Where to start? The Blance Archive, housed at Society headquarters, contains numerous documents of historical interest and value to researchers: maps; photographs; town tax ledgers; personal and store ledgers; genealogical records; scrapbooks; and much more. Our genealogical section contains information on many of the early families of the area -- census records, death records, family genealogies, and cemetery transcriptions.
Like our Museum, the Blance Archive is open summer Saturdays (July - September), from 2 - 4 PM. It is also open from 9 AM until Noon on Wednesdays throughout the year. Admission is by donation and open to the public
If you have specific inquiries about Town or Gouldsboro family history, questions about our collections, or would like to visit the Blance Archive at other times, please contact our archivist by email.
From 1954 through 1960, author Bernice Richmond wrote a newsletter, The Peninsula Gazette, about the events of the Schoodic Peninsula. She recorded day to day activities and interviewed older residents for their memories of earlier history. These volumes are a fascinating chronicle of life on the Schoodic Peninsula during the first half of the 20th century. Thanks to the Winter Harbor Library, they can be viewed here.
There are many other resources already available online for historical researchers. Many of those with information pertaining to our area can be found here.