The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society is staffed on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you are unable to come to the library during these hours, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society was established in November 1986 by the late Dr. Constance Murray, Ph.D., a local preservationist and retired teacher from the Lexington Public School System (Mass.). Dr. Murray was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth and retained a love for the community and its history even as she moved across the country pursuing her education and teaching career. Returning to Cape Elizabeth following her retirement in the late 1970s, she began to form a local organization composed of concerned citizens dedicated to locating, researching and preserving local items of historic value.
With the help of the town’s Board of Historic Preservation Advisers, the town provided space in the basement of the Thomas Memorial Library to preserve and display old town records, maps, photographs, family collections, and historic letters. Volunteers meet weekly each Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to identify, collect, and preserve items of local historic significance.
The public is welcome to visit to conduct personal research into areas of personal interest. The CEHPS presents monthly programs of historical interest on a wide variety of subjects on the second Monday of the month from November through April each year.
All programs begin at 7:00 p.m. the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted, and are held in the library’s Community Room (downstairs beneath the Children’s Library) after the library is closed. Admission is free, the public is inivited, and refereshments are provided.
A Culinary History of Cape Elizabeth is available for sale Thursday mornings at the Historical Society’s office in Thomas Memorial Library. The cookbook is also available at the Jordan Farm produce stand.
- President: Wayne Brooking, Jr.
- Vice President and Program Chair: Dorothy Higgins
- Recording Secretary: Lois Morrill
- Corresponding Secretary: Jane Beckwith
- Treasurer: Wayne Brooking
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