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The Centers for Culture and History welcomes you to pursue your area of research within our in-house and online collections! We enjoy meeting your needs to find out about anything from the history of your relatives to how old your house is to what businesses were in Orleans 100 years ago.
Policies and fees regarding research at OHS. Research is by appointment. Appointments must be made ahead of time. Contact us to schedule a visit!
Page from the Josiah Freeman family bible
Object Collections


The OHS objects collection offers the opportunity for research into historic textiles, maritime artifacts, art, and household goods related to the history of Orleans.


Town Cove picnic, early 1900s
Photo Collections


Our photo collections include the H Sparrow collection and a number of images by local photographer H.K. Cummings as well as numerous other photos of area people and places.

Page from the Josiah Freeman family bible
Ad for Mayo’s Duck Farm
Archival Collections


Archival colletions include a page from a family bible, an 18th century sales document  and an ad in a local paper.

Document selling a portion of a pew in the Orleans Congregational Church (Now the Federated Church) to Davis Hopkins.
Orleans Cemetery Inventory


View this spreadsheet transcribed from a hand-written document created in 1970 HERE. Thanks to Bev Fuller for transcribing!

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