Veterans Day 2017

In a continuing project, we are gathering photos of service men and women who have lived in Sebago. This slide show displays all the photographs we have been able to assemble so far. If you have any to add, please contact us!

Following the slide show, author Walt Bannon gave a talk about his book The White Pocketbook, the story of his mother's experiences in Nazi-occupied Belgium and her marriage to an American serviceman. Other war brides and children of war brides added their memories. Lake Region TV was on hand to record the full program and has provided the video below. Thank you, LRTV! (If you wish to go directly to the beginning of Walt's talk, skip forward about 5 minutes.)

Past Events

Fall Open House

Sat, Sept 16, 2017 • 2:00pm   At our museum, 347 Convene Rd, Sebago
Video courtesy of Lake Region Television

First hand-cranked ice cream machine, developed by Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia, 1846

Help churn ice cream and press apples into cider. See demonstrations of spinning, axe-sharpening, letterpress printing and other traditional skills. Bring your own apples to press, or purchase apples and cider from local orchards. Browse the museum’s collection of historical artifacts. Local residents in traditional attire will interpret artifacts and lead activities.

9th Annual Historic Homes Tour

Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 • 1:00   Meet at Veterans Park, East Sebago for carpooling

This year we take an in-depth look at one extraordinary property that holds a significant place in Sebago's history: the Poor homestead, at the crest of Hillside. Built around 1802, it was the home of the Poor family for over 200 years, and the childhood home of the famous muralist Jonathan D. Poor, nephew of Rufus Porter. Tour the house, barn and private cemetery. Included in the tour is a talk and slide show on the Poor family by local historian Susan Cummings, a discussion of the murals with artist Sandy Howe, and an examination of the barn’s artifacts.

Inside the Poor's Barn

In Search of the Cumberland & Oxford Canal

Dave Tanguay, who brought us the popular "Steamboats on Sebago" program last summer, returns with more about our local waterways. The Cumberland and Oxford Canal opened in 1830 connecting Portland with Harrison and beyond via a network of rivers, lakes and 28 locks. Using old maps, photos and new satellite imagery he explores the canal as it can be found today. Free admission, donations gladly accepted.

Sat, July 1st, 2:00pm
At our Museum, 347 Convene Road (corner of Hogfat Hill Road)

Antiques Roadshow, Sebago Style

Glenn Grant, antiques and collectibles expert, and longtime resident of Hogfat Hill, will join us for our very own Roadshow. He will appraise your interesting items and family keepsakes for $5.00 per item. Glenn began collecting antiques at age 12 and has been pursuing them throughout his 75 years. He has sales spaces at the Cornish Trading Co and the Barnfull in Saco. Free admission, donations gladly accepted.

Weds, June 21st, 7:00pm following the SHS monthly meeting
At our Museum, 347 Convene Road (corner of Hogfat Hill Road)

A Walking Tour of the Fitch Bros. Mill

Saturday, Sept 10th, 2016 12:00 noon
Meet at the Sebago Elementary School, Rt. 114

William Fitch, one of Sebago's original settlers, started a sawmill on the Northwest River, a business which existed into the 1950s. His descendant, Richard Fitch Foley, will discuss the history of the mill and lead a tour of the site where it stood. Please join us for this event, which is free and open to the public.
Donations gratefully accepted.

Steamboats on Sebago

Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2016 7pm
At our Museum, 347 Convene Road (corner of Hogfat Hill Road)

Join Dave Tanguay of Windham and explore the history of steamboats on Sebago and Long Lake from 1846 to the 1930s as the Lakes Region became the Switzerland of America. A Power Point presentation using many postcard images from the period. Please join us for this evening event, which is free and open to the public.
Donations gratefully accepted.

8th Annual Historic Homes Tour

Saturday, July 23, 2016 • 1:00   Meet at Veterans Park, East Sebago for carpooling

Mary Babb House
Built in 1913 on Sebago Ridge and once a former Post Office

Manitou Cottage
Built in the early 1900’s in North Sebago, by Nason’s Brook, near the site of the Centennial Celebration

Harry H. Fitch Homestead
Built in the early 1800’s in East Sebago, given to the town of Sebago in 1951 by Mrs. Dorothy Spaulding, and later incorporated into the Sebago Elementary School

Please email for reservations and visit us on Facebook (search for Sebago Historical Society) for more information.
An $8.00 donation to the Sebago Historical Society is appreciated.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM
At our Museum, 347 Convene Road (corner of Hogfat Hill Road)

Linda Griffin of the Windham Historical Society will share with us her knowledge of the poor farms, or town farms, that were in existence in the early years of all Maine towns. There were laws governing the establishment and maintenance of poor farms that Linda will explain. Members of the Sebago Historical Society will also present information on our own Sebago town farm, including some very interesting facts that are being uncovered. Please join us for this evening event, which is free and open to the public.
Donations gratefully accepted.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Bottle Diving in Sebago Lake

Saturday June 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM
At our Museum, 347 Convene Road (corner of Hogfat Hill Road)

Jim Merry, bottle diver and digger will discuss his work. Using a powerful metal detector Jim can detect and locate antique glass because of the lead contained in old glass. He has collected many interesting objects from Sebago Lake and other lakes and ponds in the area. He will be sharing his stories and finds with us during this Saturday afternoon event. Please join us.
This is a free public event, donations gratefully accepted.

Mary Dore Poor, wife of Leander Poor. The photo is a gift from Martha Littlefield.

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