The Alice Project-A Wayne Treasure
Open House at the Williams House was June 9
We had a grand celebration to Welcome Back Alice and to wish Happy Birthday to Grace Burleigh, the generous donor of the Alice in Wonderland Room. Grace will attend and you can wish her Happy 100th birthday!
Progress has been made in the ongoing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Room project.
The art panel depicting Alice has completed the conservation steps and is back in Wayne. The refreshed, restored and protected Alice will appear at the Open House. Alice is the first of 17 panels to be conserved.
The funding campaign is underway; we are grateful for generous initial results and for the first four grants filed for consideration. Construction tasks at the carriage barn have started with more visible activity to appear soon.
As part of the exciting project to recreate the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Room at the Williams House carriage barn, Jann Haynes Gilmore, a member of the Mad Hatters Committee and formerly on the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities, spent the winter researching and writing a 65-page book on the Alice phenomenon in cultural history. Of keen interest is the detailed account of how the Alice Room and its artist, Alfred T. Merian, came to Wayne, Maine.The limited edition book will be available for purchase at $18.00 beginning in early June at the Cary Library and the Williams House with all proceeds going to the Alice project. Jann is a well-known Wayne summer resident and her scores of paintings of Wayne homes, sites and scenes grace the walls of many local families’ homes.
If you would like further information, please contact Holly Stevenson (email@example.com) or stop by the Library.
Aging at Home-Wayne Survey Special Announcement
The Town of Wayne wants to make our community a welcoming and livable place for our older residents. This anonymous survey will help the Wayne Aging At Home Committee know what actions to take in order to connect Wayne residents with services and resources as they age in town. We will be presenting our survey results to the community in the spring. Thank you for helping us by providing your input.
We invite all members of the Wayne community who are age 60 or over, or who are younger than 60 and need help in activities of day to day living, to take the survey. We also invite those who care for or care about elders in town to take the survey. Printed versions of the survey are available at the post office, the library and the town office.
Here is a link if you would like to take the survey on line:
- Wayne Town Office
- Wayne Historical Society a selection of Town reports and books on the history of Wayne
- Historical and Genealogical Page starting with Kennebec County
- Wayne Elementary and Maranacook Community School
- The Androscoggin Yacht Club
- Maine State Library
- Maine Memory Network-a project of the Maine Historical Society
- Genealogical Resources from the Maine State Library – a substantial collection of genealogies; town histories and published vital records for towns in Maine and a good deal of New England; materials on the Maritime Provinces of Canada; and genealogy handbooks and other helpful tools.