December 2, 2012

Winthrop Historical Society revives calendar featuring photos of town's past

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer

WINTHROP -- Want to track the new year with a look at the old town and its inhabitants?

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The cover of the Winthrop Historical Society's 2013 calendar.

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Carl Swanson

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

The Winthrop Historical Society is offering $6 calendars featuring a dozen photos showing the town's past. The photos were culled by society members Dave Cook, Linda Huff and Carl Swanson from thousands in the collection.

The calendar, too, is a throwback. The town printed a calendar from 2003 to 2007, with then-Town Clerk Lisa Gilliam doing the work.

The 2013 calendar has a page dedicated to Gilliam, who is now town clerk in Chelsea; and to the late John Connor, who for 35 years was manager of Community Service Telephone Co. in Winthrop as well as active in a number of civic organizations. Connor died Sept. 2.

Profits from calendar sales will help fund the preservation and display of town artifacts.

Artifacts preserved so far are on display in a case in the Town Office; at Edward Jones Investments, 61B Main St.; and Dave's Appliance, 59 Central St.

Calendars are available for sale at these sites, all in Winthrop: Annabessacook Farm, Apple Valley Books, Coldwell Banker Thomas Agency, Dave's Appliance, Edward Jones Investments, Full Court Deli, Kennebec Savings Bank, Winthrop Area Federal Credit Union, Winthrop Fuel and the Winthrop Town Office, as well as from Huff, Swanson, and Crocker.

"As of Nov. 19, we have sold about 170 calendars since receiving them on Sept. 29," Swanson said. "We had to sell 132 to cover our printing costs, so we will be able to raise some money to further our goals of preserving and displaying Winthrop artifacts."

Three photos in the black-and-cream-color calendar show the Morrill home on Union Street, which was donated to the town in 1946 and used until 2008 for meetings of town clubs and organizations. The home was sold earlier this year, and the proceeds were donated to the library building fund.

Gilliam said previous calendar sales supported the printing of a number of negatives donated to the town by Roland LaVallee, who had a private photography business and was a photographer for the Kennebec Journal.

The negatives dated to 1939, she said, and many of the framed prints now hang in the hallway at the Town Office.

"It's such a great history to have," Gilliam said.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631

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