Event Calendar

Our 2017-2018  Programs

All meetings at Community Center, 345 Ocean House Road, CE

Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 pm.

Art Gaffer from the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association reveals the significance 1800s tradesman's organization.

Monday, October 2, 7:00 pm

The program will be a display of early images of Cape Elizabeth, including many photos from our 2015  self-guided driving tour of historic Cape Elizabeth locales. There will also be other selected pictures and postcards from our Society archives. Attendees are invited to bring any of their own photos and artifacts from "Old Cape" to share.

 Monday, November 13, 7:00pm. (note that this is the 2nd Monday of month)

Paul Stevens will talk about his great-grandfather, John Calvin Stevens: Architect and Artist. Paul Stevens is an architect at SMRT Architects in Portland and is also a 1955 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School.Mr. Stevens recently curated an exhibition of his great-grandfather's art at the University of New England.

Monday, April 2, 2018 7:00 pm

The next meeting of the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society will be held on Monday evening, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Community Services Building. The program will be an open participation exchange of personal stories from Cape Elizabeth's elementary schools from yesteryear (principally Pond Cove School and Cottage Farms School).  So bring and share your memories, photos, relics, etc. from your days as the most brilliant student that Cape Elizabeth has ever seen (Yes, YOU)! And be prepared to grimace, smile, and laugh along with the rest of us!   Whether you attended grade school here in town or not, come join the fun.

Last Year's  Programs


All our meetings will be on Mondays at 6:00 PM  EXCEPT for our January meeting which will be held on Tuesday, January 10.


  •  Monday evening, January 9 Town Council Report.

The Spurwink School re-use Committee makes its final report to the Council. Our program is moved to Tuesday so those interested can attend this meeting and our program.


  •  Tuesday, January 10- Fort Williams Oral History Project. 

Jim Rowe and Jannet Villiotte, Fort Williams Park Foundation board member, will share their experience developing the Fort Williams Oral History Project as well as some of the stories they have collected,.

Jim and Janet interviewed and filmed individuals who served at Fort Williams, those who spent their “growing-up years” there, and others who had interesting experiences there when it was an active military fort.

In addition to learning about the interviewees we will find out how they designed and implemented the project. As a special treat we will see a 15 minute video which synthesizes some of the interviews.  The video was prepared by Cape Elizabeth High School students Stephen Bennett and Federico Giovine.


  •  Monday, February 6 -“Walking through History: Portland, Maine on Foot”

    Join us for a lively evening of local history as Paul Ledman, a former resident of Cape Elizabeth, discusses his new book and describes walks in Portland that bring the city’s past to life. Paul is also the author of “A Maine Town Responds” which was inspiration for the Civil War series which ran in The Cape Courier.


  •  Monday, March 6 - Cape Elizabeth: The Postcard View -

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine will present postcard selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company.  The slide show and talk will consist of a short film about the postcard company as well as historical views of Cape Elizabeth and surrounding towns.

The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast, Maine by Rudolph Herman Cassens. Cassens’ company produced over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks.

The images take viewers back to when roads were still dirt, horse drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped and elms lined the streets. The collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum.The collection is being digitized and thousands of images can now be viewed at:  www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org


  • Monday, April - 3 Cape’s Own Antiques Roadshow

Bring your family treasures or curiosities for a insider’s insight and evaluation. This is a special opportunity to get the inside scoop on the history of cherished items.  Jack Boyce, CEHPS Vice President, will discuss and appraise items that members and friends bring. Each person will be limited to three items and a donation to CEHPS would be appreciated ($5.00 per item suggested)

Jack has been involved in the antiques and fine furnishings trade in one way or another since 1970. He has owned antiques shops in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, did show circuits and handled items from many fine estates. Between 1984 and 2001 he was the antique auction coordinator for Sanders & Mock Assoc. in Tarnworth, NH. Jack continues to purchase and broker estates and collections.


  •  Monday, May 1 - Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Supper 

This event may be moved to Saint Alban’s Church, please watch for a later notice.