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The Gray Historical Society was founded on June 6, 1962, as a community project by Gray Grange. Its purpose is to "collect, preserve, and to share the history of the Town of Gray and the State of Maine."
For many years, the collection was housed on the top floor of Stimson Memorial Hall. In 1978, the move was made to the second floor of Pennell Institute until 2009 when it was moved to the Old Town Hall on Main Street while renovations were conducted on the Pennell Institute. In 1973, the Society was incorporated.
Gray Historical Society is open most Thursday mornings from 9:30 AM until noon. Watch for the yellow and white OPEN sign in the front of the building. They are also open on advertised 'Open House' days, and by appointment. Here you will find collections of pictures, books, letters, manuscripts, and a variety of artifacts of historical or public interest. Special collections include:
- Memorabilia of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railroad, 1914-1933
- Items from Pennell Institute from 1878
- Mayall Woolen Mills from the 1790's
- Collection of 19th century wood tools, household articles and clothing
- Many other items from the past
Contact the Historical Society
Gray Historical Society
P.O. Box 544
Gray, ME 04039