History

The South Portland Historical Society was established in 1962. Originally known as the Cape Historical Society, and later the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Historical Society, the organization changed its name to the South Portland Historical Society in 2003 to clarify its role as the historical society of the City of South Portland.

Throughout most of its history, the historical society was housed in various city properties, including the former Reynolds School, the former E Street School, the former Sawyer School Annex building and, up until the year 2009, a basement office in City Hall. In 2009, Portland Pipe Line Corporation donated the historic Cushing's Point House building on Madison Street and the Society had the building moved to a new location within Bug Light Park, on land provided by the City of South Portland.


South Portland Historical Society's Mission

The South Portland Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting items of historical significance, providing local history educational programming to school children through seniors, and illustrating the significant role that South Portland has played within the broader context of Maine and American history.


 

Board of Directors                         

 

Larry Legere, president

 

Bob Blackwood, vice president/treasurer

 

Josie DiPhilippo, secretary

 

Joanne Langerman, collection manager 

 

Judy Arnold, at large

 

Leslie Barteaux, at large

 

Bill Dale, at large

 

Linda Eastman, at large

 

Margaret Hawkins, at large

 

Chuck Igo, at large

 

David Kahill, at large

 

Alan Livingston, at large

 

Emily Scully, at large

 

Donna Walker, at large

 

Staff

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo, Executive Director

Seth Goldstein, Development Director/Museum Manager