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Student Production of Faces of Founders: Hiram, Maine now on YouTube!

Updated: Mar 1, 2022


After HHS's theatrical presentation of the founders of Hiram, Maine to celebrate the bicentennial of Maine statehood, scheduled for May 2020, was cancelled because of COVID, we were at a loss as what to do. The SAD55 High School graciously offered to help us produce a modified version within the school building since under severe pandemic restrictions - no one from the outside could go in and no students could visit outside. The result for all to see is now on YouTube

Hiram Historical Society partnered with the TV2 Class of 2021 in an unprecedented production, unique in the state of Maine. HHS wrote brief profiles of 15 founders – their wives, children, brothers, and sisters – which were read and filmed. The teacher Mrs. Taylor relayed facts about each founder, and the students portrayed the founders - in their own voices - free of constraints of the printed page. Hence it is different from the book Faces of Founders: Hiram, Maine and should be viewed in addition.

HHS first turned the iMovie into a DVD, then posted it on Youtube for all to view. In it, professional musicians also perform: David Sturtevant, Hiram, plays and sings “Hiram, Maine” written by Paul Wadsworth, descendant of General Peleg Wadsworth, for Hiram’s Sesquicentennial in 1964; Katherine Rhoda, Hiram, plays and sings the hymn “Out of the Dark” written by Samuel Wadsworth Longfellow, grandson of the General and brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The video is 45 minutes.

This link will take you directly to the video.

Look for the black background with the simple lettering. Have patience - after the first song, you will see the pictures.


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