NORWAY — The Norway Historical Society honored volunteers Elaine Lagueux and Mimi Bell for their dedication with the Father Don McAllister Volunteer Award at its annual meeting Jan. 14.

The society also recognized curator Charles Longley for his longtime service, and 21 volunteers for their service throughout the year.

Lagueux, who is retired from full-time teaching at the Guy E. Rowe School in Norway, “now prepares age-appropriate, hands-on lessons about Norway history for second- through sixth-grade students who come to the society on school field trips,” society board members wrote. “Her lessons coordinate with their classroom curriculum and are enthusiastically received by both students and staff.”

Bell is a member of the collections committee, working every Thursday morning with the trustees who are taking a painstaking inventory of all society items. “History fascinates her and touching a hidden artifact she finds in the corner of the basement or attic brings history alive for her. The work and the friendly atmosphere keep her coming back to help,” society board members stated in their recognition.

Longley retired in 1999 as curator of microtexts and newspapers at the Boston Public Library, where his job was to oversee the 4.5 million items in micro-format and help students and researchers access them. Returning to Norway where he was raised, he volunteered at the historical society and now does essentially the same job, managing the society’s collection and assisting all who come in with inquiries.

“His knowledge of the town and the artifacts in the society makes him a valuable resource for anyone interested in Norway history,” wrote society board members in recognizing Longley.

The newly created volunteer award was named after the Rev. Don McAllister, a retired Roman Catholic priest and a former Norway resident who is a well-known authority on Norway history. McAllister wrote several books and compiled and edited a number of others about the town.

The society houses his impressive genealogies and personal histories of many Norway families. He served as past president of the society and presented programs about a wide range of town topics.

The society welcomes visitors and volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the summer. Admission is free. The society also maintains a Facebook page and a website at www.norwayhistoricalsociety.org.


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