Events Calendar


Tuesday, May 18, 4:30 pm

Our public Annual Meeting is 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Jon Dunsford, “The Bowdoin”  5:00pm

Local ship modeler Jon Dunsford will share two models of brigs built in Boothbay and summarize the era of building them 1823 to 1855.  He will then share part of his new story: how and why the schooner Bowdoin was designed, and why it was then built here in Boothbay.  


Thursday, June 22, 4:30 pm

Hamilton Meserve, “The History of Harbor Theater”

 Hamilton Meserve is the son of famous actress Margaret Hamilton and the president of the board of the Harbor Theater.  He will talk about the history of the theater, from its early days to its current non-profit iteration as Harbor Theater on Townsend Avenue. 


Sunday, August 20, 5:30 pm, Harbor Theater

Fundraiser featuring Bob Krist’s documentary films about life along the Maine coast

Join National Geographic photographer/filmmaker, and Boothbay Harbor resident Bob Krist, for an evening of his short documentary films about life along coastal Maine at the Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor.  Using the eye and storytelling techniques he developed during a 40-year career working for National Geographic, Krist shows us the people, places and traditions that make Maine such a special place.  Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the historical society, 72 Oak street, Boothbay Harbor.

Click here for the Boothbay Register’s article on the fund-raiser. 

Thursday, July 13, 4:30 pm

Duane and Dwight Lewis, “Memories of the Boothbay Region” 

Beloved bridge tenders Dwight and Duane Lewis will share their own and three generations of their wonderful family’s fascinating and unusual stories about the tending of Maine’s historic Southport Bridge, including their famous story of tracking down a stolen vessel, and more.  


Thursday, September 21, 4:30 pm

Dottie Yunger, “Exciting Changes at Maine State Aquarium, Learning Lab, and Burnt Island” 

Marine biologist Dottie Yunger is the Education Division Director for Maine Department of Marine Resources, managing the Maine State Aquarium, adjacent Learning Lab, and Burnt Island in Southport.  She will talk about the redesign of the aquarium and educational programming across the three facilities. She will also discuss how the Education Division will make DMR research and researchers accessible to a range of audiences. 

Admission is free (except for the August 20th fundraiser). 

Doors open at 4:10pm.  In-house seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first seated basis.  Call us at 207-633-0820, or email, for the latest information.

All talks will be filmed and made available on our YouTube channel.


Tuesday, May 17, 5:00 pm  Our public Annual Meeting 4:30 – 5:00 pm Chip Griffin, “First Maypole Dance in America: Damariscove in the 1600s” 

Thursday, June 2, 4:30 pm Jon Johansen, “Boatbuilding in Maine and Boothbay from 1980 to the Present”

Thursday, July 21, 4:30 pm Alan Fisher, “Sprucewold: The Early Years”

Thursday, August 25, 4:30 pm Jon Dunsford, “Early Shipyards of Boothbay” 

Thursday, September 29, 4:30 pm Susan Kimball Clark, “Past Images of Ocean Point, Maine”



  May “Shared Ground: An Exploration of 17th century Indigenous and Euromerican Cultures through Gardening”

  • June “The Thistle Inn: From Captain’s Home to Local Tavern”
  • July Holiday Bake Sale Fundraiser
  • July “Preserving Land in the Boothbay Region:  The Story Behind Thirty-five Miles of Nature Trails”
  • August “Roadside Maine, The Development of Route One, 1900 – 1950”
  • September “Boothbay Harbor’s Wharfscape: Structures, Territory, and Life at Water’s Edge”
  • October Cheese and Bake Sale 


2019 Events

  • Tuesday, May 21, 4:30 pm  Annual Meeting of Boothbay Region Historical Society  AND Life at the East Boothbay Store: Then and Now
  • Thursday, May 23, 4:30 – 5:30 pm The Camera Discovers Monhegan: Island Photographs from 1859 to 1900
  • Thursday, August 1, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  Midcoast Maine in World War II
  • Thursday, September 5, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  The Life of Capt. Anders Anderson
  • Thursday, October 3, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  History of Quilting Trunk Show
  • Saturday, October 12, Cheese, Bake, and Tea Sales, and Raffle Drawing
  • Saturday, November 16, 2 pm to 5 pm  Boothbay Fisheries Project
  • Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 2 pm Holiday Lights Open House and Raffle Drawing!

2018 Events

  • November 28  GROWING UP IN MAINE IN THE 1800s  Adult Ed Class
  • October 17-20   CHEESE SALE!
  • September 27   CAKE AND CULTURE TOUR: A History of Boothbay Region in Ten Objects
  • September 6   SPEAKER SERIES: History of Quilting Trunk Show
  • August 23   SPEAKER SERIES: 1950s Minstrel Shows Rise Once More!
  • August 16   CAKE AND CULTURE TOUR: A History of the Boothbay Region in Ten Objects
  • July 26   SPEAKER SERIES: The Evolution of Washburn & Doughty Associates
  • July 18-21 and 25-28 Silent Auction at Boothbay Region Historical Society.
  • May 15  ANNUAL MEETING Boothbay Region Historical Society.
  • May 10  SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenders of Southport Bridge


Open All Year

  • Thu-Sat: 10am-2pm

Admission is free.


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Contact Us:

P.O.Box 272
72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor,
Maine 04538
Phone: (207)633-0820