News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 26, 2019
Historical society awarded MCF grant

The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society has been awarded a $16,570 grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The grant, from the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Fund, will provide funds for renovating the historic Salome Sellers House to preserve the building and expand exhibit space. Projects identified in the grant will enable use of the second floor of the building to showcase an antique loom and other artifacts, and provide additional space on the first floor for exhibits.

In announcing receipt of the grant, DISHS Board President Susan Greenlaw commented in a press release, “We are pleased by this good news. The Salome Sellers House is the cornerstone of the historical society’s campus, and these funds will allow continuation of renovations and improvements enhancing our ability to share the island’s history and heritage with the greater island community, and other visitors.”

The anticipated work on the historic building will begin this fall and continue through late spring, depending on weather.

The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society was formed in 1959 with the goal of collecting and preserving “historical facts, records, and relics pertaining to Deer Isle, Stonington, and adjoining communities and islands of East Penobscot Bay in the State of Maine.” The regular programs at the society offer islanders and visitors tours of museum buildings in the summer and early fall, as well as archives that are accessible year-round.

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