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Sharing Our Stories: Oral Histories in Kittery, Maine

Kittery, Maine

Oral Histories in Kittery, Maine
Fourth of July parade in Bristol, N.H., c. 1936

Historic New England’s South Berwick staff partnered with Kittery Estates and Meetinghouse Village, two independent retirement community in Kittery, Maine, to collect oral histories and photos from residents.  Many of these seniors have deep roots in seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine communities, some witnessing over ninety years of history and change.  The seniors shared stories of walking to one room schoolhouses; delivering groceries for Frisbee’s Market in Kittery Point; learning to ski; living through the expansion of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during World War II; policing the streets of Portsmouth when it was a military town active with sailors, pilots, and solders; vacationing in Alton Bay’s Adventist Christian Summer Cottages; documenting the building of the I-95 bridge linking New Hampshire to Maine across the Piscataqua River; and working at the button factory in Portsmouth.  The seniors also shared favorite photos spanning from the 1920s to the present.

For more information, e-mail community engagement at Historic New England.


Sarah Orne Jewett House
Kittery Estates
Meetinghouse Village


Sharing Our Stories: Oral Histories in Kittery, Maine