History of the Tremont Historical Society
According to Stanley W. Reed, who
was active in the Tremont Historical Society from the 1960s to
1990s, the Society began in the 1930s
and was the first historical society in this area. In the 1950s, the Mount Mansell Historical Society was formed by Lawrence S. Robinson, Thomas Searle, Ralph Stanley and Millard Herrick in Southwest Harbor to preserve historic artifacts. Interest in the Tremont Historical
Society waned during the 1970s. The present Society was reorganized from the original in 1988 after the voters of Tremont in 1988
approved the Comprehensive Planning Committee’s Report that recommended the formation of a historical society for the Town of
Tremont. The Articles of Incorporation and ByLaws were approved by the State in 1989. In the 1992 town report Stan Reed reported that
the Tremont and Mount Mansell societies had combined into one. Key people during the 1960s and the reorganization in the 980s
included Stan Reed, Mr. & Mrs. John Nelson & daughter Muriel DeCorte, Wayne and Virginia Libhart, Arlene and Bob Bartlett, Ralph
Stanley, Janet and Wayne Patton, and Chuck Liebow. The Society helped raise money for the Bernard library addition, maintained a
historical room there until the renovation of the Country Store Museum in 2002 and continues to meet there now (since 1991).
present Society is a quasi-municipal organization of the Town
of Tremont but a separate corporation. The Society’s
annual report is published in the Town report each year and
the Town contributes $2500 to the operating budget each year. The annual budget
$8000. An annual fund drive raises the remaining operating funds for the museum.
The Society has over 200 members
around the country and is managed by a Board of Directors,
which has 12 members.
Public programs are presented on the 4th Monday of the months March through November at 7pm, at the Bass Harbor Memorial library in Bernard.
Dues are $10/person/year and include a periodic Newsletter.