History Room Blog

Here are some recent posts from the History Room Blog!

  • We Love the Census

    July 31, 2020
    Have you been counted? Among everything else, 2020 is a U.S. federal Census year. Have you completed the Census yet? It’s easy, safe, and important to be counted! Learn more about how you can complete the 2020 census from the U.S. Census Bureau. What is the Census? A census gathers information about a population. The United States Census, ...
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  • What We’re Reading

    July 18, 2020
    Thirteen patrons joined us for History Room Live yesterday. It was a casual “Coffee Hour” session where we shared and discussed books we’ve been reading. Our books weren’t limited to local history and genealogy topics, but certain themes emerged, including United States history, Black history, activisim, and maritime life. Here are 21 books that came ...
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  • The Know-Nothing Riot of July 6, 1854

    July 6, 2020
    Frequent visitors to our Reading Room may have recognized the painting that was featured on Maine Public’s On This Day in Maine History series this Monday. Eagle-eyed patrons would have spotted some differences, as Maine Public’s image is a different version of the one that hangs on the East wall of the Reading Room. The ...
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  • William King Memorial

    June 19, 2020
    On June 19, 1852, local citizens gathered to bury celebrated statesman William King after his death from influenza on June 17. King is best known for taking on the role of Maine’s first governor in 1820. In Bath, King established the first bank, built and owned many merchant vessels, and ...
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  • Resources for Jewish American History – Part 2

    May 28, 2020
    May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish history in Maine dates back to 1785; in Bath, to 1880. You can use resources in the History Room to learn about Bath’s Jewish community, or explore additional resources for the study of Jewish history in Maine and the United States. For a brief history of Bath’s Jewish ...
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  • Resources for Jewish American History – Part 1

    May 21, 2020
    May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish history in Maine dates back to 1785; in Bath, to 1880. You can use resources in the History Room to learn about Bath’s Jewish community, or take a tour of the amazing online archive and museum at BathJewishHistory.org. There are many other resources available in Maine for the ...
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  • Postally Used

    May 9, 2020
    Thank you for joining us in a journey through postcard history this past week. In my search for good blog posts and my research for yesterday’s History Room Live Presentation, I found so many more postcards that I wanted to share with you! I’ll have to keep them in mind for next May, when National ...
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  • How’s the sap?

    May 8, 2020
    “Well Frank, how’s the sap?” begins this postcard from Hattie to Frank Wells of Gardiner. It’s March 17, 1927, and the maple trees are waking up from winter. 2010.8.1.248c, “Morse High School, Bath, Maine,” from the Oscar R. Marsh Postcard Collection 2010.8.1.248c verso, “Morse High School, Bath, Maine,” from the Oscar R. Marsh Postcard Collection “Lena said ...
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  • A Cordial Invitation

    May 7, 2020
    In October, 1909, two enterprising women sent out an advertising postcard for their new business partnership—a millinery shop, or ladies’ hat shop. The Barker & Young millinery shop was located in the Sagadahoc Block at 72 Front Street, where shoppers could also visit A.G. Page Co. jewelers, David T. Percy & Sons department store, and ...
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  • To Let You Know

    May 6, 2020
    2013.3.1.7.1, “To let you know that Woolwich, Me. is just the place for you,” from the Patricia E. Bonner Collection Do you recognize this part of Woolwich? Neither do I. This postcard is one of many mass-produced cards in our collection that make use of stock images and phrases. 2013.3.1.7.1 verso, “To let you know that Woolwich, ...
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