Welcome to the Palermo Historical Society

The Palermo Historical Society was founded in 1994 with a mission to preserve, record and disseminate the community history, enhance the sense of our culture and build on our reputation as a caring, help-thy-neighbor community.


The Palermo Historical Society meets at 7 p.m., on the 4thTuesday of every month, at the Worthing House, 54 North Palermo Road, across the street from the Palermo Town office. We would like to have you attend a meeting so that you can learn firsthand what we are about.
The meetings are held from January through November. There is no regular meeting of the Society in December. The meetings in January and February take place on the 4th Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at the Historical Society.

Worthing House

The Worthing House is open by appointment (please call  993-2455).  We especially welcome school and group tours. Admission is free!

150 Years of the Belfast and Mooshead Lake Railroad Presentation, Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. image

The Palermo Community Library and the Palermo Historical Society will co-host a presentation by author and railroad historian Joey Kelley. He will take us on a ride through the 150 year history of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad - the only railroad in the state of Maine operating under its original name.

Chartered in 1867, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad has survived two world wars, the construction of highways, the collapse of the poultry industry in Waldo County and survives today as a tourist railroad and historic relic of days gone by. This presentation outlines the history of this unique railroad and gives you a summary of his book on the subject.

The speaker, Joseph T. "Joey" Kelley, is a railroad historian, photographer and volunteer with the Brooks Preservation Society. He has been involved with the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad on and off since 2004 and was once a paid employee of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Preservation Society. His other passions include photography, motorcycles and restoring antique equipment.

The presentation will be at the Palermo Community Library on Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Copies of Kelley's book will be available for sale. The library is located at 2789 Route 3. For more information call 993-6088 or email palermo@palermo.lib.me.us or visit www.palermo.lib.me.us .

Boston Post Cane

The Boston Post cane had been presented to the oldest resident of Palermo since 1909. For a brief history of the cane and a list of Palermo's recipients, go to Boston Post Cane in Palermo

Millard Howard's Introduction to the Early History of Palermo, Maine

December 16, 2015 - The Palermo Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of Millard Howard's An Introduction to the Early History of Palermo, Maine.

This book updates the 1976 edition of the History, covering the settling, and organization of the town, its schools and churches, military involement and other aspects of town life from the early settlement to the end of the nineteenth century.

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Contact Us


Palermo Historical Society
P O Box 13
Palermo, ME 04354


email: palermohistorical@gmail.com
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