Merrymeeting Hall

A Community Center for Bowdoinham.

Merrymeeting Hall, Bowdoinham, MEWe need your support!

Now that BHS has preserved this historic Bowdoinham building, we have been blessed with pledges of $30,000 from anonymous donors which will become available as new donations come in. So for those of you who wish to double your donation, the time is now!

See the slides at the bottom of the page, and use the Donate button to make a donation.

What will this $60,000 (and more, we hope) do?

First:
    Lift the building (mid September), excavate the cellar,
    pour foundation walls and a cellar floor.
        After much discussion, the foundation committee finally
        decided that this was the best method for fixing the foundation.
        Not only would the building be entirely supported into the next generations,
        but it would provide a functional cellar which could see many future uses.

And eventually:

    Buy materials to paint the interior, including the theater ceiling
         refinish the kitchen floor, and reglaze the windows    

    Allow us to upgrade the electrical and plumbing systems

    Allow us to insulate as much of the building as possible

    Make some necessary interior changes. (a unisex, accessible
        bathroom on each floor, build storage areas.)

    Work toward full ADA Accessibility

    Work toward a Certified Kitchen

    Resurface the west half of the roof

Ways to help:

•    Send your donation (check to Bham Historical Society.)
•    Mail: Bowdoinham Historical Society, PO Box 101, Bham Me 04008
    • Online: There is a Donate Button at the bottom of the Membership Page
•    Volunteer your time and/or expertise.
•    (If you can do something MMH needs, could you do it for us with BHS covering the material costs?).
•    Join us on Merrymeeting Mondays  9-12
•    Donate materials
•    Hold your own fundraiser for MMH

And speaking of Fundraisers…

Super Yard & Antique Sale Profits (Sept. 15) will go to the Merrymeeting Hall Fund.
    Please donate items you no longer use to BHS or bring your own table, and sell your treasures.

We are also pursuing grant money, an Historic Register Eligibility for Merrymeeting Hall, and possibly a Historic District designation for the village. (The latter designation opens grant opportunities & certain tax breaks for buildings in the district.  Such designation carries no restrictions unless you accept Federal money.)

Questions? Need to contact BHS?  bayviewess@comcast.net. 737-9460

Grange Hall, 1912

 

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