The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid

2018 marked twenty-five years since the founding of the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid as a local, all volunteer 501 (c) 3 organization independent of any outside entity or state support.

Since 1993, we have helped tell Colonial Pemaquid’s remarkable story, sponsored an extensive calendar of special events and programs, raised funds to assist with archeological digs, created, trained and supervised a corps of student interns, and obtained grants and other funding for on-site projects, including nearly $250,000 for the renovation of the Fort House, all at no cost to the taxpayer.

As the Friends enter their next quarter century, we’d like to thank our members as well as the general public for their ongoing interest and involvement. As we continue our record of education, stewardship and preservation, we look forward to your support in the future.

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The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization.  Membership fees are used to support our educational programs and other visitor initiatives.

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View from the top of Fort William Henry's Great Flanker toward John's Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo by Don Loprieno


DECEMBER 8, 2020

If you’ve been wondering why the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid have been relatively silent for the past few months, it’s only because we are locked into the same pattern of compulsory hibernation that many of you are – keeping social distance, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and basically doing what we can as good citizens to help end the pandemic that has affected us all.

As you know, we were compelled by the ‘new normal’ to suspend all of the programs, special events and lectures we had planned for the season because it simply wasn’t safe for performers or the general public to proceed as we’d intended.

We had also hoped to meet in person as a group with our members  – something that we’ve been doing since our founding in 1993 – but, of course, that hasn’t been possible because of the current health crisis.  For the same reason – and despite several attempts –we were unable to hold a social event to welcome new members, greet old friends, and share experiences and thoughts about the future.    We had hoped that COVID 19 would quickly run its course with as little impact as possible, but that’s not been the case – far from it.

So what do we do now?  We keep on keeping on.  We focus on the common good, we care about the well-being of others as we do our own, we act in ways that safeguard the entire community, above all, we don’t give up.  We hang in there.   That’s what the Friends intend to do, and we ask you to hang in there as well.  We’ll get through this together.

Don Loprieno


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