The Board was very proud to show off the Meeting House in 2016 as for the first time in its history it had interior and exterior lighting installed. Fixtures replicating the period of the building were utilized and we have since been able to have evening functions.
In 2017 we are directing our fundraising efforts towards our roof. Over the harsh winter of 2016-17, the Winterport Union Meeting House lost part of its slate tile as well as two of its spires. We are currently evaluating the remaining two spires to see what damage they hold, if any. Check out the news story from WABI as we take our first steps to preserving our community landmark.
Other projects include the installation of a heating system which will enable us to use the building during the chillier months. In the past we have had inquiries from brides about November weddings, but without heat this has been rarely possible.
The floors are another project we are working on. The carpet was recently removed due to wear. What we discovered underneath were parts of quilts that different denominations had donated which helped to keep the warmth in (what little there must have been). The Maine Historical Society is working to guide us with keeping the building historically correct in this area.
Maintenance and the restoration of this magnificent historical landmark is always a challenge that the Board of Directors address with great pride. The Board is truly grateful for all of the support it receives from its members and the community.
You may fill out your membership form online and send your tax-deductible donations to P.O. Box 589, Winterport, Maine 04496. The Meeting House is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.