Up, up and away into the future!

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One of hundreds of original photographs from our collection currently in storage

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As we pass through the 202nd year of the incorporation of Hartland, the Hartland Historical Society finds itself now more than ever in need of a dedicated home for our precious collection of historical photos, documents, maps and artifacts which have been graciously donated and accumulated over the years.

Our small, primary storage space at the Hartland Public Library is literally stuffed to capacity so we have been forced to store some of our collection at individual homes or anywhere free space could be found. These unfavorable storage options make accessing our collection to further catalog and digitize it very difficult and obviously makes public viewing impossible. However, we remained very positive despite this bitter-sweet position of having a huge collection of historical items without a dedicated home. It’s a good problem to have!

While our search continued for a proper home, we decided to set up this website so we could, at the very least, virtually present the history of Hartland as well as share photos of much of our collection for those interested both locally and around the country. As delighted as we are with our website, we still faced our biggest enduring obstacle… not having our own home to effectively store and locally display our collection.

Now for the GOOD NEWS!! After much consideration and weighing our current options, members of the Hartland Historical Society recently voted unanimously to accept a proposal by the Irving Tanning Community Center to rent a large room at their facility on Elm Street in Hartland so we may convert it into a dedicated home for the historical society! The proposed room is the old library which was part of the first addition made in 1964 to the original Hartland Consolidated School building. We feel the space is a very good match for our current needs and can be a financially sustainable choice if we can secure public support into the future.

We are humbly asking for donations to the Hartland Historical Society so we may seize this incredible opportunity to create AND maintain a suitable secure long-term location to effectively store, catalog, further digitize and share our vast collection of historical Hartland related items with the public.

To facilitate our fundraising project, Hartland Historical Society Members Deborah Tapley and Stacy Halford have graciously volunteered to lead a “Create-A-Home” Fundraiser Committee which will oversee donation requests, donation receipts and the proper distribution of donations to a dedicated Room Fund.

Your generous donation is also tax deductible as the Hartland Historical Society is a registered 501(c) non-profit organization. Donations will be used exclusively for the Room Fund and its associated costs including rent as well as expenses to clean and upkeep, renovate areas for storage and prepare and maintain display space in order to properly present our collection to the public when ready.

We hope you will please consider a donation of any amount to our Create-A-Home Fundraiser and join our ongoing efforts to make this long awaited opportunity a reality for all. The excitement is HIGH!!

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A special printable donation form for our Create-A-Home Fundraiser has been created and attached below for your use to properly insure receipt and distribution of your greatly appreciated contribution. An option to publicly dedicate your donation is included. For further information or questions, please feel free to contact us via the email option at the bottom of the Contact Us page. THANK YOU!

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Create-A-Home Fundraiser Donation Form

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Unable to print the donation form? No problem!

Just send along your phone number or email address with your check and we’ll be happy to contact you and fill out the form for you!

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A small sample of the many historical artifacts donated to us which are currently in storage. With your help, we’ll be able to properly display many of these in our new dedicated room along with much of our vast collection of photos, maps and documents. You’ll find more examples on our Artifacts Collection page and throughout our website.

Restored Vogel “Gold Toilet” from Opera House/Town Hall

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Moor Sawmill Sign

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Thomas A. Linn 32nd Degree Mason Shaving Cup

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Sebasticook Walking Skirt made by Fuller-Osborne Manufacturing Company of Hartland

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Hartland Drug Store Medicine Bottle

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Original 1892 Hartland Town Hall Grand Opening Poster