649A U.S. Route One, Scarborough, Maine 04074
(Located next to the Dunstan Fire Station)


The Scarborough Historical Society was established in March 1961 by people representing all parts of town to preserve the heritage of Scarborough. Pieces of that heritage were rapidly being taken out-of-state by those who were willing to pay the price.

The Society has been accepting donations of papers and artifacts relating to Scarborough and its people ever since. Nearly all of its acquisitions have been donated. 


The Scarborough Historical Society was established in 1961 to protect the rich history, heritage, and traditions of Scarborough. Pieces of that heritage were rapidly being taken out of state by those who were willing to pay the price. The mission of our society is to inform the community of this history by collecting, preserving, and displaying materials associated with our past.

The Scarborough Historical Society and Museum provides a variety of services to the community. High school, college, and elementary students consult our staff and resources for information involving their history projects. Our collection is extensive. There are farming equipment and tools from bygone coopers and cobblers, quilts and clothes from past eras. There are class pictures and other objects from early school days, as well as photographs of people, homes, buildings, and related documents including Bibles and family genealogies. (Our genealogy resources (CRBCC@aol.com) date to the early 1600’s.) Our members write history articles for newspapers and speak to community organizations and schools. From September to May our society has monthly programs open to the public.


Come explore Scarborough’s rich history and learn about its colorful past! Do You have an interest in Scarborough history? Become a Historical Society volunteer! The Historical Society is seeking volunteers to work together on Tuesday mornings from 9-12 at the Museum. Help is needed to care for and organize the Society’s fascinating collections of artifacts and archival material. Even small amounts of time are appreciated.

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We offer the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Genealogy research;
  • Living history demonstrations for school children;
  • Entering newspaper obituaries into a computer index;
  • Organizing records and artifacts;
  • Sorting historical photographs of Scarborough;
  • Helping with the quarterly newsletter;
  • Transcribing 19th century letters;
  • Inventorying old newspapers; and,
  • General housekeeping

For more information about volunteer opportunities call 885-9997.