Jacob Cousins Memorial Renovation Project
Unveiled in September 1935, the Jacob Cousins Memorial was part of an ongoing nationwide effort to highlight both the patriotism of Jewish Americans and their contribution during times of conflict. The memorial is a key artifact in the history of the Jewish community in southern Maine linking past to present and inspiring visitors to remember, respect and contemplate the cost of war.
In its current state the memorial is difficult to view and appreciate as it faces directly onto Eastern promenade Drive. Friends of the Eastern promenade is raising funds to redesign this historic landmark.
Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project
In 2011 Friends of the Eastern Promenade led the comprehensive undertaking of the rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park to restore the landscape, preserve historical monuments, enhance pedestrian circulation and accessibility, and rejuvenate the bandstand. The signature “park within the park” at the south-eastern tip of the Eastern Promenade is now also adorned with interpretive panels to inform visitors about the park's rich history, Casco Bay harbor defense, and general navigation. In partnership with the City of Portland, and with the generous support from local businesses and residents, the rehabilitation project restored many of Fort Allen Park's visual features and design elements that distinguished the park from 1890 to 1930, identified as the park’s period of greatest historical significance.
Stewards of the Park
The Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project was made possible through the generous support of numerous partners and supporters. Major funding was provided by the City of Portland, the Boulos Family, Martin’s Point Health Care, the Davis Family Foundation, Norway Savings Bank, Edmund Gardner III, Crandall Toothaker, and an Anonymous “Friend.” Friends of the Eastern Promenade extends sincere thanks to the dozens of individuals who contributed to the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Park capital fund, and whose generosity was essential to the project’s success.
Calendar Club Members
Friends of the Eastern Promenade Bench
Generously donated by Board Members, 2006 - 2016
Joe Piergrossi, Jr.
R. John Wuesthoff
with special thanks to Mary Noyes for creating this Board bench challenge and matching funds raised
Name A Bench ~ Recognize a Loved One ~ Honor a Friend
Six World's Fair benches are still available for recognition allowing reflection and inspiration for all who visit the Jacob Cousins Memorial. Sit, relax and enjoy spectacular views to the northeast from the semi-circular plaza to be created at this popular park entrance. The renovation provides a more dignified setting befitting recognition of Maine's first Jewish soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.
These timeless, commemorative benches intended for placement at the Jacob Cousins Memorial are $5,000 and directly support completion of this historic undertaking. 100% of your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Plaque inscriptions are in bronze and allow for 3 lines of text with 21 characters per line. The benches are made from cast iron and Brazilian walnut hardwood (also called “Ipe” pronounced ee-pay). This wood is an environmentally responsible choice that naturally resists rot, decay, insects, and mold without the use of toxic chemicals.
Bicentennial & Beyond Initiative
We would like to thank those who generously invested in Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s Bicentennial & Beyond Initiative. Your participation in this multi-year pledge program directly impacted our structural growth and advancement of strategic goals.
Because of you…..
In 2013 we were able to increase our level of organizational and philanthropic resources by hiring a part-time Executive Director and successfully launch the Capital Campaign for actualizing the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project.
Because of you…..
The Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project included return of the historic cannons and celebrated a most worthy recognition of Fort Allen’s Bicentennial in 2014.
Because of you……
We are now poised to move “beyond” and provide improved safety and access at Portland’s recreational gateway to Casco Bay. The East End Waterfront Access Project (EEWAP) seeks to enhance use for all forms of personal, non-motorized watercraft.
Greg Boulos & Naela Smith
George Campbell Jr.
Edmund S. Gardner
Cyrus & Patricia Hagge
Matthew Kennedy & Lori Parham
Peter & Pam Macomber
Joe Piergrossi & Trevor Coyne
Carolyn & Randy Young
Eugene & Huguette Davis
Guy, Stella, & Antonio Hernandez
Marcie & Eric Lister
Norm & Sally Nelson
Anne & Dale Rand
United Insurance – Haley Agency
Amy Alward Insurance Agency
Aquarius Property Management
Patricia McGraw Anderson
Peter Bass & Lin Lisberger
Joshua Broder & Eliza Ginn
Frances Buerkens & William M. Ginn
Nan Cumming & Drew Masterman
Peter & Kathleen Dane
Diane & Jeffery Davison
Kristen Lape & Jaime Isaacson
R. John & Betty Wuesthoff
Rob & Robin Whitten
Deb & Edward Andrews
Paul & Dale Cronin
Eric & Betsey Handley
Decorum Hardware and Specialty Lighting
Bill & Deb Jabine
Tom & Amy Landry
Peter & Deb Murray
Cami Smalley & Pete Risano