OTISFIELD — The Otisfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday, June 22, will feature an extended show and tell on “What’s In Those Boxes?” The session will be held at 7 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, the Old Town House, 53 Bell Hill Road.

Organizers said those attending will rotate among several tables, or stations, each of which will display the contents of one or more of the many gray boxes usually kept in the archives in the basement of the building.

According to the two archivists, Jean Hankins and Ethel Turner, the idea is to give maximum exposure to the society’s varied collections that usually remain hidden away.

A different OHS volunteer will serve as explainer-in-chief at each of the seven stations. For example, at Station 1, featuring the Pottle Papers, Callie Zilinsky will display and interpret some of the 11 boxes of letters exchanged between Pottle family members, including her mother and grandmother, in the decades from 1910 to 1930.

Alan Douglass and Derek Dorr, at Station 2, will show off the contents of a large box of old Otisfield maps. At the remaining stations, exhibits will include small items such as toys and school bells; diaries, papers, and photos from the Cape; quilts and textiles; the Hankins photo collections and publications; and Otisfield school pictures and reports.

At seven-minute intervals, visitors will rotate from one station to the next.

This unusual format has prompted some cautions. White cotton gloves will be available for those who wish closer looks at the materials displayed. Also, organizers have decided that because the room will be crowded and full of precious documents and artifacts, for this one program, refreshments will not be served.

Derek Dorr scrutinizes the box of maps he’ll discuss at the June 22 Otisfield Historical Society meeting on, “What’s In Those Boxes?”


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