The Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society (RLRHS) has announced a robust lineup of programs and events for the 2024 season. The popular Outdoor Heritage Museum, operated by RLRHS, will reopen on May 22nd and will again offer free admission for locals its opening weekend with proof of residency. This year, the Museum will feature a new exhibition: The Rangeley Boat; A Maine Original.  The exhibit explores a timeline of 19th and 20th century Rangeley boat builders while highlighting their innovation and craftsmanship. The oldest known example of a Rangeley boat from the late 19th century will be displayed alongside one of the last boats built in the shop of renowned local boat builder Herb Ellis. A private collection of Herb Ellis’s boat building tools and shop signs will be on view, as well as recently rediscovered images of Ellis in his workshop. This exhibit was made possible by the Davis Family Foundation.
RLRHS will be hosting various programs and events this year, including its popular series of festival days on the Outdoor Heritage Museum grounds. Visitors can browse art, crafts, and antiques from a variety of vendors at the June 15th Lupine Festival, August 17th Oquossoc Day, and September 14th Fall Festival.
The Rangeley History Museum at 2472 Main Street in Rangeley will reopen on weekends in July and August 12pm to 4pm and will be the jumping off point for a new Historic Walking Tour. Guides will lead Walking Tour participants on a leisurely stroll through downtown Rangeley Saturdays at 2pm June through August (weather permitting). Designed by knowledgeable town historian, Gary Priest, the tours explore downtown Rangeley’s fascinating past, including the history of Rangeley’s families and businesses spanning the 19th to 20th centuries. The tours are free of admission, donations welcome.
A full program calendar for all Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society events and programs can be found at
The Outdoor Heritage Museum is located at 8 Rumford Rd in Oquossoc, Maine and can be reached at 207-864-3091 or via email at The Rangeley History Museum is located at 2472 Main Street, Rangeley, and staff can be reached at the number and email address above.
The Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society preserves the region’s history and engages the public through its museums, collections, programs, exhibits, and events. Our 2024 season was made possible by support from: Helix/Rev Renewables, Morton & Furbish Insurance Agency, Cooke Aquaculture, Sarge’s Pub & Grub, Stephen& Tabitha King Foundation, and the Davis Family Foundation.

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