The Society convenes every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm.
5:30pm Review of current business
6:00pm Potluck dinner
7:00pm Featured presentation begins
Wessaweskeag Historical Society
The Wessaweskeag Historical Society was founded three decades ago and is a nonprofit, charitable organization anchored in South Thomaston. It maintains an archives and museum contiguous to the town’s public library, hosts monthly potluck suppers and heritage programming available to the public. The Society also hosts the annual Heritage Day, sponsors local historic preservation and cooperates with kindred community organizations. Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society’s scholarship program
Wessaweskeag Historical Society donates to the “Help Save Our Steeple” campaign
People’s United Methodist Church is a small New England church located on the edge of the Weskeag River in South Thomaston, Maine. Built in 1877, it is the most visible and well-known site in South Thomaston and is the center of activity for many outreach organizations in our area. Over the past several years its much photographed and artistically rendered bell tower, cupola, and steeple began to deteriorate under the impact of Maine’s harsh winters and recently needed to be removed. A Gofundme page was set up to help the small church raise the funds to repair and restore the cupola and the bell. The Wessaweskeag Historical Society members, recognizing the historical importance of this iconic structure, stepped up to help in the preservation effort and recently donated $10,000 to the campaign.
Chuck Hartman, President of WHS, was delighted to see the support of the Society’s members to help this quintessential South Thomaston icon.
Thursday September 12: “A Tribute to Eliza Steele, RN: the story of Rockland’s legendary nurse” presented by Peta vanVuuren, director of Rockland District Nursing Association.
This year, RDNA is celebrating 90 years of community nursing in the Rockland area. This milestone represents the enduring commitment of this region, across many generations, to a healthy community for all.
The Midcoast region has had a history of quality and progressive community health care which for decades was led in Rockland by Eliza Steele, RN. Ms. Steele was Rockland District Nursing Association’s founding nurse and served as RDNA’s primary nurse from 1929 until her retirement in 1968. She and her staff were familiar figures walking from visit to visit, often being offered rides by passersbys. Throughout the decades and through the upheavals of the Great Depression and World War II, RDNA addressed the emerging health needs of the coastal region. Ms. Steele recruited local physicians and dentists for community wellness, vaccinations, and dental clinics – free of charge - which also included follow-up care. During outbreaks of infectious diseases, the nurses identified and then cared for the ill; all the while monitoring the progress of the disease. For generations, Ms. Steele was the only nurse in the local schools, regularly screening students and maintaining student health records well before such records were mandated. The oral history that will be presented for the audience shares memories of Ms. Steele from the perspective of her colleagues.
One of only three remaining district nursing agencies in the state of Maine, RDNA nurses today regularly visit close to 200 predominantly elderly residents living independently in South Thomaston, Owls Head, Cushing, St. George, Warren, Union, Thomaston and Rockland.
Ms vanVuuren, a resident of Tenants Harbor, has extensive experience in the non-profit world and has led RDNA for the past ten years,