BETHEL – The history of Alder River Grange in East Bethel will be the final topic in the 2004 Bethel Historical Society Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Dr. Moses Mason House Meeting Room.

Society Director Stanley R. Howe, who serves as historian of Maine Grange, will discuss the local Grange centenary, which was celebrated in June 2004.

Howe, a former master of Alder River, has served as treasurer since 1978. His book on the history of the Grange in Maine, “A Fair Field and No Favor: A Brief History of the Maine State Grange,” was published in 1994.

Alder River Grange was founded in Locke Mills in 1904, but since most of the members were from East Bethel, it was decided to build a Grange Hall (financed by bean suppers) in East Bethel in 1905.

From that time on, the Grange has been an important community institution. An exhibit of memorabilia will be on display. Anyone interested in attending the free lecture is invited.

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