BETHEL – The Bethel Historical Society 2006 annual fund campaign passed a record-breaking $29,000 level from an all-time high of 438 donors as the year ended.

Those wishing to make a tax deductible gift at any time throughout the year should send it to the society at P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217-0012

With nearly 1,400 members, the society, founded in 1966, is western Maine’s largest and most comprehensive full-time historical agency, dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the regional past for present and future generations.

For 40 years, the society’s activities have included lectures, exhibits, special events, heritage festivals, workshops, conferences, school and educational programs and publications.

In 1974, the society acquired the former Broad Street residence of Dr. Moses Mason, which now contains a period house museum, exhibit hall and research library. In 1999, the society opened the O’Neil Robinson House (next door at 10 Broad St.) to the public for an expanded exhibit program, museum shop space and administrative offices. Through the years, the society’s achievements have been recognized by a number of state and national organizations.

For more information about the society and its activities, those wishing may call 824-2908 or 800-824-2910 or e-mail [email protected] Additional information can also be obtained by checking the society’s Web site at

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