The Topsham Interpretive Signage Project will include the development of a town-wide plan for historic interpretive signage that identifies potential locations and themes for signage at historically significant sites. The town will seek additional funding over time to create and install more signs from a variety of sources including individuals, businesses and organizations.
A Maine Historic Preservation Commission grant to the Town of Topsham is underwriting the research and design costs for the overall project. Nancy Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Design, concurred, “As a resident of Topsham in the 1970s, the town's historic architecture was a source of pride and great inspiration to me. So I am thrilled to be involved in making educational material about the town's history and buildings more accessible to the public. There is such a wealth of historic imagery available that it is a real pleasure to be working with the team: volunteer and town committees, architectural historian, and designer/writer.”
The grant also covers the cost of fabricating and installing two of the signs. A grant from the Riverwalk Advisory Committee will pay for the third sign at the Swinging Bridge. “More signs with a variety of themes are planned for locations throughout Topsham as additional funding becomes available, explained Rod Melanson, Topsham’s assistant planner and the project manager for the interpretive signage program. “As the project progresses we hope that Topsham residents remain involved to aid in the production of the signs by lending historic images and knowledge of their town.”