The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society was established in November 1986 by the late Dr. Constance Murray, Ph.D., a local preservationist and retired teacher from the Lexington Public School System (Mass.). Dr. Murray was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth and retained a love for the community and its history even as she moved across the country pursuing her education and teaching career. Returning to Cape Elizabeth following her retirement in the late 1970s, she began to form a local organization composed of concerned citizens dedicated to locating, researching and preserving local items of historic value.

With the help of the town’s Board of Historic Preservation Advisers, the town provided space in the basement of the Thomas Memorial Library to preserve and display old town records, maps, photographs, family collections, and historic letters. Volunteers meet weekly each Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to identify, collect, and preserve items of local historic significance. In November of 2014, in preparation for a major renovation of the Thomas Memorial Library, CEHPS was relocated to the Cape Elizabeth Public Safety Building.

The public is welcome to visit to conduct personal research into areas of personal interest. 

Two current projects that members are working on this year are digitizing our collections and advocating a move from our current location to the Spurwink School Building that has been vacated due to the renovation of the town's library.

The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society is a tax exempt 501(c) (3) organization. Donors can deduct contributions they make to us under IRC Section 170. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

For more information about contacting Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society, click on the "About Us" page.