Senior College to visit FK telephone history

FORT KENT, Maine — The St. John Valley Senior College will offer a two-hour presentation on the history of the Fort Kent Telephone Company on Wednesday, May 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Paul D. Thibodeau Visitors Center.

Chad Pelletier will recap the company from its start in 1895 until it was sold in 1965. In addition, he will show artifacts from the very first crank telephone used in Fort Kent to the actual 32-line switchboard that served the town. The presentation will also feature a demonstration of how the manual switchboard operated.

The Visitors Center is one of the buildings of the Fort Kent Historical Society located at the corner of Main and Market Streets in Fort Kent.

“Senior College is a program that offers classes, workshops, and field trips,” said Don Murray, Chair of the Curriculum Committee. “The program is designed for people who are over 50 years of age and like to remain active and have a keen interest in learning.”

For information and to register for Senior College classes, call the Fort Kent Adult and Continuing Education Office at 834-3536 or visit:

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