Freeport Historical Society is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Our bylaws set the size of board between 11 and 17 members. Trustees are elected by the membership for a term of three years. They may be re-elected to serve one additional three-year term.
Officers are elected annually by the Trustees.
Eric C. Smith (President)
Janice Gerry (Vice President)
Polly Brann (Secretary)
Scott Burrill (Treasurer)
The Trustees meet monthly, on the second Thursday evening of the month. The Annual Meeting of the Corporation takes place in the first half of the year, at a date determined by the Trustees.
Jim Cram has been a member of our Historical Society since about 1980 when he was a Trustee and served as President and also chairman of the Freeport Townscape Committee. His career has been in construction with an emphasis on sales and project management spending 18 years as the export manager for Acorn / Deck House. This included building 310 housing units in ten countries. While in Hollis, NH Jim was on several boards including Chair of the Architectural Review Board and named Citizen of the Year in 2007 for the successful restoration of a 1760s triple English barn into a heavily used community center. Currently he is on the board of Greater Portland Landmarks and the Freeport Project Review committee. Jim and his wife Anne are very pleased to be back in Freeport.
Collections & Education Manager
As a nonprofit professional, Audrey (she/her/hers) is passionate about fostering community engagement in history-centered institutions. She earned her B.A. in History from Kent State University and a M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Audrey previously worked at museums and institutions throughout Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine before joining the FHS team in summer 2020.
Administrative & Programs Associate
Shannon Gilmore (she/her/hers) serves as our new Administrative and Programs Associate. Her curiosity about history on a local scale combined with a passion for community drive a commitment to the work of historical societies. A graduate of Bowdoin College who majored in History, Shannon is currently pursuing her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College, and serves as a trustee for the Pejepscot History Center in Brunswick.