From left: Harry Hepburn, Margaret Gagnon, Gordon Winchenbach, Pat Jameson, and Elizabeth DeSimone.
The Friendship Museum of Friendship, Maine, has been awarded a grant of $1500 from the Maine Antiques Dealers Association (MADA). Museum president Margaret Gagnon and treasurer Gordon Winchenbach accepted the check, presented by MADA president Elizabeth DeSimone, endowment chairman Harry W. Hepburn, and endowment committee member Roger Williams.
Incorporated in 1943, MADA is a professional trade organization of dealers engaged in the selling of antiques and working to promote a standard of ethics and practices that will assure customer confidence. The MADA board of directors established in 1998 an endowment fund to promote knowledge of Maine history and its decorative arts. Through the years this program has benefited Maine museums, historical societies, and preservation projects in their outreach and curatorial endeavors.
Working with students from the Friendship Village School for the past 11 years, the Friendship Museum has produced oral history projects on Friendship subjects, as well as many other educational programs and events. The funds from the MADA endowment will be used to purchase a digital projector and large screen, which will aid in documenting and sharing these projects with a broader audience.
Since its founding in 1964, the museum has occupied a historic brick schoolhouse, and it now has acquired a large, three-story building on the town’s Main Street.