Who We Are
Meet the people who are working to keep local history alive!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit meets on the last Tuesday of the month in the Esselyn Perkins Library at the Meetinghouse. All members are welcome. Please contact us if you plan to attend.
Interested in joining our Board or becoming one of our valued volunteers? We'd love to hear from you!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Bryce Waldrop
We were very happy to have Bryce Waldrop join us in July 2020 as our new Executive Director. Originally from upstate New York, Bryce moved to southern Maine in 2011 with his wife and two daughters and enjoys living in our beautiful and historic area. With his background in architecture and historic preservation, Bryce brings 25 years of experience as a preservation architect and architectural historian, making him a perfect fit for the Society. Bryce loves old buildings, houses, art, hiking, writing, and exploring new-old places with his family. Please join us in welcoming Bryce!
TOWN HISTORIAN - Hope Moody Shelley
Not a day goes by that we are not grateful for the steady and enthusiastic assistance of Wells Town Historian Hope Moody Shelley. Hope became involved with the Historic Preservation Commission in the 1970’s and joined the Historical Society in 1978. She was Society President from 1978 to 1981 and again in the 1990’s.
Hope became the Wells Town Historian in 1992 and still serves in that role today. She’s written many articles on history for several local newspapers and she started our Waves & Furrows newsletter. She also developed and co-authored the “Wandering through Wells” series and was heavily involved in coordinating the Town’s 350th celebration in 2003.
Hope has written several books, including Beaches of Wells; Vital Records of Wells Maine 1619-1950; and My Name is Wells, I am the Town. She also transcribed the 18th-century journal of John Littlefield and led the effort to locate and document the 200-plus private cemeteries in Wells.
Growing up locally, Hope attended Wells schools, where she marched in the band, played sports, and excelled in academics. After graduating in 1952, Hope had a career in nursing and also served as School Nurse in Wells Schools.
After devoting more than 40 years to volunteerism in the town of Wells, Hope was recognized as the 2018 Wells Volunteer of the Year. And she's still at it, helping us answer the frequent queries that come to us from people all over the world who are researching local history and genealogy. Thank you, Hope!
We are grateful every day for the hard work and varied talents of our volunteers. From leading guided tours to organizing our archives to carpentry work and more, our volunteers get it done. A big thank you to Bill Farr, Bonnie Johnson, Lorraine Morse, Tommy Esson, Linda Littlefield Grenfell, and Julie Goodwin. We couldn't do it without you!
1954 - 1956 Waldo Chick
1956 - 1958 Roby P. Littlefield
1958 - 1959 Col. Carroll H. Clark
1959 - 1960 Esselyn G. Perkins
1960 - 1962 Evan Smith
1962 - 1963 Carl Perkins
1963 - 1966 A. Lord Littlefield
1966 - 1968 Constance Littlefield
1968 - 1970 Gertrude Anderson
1970 - 1972 Albert Robinson
1972 - 1974 India Woodbury
1974 - 1975 Onice Lewis
1975 - 1977 Evan Smith
1977 - 1979 Carroll Beals
1979 - 1981 Hope M. Shelley
1981 - 1984 Leah Benway
1984 - 1985 Mary Jo Lee
1985 - 1986 Hope M. Shelley
1986 - 1987 Catharine Blaisdell
1987 - 1989 Joan B. Adams
1989 - 1992 Newell S. Perkins
1992 - 1995 Jay Smith
1995 - 1996 Curtis Wormwood
1996 - 1997 Gordon Lewis
1997 - 1998 Joseph Sheehan
1998 - 1999 Kathleen Wright
1999 - 2001 Walter Leffler
2002 - 2004 Diana Abbott / Bob Jorgensen
2004 - 2005 Diana Abbott / Kathy Wright
2005 - 2008 Dennis Hardy
2008 - 2009 Leo Ouellette
2009 - 2011 Lee Richheimer
2011 - 2022 Irene Crocker
2022 - Suellen Goodman