Hope Historical Society seeks veterans' pictures for Town Office

By Gabriel Blodgett | Nov 05, 2019
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett From left, Hope Historical Society members Margaret Morse, Florance Merrifield,and Juanita Hunt in front of the cabinet honoring the town's veterans.

Hope — With Veterans Day approaching, the Hope Historical Society is seeking pictures of veterans for the cabinet at the Town Office.

According to Historical Society President Juanita Hunt, they first began collecting pictures in 1996 when resident Lewis Merrifield built the cabinet in memory of Ethel Pearse.

The collection has continued over the years but recently the cabinet began to fill up prompting the addition of a new shelf and a corresponding push to get word out that they are seeking new submissions.

On Nov. 1, Hunt, Florence Merrifield and Margaret Morse gathered at the Town Office to crop and shrink some of the pictures and reorganize the cabinet to make room for more submissions.

Merrifield said there currently 170 veterans honored in the display, out of a total of more than 250 who were residents of Hope at one time.

The process of accumulating the pictures has largely consisted of reaching out to families and friends but the society has begun soliciting submissions in the hope of getting closer to full representation.

The cabinet, which is loosely organized by family, features many surnames recognizable to area residents. The largest representation is the Crabtree family with nine members honored.

The pictures, which range from official military shots to more informal pictures, include the veterans’ years of service accompanied by noteworthy accomplishments and information.

Anyone wishing to submit a picture or with additional information can reach Hunt at 785-4316 or stop by the Town Office.

The Historical Society was on hand on election day, Nov. 5, to sell baked goods and hold a raffle for a quilt made by Merrifield.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 05, 2019 15:29

I will remember Hope and all the residents from the past. Hopefully these memories collected will honor those who sacrificed for us. Thankfully, the only members of my immediate family who served during WW2 was my cousin Sonny who was killed at age 18 on the shores of Iwo Jima in the first invasion.

Blessings and Memories to my Hope friends. I live here in Arizona with my daughter Maureen and am holding my own at age 84 years young....But I do have Hope Maine memories as Store owner and Postmaster in Hope.



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