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About us

The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation functions under statutes of the State of Maine and was established by John Marshall Sawyer in 1935 as a memorial to his mother, who was a great influence in his life. As a tribute to her - for whom he had the deepest regard and admiration - he built the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial Building from which programs, free to the public, are presented twice monthly on Fridays at 2pm and 7pm from May through October. Programs include narrated travel films, wildlife films, lectures, musicals, magic shows and more. Our purpose in part is "...educational and social. Specifically, to do good. To promote good citizenship. To support and encourage clean, wholesome pleasures, customs and usages..."

We would be pleased to have you join us for many pleasant hours of entertainment! 

Our auditorium seats 208 people as well as 8 wheelchair accessible spaces.

About our director

Tyler Rose, Executive Director of the Sawyer Memorial, is your contact for any inquiries about the Sawyer Foundation, upcoming events or if you wish to make a donation, including to the Friends of Sawyer annual fundraiser.

Tyler has been involved with the Sawyer Memorial from a young age, attending programs and volunteering his time every school summer vacation beginning in 2004. He has been in his current role as Executive Director since 2015 upon graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies - History.

Tyler can be reached via email at or by phone (207)946-5311.

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