Between 60 and 70 people, of a wide range of ages, turned out in Strong on a very soggy Sunday afternoon this past weekend to learn more about their town’s new Maine Community Heritage Project website.
Attendees got a full tour of the multiple exhibits on the site, spoke to Strong Elementary School students about their work on the project, browsed a number of local history displays, and feasted on a variety of delicious student-baked cookies.
Once called the “Toothpick Capital of the World,” Strong long had a thriving wood products industry. That is the subject of one of the site’s exhibits; others include “The Bridge that Changed the Map,” schools, clubs and organizations, and the first Maine guide, “Fly Rod” Crosby. In addition, there is a separate nine-exhibit section done by students that covers the Civil War and Reconstruction eras in the town.
In addition to the elementary school, which is nationally recognized as a Title I Distinguished School and a Blue Ribbon School, organizations involved in the project included Strong Historical Society, High Peaks Alliance, and the Strong Public Library.