Museum seeks donations to help digitize film footage

The Brick Store Museum is seeking financial assistance to help preserve nearly 12,000 feet of historic film footage, shot during the early 20th century by museum founder Edith Barry.

A 2016 grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services allowed the museum to begin digitizing the films, but musuem officials are concerned that the film could degrade before it can be captured digitally.

The home movies show footage of Barry’s travels around the world between 1922 and 1955, as well as streets and structures of the Kennebunks and Maine as they were more than 50 years ago. Other films include family celebrations, local events and children’s plays, shot on Super 8 mm and 16 mm film reels.

The museum has sped up its digitization efforts and contracted with Northeast Historic Film to complete the project this spring.

All of the films will be processed and digitized for future viewing, and the reels will be protected and held in cold storage at Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport.

Donations can be made online at, or to Brick Store Museum Film Conservation Fund, 117 Main St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.


Therapeutic riding center awarded $3,000 grant

LaDawn Therapeutic Riding Center has been awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County for $3,000.

The investment in the center’s Ride for Children program will help provide therapy scholarships for York County children with cognitive or physical disabilities, as well as those with developmental delays.

The grant will allow children, whose families would not otherwise have access to therapy, to master skills that will allow them to more successfully interact with others.

For more details, go to or call executive director Donna Lariviere at 499-0080.


SIS Bank donates $500 to fight pediatric cancer

SIS Bank has donated $500 to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, a pediatric oncology campaign of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

It is Maine’s premier treatment center for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders, providing support services for the children and their families. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program also participates in clinical research to improve survival rates and get closer to finding a cure for cancer.

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