Phippsburg Historical Society


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Museum News:

We are currently working to update our website. Please check back soon. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and read Tommy Totman’s wonderful stories of growing up in Phippsburg! 

New Hours:

Daily 7:00 am-11:00 am

New email address:

Mailing Address:

Phippsburg Historical Society

P.O. Box 21

Phippsburg, Maine 04562

Exciting news! The Society has been awarded a $1,250 grant by the Historic New England Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grant Program. These monies will be used to complete the exterior restoration of the Fishermen’s Museum and produce outdoor exhibit banners that will be accessible throughout the year.

The new public hours are Thursday and Friday from 2:00-4:00 and 9:00-11:00 am daily by appointment only. Researchers and scholars can still call for an appointment to visit. 207-389-2393 or Merry Chapin at

Phippsburg Historical Society continues to offer valuable services in preserving the Town of Phippsburg's history.  We receive requests from many who are interested in doing research throughout the year.  Because our building is now climate controlled we can offer research opportunities in all months. Throughout the time of the pandemic, volunteers have continued to organize the many documents which have been given to the Museum.  Most of these documents have come from Gloria Gray who has written several books about Phippsburg history.  Gloria has given her research to the Phippsburg Historical Society to be shared by all who are interested in learning about the Phippsburg community.  Before this gift has come to the Historical Society, many of our community families were not represented in our collection.  With her donation, we have added several thousand documents in archival sleeves to include many more Phippsburg families.

The Historical Society has updated its Cemetery Guide. A downloadable pdf of the map and key is available here.  Please note this is an 11 x 17 document. Printed copies of the brochure are available at the museum and town hall.

Here are some great Phippsburg stories to watch!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here are two more Malaga related articles!

Networks: Short Film by Brooke Mohnkern- Maine Island Perspectives

Sandbox Atlas "Postcards from Gus, #4" Capturing the Fort: The Authors Trace Gus’s Footsteps in Popham, Maine, Cathy Jewitt & John Meader. Click on the image to see this amazing project.

Malaga Island Descendant Laura Harrison shares her Families Stories and about the Malaga Exhibit. The Maine State Museum has given permission to use the following video of Laura Harrison sharing her family story and information about the Malaga Exhibit "Fragmented Lives" which was shown at the Maine State Museum from May 2012 to May 2013.

Thank you to Carol Gurerette for taking this video and Merry Chapin for interviewing Alton Wallace about his boats for this very cool video!

Thank you to Gregory Emerson and his Phippsburg Elementary School Boat Building Class of 1995

This video is a part of the collaboration between Morse High School Librarian Dawn Lee, her assistant Brenda Fagan and Patten Free Librarian Roberta Jordan as a celebration of the work of students and adults in the Bath area community to celebrate Black History Month.  Roberta did this video using post cards about Malaga Island and the people who lived there.  

Malaga Island: Postcards Reflect Politics

This video is about Lynda Ada Doughty of Phippsburg.  She is a marine biologist who started the non-profit organization called Marine Mammals of Maine.  She is a 2021 CNN Hero.  Here is her story which CNN used to tell about her work. For more information click on the link below:

Also enjoy the video!

Coming Soon!

A new page about the Fishermen's Museum Project.

In the meantime, please download our brochure for more information

 Want to Volunteer?!

Phippsburg Historical Society is looking for energetic people to volunteer their time at the museum. 

We are open from the last week in June through September. Mondays-Saturdays 10:00-2:00.

We would love if anyone wanted to volunteer at the museum!

If you want to volunteer please contact: Judy Mullins at 207-389-2401; Or write: Phippsburg Historical Society. P.O. Box 21, Phippsburg, ME, 04562

Phippsburg Historical Society 24 Parker Head Road Phippsburg Maine 04562

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