Last night, about 75 people turned out in Surry for the unveiling of the town’s new Maine Community Heritage Project website on Maine Memory Network. The images below capture the festive nature of the event, held at Surry Elementary School, and the fact that it was largely run by students.
While team coordinator Lynn Bonsey, a teacher at the school, welcomed everyone and spoke a bit about the project, pairs of students ran the rest of the show, detailing the digitizing, interviewing, and transcribing work they did throughout the year, sharing what they learned about the local history, and showing off the new website to attendees in four separate classrooms. The evening was capped off with ice cream sundaes.
Created over the course of the year by a team from the school and the Surry Historical Society, the Surry MCHP website includes an overview of the town’s history from settlement to contemporary times, six online exhibits on topics ranging from the Surry Opera Company and Surry Playhouse to sawmills and the original Surry Village School.