Union Historical Society

We are open Most Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am to noon

About Us

Founded in 1972, the Society is a private nonprofit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, as well as a part-time paid Archivist/Curator. The UHS is a 501-c-3 organization; those making donations of goods or monetary contributions are eligible for a tax deduction.

Open Hours

 As of June 12, 2021, we have reopened after being closed for 14 months due to covid! For now, we willl be opened Saturdays from 9:30 -noon, and might add a second day later in summer.  The Robbins House, located on Union Common , is the center for UHS, and is usually open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. You are welcome to visit us and enjoy the displays. Society volunteers and the Curator will be glad to assist you in your research related to Union history and genealogy. If coming from a distance, please call ahead to determine that  we are open and available to assist you.  If you wish to make an appointment to meet the Curator, call the Union Historical Society's number to leave a message. 207-785-5444.

VOLUNTEERING

As of  our re-opeing June 12, 2021, we are only having one staff member  and 2 visitors at a time in the Robbins House, so are not using any volunteers for indoor projects yet. This will probably change late summer. We will let you know!  The Union Historical Society can always use more  volunteers. A variety of projects are available to work on, depending on your skills and interest.  There are many items in our collection: documents, photos, scrapbooks, newspaper articles and more, for which we  often need  assistance with sorting, filing, etc.. We also need volunteers to help with the maintenance of our buildings. You may donate as few or as many hours as your schedule allows.  Once we are open again, we will re-evaluate how many people can be in our building at one time, according to CDC guidlines in late May 2021 .Some tasks may include:

  • Weeding the gardens at both the Robbins House and the Old Town House
  • Transcribing letters, deeds and other old written material
  • Searching our reference material for information requested
  • Scanning items into the computer
  • Researching items in our collection to help “tell the story”
  • Clipping newspaper articles pertaining to Union
  •  Data Entry
  • Anyone interested in volunteering may call (207) 785-5444 or email us info@unionhistoricalsociety.org

OUR LITERATURE

Brochures available to visitors are current program brochure, current newsletter, self-guided tour to Come Spring sites, and information on the Old Town House and how to rent it. Items for Sale are books on Union history, tee-shirts, maps and note cards. Click on  "store" to view available items.

MEMBERSHIP

Please consider joining the over 250 members of the Union Historical Society. Membership Form Members receive a program brochure for the year's schedule and two newsletters. If you wish to share your email address, you will also receive a reminder with details about each monthly program. Membership dues for individuals are $10.00 per year or $100 for a life membership. A business membership is $25.00. The UHS provides two newsletters to members each year. In these publications you will find a listing of the current year's programs, information about the collection and articles about Union residents. The Union Historical Society is a 501 c3, non profit organization. Donations of items and monetary contributions may be declared on the donor's tax report. Please consider the UHS when cleaning out basements, attics and barns. We welcome donations of old pictures, documents and items related to Union's history. You may wonder if something would interest the Historical Society; please contact us. "When in doubt, don't throw out!" An accession policy is used to guide the Society in accepting donations of items of historical interest for the collection. Please contact the curator by email or telephone to make an appointment. Contributions may be sent to the UHS, P.O. Box 154, Union, ME 04862. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

OUR PROGRAMS

Please see our Events page for upcoming spring programs, which will all be presented via "zoom" platform at least through June 2021.  As CDC guidlines become less restricted, we home to resume in- person programs at the Old Town House  later this year. Most programs are on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm, April through November.

Attention:

May 9, 2021
Dear Union Historical Society Members:
Please except my apology for the incorrect Zoom Link for our May 5th program.  The link was copied wrong.  We missed you all.
The cast had changed:  Vicki (Mrs. Robbins) and Peter (Mr. Robbins) were part of the original Come Spring Players. Mima was read by Kelsey Walker, my granddaughter, and a descendant of Matt Hawes.  Joel was read by Kelsey’s fiancĂ©, Jake Derosier. Marion Gray was the narrator. We will have a June 6th Zoom program.
We will try to put it up on the website to be watched at your leisure.  If you would like to have us run it again in the fall, please respond to us via our contact us section on our website.
We will have a June 2nd Zoom program. Watch the website and your email for the link information.
Sincerely,
Sarah Drickey
Union Historical Society President











 

Our Mission


Our Mission of the Union Historical Society is to promote interest in and knowledge about history in general and the history of Union, Maine, in particular, through public programs and through preservation and display of documents, artifacts, archives, buildings and published materials.



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Our Rentals


The Old Town House is available for rental to the public from mid-April through October for functions such as meetings, dances and wedding receptions. The building is heated. Facilities include a kitchen with serving hatch to a 40' x 40' hall. There is also a 16' x 20' stage. Two bathrooms are located in a side hallway. Available for use are the deacon's benches and folding chairs for seating, folding and other tables for dining, and a piano. Large modern ceiling fans provide summer comfort. There is ample parking and a wheelchair-accessible side entrance.

The dining capacity of the hall is approximately 100, with a maximum allowed occupancy of 225 people.

For complete information about fees and rental arrangements, please call and leave a message on the Society's answering machine at (207) 785-5444.





Feel free to contact us!

(207) 785-5444

info@unionhistoricalsociety.org

P.O. Box 154, 343 Common Road, Maine, 04862

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