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Tuesday, May 21, 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting of Boothbay Region Historical Society 

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Life at the East Boothbay Store: Then and Now

With Liz Evans, owner, East Boothbay General Store

Everyone is invited to our annual meeting!  And afterwards Elizabeth “Liz” Evans will talk about owning and operating the landmark East Boothbay General Store for the past eleven years.  Liz “grew up all over the place” but spent her summers in the Boothbay region.  After a number of years as a chef on several different luxury yachts, including Jimmy Buffett’s, she bought the East Boothbay General Store the day before it was to go up for auction in 2008.  With Liz’s outgoing personality and culinary skills, the store is a favorite gathering place for summer people and year-rounders alike, proof positive of the message on the entrance sign that says, “In the heart of East Boothbay since 1898.”

(photo of Liz Evans courtesy of Peter Southwick)

Thursday, May 23, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

The Camera Discovers Monhegan: Island Photographs from 1859 to 1900

With Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian

Earle Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture.  He is the current State Historian of Maine, past director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, past president of the Maine Historical Society, and past president of the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians.  Nineteenth century photography in Maine gives us a compelling look at our past.  The illustrated talk begins with the first known photograph of Monhegan, an 1859 image of the light house by William McLaughlin of Portland. McLaughlin was followed by other commercial photographers in the 1870s and 80s such as Isaac Coombs of Wiscasset and Henry Bailey of Augusta. The emerging art colony of the 1890s attracted gifted painters such as Samuel Triscott and Eric Hudson, who used photography to help create their watercolors and canvases of the island. They were joined by Edward Robinson of Thomaston, a college professor who made his own photographic record of the island just prior to 1900. Many photographers have visited Monhegan in the 20th and 21st centuries, but these men were among the pioneers of photography on the island.

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Love history?  We are looking for a part-time Office Manager!

The society seeks an independent, highly organized office manager for its museum at 72 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, be competent with Microsoft computer programs and understand MS Access or similar database. The office manager is responsible for a wide variety of tasks under the direction of the board of trustees, including but not limited to: light bookkeeping and banking, volunteer training, maintenance of member and donor records, correspondence, troubleshooting technology issues, and managing general society business. The office manager also works closely with our  local historian and serves as the face of the society when greeting visitors and researchers. This is a year-round, 16-hour per week position. Fixed hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10:00-2:00. Remaining 8 hours are somewhat flexible. For more information, email us, call us, or stop by the museum Thursday – Saturday 10:00-2:00. Applicants must submit a cover letter and current resume by May 29 to Office Manager Position, Boothbay Region Historical Society, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, or by email to brhs@gwi.net.

ABOUT US 

The Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at the 1874 home of Elizabeth F. Reed and its grounds, Fullerton Park.  Browse six rooms of artifacts, photographs, maps, and memorabilia.  Our collections of town records, local newspapers, family histories, account books, and more are available for those wishing to delve into our colonial and coastal heritage.  Whether you visit in search of family roots, or simply enjoy learning about local history, we invite you to enjoy a local treasure!

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