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International Recording Artist Jane Morgan Weintraub Makes Surprise Appearance at Kennebunkport Historical Society Lecture

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (September 11, 2019) – The audience gathered for a Kennebunkport Historical Society (KHS) lecture by Board member Albert Black about The Kennebunkport Playhouse on September 3 was pleasantly surprised by a special guest appearance from international recording artist, actress and KHS member Jane Morgan Weintraub. Mrs. Weintraub’s brother, Robert Currier, founded The Kennebunkport Playhouse to bring summer theater and entertainment to the community. The Playhouse was located on River Road across from the Cape Arundel Golf Course before it burned to the ground the evening of October 29, 1971. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson.

“The Society was deeply honored to have Mrs. Weintraub in attendance,” said KHS Executive Administrator Kirsten Camp. “The Kennebunkport Playhouse lecture was part of our series A Walk Through History, and nothing brings history alive for people more than firsthand accounts about places and events. Mrs. Weintraub graciously shared memories of her brother Bob and the annual performances she gave each summer at the Playhouse. It was a real treat for the audience.”

Legendary stars like Joan Fontaine, Myrna Loy, Diana Barrymore, Russell Nype, and Van Johnson thrilled local audiences with their Playhouse performances through the years. Mrs. Weintraub was a regular, wowing theater goers each summer with her one-woman show, dancing and singing her popular hits like Fascination, which was released in 1957 and remained on the charts for 29 weeks. Her career spanned six decades and included live performances, radio, TV and appearances on Broadway. Weintraub received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

Diane Lent will present the next lecture, Haunted Kennebunkport, in the Society’s A Walk Through History series on October 1 at the Town House School located at 135 North Street. The lectures are free and open to the public.

KHS Executive Administrator Kirsten Camp (left) and lecturer Albert Black welcomed international recording artist, actress and KHS member Jane Morgan Weintraub (seated) to the Society. Mrs. Weintraub made a surprise guest appearance during Mr. Black’s presentation about The Kennebunkport Playhouse, which was founded by Weintraub’s brother Robert Currier.

Publicity photo for Jane Morgan Weintraub.

The Kennebunkport Playhouse was founded by Robert Currier. It burned to the ground on October 29, 1971.

Kennebunkport Historical Society Hosts National Archivist David S. Ferriero

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (September 4, 2019) – On August 29 the Kennebunkport Historical Society (KHS) welcomed David S. Ferriero, archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration, to discuss a four-phase project it has undertaken with the Maine Historical Society (MHS) to digitize the KHS’s extensive collections. Ferriero, who is also a member of the Society, met with Executive Administrator Kirsten Camp, KHS Board member John Zimmermann, and Henry Caiazzo, an archivist with the MHS.

“It was an honor to spend the afternoon with Mr. Ferriero,” said Camp. “It’s natural to think of the Society’s collections as having a mostly local audience. But he encouraged us to think globally. With so much information available through the internet, people around the world are only a click away from discovering and enjoying Kennebunkport’s rich maritime history. I am so grateful for his insight and encouragement as we prepare for the Society’s future.”

The digitization project will help protect and preserve the KHS collections for future generations and improve remote access to them through the Society’s website. Mr. Ferriero discussed the importance of the project and the digitation process that the National Archives has undertaken.

“I’m pleased that I finally got a chance to visit,” noted Ferriero. “The Kennebunkport Historical Society has great collections that need to be made discoverable. I’m happy to see their commitment to making that happen.”

Mr. Ferriero was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed as 10th archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. He is the first librarian to serve in this position. Prior to joining the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He has also held top positions at two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. He served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.

During his visit, Mr. Ferriero invited Ms. Camp and Mr. Caiazzo to Washington, D.C. to tour the NARA, meet with other archivists there, and learn more about the NARA’s effort to preserve and protect our national archives.

About the National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only one to three percent are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by the NARA forever. For more information about the NARA visit https://www.archives.gov/about.

The Archivist for the United States, David Ferriero (left) met with Kennebunkport Historical Society (KHS) Executive Administrator Kirsten Camp and Maine Historical Society Archivist Henry Caiazzo recently to discuss their efforts to digitize the KHS collections.