HEBRON — At its June 28 meeting the Hebron Historical Society hosted speaker Frank Perham of West Paris, who shared his mining experiences throughout Western Maine over the past 40 plus years. He described the interest he has had in mining all his life, having been raised, as he put it, in a mineral store, the former Perham’s on Route 26 in West Paris.

Though Perham was raised in a mineral store, he knew from an early age that he was not a salesman. He knew his passion was being in the mines. After attending Bates College where he majored in geology, Perham returned to West Paris to mine.

For the past four decades he has lived his passion of mining and discovered some impressive and major finds along the way. One of more notable of these finds would be what he describes as the best tourmaline in North America discovered back in the early 70s. Perham feels fortunate to have been able to pursue his mining interests throughout his life and is always eager to impart his wisdom, knowledge and experiences to younger audiences. He still lives in West Paris with his wife and continues to mine to this day.

The society’s next program will follow its annual potluck picnic at The Greenwood Mountain Inn on Tuesday, July 26. The speaker will be Percy Turner of South Paris, a retired State Police sergeant, who will speak on the history of the Maine State Police and some of his experiences. The potluck picnic begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at approximately 7. The public is invited.

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