WAYNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MISSION AND ORGANIZATION
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
COMMUNITY PROJECTS
PUBLICATIONS
COLLECTIONS
GENEALOGY
MEMBERSHIP

MISSION AND ORGANIZATION

    FOUNDED IN 1998 as the town was celebrating its bicentennial year, the Wayne Historical Society serves as the community's primary link with its more than two-hundred-year-old history. It sponsors special programs for public participation, and works in close co-operation on historical projects of community interest. A principal activity is continuing research into diverse aspects of town history, sharing the results through special exhibits as well as periodic research papers and full-length books.

The Society owns no property, neither buildings nor collections, but maintains an interest in preservation of town historic structures, and is actively engaged in acquiring and preserving documents, photographs, and other items for the town historical collection.. Officers include a president, secretary and treasurer.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

    EACH YEAR, usually in August, the Society presents an Annual Summer Program for the general public as well as Society members. Other programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the Society are often in conjunction with ongoing history-related programs at the Wayne Elementary School.

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS

    ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places is Wayne's Town House, built in 1840 and largely unaltered in visual appearance. Used for Town Meetings until the early 1990s, when attendance outgrew capacity, the structure was in need of extensive repair. Society concern led to formation of a town-appointed committee to oversee its continuing preservation and eventual restoration. A second preservation project is the North Wayne Schoolhouse, built in the 1850s and also in need of extensive repair, a long-term project under way by an active committee of town citizens.

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PUBLICATIONS

    TWICE YEARLY is published the Wayne Historical Society Report, serving as newsletter and customarily accompanied by a Research Paper. Written most often by a Society member and based on personal research, each is on a subject related to town history. Of special note are Wayne's Three Doctors Wing, a two-part paper on Wayne's earliest physicians, and Prehistoric People of the Androscoggin River Valley. Also published by the Society are the following full-length books:

History of Wayne, Maine: 'Geology' by Walter Anderson and Woodrow Thompson, 'Origin and Settlement Prior to 1802' by Eloise R. Ault, 'The Civil War Period 1861-1865' by Patty K. Lincoln; ed. Eloise R. Ault, 1998.

Johnson's Kingdom: The Story of a Nineteenth-Century Industrial Kingdom in the Town of Wayne, Maine by Edward L. Kallop, Jr, 2001

A History of the North Wayne Tool Company by Edward L. Kallop, Jr, 2003

Golden Summertime: a portrait of Vacation Life in Wayne, Maine, 1890-1960 by Edward L. Kallop, Jr, 2005.

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COLLECTIONS

    THE TOWN OF WAYNE HISTORICAL COLLECTION is in charge of a town-appointed Archival Board, responsible for collections preservation and ongoing maintenance. Collections are varied and include most municipal records, among them Town Meeting reports from 1879, property assessment and valuation lists from 1808 with those from 1874 continuous and in bound volumes. Census records begin in 1790, from 1850 through 1930 indexed and fully transcribed. Census data are also available at the Maine State Archives in Augusta.

Among individual collections are numerous documents, photographs, and items pertaining to town history - correspondence, Civil War and other diaries, news accounts - all related to town institutions and events as well as Wayne families and individuals. Among them are the inventors, Hiram and Hudson Maxim, and Annie Louise Cary, born in Wayne and during the 1870s an internationally acclaimed opera star. Named in her honor, Wayne's town library contains various items known as the Cary memorabilia. Collections also include supporting primary sources, original or in copy, for all Society publications. Collections are housed in the Cary Memorial Library, indexed with periodic updates, and accessible to the public upon application to the librarian.

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GENEALOGY 

    AMONG PUBLIC INQUIRIES regarding town historical records the most frequently asked relate to genealogy. Sources are varied, with information often overlapping, and the researcher is advised to begin with the source most easily accessible. Cary Memorial Library reference materials include the History of Wayne published in 1898, which contains a 'Genealogical Register' and other family information throughout the book, now with a comprehensive and separately printed index. Also available are recent compilations titled Wayne Families to 1897 and Marriage Intentions with the first including information not found in the 1898 History.

Cemetery records exist with two reports, the most recent compiled during the 1990s as part of the Maine State Library Cemetery Record, and provides details for most individual burials in each of the town's eight cemeteries. For some of Wayne's earlier families exists information in somewhat greater detail, notably the Wings who are represented by a scrapbook collection of articles and genealogical clippings from the Wing family periodic publication The Owl. 

Wayne's annual Town Reports, from 1890 through 1946, include a Town Clerk's report which identifies births, deaths, and marriages for each year, then deaths only until 1976, with all three included in later reports. For births and deaths prior to 1890, in Wayne or elsewhere, are handwritten records beginning in 1764, in a bound volume identified as 'Births and Deaths.' Vital statistic records also exist on microfilm at the Maine State Archives in Augusta. 

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MEMBERSHIP

    MEMBERSHIP is open to all, with annual dues at $10 per family per year. Society members receive all published Reports and Research Papers free of charge, and are invited for special participation in all Society events and activities including those co-sponsored by the Society. Dues are requested for payment on January 1st of each year and are payable to Wayne Historical Society. Dues, inquiries, suggestions, and general correspondence are addressed to:

Wayne Historical Society
P. O. Box 243
Wayne, Maine 04284
e-mail: waynehs@gwi.net 



1/2006

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