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History of Dr. Samuel Currier family and Readfield Community Library

History of Dr. Samuel Currier family and Readfield Community Library

Mar 18, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Readfield Community Library, 1151 Main Street, Readfield, ME

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Nearly ten years after Readfield was incorporated, young Dr. Samuel Currier and his new wife, Patience, moved to the town’s evolving commercial center where they built a grand home. There, they raised their family of ten children, hosted large community gatherings and he treated patients, as did their son George after him.The house remained in the Currier family until 1945 at which time it was donated to the town by Dr. Samuel's g-granddaughter Alice Eaton, for use as a community center. The "Little Town Club" was formed to oversee the building and over the years many organizations met there. In 1946 a one-room lending library was initiated at the "Community House" by the library chair, Amo Bishop, who solicited for book donations and arranged for exchanges with the Maine State Library. By 1959 the library collection had grown enough that a second room was necessary. Today the Library utilizes the entire building. A lot happened between Dr. Samuel Currier's day and now. In this presentation Dale Potter-Clark will tell the story and show vintage photos. No fee. This is a presentation being offered in March 2020 by "Readfield U" in honor of the Maine Bicentennial. (photo is of Dr. Samuel Currier of Readfield)