The Rufus Porter Museum was founded in 2005 to celebrate the life of Rufus Porter (1792-1884), a painter, inventor, musician, and writer. The museum began by preserving and exhibiting Rufus Porter Style wall murals, and since has expanded to encompass Porter’s other accomplishments, and to promote the preservation of early 19th Century Maine and New England culture for future generations. We invite you to share in Porter's uniquely American blend of creativity, ingenuity, practicality, and energy by coming to explore Rufus Porter's era through the museum.
The museum's mission statement has been updated to reflect the goals outlined in our new five year plan. Click here to read the Strategic Business Plan, 2012-2015.
Our mission is to increase the enjoyment, knowledge and pride of our communities by bringing to life the world and inspiring works of Rufus Porter--- a remarkable American artist and inventor.
2013 Annual Appeal
2013 has been a remarkable year at the Rufus Porter Museum! Because our community and state have faith that we make life better in Western Maine, and because friends like you support us, we will be moving into our new downtown home in the John and Maria Webb House next summer. In our new location we will be able to increase our educational programs, enlarge and exhibit our collections, and broaden our mission. We’d like to share our achievements with you:
*The John and Maria Webb House (c. 1830) was placed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.
*We were awarded over $170,000.00 by the Town of Bridgton, the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission, The Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust, and the Clarence E. Mulford Trust to help us complete renovations on the Webb House so we could open next summer and year round.
*We greatly expanded our educational programs this season and plan to have fun and inspiring speakers, classes and presentations throughout the year once we are settled into our new home on Main Street.
*A generous donor’s acquisition of several miniature portraits by Rufus Porter makes our museum’s collection of Porter’s work the most extensive of its kind. We also received a donation of a wall that was painted by muralist John Avery, enhancing our growing collection of New England wall murals.
*We are now known nationally as the source for understanding and preserving New England painted wall murals. We regularly receive requests from homeowners and museums asking for our help in conserving these valuable artifacts. The Webb House will contain archives and a research center to continue this work.
We anticipate moving the historic Church House (our current museum) to the new Main Street campus in the fall of 2014—an exciting journey for us all! Following the opening of the new Webb House museum space and after the Church House is moved, we will begin developing ideas for a barn in which to exhibit our important mural collection, and we will ask you to share your ideas with us.
Right now though, your donations to our Annual Appeal are essential for helping us with the costs of operating the museum so that we can continue this year’s extraordinary accomplishments that make it possible to fulfill our mission. To send in your donation by mail, please click here. Or click on the PayPal donation link on the side bar to the right.
With Our Sincerest Thank You!
Judith Vogler Graham, President, RPM Board of Directors
Andrea Constantine Hawkes, Ph.D. RPM Executive Director