2017-03-29 / Front Page

OOBMITS displays historical photos in town hall

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Do you have a fond childhood memory of Old Orchard Beach that you would like to share?

The Old Orchard Beach Museum in the Streets Committee has hung up a display of historical photos on the first floor of Town Hall, across from the Planning Department, and is asking people to write down their memories on forms that can be handed to, mailed or emailed to Assistant Town Planner Megan McLaughlin.

The committee is also planning to upload photos on its Facebook page, and people are invited to comment there as well.

The more than 60 photos offer a glimpse into Old Orchard Beach and its past, including images of displays at a wax museum once located downtown, the former Casino Ballroom located at the end of The Pier and the former Kite Track where horse races once took place.

The committee is hoping to gather a large number of reflections and memories of the town, which will be compiled in a book that will be kept at the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society.

The Old Orchard Beach Museum in the Streets Committee was formed in 2015 to help create a Museum in the Streets walking tour to highlight some of the town’s historic attributes.

Museum in the Streets is a network of history walks with guided strolls located in communities in Maine, across the country and beyond.

“We’re hoping to leave the photos up in Town Hall for at least a couple of months,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said the photos will be up in Town Hall for a few months and the display is part of an effort to publicize the group. She said the committee is working on an infomercial that will be shown on the local public access station and posted on Facebook to help spread the word about the Museum in the Streets effort.

The Museum in the Streets project is estimated to cost between $20,000 and $25,000, and fundraising efforts are underway.

Museum in the Streets founder Patrick Cardon said at an informational meeting earlier this month that the panels used on the walk are made from a durable composite material, coated with UV protection and are warrantied for 10 years.

For more information, go to facebook.com/pg/OOBMITS.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325, or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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