The society became a non-profit organization in 2003.  All donations to the society are tax deductible. 
The society's projects are funded through membership dues, donor contributions, publication sales, interest on savings and grants.


Scott Brooke, President

Carrie Watson, Vice President

Betsy Evans, Secretary

Edmee Dejean, Tresurer

Arlene Cole, Trustee

   (Appointed by Town Board of Selectmen)

Nancy Hartley, Trustee

Christopher Rice. Trustee


Boothbay Historical Society            www.boothbayhistorical.org

Edgecomb Historical Society          www.edgecombhistorical.org

Hendricks Hill Museum                   www.southportmainehistory.com

Lincoln County Historical Society   www.lincolncountyhistory.org

Lincoln County News                      www.lincolncountynewsonline.com

Naine Cemtery Association            http://mainecemetery.org/

Maine Antique Dealers Assoc.       www.maineantiques.org

Maine Memory Network                  www.mainememory.net

Maine Old Cemetery Association   http://moca-me.org/

Maine Preservation                        http://mainepreservation.com

Maine State Archives                      www.maine.gov/sos/arc

Maine State Museum                      http://mainestatemuseum.org

Newcastle Town Government         www.necastlemaine.us

Nobleboro Historical Society           www.nobleborohistoricalsociety.org

South Bristol Historical Society       www.southbristolhistoricalsociety.org

Waldoboro Historical Society          http://waldoborohistory.us

Whitefield Historical Society           www.townofwhitefield.com


  • 2001 Creation of Museum in conjunction with Taniscot Fire Engine Company
  • Cleanup & restoration of many cemeteries
  • Historical interviews of elders
  • Participation in the town's 250th anniversary in 2003
  • Sponsorship of DVD in 2005 in conjunction with Damariscotta River Association on the Alewives of Damariscotta Mills
  • Grant in 2007 to rewire museum and install proper lighting by State of Maine
  • Yearly $800 scholarship for a Newcastle Lincoln Academy senior who plans to attend a 4 year college/university
  • 3 Scholarships for Newcastle residents to participate in Archaeological Field Schools led by Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore
  • Sponsorship of 4 books published/ and/or written by society members Arlene Cole, Edmee Dejean, Nancy Hartley and Geraldine Hanley
  • 2013 and 2015 Large discounts on computer software from non-profit computer company



In 1998 the Town Selectmen and its citizens realized that an organization was needed to preserve the history of the town for future generations.  The Town of Newcastle formed a committee on June 17, 1998 to create the Newcastle Historical Society. The committee was composed of Bob Baker, Arlene Cole, Carroll Dinsmore, Jr., Geraldine Hanley and John Hilton.  On October 28, 1998 approximately two dozen citizens met at the Newcastle Town Office on River Road to start the society.  On January 6, 1999 the society began meeting at the Second Congregational Church because of space.  On September 5, 2001 the NHS moved to its present and permanent location on Main Street and Pump Street at the old Taniscot Engine House, which is owned by the Town of Newcastle.  Meetings are held at the Newcastle Town Office on the corner of Main and Pump Street and on River Road in the Town Community Room.



Tim Dinsmore, Chair

Karen Campbell

Edmee Dejean

Betsy Evans

Design & Review Committee Town of Newcastle Representative

Christopher Rice

Dinsmore-Flye Negative & Photo Collection

Scott Brooke

Arlene Cole

Edmee Dejean

Nancy Hartley


Nancy Hartley, Chair

Edmee Dejean


Betsy Evans

House History & House Dating Project

Carrie Watson

Christopher Rice

Museum Committee

Arlene Cole, Museum Curator & Historian

Scott Brooke

Nancy Hartley


Edmee Dejean, Editor

Scott Brooke

Program Committee

Karin Campbell

Tim Dinsmore

Betsy Evans

Refreshment Coordinator

Betsy Evans

Web Site

Edmee Dejean