Gould Makes History!

February 19, 2016

Hey gloggies!

This winter I have been taking a history elective called Maine History, taught by Mr. Newell. This class has focused on different time periods ranging from 1500 to present day. We have done projects on the Ski Industry, the history of the Railroad, the Popham Colony, Maine during the Civil War, and the Natural Resources of the state. We are just beginning our final essay of the term, on a current event or issue that has been prevalent in the state’s history, and that is still prevalent today.

(Okay, this is going to start to get a little more interesting, I promise!)

For our last project, we were each given a time period in history, and we read through the Gould Academy Herald’s and the Bethel Newspaper’s from those years to give us an idea of what was going on in the town and the school at that time. My time period was 1925-1930, and these are a few of the cool (or what I find cool) photos that I found! Enjoy!


Winter Sports Team

Winter Sports Team


1926 yearbook

Yearbook Club – 1926

1927 freshman class

Freshman Class – 1927

1928 class photo

Class Photo – 1928

bingham gym

Bingham Gym – Gymnastics Competition (notice: suspended track & stage!)


Outside of Bingham Gym

Debate team

Debate Team


Gehring – 1925



ski jump

Gould Ski Jump (without snow)

Snowshoe Trails

Bethel Snowshoe Trails

upper field

Upper Field (notice: no field house, trees, or overpass!)


Through this project, I learned a thing or two about Gould’s traditions, and it was funny see how many of them are continued today and how many aren’t. They used to hold dances in Bingham Gym, and we still have snowball there today! They used to have a “senior class play” before Graduation, something we definitely don’t do anymore. (Mr. Newell really thinks we need to bring this back).

Have a nice weekend!



4 Responses

  1. Avatar Dr. Don, '60 says:

    A great collection of photos from the past, Brooke! What you refer to as the suspended track in Bingham Gym was the BALCONY, removed in the renovation that accompanied the construction of Bingham Auditorium in the early ’60’s. The track, still there, is way upstairs in the attic. (If you could get some of the props and other “junk” cleared away, you could still jog around that banked track while dodging the steel beams that hold up the roof.)

    The senior play AND one-act plays directed by Mr. Thompson, in the spring semester of every year, were performed on that stage, along with lots and lots of music programs. The main studio of the present Art Cottage was our music classroom, where the ebony Steinway grand, now in Ordway Living Room foyer, was located.

    The upper athletic field had no trees, distant Route 2 overpass or Farnsworth Field House, yet, but you forgot to mention the quarter-mile cinder track, the outline visible to this day in the different patterns in the athletic field grass.

    Another interesting project for you might be to make an inventory of all of the hidden art treasures (paintings, sculptures, murals) around campus — some more evident than others. Start with “White Pine,” the painted quilt by Fraas and Slade in Ordway (downstairs foyer) and the murals upon entering the both Bingham Gym and Auditorium. You’d be amazed at how much really good “art” there is on campus, some of it in storage, other works you pass by every day.

  2. Avatar Nancy says:

    Fun to see the old pictures. Thanks!

  3. Avatar andrewsiegel says:

    These are sweet pictures. I never would have guessed Gehring was so old.

  4. Avatar Ted Chadbourne '51 says:

    Bingham Gym’s interior clarification: “suspended track and stage” shows the balcony* but I think not the indoor track which was on th top floor (above the high ceiling. Few saw that after Farnsworth Hall’s Field-house was built in 1941, including a longer track (13 laps per mile) in a structure which appears identical to one at Bates College in Lewiston.
    * the balcony and two black cast-iron spiral staircases were removed when the new auditorium was built on the N side of the original audotorium/gym.


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