Sunday, September 21, 2014 – Lumber Industry in Old Town during the Pre-Civil War Era

Old Town was a major producer of cut lumber in the years just prior to the Civil War and is said to have cut more lumber than any other community in the US at that time. This lumber then needed to be moved to the “Port of Bangor” for shipping resulting in the development of one of the early railroads in the country. This presentation will give you a better idea of an era before electricity, telephones or gasoline powered engines.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – Maine’s Moose – An Update

“Maine’s Moose – an Update” presented by Lee Kantar. The program takes place at the Old Town Museum, 353 Main St. in Old Town. Lee Kantar will discuss the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s current research on adult female and calf survival that started this past year with the capture and GPS radio collaring of 60 moose. His topics will include winter and summer moose capture work, recovery and necropsy of moose mortalities, the role of winter tick and parasites on Maine’s moose as well as the monitoring of adult cows and calves during this past summer. The event is co-sponsored by Hirundo Wildlife Refuge and the Old Town Museum. For reservations, call 394-2171.
Lee Kantar is a Wildlife Biologist and works currently as the Moose Project Leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He oversees the management of Maine’s moose population, conducts and oversees aerial survey work as well as biological data collection and analysis, formulation of annual season recommendations, and monitoring disease issues. Lee serves as spokesperson on moose issues.

October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm – Formation of Genealogy/History Group

The Old Town Museum will sponsor a  genealogy/history group .  The first meeting will be held at the museum Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  The focus of this group will be to assist those attending with their personal genealogies and to promote research of the history of Old Town and surrounding towns.  The ultimate goal will be to develop resources at the museum for the public to use.

Museum Hours for 2014

Display of Old Town's shoe industry.

Included in the Museum are displays about the city’s industries, including its shoe, canoe and textile industries.

The Old Town Museum will open for the 2014 Season on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm. 

This year, the normal “open hours” for the Museum will be on  Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by arrangement. The Museum will also have periodic Sunday afternoon special events.

Hosted by an all-volunteer staff, anyone in the area is welcome to visit, or volunteer during those hours. Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist the Museum can also contact any Museum Board Member.

There is no fee to enjoy the museum, though donations are appreciated.

OT 3rd Grade Students visit the Museum

June 6, 2012 - OT 3rd Grade -1

June 6, 2012 Grade 3 Visits Museum

On June 6th approximately 44 students along with  2 Teachers and a few parents spent some time at the Old Town Museum learning about some of the early history of the community in which they attend school.

June 6, 2012 - OT 3rd Grade Class

After an introductory orientation, the students were divided into 2 group with a Museum Board Member serving as Guide, explaining the various exhibits and how they relate to the past history of the Old Town Area.

On June 8th, 2 more OT Grade 3 Classes visited the Museum. These student got an opportunity to see how people lived and worked before there were computers, cell phones or even before homes had electric lights or running water.

June 8, 2012 OT 3rd Grade Class

June 8, 2012 OT 3rd Graders


New Exhibits at the Museum

The Bradley Historical Society has 2 excellent exhibits on display that are new this year.

The Civil War Exhibit has been expanded with more information about Old Town Citizens that participated in that war.