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Release date - Fri Feb 01, 2013

MADA Awards Grant to Friendship Museum

MADA has awarded a grant of $1500 to The Friendship Museum of Friendship, Maine.

On January 23rd, Endowment Chair Harry W. Hepburn III, Committee Member Roger Williams and MADA President Elizabeth DeSimone went to Friendship and presented the check to Museum President Margaret Gagnon and Treasurer Gordon Winchenbach.

For several years, The Friendship Museum , working with students from the Friendship Village School, has produced oral history projects on Friendship subjects, as well as many educational programs. The funds from the MADA endowment will be used to purchase a digital projector and large screen which will aid in both documenting and sharing the Museum projects with a broader audience.

The Friendship Museum founded in 1964 was organized to gather, compile and display all historical memorabilia pertaining to the fishing village of Friendship, its history, origin and the world known Friendship Sloop. The Museum is housed in a one-room historic brick schoolhouse and the newly acquired Annex located just a quarter of a mile north of the Friendship village.

In addition to the Friendship Museum being a museum of local history preserving the artifacts and documents of this traditional seafaring community the small brick schoolhouse that houses the museum is itself a museum artifact. Measuring only 20 by 25 feet, it is a typical one-room schoolhouse of the mid-19th century. It served as a grammar school from 1851-1923.

Admission is free to the Museum and visitors are welcome July 1st to Labor Day. Hours are: Monday - Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There is much history to be found here in Friendship of which the community members are quite proud to be a part.

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