The Waldoborough Historical Society has initiated an unusual fundraiser featuring two local photographers.

On Dec. 12, Jean Lawrence of the Historical Society presented the Board of Selectmen with an autographed copy of the new book, "Do You Remember," which it has produced.

The book includes photographs from Waldoboro artists Warren Genthner and Howard Marple, and includes people and places from the town's past. The artists' families donated their works to the Historical Society.

"We came to the conclusion that we needed to do something special, because these were artists that Waldoboro should be very, very proud of," Lawrence said.

As the society was starting the project, the Reed Mansion burned down. "We were heartbroken, as everyone was," she said. So the group added a special section to the book, thanks to the donation of photographs by residents.

The society has undertaken a major project, which it estimates will cost $6,000: to protect all the historical buildings in town from potential tree damage. "I say my prayers every time the wind blows badly," Lawrence said.

Sales of the book will help fund the tree project.

The books are on sale for $12, or anyone interested can enter the Historical Society's Facebook contest and answer the following question to get a free copy — "Who was the first full-time town employee to reach retirement in Waldoboro history?"

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