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October 2018

The Great Influenza of 1918 Comes to Bath

October 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Marla H. Davis will speak on October 2oth on the historic flu epidemic of World War I. The month with the most cases in Bath was exactly 100 years ago this month. The presentation will focus on the history surrounding the epidemic and its effects on the nation, the state, and the City of Bath. Davis will also consider how this disease began and what local steps were taken to combat it.  Marla H. Davis, a Bath native and a…

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The Ku Klux Klan in Maine

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan… It’s an improbable antithesis, but indeed the KKK took root in Maine in the 1920s. Mark Alan Leslie will tell the tale of the rise and fall of this organization which, now and again, still makes headlines in Maine today. Leslie’s new novel The Crossing tells the story of a fictional, tight-knit town in western Maine, where a charismatic Klan leader draws a large following when he targets Catholic immigrants, Jews,…

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“The Elephant Man” (1980)

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the “the Elephant Man.” Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft). Directed by David…

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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Patten Free Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a talk by Siena College Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Georgetown resident, Ray Boisvert. “Frankenstein’ is about as familiar a name as one can find. Its meaning, though, is most often associated with films rather than with the novel.  This talk will focus on the novel. It will explore topics raised there, along with some contemporary manifestations. Among them: letter writing (a lost art…

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November 2018

Pete Kilpatrick Solo Concert

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Portland based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process. Kilpatrick’s band has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed more than 1,400 shows. They have shared the stage with…

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“Gods and Monsters” (1998)

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein,” James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale’s faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone (Brendan Fraser), a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

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Author Patricia O’Toole: “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made”

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

By the author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, a penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). The Moralist is a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs. Patricia O’Toole lives in Camden. The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales. Please note: This event is on a FRIDAY night. The library will close at its regular time of 5:00pm, then re-open…

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Midcoast Maine in World War II-Author Margaret Shiels Konitzky

November 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

While World War II raged overseas, the people of midcoast Maine responded with remarkable achievements on the homefront. The shipyard at Bath Iron Works launched a new destroyer every seventeen days. Bowdoin College had more military than civilian students and held three commencements per year. Boothbay Harbor, Bailey Island and Damariscotta all had military bases, and anyone who owned or sailed a boat was recruited for coastal defense. Women worked at machine shops, registered their neighbors for rationing and volunteered…

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Now Read This Book Group: “American Wolf” by Nate Blakeslee

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

“American Wolf” tells the tale of O-Six, a Yellowstone alpha female who was known as the “most famous wolf in the world“. As author and environmental activist Rick Bass writes in The New York Times Book Review, it also tells the story of the people who love and hate the wolves (which were reintroduced to the Rockies in recent decades), and the complex politics of the West surrounding them.

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