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Maine Historical Society



Richard D'Abate Endowment Fund
for Scholarship & Special Programs
Empowering Others to Preserve and Interpret Maine History

Tailors trade banner, Portland, 1841

Tailors trade banner from Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, Portland, 1841, from the collections of Maine Historical Society on

Executive Director Richard D'Abate retired in June 2012 to pursue his many outside interests. After careful consideration of needs and Richard's desires,  The Richard D'Abate Endowment Fund for Scholarship and Special Programs was created in his honor. This endowed fund will ensure much-needed financial underwriting in perpetuity for visiting scholars, scholars-in-residence, lectures, exhibits and special events.  A total of $235,973 for the fund was raised from his many friends, members, and colleagues.

Richard raised the profile of MHS to new heights and worked to bring diverse groups and constituencies together for the public good and to make history accessible to all. The museum and cultural arts community across Maine is better for Richard's involvement and steadfast commitment.

Our donors and members are an integral part of our successful efforts to preserve the heritage and history of Maine. Your recognition of Richard through the generous support of this endowment fund is critical to its success. Thank you.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at (207) 774-1822, ext. 231 or email