LISBON — The Strout family plans to welcome the members and friends of the Lisbon Historical Society at an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
The event — to occur at the Lisbon Village School Apartments, 273 Lisbon St., on the corner of Gartley Street and Route 196 — is to mark the completion of the restoration of the 1893 school building which was originally the former Lisbon High School, and later the elementary school for Lisbon Village.
Bob and Aline Strout have completely renovated the school building, retaining as much of the historical features as possible while converting former classroom areas to apartment suites.
All the apartments and several rooms are now named in honor of well-known educators who taught in these rooms: Apt. 1, Mabel Moore; 2, Verna Dingley; 3, Marjorie Holbrook Standish; 4, Norma Smith; 5, John Weldon; the library, Esther Lund; and the “bell” room/office, E. Harry Boothby.
At this open house, the sixth apartment suite will be dedicated to the memory of Eddie Prosser, who taught manual training in this space, and Iva Millet, who later presided over the area when it was the school lunch room.
In the common areas of the building are displays of two former teachers. The first is of, Ragnor Lind, who taught English and coached the high school track team. His career took him to Hollywood, where he changed his name to Jeffrey Lynn and starred in many films in the 1940s.
Another collection of photos and memorabilia honors Marjorie Standish, the famous Maine cookbook author, who was the first home economics instructor at the former high school.
In these common areas also hang many large paintings by Lisbon artist Frank Gross, depicting historic settings in the Lisbon Village area. There are also historical collections as well as photos and memorabilia donated by those whose family members attended the school.
Refreshments will be served. Those attending are asked to observe social distancing and to respect others by wearing face masks.
For more information, email the Strouts at [email protected].