|Title||Anniversary Service, Old Free Meeting House,1936|
|Scope & Content||
Program for the 100th Anniversary year of the Old Free Meeting House in Bingham, ME held on July 26, 1936. Printed by the Bingham Press. Contents include an order of service and the following notes:
ABOUT THE OLD CHURCH
The building was dedicated on October 20, 1836. It was completed at a cost of $1973.50. This sum was raised by the sale of pews, the price of which ranged from fifteen to fifty dollars, according to the location on the floor.
In 1847 pew holders were assessed, and one hundred and ten dollars were raised to build a belfry. Sixteen years later, March 27, 1863 the bell rang.
ABOUT THE BELL
This bell was cast by an older son of Paul Revere, who left his father's employ about 1803, and thereafter conducted a foundry of his own. The Bingham bell bears the inscription, "Revere, Boston."
It was brought on a sled, during the winter of 1820, from Portland to Skowhegan, where it was used in the Baptist church. It came from Skowhegan to Bingham, drawn by oxen, during the winter of 1862.
The bell carriage had to be reinformced and repaired before the old bell could be rung this morning.
The building had to be thoroughly cleanted. Other minor repairs were necessary.
The "Old Church" stands in need of many repairs.
Mrs. Gertrude Shoppe, Regent of the Kennebec Chapter of the D.A.R. will receive any contributions that friends may feel moved to make for the preservation of this old land mark.