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The Maine Society

A Lasting Difference

Photograph of Ruth M. Goldsmith (1919-2007) with her mother Harriet Miner Maine and father Dr. Thurman P. Maine.Those that join The Maine Society are looking to the future by making provisions for the Library through planned giving.

Planned gifts allow donors to continue to support the Mystic & Noank Library after their death, often in a more generous way than what is possible during their lifetime.

The Maine Society is named after a beloved Mystic doctor, Dr. Thurman P. Maine, and his wife.

Dr. Maine was a well-respected general pracitioner who died in a tragic car accident in October 1945 enroute home from a house call in Stonington. He was just 57 years old. His wife Harriet was an active member of the Mystic community and mother of their four children.

At the time of his death, one local paper reported that Dr. Maine had a 'kindly, gentle manner [...] and his untiring efforts to administer to the sick and dying, together with countless acts of kindness, will never be forgotten, and, in this time of sadness, the sympathy of people in all walks of life is extended to his wife and family, to whom he was much devoted.'

One daughter, Ruth Maine Goldsmith, bequeathed to the Library most of her estate in her beloved parents' memory. To honor this most generous gift, the Mystic & Noank Library named its planned giving society The Dr. Thurman P. and Harriet M. Maine Society, or simply, The Maine Society

Frequently Asked Questions about Planned Giving: 

Thank you for your interest in learning more about making a bequest to the Library. We greatly appreciate you considering the Library in your estate planning. 

Why should I include the Library in my will?

As a public and association library, we currently receive only 30% of our funding from two municipal sources; the remaining funds come from private donors, foundation gifts and investments. Any support to maintain our level of service for future years is greatly appreciated. By becoming a member, you will join many other library supporters who play a special part in our shared community.

Your financial gift will help the Library remain a vibrant, intellectual and important Mystic community resource for another century to come. We are proud to be celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year (2018) and know that this milestone has only been achievable by the gifts of hundreds of generous library donors like you.

Am I eligible to be a Maine Society member?

If you are reading this section, you are already expressing your interest in learning more! Maine Society members believe in the mission of the Library, and have (most often) shown that support by making financial gifts of widely-varying amounts during their lifetime. Maine Society members generally have an existing and positive relationship with the Library, and are motivated to help sustain the Library's future

It is not uncommon, however, that we are not aware of a patron's bequest until after their passing; our deepest regret is that we did not have an opportunity to thank the donor directly for their meaningful intention at the time of the bequest. We love thanking our donors if we can! 

How do I become a Maine Society member?

Becoming a Maine Society member is quite straightforward. We urge you to consult your financial, tax and legal advisors about the benefits of planned giving. They can give you advice on how best to satisfy your needs and personal situation. 

Suggested language for including the Library in your will: 

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the Mystic & Noank Library, Inc., a nonprofit, with its location at 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT 06355, the sum of ______ (dollar amount and/or percentage amount) as an unrestricted gift to be used in the area of greatest need at the time the gift is received. 

The Library's tax ID # is 06-0709292 

Will I be recognized as a Maine Society member? 

Should you wish to be identified as a member, we welcome the opportunity to publically acknowledge your largesse and thoughtful long-term commitment to our institution. We will not make your name public should you wish to remain anonymous nor will we include your name among a list of Maine Society members without your explicit permission.  

Who can I contact if I have additional questions? 

Please reach out to the Director of Development at (860) 572-8191 or


Photo: Ruth M. Goldsmith (1919-2007) with her mother Harriet Miner Maine and father Dr. Thurman P. Maine. You can read more about Dr. Thurman in an article from The New London Day pubished October 22, 1945 after his untimely death.