Letter to the Editor - The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history

I’m writing as program coordinator for the Pembroke Historical Society to ask the folks in our communities for information of any kind about the West Sunset Packing Company sardine cannery that operated many years ago in West Pembroke, or about the sardine fishery on upper Cobscook Bay. The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history to be presented to the public in mid-October. All sorts of information are important to preserving and presenting this important part of our community’s history. Did you or someone you know work in the cannery or on sardiners or sardine carriers? Do you have memories of work and stories of co-workers? Do you have photographs, a small piece of equipment or momento? Do you remember a jingle that you or your co-workers made up, or a song you liked to sing? What was it really like to work in Pembroke’s historic sardine industry?
I’m hopeful I’ll hear from many in our communities about this important aspect of our history. Please contact me at seasonghistory@207me.com or 207-726-4747, or contact Pembroke Historical Society president, Sue Rowley, at rowley@champlain.edu or 207-726-9541.
Thank You for Your Interest,
Stephen Sanfilippo
Pembroke, Maine