History Room Blog

Here are some recent posts from the History Room Blog!

  • 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, 2020
    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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  • Confectionery Challenge

    October 30, 2020
    If you aren’t going door to door for candy this Halloween, you can still Trick-or-Treat down the streets of Bath as they were 100 years ago with the Confectionery Challenge! A confectionery is also known as a candy store. Yum! Here are the rules: Browse the 1919 Bath Sanborn Map online.* Look for confectioneries – abbreviated Conf’y – ...
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  • 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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