Dear Friends,

The BRHS board of trustees announces the cancellation of our August fundraisers. We hope to reschedule the special cruise aboard Nellie G II for next summer, and will certainly be back with our popular summer bake sale. A decision on the fall cheese sale will be made in a few weeks.

Based on CDC recommendations, state mandates, and limitations on building capacity, the BRHS museum is now open for researchers only and by appointment only, Thursday through Saturday.   If you wish to do research at the museum please contact office manager Claire Rittershaus to schedule a time to work alone or with local historian Barbara Rumsey.

Once at the museum, visitors are asked to follow requirements based on COVID-19 guidelines for health and safety. These include wearing a face covering, maintaining distance from others, and signing in with contact data should we need to get in touch later. In an effort to eliminate extra cleaning, files and other resources will be brought to a specific area set aside for research.

We understand some may find these measures restrictive, however these are the times we live in. We hope to re-open for general visits in July, depending on public health information. If you have any questions, please contact Claire at the museum.  Again, we will only be open for researchers by appointment until further notice.

On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you for your patience.

Membership!  During this difficult time, we are in the middle of our annual membership drive.  We hope you will consider becoming a member for as little as $15.00 a year, and thank you for your support. If you are already a member, thank you for returning your membership envelope to us!  Your supports helps us preserve your heritage.

Meanwhile, to check out our NEW online exhibits click here, and to check out online exhibits from other historical societies and museums click on Maine Public’s Museum Portal.

Are you in search of family roots?  Would you like to know more about local history?  Come visit our museum!  You may contact us, or click on Research, above, for a list of our files.  We look forward to seeing you.

(Normally) We are open year-round!

Come visit us Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


The Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at the 1874 home of Elizabeth F. Reed and its grounds, Fullerton Park.  Browse six rooms of artifacts, photographs, maps, and memorabilia.  Our collections of town records, local newspapers, family histories, account books, and more are available for those wishing to delve into our colonial and coastal heritage.

We now accept credit card payments for donations and for memberships.  Click here to make a donation, and click here to become a member.

Want to know more about Boothbay region history?

You can receive monthly articles about the Boothbay region by our historian Barbara Rumsey by signing up for our monthly enews (in the box on the sidebar).  Also, we post historic photos of the region on our Facebook page.  Follow us on Facebook, too!

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