History Room Live

History Room Live is a series of hour-long Zoom sessions where History Room staff discuss local history and genealogy with our patrons. Zoom is a free virtual meeting software that lets us share our screens for web-based instruction. The small group setting makes for great discussion and individualized research assistance.

For upcoming sessions, see our events calendar or find us on Facebook.

Past sessions are available to watch any time right here or on our YouTube channel.

Coming up May 29, 2020 – A Brief Walk Through History

This week, Jack joins Karen and Jill to take us on a walking tour – from home! “Bath, ME: A Brief Walk Through History” is an interactive map featuring photographs and information about many of the historic buildings in Bath. Jack created the StoryMap from a similar tour of Bath written in the 1870s by Levi P. Lemont. All the sites are within walking distance of each other, so you can try it out after the presentation!

Email history@patten.lib.me.us history@patten.lib.me.us to register for this upcoming session.

May 22, 2020 – Telling Your Story

Karen shares tools and tips for writing about your personal life experiences, and Jill presents an update on the How’s Your Week Going? COVID-19 Story Archive.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

May 15, 2020 – Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is a chance for local history and genealogy enthusiasts to meet casually on Zoom. Coffee Hour sessions are not records.

May 8, 2020 – Postcards Past and Present

Jill presents a short history of postcards in honor of National Postcard Week and shares some historic postcards from the History Room collections. Amanda demonstrates DIY postcard making, and participants share postcards from their personal collections.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

April 29, 2020 – Karen’s Tips for Learning Genealogy Online

Karen shares new and established educational opportunities that you can access at home for free, whether you’re a student learning about history, or a genealogist researching your ancestors. Then, she talks about how you can help others by sharing your own knowledge of local history and genealogy on FamilySearch.org.

April 22, 2020 – Exploring Ancestry for Families

History Room staff Karen and Jill discuss temporary free access to Ancestry resources through Digital Maine Library. Karen presents a brief tour of Ancestry Library Edition and show off a few fun-for-all-ages Ancestry collections, including one baseball-themed collection. She also demonstrates how to find free resources at Ancestry.com available for a limited time, such as NARA records and K-12 lesson plans that can be used for homeschooling.

History Room Hours & Staff

Currently closed, contact us for remote services

Jill Piekut Roy, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian
Peter Goodwin, Assistant
Jack Martin, Assistant
Karen Richard, Assistant

Video Tour of the History Room


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