Ot­tawa House wants present gen­er­a­tion to cham­pion his­tory in the fu­ture

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

The Parrs­bor­ough Shore His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, more com­monly known for it’s Ot­tawa House By-The-Sea Mu­seum, is at the top of its game.

Strong, vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship, rig­or­ous sup­port from staff and vol­un­teers, and govern­ment fund­ing have launched it to­ward a more il­lus­tri­ous fu­ture in all re­gards but one.

For what is a legacy with­out heirs? The so­ci­ety is seek­ing to ad­dress this deficit, to gen­er­ate in the youth of the com­mu­nity an in­ter­est in lo­cal his­tory and a sense of shared own­er­ship of our unique lo­cal her­itage, so that the im­por­tant sto­ries of the past are not lost. And it is en­list­ing the very best sup­port for this en­deav­our: young vol­un­teers.

The so­ci­ety is look­ing for a wider range of ac­tiv­i­ties and projects that will ap­peal to a younger set of mem­bers. There is now a group of young peo­ple who have come to­gether to share ideas, or­ga­nize events and learn more about the im­por­tance of the Parrs­bor­ough Shore at the “cross­roads of his­tory.” Trin­ity Ben­nett, Au­drey Allen, Katie Fife and Sky Yorke have a keen in­ter­est in his­tory and have be­come Found­ing Mem­bers of the Youth Sec­tion. Their en­thu­si­asm and cre­ativ­ity will greatly en­hance the ac­tiv­i­ties of the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

This small vol­un­teer team is al­ready cre­at­ing lists of ex­cit­ing ways to bring his­tory to the com­mu­nity. Among their ideas are ac­tiv­i­ties like story writ­ing con­tests, his­toric fairs, blend­ing art and his­tory, and par­tic­i­pa­tion with the Ot­tawa House in Old Home Week. The first pro­ject to be tack­led will be an ex­pose on haunted houses along the shore. The Youth Sec­tion will be in­ter­view­ing home own­ers and re­search­ing ghost sto­ries. Their find­ings will be used not only as a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity but also as a fun and ed­u­ca­tional re­source for the com­mu­nity. Do you have any sto­ries of spir­its hov­er­ing in the at­tic?

Ac­tiv­i­ties such as th­ese will pro­vide an av­enue to build self con­fi­dence and prac­tise team work. Young peo­ple, com­ing to­gether to share a com­mon pas­sion and bring ideas from a va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives, will help the His­toric So­ci­ety grow and sus­tain it­self into the fu­ture. The Youth Sec­tion wants to add more mem­bers all along the Parrs­bor­ough Shore. In­quiries can be made to Rose­mary Rown­tree by email at orose­mary­rown­tree@gmail.com.

The PSHS man­ages and owns hun­dreds of arte­facts, archives and ge­neal­ogy records. It has some­thing for ev­ery­one – young or old.


When time trav­ellers Kerwin Dav­i­son and Su­san Clarke, from Ot­tawa House Mu­seum, dropped into Wright’s Phar­macy in Parrs­boro, they stopped to chat with Au­drey Allen, one of a group of youth keen to un­der­take his­tor­i­cal ini­tia­tives.

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