Annual Letter To The Community
The previous twelve months have been very busy and productive for the Denmark Historical Society, thanks to the hard work of the members, board members, volunteers, and generous sponsors.
The major process of digitizing the paper records held in the collection has been completed. The digitization effort was funded with a generous grant from The Birch Cove Foundation.
The holdings continue to grow through donations and purchases with funds from the acquisition fund. Much effort is being made to organize and protect items in the archives, including film and slides. A horse drawn sleigh, donated by Fritz Von Ulmer and Brian Grennan, is currently under repair by Dan Eaton of the smallboat shop.
Over the summer, the cemetery committee met several times to document and verify the burial records of the cemeteries, starting with the Hilton cemetery. The work is ongoing.
New purchases of computers and audio-visual equipment were made possible through donations from the Highland Street Foundation. Purchasing decisions and installation were greatly assisted by Charles Linden, who went above and beyond the call of duty. The television and sound system were installed in the meeting room of the library. The equipment will be made available to other non-profits.
The Society invited Kevin Gardner, a well-known author and wall builder, to talk about stone walls. The event was held at the Denmark Arts Center, was open to the general public, and was very well received. The audience was fascinated to listen to Kevin talk as he built a miniature stone wall.
In an effort to offer a variety of programming and build community with our fellow non-profit organizations, the Society is actively teaming with the Library and the Arts Center in developing a series of talks by authors.
We continue to reach out to a wide range of sources for funding grants for the various activities of the Society.
Many thanks to our members, as well as the following individuals and organizations, which, through their financial support, make our activities possible:
Birch Cove Foundation Highland Street Foundation
The Town of Denmark
Denmark Lions Club Ace Insurance Agency
Nestlé Waters North America Inc.
MacDonald Motors smallboat shop
Granger Pond Camping Area
R.H. LeGoff Excavation Co. Denmark Minuteman Press
D.H.S. friends and anonymous
Respectfully submitted by the Board of Directors,
Terry Rhoads, Lee Ann Shand, Daniel Eaton, Daryl Kenison, Patricia Largey, Astrea Fatica, Clare McKeagney, Mari Hook, and JoAnne Harbourt