Hours of Operation

Gibbs Avenue Museum
and
Blynn Davis Memorial Archives

5 Gibbs Ave., Bridgton, Maine 04009

July-August, Tuesday-Friday, 1-4

Tuesday & Thursday 1-4.   We are often around at other times, so please don't hesitate to come in if we're here. To better serve you, we strongly recommend that researchers contact us in advanc

 

 

Narramissic

46 Narramissic Rd., Bridgton,Maine

July-August: House open for tours Thursday-Saturday, 11-3.. We're happy to make appointments at other times, please contact us to arrange a time.

House is closed mid-October - June. Enjoy the grounds and the self-guided hike to the quarry any time during daylight hours. Note: since the facilities are available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other private functions, there may be times (especially Saturdays) that we are not open to the public. Please check in advance if traveling a long distance to visit.

Research Requests

The Bridgton Public Library now has searchable, digitized past issues of the Bridgton News  available on-line. To take advantage of this great resource, go to http://www.bridgton.lib.me.us/digital-services/bridgton-public-library-archives-online/.

Eventually we plan to provide on-line catalogs and inventories of our more significant holdings.

We're eager to help with your genealogical and scholarly research questions, even if you cannot visit us in person. If your question requires just a few minutes to answer, and the reply can be an e-mail or a few photocopied pages, there is no charge for this service (although donations are always welcome!). More time-consuming projects will be handled for $25 per hour, one hour minimum. E-mail the Historical Society at info@bridgtonhistory.org.

Please include your mailing address! For many queries, the quickest, and therefore least expensive way to respond is with a few photocopied pages.

 

Explore Our Collections Online

PastPerfect, our collections cataloging software, is now available on-line!  If you're doing research, or just want to see what kind of cool stuff we have, check out this fully searchable online catalog. Researchers can get an idea of what we have before coming in, and if you're just interested and curious, get in touch with us and set up a time to come in and see the items in person. As you can imagine, entering all this data is still very much a work in progress, as we reduce a backlog of uncatalogued items, and add more images to the records. (And if you want to help speed that process, we can always use more volunteers) You'll find PastPerfect Online at http://bridgtonhistory.pastperfectonline.com/archive.

 

The 1930s Tax Assessing Records include photographs and information about nearly every building in town that was standing ca. 1938. They were produced as part of a project of the depression-era Works Progress Association (WPA). All are available at the archives, and we are working to get them on-line at the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network.  We currently have about 200 records on-line, and are working to complete more. (A great volunteer task if you want to help out!).

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Cemetery Records

The Bridgton Cemetery Records are being kept up-to-date by Kathleen Vincent. This endeavor was started by Evelyn Lamb, assisted by Linda Johnson. Evelyn and the late Lois Lane initiated the project by listing burials and information on each of the 29 town and private cemetaries. Books containing this information are available for reference at the Museum. Books are consulted frequently by those individuals doing genealogical research.

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