In the last talk of the Town History Series, Chris Timm will consider the ship-owning princes of Bath. Bath’s maritime families presented a number of public images. Some embraced a salty austerity, while others promoted their role as global connoisseurs of wealth and taste. This talk looks at how these public personas might relate to reality, with an examination of art, architecture, and curios. The image above, courtesy of the Maine Maritime Museum, is of the Houghton, a full-rigged ship built and owned by Levi Houghton & Sons in Bath, Maine. The painting was done by M. Renault of the ship entering the Port of Leghorn, Nov. 24th, 1862.
The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces its sixteenth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society. On five Saturday mornings in January and February, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., people from the five towns that support the Library will present aspects of their towns’ histories in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library. Each talk will last about 50 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion. Talks are free and open to the public. Doors open at 10 A.M. Call 443-5141, extension 18 with any questions.