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September 2018

A Tale of Two Trips: Mark Twain and Captain Duncan on the Quaker City Voyage

September 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Did you know that a Bath native figured significantly in the life of Mark Twain? Bath native Captain Charles Crooker Duncan was the captain of the steamship Quaker City, which in 1867 set off on the first-full scale pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Mark Twain and his newspaper sponsors thought this trip could provide entertaining dispatches for their readers. So it did, as well as the resulting book The Innocents Abroad, a highly…

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Tours of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room

September 29, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

This year the History Room celebrates its 40th year of helping to preserve area history and serve the residents, descendants, and researchers of the mid-coast area. The Room also holds the archival collections of Bath Historical Society and West Bath Historical society. Please stop by, listen to a few stories, see the range of our and their holdings, and enjoy some of the “treasures and tidbits” from the past. The tours will begin after the morning lecture. The tour is…

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October 2018

The Great Influenza of 1918 Comes to Bath

October 20, 2018 @ 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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December 2018

“The Joy of Old Maps”: A Program of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room

December 8, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Completing the events that celebrate the 40th year of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy, Matthew Edney will be speaking at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, in the Community Room of Patten Free Library. Edney is the faculty scholar for the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine. His talk, entitled “The Joy of Old Maps: Mapping Bath, the Kennebec, and Maine,” will consider maps in general, and specifically, the map…

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January 2019

Town History Series: Woolwich Shipbuilding and Shipyards

January 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The fifteenth annual Town History Series kicks off its celebration of local history as told by local speakers with a talk by Nathan Lipfert, Curator Emeritus of Maine Maritime Museum, on the ships, their builders and the shipyards of Woolwich from 1764 to the present. Doors will open at 10 AM.

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February 2019

Town History Series 2019: “Bath’s Lost Cemeteries”

February 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In the second talk of the 15th annual Town History Series, Brenda Cummings and Tim Richter will give details on the many small Bath cemeteries that are hardly known by most Bath residents. Learn about the stories in stone, some of which need attention. Remember the popularity of this winter lecture series. The doors will open at 10 AM.

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Town History Series 2019: “Life & Liberty in Their Souls: Georgetown’s Free-Will Baptists, 1800-1840”

February 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In Georgetown’s contribution to the Town History Series, Darice Birge will give a detailed history of the Free-Will Baptists in that community, pulling from Georgetown Historical Society’s holding of records of that organization from 1798-1877.  Image courtesy of Georgetown Historical Society.

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Town History Series 2019: “Inns and Eats in West Bath, Then and Now”

February 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In the fourth lecture of the 15th annual Town History Series, Avery Hunt of the West Bath Historical Society will offer an illustrated look at the 150-year history of places to stay or eat/buy food in West Bath. Doors open at 10 AM.

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April 2019

Kennebec Caper: Bath’s 1775 Mast Landing Affair

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

The story of how a Bath militia group prevented a load of masts from being delivered to the Royal Navy shortly after Lexington and Concord is proudly celebrated locally. We know the story from the American point of view, the names of some of the men involved, and how the masts were later defended when the British sent the frigate Rainbow to try to recover them. But the journal of an Englishman who participated in that affair presents a different…

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September 2019


“The Mills of Winnegance” by John G. Morse

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Town History Series — Greatest Hits On September 9th, the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room begins an occasional series that will show notable Town History Talks of the past. This begins with a screening of the 2007 talk by John G. Morse IV on the tidal mills that connected Bath and Phippsburg in  Winnegance at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Patten Free Library. Since Morse’s family had been involved with these mills for generations, he is able to…

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