*Help us Raise the Roof!~~ We need a new roof on the museum building and need your help to do it! Download a donation form, fill it out and send it back to us with your donation! This will go entirely toward new roofing installation this summer to help preserve the wonderful artifacts we have of Portage Lake! Any amount is appreciated!*

The Portage Lake Historical Society was formed in 2010 as a result of the celebration for the Portage Lake Centennial in 2009. The founding members of the Society were people who had researched the Town’s history and written or co-wrote articles in the "Portage Lake: History & Hearsay" book, but anyone with an interest in the history of Portage Lake and preserving it are welcome to join. The Society became a 501(c)3 corporation in 2011. In August of 2020, the Society held the grand opening of Portage Lake's first official museum located at the town's Old Town Hall on Cottage Road. 

Our Mission: "To preserve the past, present and future of Portage Lake; to instill a desire in future generations to explore the rich heritage of our community; to be an education resource; to show the essence of who we are and what we will become"

If you would like to become a member, contact Corrine Routhier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the Town Office at 435-4361, or click on the link below for a printable form to send in with your payment.
Historical Society Membership Form

"Portage Lake: History & Hearsay" books are available for purchase at the Portage Lake Town Office and at Coffin’s General Store, or click the link here for an order form: "Portage Lake History & Hearsay" Order

The Historical Society meets the 4th Monday of each month from April to August at 6:30 pm.Regular meetings are at the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Meeting Schedule: 
April  26, 2021--Portage Town Hall
May 24, 2021
June 28, 2021
July 26, 2021
August 23, 2021

Newsletter Archives: 
Beginning in 2020, newsletters are sent twice a year to members only. 

2016: Volume 1, issue 1 

           Volume 1, Issue 2

2019: July

Meet Our Leadership: 

Officers: All  Officers' terms are from June to June

  President-- Corrine Routhier

  Vice President--Patricia Lyons

  Treasurer--Michael Violette


Board of Directors:

  Lawrence Duchette--term expires 2023

  Beverly Miller--term expires 2021

  Mary Ellen Violette--term expires 2021


UPCOMING EVENTS (Also visit Summer Round-Up tab on this website):
*July 17, 2021: Annual Ham & Bean Dinner Drive Thru, starts at 5 pm, Portage Lake Town Hall. 

Summer Museum Hours: 
From Memorial Day Weekend to Last Weekend in September: Saturdays 9 am to noon
July & August: Thursdays 6 to 8 pm

Our Museum was once the Old Town Hall of Portage Lake, built approximately in 1926. Staffed by volunteers, it is open every Saturday during the summer for 3 hours, and is also open by appointment--contact Corrine Routhier. Visitors are encouraged take some time with us at the Museum to read through the writings at each display, read old magazines or peruse the many photo albums and other books we have. This is a mostly interactive museum (there are some things that we request not be touched).  So many things to see and explore, we hope everyone becomes regular visitors! 

Historical Documents: (Look for Archives under Town Goverment on this website for more town-related historical documents)
Congregational Church Ladies Aid Society Minutes:    1934-1940

 Historical Society Museum exterior June 2021