Erin Nelson (far left), Norway Savings Bank’s AVP and Bridgton Branch Manager, provides a $10,000 check to Rufus Porter Museum Board President Therese Johnson, Executive Director Karla Leandri Rider and Board Vice President Beth Cossey.

NORWAY — Norway Savings Bank has donated $10,000 to the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity to support its capital campaign to build an additional public building on its campus in downtown Bridgton, Maine.

The new building, which will be a one-and-a-half story post and beam structure, will provide much-needed display space for the Museum’s collection of more than 30 walls, painted by Rufus Porter’s nephew, Jonathan Poor, who worked very closely with Porter. It will also house a variety of interactive exhibits related to the Museum’s mission as well as events, classroom and community meeting space.

Rufus Porter was a painter, writer, teacher, publisher and inventor who lived in Bridgton from age 9 to 15. The Museum promotes and preserves the life and legacy of this outstanding individual who lived from 1792 to 1884.

“The museum was founded in 2005 by a group of folk artists who were aware of Rufus Porter’s work, but were concerned that his work might get lost over time,” said Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director of the Museum. “We are very excited to open the museum’s expansion to the public next year.”

“Norway Savings Bank is proud to support the Rufus Porter Museum’s expansion,” said Dan Walsh, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “It’s important to showcase Mr. Porter’s various contributions to the arts, sciences and a variety of industries.”

Learn more about the museum and find out how to make a contribution to their expansion at or call 207-647-2828.  The Rufus Porter Museum is open June-October and by appointment.

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