Bethel and Greenwood Historical Societies Collaborate on New Book

Addison VerrillTo commemorate this year’s bicentennial of the Town of Greenwood, the Bethel Historical Society and Greenwood Historical Society are teaming up to publish an annotated and illustrated book based on the early 20th century writings of Addison Emery Verrill (1839-1926), a Greenwood native and renowned American zoologist who recorded his memories about the early history, natural resources, social life, and genealogy of Greenwood, Maine, in a series of more than two dozen articles for a local paper. The book, which will contain rare photographs and maps provided by Verrill descendants, is being edited by Herb Adams of Portland and Larry Glatz of Scarborough, with formatting and layout by Will Chapman of the Greenwood Historical Society (Chapman also serves as librarian/archivist at the Bethel Historical Society).

The new book is expected to be available in time for Greenwood’s official bicentennial celebration in mid-August, and after publication will also be for sale at the Bethel Historical Society’s Museum Shop and on its website. Donations in support of this project are already being collected by the Bethel Society, and anyone who makes a financial gift to assist with start-up costs will be recognized in the book’s acknowledgments section.

Herb Adams, a Maine historian and politician who teaches at Southern Maine Community College, will present a program about Addison Verrill at the Greenwood Town Hall on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 7:00 pm. This free event is sponsored by the Greenwood Historical Society and will include an update on the bicentennial book project.