Why this project?
Anyone who has studied or tried to research local history is keenly aware that the
vast majority of the details of any local history is forever lost. We hope that this
project will provide a place for current residents to better understand the many parts
of their town, and for future historians to better understand Pittsfield of the early
We'd like to see the history that is lived by many begin to be written by many, and
that's where you come in.
What is the "History of Your Place" Project?
In it's effort to bring history alive for the residents of Pittsfield, the PHS would
like to give every person, church, club, organization and business in town the
opportunity to write their own history of their place.
The intent is that these histories not be geneological histories, nor personal
histories, but histories of buildings, land, places, businesses and organizations
written by those familiar with them.
How will it work?
We have begun by listing at this website all of the businesses, community organizations,
municipal organizations and facilities, and churches in town. This list will include
"defunct" entries, as well, as they had their history, even if they are no
longer making it.
Each entry in this list will serve as a "place holder" until such time as
we are given an entry to include in the history of that place. Such entries can be
updated and modified by the writer as often as necessary, so in writing your history, it
is not necessary to have a "final and complete" form before sending it to us.
Some of this work is already done, or done partly. Several places in town already
have well known or easily uncovered histories, and we will be incorporating what we have
Everyone is a historian. Everyone can tell the tale, at least in part, of the place
in which they live. Or of the organization they belong to, or the business they
are part of. That's what we want to hear, the story as you know it.
It is not necessary to be a scholar to write your piece of history, because we feel
that what you know is more important than how you write it.
We are not looking for a promo piece for your organization or business. We are
looking for details such as year founded, founding members, physical or organizational
changes undergone over the years, and current address and contact info, if appropriate.
Your home doesn't have to qualify for the National Register of Historic places in
order to have a history we want to hear about. We are intentionally seeking out the
small bits of history the way you have lived it, and the way it matters to you. When was
your house built? Who owned it or lived there over the years? When were additions made?
Again, the "history of your place" doesn't have to be encyclopedic -- just
tell us what you know. All at once or in installments.
How to go about it.
Send us a written account either by mail (PHS, 8 Central St, Pittsfield ME 04967) or
by email firstname.lastname@example.org (prefered). Include:
The name and/or address of what you are writing about.
Your name, and whether you are the author of this history. You may include
acknowledgements of those who supplied you with some facts.
The history of your place.
Histories written so far are here.
Also see these pages:
Organization History Form
Business History Form
Church History Form