Thursday, August 20, 2009

Home Depot Volunteers Spend the Day Building and Roofing at the Farm

John Mugnai, President of The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum announced today that twelve Bangor home Depot associates will be spending the day Wednesday (August 19) working at the farm on Fields Pond Road in Orrington.

Mugnai said this is the third year that Bangor Home Depot has committed to spending a day assisting with completing various projects proposed by The Curran Homestead. The Associates use the exercise as both a team-building experience and as a way to contribute to their skills and abilities in support of the non-profit organization’s mission of capturing for future generations the values and customs of rural America and demonstrate a time when self-reliance, cooperation, industry, and thrift were honored traditions.

Some of the Home Depot Associates will concentrate on replacing an asphalt shingled roof on a small carriage barn that houses the farm’s horse-drawn wagons while other Associates construct a new wood-frame garden shed with some new and some reused materials from a shed donated by Fred Hartstone of Bangor, who is a Bangor Home Depot Associate and a member of The Curran Homestead Board of Directors. The new materials were supplied by an award from Home Depot for the garden shed construction and the carriage ell roof replacement. Curran Homestead volunteers dismantled the Hartstone shed and transported used materials to the new site on the Holden side of the farm’s rock wall that defines a division in the town lines of Holden and Orrington. Curran Homestead volunteers will support the effort and offer a barbecue and other home cooked fare in appreciation for the Home Depot Associates’ volunteer contribution.

John Mugnai said "the family farm is vanishing and with each lost farm goes another symbol of Maine’s unique culture"; our goal at The Curran Homestead is to keep some of the traditions of that culture alive. Additionally, Andy Pursaitus and members of Troop 8 are working at the farm restoring an equipment shed as part of the requirements for Andy's Eagle Scout Project. Another project to begin soon involves the construction of a blacksmithing shed made possible through a State of Maine Historic Facilities Grant. This structure will allow for the demonstration of blacksmithing skills, the display of tools and equipment from the museum’s collection, and as an education center for those interested in learning or expanding their blacksmithing skills.

Robert Schmick, Director of Education at The Curran Homestead said "these projects will help us enrich the lives of our children, offer our community many opportunities for wholesome family fun, and serve as an excellent educational resource through museum displays and hands-on activities and programs."

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