Revere bell’s new cupola
Revere bell’s new cupola
April is Volunteer Recognition Month and Waldoborough Historical Society is happy to salute the volunteers who keep the museum open and provide historical information from our town for research and education.

Everyone who is connected with the society’s museum and activities is a volunteer — from the sitters who welcome visitors during the summer months to the trustees and officers who move the society through its business, to the speakers who provide programs April through September.  Some give tours, change light bulbs, hang pictures, rugs, or quilts, bake cookies for refreshments, clean school desks, set up exhibits, order supplies, organize schedules, write press releases, take photos, keep the scrapbooks, type up collection data, or man the gardens. The many members who subscribe to the society’s mission support financially the bills that have to be paid, but it’s the volunteers who have kept the museum open since 1968!

This winter David Kristiansen, one of the museum’s dearest and longest-serving friends and a local building contractor, agreed to take on a volunteer winter project. Vice President Bill Maxwell found some photos of the design for the Revere bell and cupola along with the bell’s wheel in the archives. He shared them with David, who created and installed a copy of the cupola that protected the Revere bell as it rested on the top of the old Waldoboro High School on School Street. The rope from the bell once went down through the roof and into the school so that it could be rung by hand at lunch time to call the students back to the school. The bell, a product of Paul Revere’s company in Massachusetts, was originally purchased for the old Congregational Church, which also stood on the school property on School Street back in the 1800s. It was placed on the roof of the new high school by the town in 1936 when the school building was erected.

 When A. D. Gray School closed, the bell found a new home at the museum, but in order to ring it, President Jean Lawrence had to get down on her knees and physically move the clapper in order for its lovely tone to be heard. With the erection of the cupola, wheel, and rope, the bell may now be rung as it was designed. The society is indebted to David Kristiansen for the wonderful gift of his talents and to all the museum’s volunteers, who help maintain and make available Waldoboro’s artifacts.

Jean Lawrence, President, Waldoboro Historical Society