CORINTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 541 Corinth ME 04427 USA

Mission: Preserve the history and culture of Corinth, Maine
Results: 139 artifacts or documents were donated this past year, 2 successful Corinth Garden Tour fundraisers held, over 200 hours of volunteer time donated, added one major "room" exhibit to museum and several other smaller exhibits, hosted the local 4th graders for a Children's History Tour, sponsored a lecture on Maine's participation in the Civil War, published a 69-page brief history of Corinth, Maine
Target demographics: Citizens of all ages in Corinth, Maine, genealogists, antique lovers
Geographic areas served: greater Corinth, Maine area
Programs: museum archives tours

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

Several years ago, we made a trip from Pennsylvania to Maine for the purpose of genealogical research. My ancestors were from the Corinth area. Eleven of them are buried in the Corinthian cemetery. We found Historical Society volunteer, Pauline S, via e-mail prior to making our trip. She answered a few basic questions on line and then while we were in Maine, she and Carol gave up time from their busy day to go with us to the cemetery, find our ancestors' graves, and give us a tour of your marvelous museum. That's above and beyond the role of volunteer, we think! The coolest part of the story . . . . one of her ancestors was married to one of my ancestors. We've stayed in touch since then and refer to each other as cousins :-) Small world.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Corinth Historical Society is a huge blessing to my community. We have some outstanding leaders and volunteers who donate countless hours, who selflessly give so much of their heart and time to this cause. The building of artifacts and the landscaping with it's village is so detailed and well-kept, arranged in a most user friendly way! It is a true delight every time I walk throughout the building and the around the village. There is so much to see, and it's set up in a way that is not crowded, with like things together, which makes it much more enjoyable, and a more in-depth educational experience. I hope to introduce my five grandchildren to this wonder that we are so blessed to have!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Corinth Historical Society is doing a wonderful job of preserving the heritage of the Corinth area. In the years that I have been a member I have watched the Museum collection grow as local families realize that there is indeed a group of community members that will care for and protect their memories and treasures.

The work that the membership does is phenomenal, and the support from the community is heart warming. More volunteers are needed, however, to enable the Society to continue with this all important project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Every time I visit the Corinth Historical Society's museum I am so-o-o impressed. They have done a wonderful job of utilizing the old Grange Hall and turning it into a museum with something of interest for all ages. Being involved with another historical society, I must admit I am always a bit jealous. They have the volunteers who, obviously, are willing to share their interests in preservation and their time to produce eye catching displays, in a building so well suited, historically. Although I have not personally experienced the use of their archives, I have heard from others that they are well organized, and their keepers are always willing to share their help and their knowledge of Corinth's past. The CHS is fortunate to have these volunteers, dedicated to carrying out the society's mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member for several years, and live in the area, members of my family have resided in Corinth. The Society has many wonderful displays and artifacts that have been donated by townspeople and the members encourage people to use the records for ancestry research. All board members are very dedicated to the Society. I have not had the time recently to be more helpful due to my job but I encourage everyone to stop in on Wednesdays during the summer months to see how they can be of help to you.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I love going to the Corinth Historical Society! There is a wealth of knowledge there and everyone is so helpful and friendly. If you are researching for your genealogy or just knowledge about Corinth this is the place to go.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Corinth Historical Society started out as being more like a traveling show. Everything we had acquired through donations and purchases were stored in trunks and boxes for decades. Whenever there was a town function we would ask permission to set up a tabletop display to interest people in preserving Corinth's history and recruiting members. I believe we had around 30 members before we had a building so the interest was there.

Eventually a former Grange Hall which had been given to the Town became vacant and we pounced on the opportunity to use the building as a tenant and prove to people that we were serious about the work at hand. Up until then people were reluctant to donate family historical artifacts because it was only going into storage boxes and brought out occasionally. Having a building with our name on it showed citizens we could now accept donations and loans for display.

In our outreach, there is an annual Children's History Day where the entire fourth grade classes from our consolidated school are given a talk at the school of what to expect at the museum and then a day for them to visit and discuss the uses of various items with volunteer guides. This usually brings around 70 to 80 children and remind them this is a free museum and invite their parents to come back with them during the summer months.

We have worked very hard creating meaningful displays and the vast majority of the investment has come from dues and fund raising activities with volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the facility open more hours that it currently is. Attract more volunteers. Advertise genealogical information that is available in our research area. Need to have someone capable of successful grant writing so that major repairs could be accomplished instead of fixing at problems. For the good of artifacts on display, proper environmental stability within the museum is grossly needed. The building needs a system that maintains a constant temperature and humidity level.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Corinth Historical Society is a great organization, even though I don't live close by I try to stay abreast of everything that's happening with them and look for ways they may need my help in some way. They are always a big help in my research and have been willing to loan me materials and also make copies of documents then mail them to me. My family dates back to the very first days of Corinth's history and I am grateful that there is a place I can go to find any information I may need. I have attended a meeting and was able to assist the society in removing some un-wanted appliances to free up some much needed space. I got to meet and talk to other society members and it was a great experience. I am still a active member of the Corinth Historical Society and plan to remain so for a good long time.

Michael Rockwell

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move the Society closer to my hone but since that is not possible I cannot think of anything else I would change.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My husband & I made a trip from Yakima, WA to Corinth in October of 2009 to research family residing there in the early 1800's. Our first stop was the Town Office. They were very helpful. They gave us all the information they had, and when they were unable to answer all our questions, they called Jan Bryan, a volunteer/archivist & researcher with the Corinth Historical Society. Jan offered to meet us at the museum, and check the information she had in her files. As I mentioned above, it was in October, and cold, and there was no heat in the building. Still, she opened the museum to us, then retrieved the information from the museum files pertaining to our family, and let us make copies of everything she had on file! We couldn't believe her willingness to go the extra mile. Periodically, we have received follow up e-mails with helpful tidbits. The museum is very well done and the volunteers are amazing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am sort of a shadow volunteer because I do most of the thank you notes even when in Florida for the winter. I love this organization and the many volunteers who are dedicated to improving and keeping the society going. Constantly changing displays each year is a big job but we have a few dedicated people who do it and do it well. I especially love getting back in time to help with History Day in which we have the 4th graders and their teachers, from Morison come down for a tour. I have participated in presenting a program in years past. This always is a fun time for the kids and us as well! My husband and I also restored a donated miniture village that stands in back of the museum. PLEASE COME AND VISIT THE CORINTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN CORINTH, MAINE. It's well worth you time and well worth the hours volunteers have spend working there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Buy more property so that we could display all the things donated, the donations are wonderful and really appreciated!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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