. The remaining tub is cement.