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About Our Town

The mission of Hiram Historical Society is to collect, preserve and promote the rich heritage of Hiram, Maine.

Sailing on Stanley Pond

Hiram, Maine was settled in 1774 and incorporated as a legal town in 1814. In southern Oxford County, it is located 35 miles west/northwest of Portland, Maine. The Saco River and Ossipee Rivers flow through Hiram, which contains numerous ponds and streams, most notably Barker Pond, Clemons Pond, Stanley Pond, and Hancock Brook. 

Hiram is home to Mt. Cutler Park, a popular hiking trail, and Ten Mile River Demonstration Forest, a walking trail with a bog and native plants. Soldiers Memorial Library, a public library, was built in 1915. Its neighbor, Hiram Arts Center at 8 Hancock Avenue, was established in 2015 in a disused church built in 1885. 

Hiram Historical Society was founded in 1978 and is a 501c3 public charitable organization. It is located in Great Ossipee Museum (formerly Mt. Cutler School, a three-room public school built in 1883) at 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram, Maine.

Unless otherwise noted, the Society meets on the second Saturday of months May to October, with a business meeting at 1:00 p.m. and a guest speaker at 1:30 p.m. Meetings and programs are open to the public and free (donations welcome).

 

The Museum is open on the third Saturday of months May to October from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is also open by appointment by calling 207-615-4390 or by emailing gardenlit@gmail.com. A vintage road grader manufactured by Caterpillar, bought by the town in 1931, is displayed on the grounds and is unique in the County of Oxford.

Annually in October, the Society presents the Hubert W. Clemons Award for Outstanding Service to the Town of Hiram. In conjunction with the Hiram Community Center, the Society hosts a Trash Can Turkey Roast on the

third Saturday in October. The event includes Open House at Great Ossipee Museum.

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Membership

John Watson house photographed by Roger

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Hiram history.

Annually

  • $10 for a single membership

  • $15 for family

Life membership

  • $100 for single,

  • $150 for family

One of the membership benefits is our Newsletter, published quarterly, full of news and researched stories. Newsletter Editor – Sally Williams.

Contact

2024 HHS Trustees

2024 HHS Board of Directors

  • Bill Johnson Sr.

  • Ken Kimball

  • Susan D. Moulton

  • Bruce Nason

  • Sylvia Pease

  • Jack Wadsworth

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