The purposes of this corporation are primarily education in nature including to cultivate social intercourse and friendship among its members; to collect and preserve in its museum data touching the history of Fryeburg, the Fryeburg area, Oxford County, and the State of Maine; to collect and preserve articles, specimens and material objects illustrative and demonstrative of the customs, modes and habits of former times in the areas mentioned; to work towards the ownership of permanent headquarters and museum; to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their labors and heroism, contributed to make the history of the areas mentioned; to engage in acts which would assure the preservation of the town's visual beauty as it relates to its heritage; to compile, write and/or publish historical material of the Town of Fryeburg and the Fryeburg area, or cause the same to be done; to do all acts necessary and convenient for the furtherance and promotion of the aforesaid purposes; to exist under the laws of Maine as a corporation without capital stock and not for pecuniary profits.
The Fryeburg Historical Society organized in 1974. The society has over 300 members and supports its museum and research library (The Kendal C. & Anna Ham Library) at 83 Portland St., Fryeburg, Maine 04037
FHS Research Library
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The hours for the research library are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We are located in the 'barn' at the Col. Samuel Osgood House,
83 Portland Street, Fryeburg, Maine 04037
Driveway and parking lot can be accessed off Warren Street.
Fryeburg Historical Society News
We have wonderful news! The Fryeburg Historical Society has a permanent home. On July 6, 2012 we became the new owner of the former Ethel ‘Red' Smith House at 83 Portland Street in Fryeburg. We need your help in restoring this early home, a home not only the society can be proud of but our town as well. The society has 501 (c) 3 status and donations are tax deductible. We are hoping that you will contribute to the restoration of the house. This is a very important step in the history of the society.