The work of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center started in April of 2009. Three years later, the Center became a tax-deductible nonprofit.

The Center is now an online museum — This web site also contains links to the work completed over the past five years. To continue our work we need financial contributions for our web site, insurance, office supplies, and the purchase of historic memorabilia, materials and services that become printed storyboards, framed storyboards, banners, and presentation boards for Maine’s Starting Gate Museum.

We are also seeking funds to assist in the purchase of the C.B. Fish Chromolithographs of Nancy Hanks and Hopeful. Both horses have a Maine connection. C.B. Fish painted Waterville’s champion trotting stallion Nelson around 1890. The Lewiston Journal included a reference to the painting in an 1890 newspaper article on Nelson and his owner, Charles Horace Nelson. The painting either resides in a private home or was lost. In any event we are actively looking for the painting. The prints of Nancy Hanks and Hopeful attest to the quality of Fish’s artistry. And we believe that Fish may have produced a print of the Nelson painting.

We would appreciate individual contributions of $25, $50, or $100. If you are only able to send a smaller contribution that too would be greatly appreciated. Contributions cover the costs of doing business. We have no staff to pay..  — Stephen Thompson, Creative Director

To make your tax deductible contribution to Lost Trotting Parks, following this link to PayPal for payment or payment by credit card. Your contributions are needed and will be greatly appreciated.