History Room Blog

Here are some recent posts from the History Room Blog!

  • Diary of a Bath Boy Used in Article about Manifest Destiny

    October 18, 2021
    In his article for Pacific Northwest Quarterly, “Machine of Manifest Destiny: The USS Massachusetts, 1845-1863,” Michael “Tug” Buse uses the diary of Theodore Brooks Trevett as a stand-in for a lost logbook of the USS Massachussets (1845). The diary chronicles Trevett’s time as a clerk aboard the Navy vessel on a voyage to the Oregon ...
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  • John Hayden Mystery

    August 13, 2021
    John Hayden (1808-1892)—jeweler, mariner, one-time mayor of Bath, grandfather of Emma Eames and John Sedgwick Hyde—was said to be a writer of “considerable historical matter,” according to his obituary in the August 20th, 1892 issue of the Bath Enterprise. Some of his works are cited in Parker McCobb Reed’s History of Bath and Environs.   Though the ...
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  • Pride Month: Why Isn’t There More Queer History in Archives?

    June 24, 2021Pride Month: Why Isn’t There More Queer History in Archives?
    During his education as a librarian and archivist, reference librarian Jack Martin researched the existence of Queer history (or LGBTQIA+ history) in archives and collecting institutions like the History Room. We like to share items from our collections that relate to current events and national observances, but we found ourselves coming up short for Pride ...
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  • Tour #3 of Opening Doors in Historic Bath

    April 20, 2021
    Irene Drago, local author and a trustee of Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., asked us to share this message about the third and final virtual tour offered by SPI this spring. Dear Supporters of SPI, Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. is delighted to offer Tour #3 of Opening Doors in Historic Bath for a $10 donation. We’re able to extend this offer ...
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  • Women’s History Month in the History Room

    March 25, 2021
    March is Women’s History Month! We shared items and collections from the History Room that illuminate women’s history in our communities in each issue of the library’s email newsletter (sign up here). See each week’s story below! Old Ladies’ Home The Old Ladies’ Home collection (MC 009), includes information about how the charitable institution was founded in ...
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  • Opening Doors in Historic Bath

    February 11, 2021Opening Doors in Historic Bath
    Historic building enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., our neighbors at Winter Street Center, will celebrate their 50th anniversary by offering virtual house tours in March. Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc., kicks off the celebration of its 50th anniversary this year with a series of online guided tours of historic homes and landmarks in ...
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  • 17th Annual Town History Series on Zoom and BCTV

    January 8, 2021
    Announcing the 17th Annual Town History Series The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces the seventeenth annual Town History Series! Speakers from Patten Free Library’s five member communities will present on aspects of their town’s history on five Saturday mornings in January and February. On January 16, Nathan Lipfert will present Two Centuries of Working for Bath Customs. ...
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  • A Year of History Room Live

    December 28, 2020
    When Karen suggested doing a Zoom program back in March 2020, I had no idea what it would become. History Room Live has been such a joy to produce every week. We’re both going to miss seeing our patrons’ faces while we focus on bringing the 17th Annual Town History Series online. Jill’s Reflections We started in ...
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  • 2021 Bath Historical Society Calendar

    December 8, 20202021 Bath Historical Society Calendar
    Click here to order the 2021 Bath Historical Society calendar. The Bath Historical Society issues a calendar every year to spread the word about Bath history. This year’s calendar honors Robin Haynes and Peter Goodwin after their retirement from Patten Free Library. Each month features one of Peter and Robin’s picks from the Sagadahoc History & ...
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  • Indigenous History in Sagadahoc County

    November 19, 2020
    November is Native American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month. We’re honoring Maine’s indigenous peoples by learning more about the Native Americans who have lived in Sagadahoc County. We’ll start by identifying books in our collection that focus on indigenous history at a local level. Next, we’ll share tips for finding other books about indigenous history on a ...
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  • October 15, 2021
    Community Puzzle

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