Who Was William Widgery Thomas?


April 16, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

SPECIAL GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT! State Senator Rebecca Millett will be joining us to help us recognize our 100th Anniversary!

One hundred years ago this month, William Widgery Thomas, Jr. dedicated the Thomas Memorial Library. Dismayed at the plans to turn this former school building into a pigsty, Mr. Thomas purchased the building and donated it to the town along with a new piece of land and a complete collection of books. 

Thomas wrote in his library dedication address to the town in 1919 of his fondness for Cape Elizabeth. Throughout his life, he wore many hats – teacher, ambassador, lawyer – but it was his first job as a schoolteacher, earning $35 a month, that was the most gratifying.

“It was the first money I ever earned, and it was the best I ever got in my life,” he wrote.

Please join us on this special evening for a wonderful talk, and stay after to share a slice of anniversary cake. Did we forget to mention that William Widgery Thomas, Jr. was also an American Ambassador to Sweden and founded the town of New Sweden, Maine? More to come on that as well!

The research for this talk was prepared by Cape’s own Jane Beckwith. Her slides and stories were compiled and will be presented by Janie Downey Maxwell.

 

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