Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society


The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society is no longer located at the library. As of November 20, 2014, CEHPS is now located at the Public Safety Building at 325 Ocean House Road, in the former dispatch area. It is staffed on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  If you are unable to come to the Police Station 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. In November of 2014, in preparation for a major renovation of the Thomas Memorial Library, CEHPS was relocated to the Cape Elizabeth Public Safety Building.

The public is welcome to visit to conduct personal research into areas of personal interest. 



Cape Elizabeth: Past to Present is available for sale at the library’s adult services desk, or on Thursday mornings at the Historical Society’s office at the Public Safety Building. 


  • President: Dorothy Higgins, 207-799-8382
  • Vice President and Program Chair: Norm Jordan, 207-799-5392
  • Newsletter: Ellen Van Fleet, 207-767-4175
  • Recording Secretary: Lois Morrill
  • Corresponding Secretary: Jane Beckwith
  • Treasurer: Wayne Brooking

Any Questions?

Please contact one of the officers by calling CEHPS during business hours at 207-619-6793 or emailing the office at You may also contact individual officers by clicking on the linked names above, or calling the phone numbers listed.