The Center for Moosehead History

Located a short distance from the main campus, at 6 Lakeview Street in downtown Greenville, is the Center for Moosehead History which is also home to the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum.

Constructed and dedicated as the Universalist Church in 1904, and after having changed hands known locally as The Community House, this historic building was acquired by the Moosehead Historical Society in 2005. It now serves as the home of the Center for Moosehead History and the Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum.

In 2007, Maine Woods Forever celebrated the creation of the Thoreau Wabanaki Trail by unveiling two granite sculptures on the lawn of the Center for Moosehead History. The sculptures are in honor of Henry David Thoreau and his Penobscot guides. This date of the unveiling was the 150th anniversary of Thoreau’s third and final trip into the North Maine Woods.

The larger sculpture, which was created by Jim Sardonis is topped by two hawks and carries a Thoreau quotation: hawksclose-up2-19-2017“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to find only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” and a second quotation from the Penobscots in their tongue: “If we listen to the songs of the water and the whispers of the wind, we will feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and all creation will continue to breathe.” Penobscot Tim Shay created the canoe-like bench as a companion and resting piece.

In 2010 Maine Woods Forever transferred the sculptures’ ownership to the Moosehead Historical Society. The pieces have been well received by visitors and serve to appropriately honor Henry David Thoreau and his Penobscot guides Joe Polis and Joe Attean.

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Greenville native Henry Perley, publicity photo 1920s

Exhibits focus upon Native American influence and artifacts, medical care in bygone days, the Greenville High School, and a special interactive exhibit depicting life in the area during the 1800s.

The large exhibit hall on the main floor includes an extensive display of Native American artifacts, a number of other alternating displays, a gift shop offering books and videos pertaining to regional history, and the opportunity to view selected historic films. The large second floor auditorium offers a year-round vintage venue for both Museum-sponsored events and other programs of historic and local interest. It is also available to the public for rent at a very reasonable rate.