The Presque Isle Historical Society is very pleased to announce that Bill Guerrette has been named “Director of the Year”.

Presque Isle Historical Society

Guerrette, an 8th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Presque Isle Middle School, was presented with a plaque on February 17 in the presence of some of his students.  The Director of the Year is voted on by all historical society directors and presented in February annually.

Guerrette was selected for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Society.  Bill understands the importance of immersing youth in local history and has been actively involved in promoting local history to his students over the years.  In October, Bill presented at the annual conference of Maine Archives & Museums in Orono as part of the Innovative Youth Events Workshop on his “Amazing (History of Presque Isle) Race” event that he has run for numerous years.  All 8th grade students take part in the event which runs over the course of several days and involves a scavenger hunt around town on mountain bikes during which the students have to answer questions about local history to obtain the clue to their next historical destination.  The event was recently featured on Maine Public Broadcasting.

Bill is also very involved in a number of other organizations including as a board member of C.A.N.C.E.R. (Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery), a member of the Presque Isle Knights of Columbus Council 2524, and a merit badge councilor for the Boy Scouts.

Presque Isle Historical Society, an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit corporation, was founded in 1963.  Its mission is to study, promote and preserve the history, culture, heritage and artifacts of Presque isle for present and future generations.  For more information on the Society and its many programs and events, visit www.pihistory.org, call (207) 762-1151 or email pihistoricalsociety@hotmail.com.

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