Events Calendar

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

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.

Saturday, June 15  Boothbay-Built Family Fishing Fleets photography exhibit

The Bertha D. Nickerson


This photography exhibit complements the Windjammer celebration.  Included are two circa 1900 Boothbay-built family fishing fleets, inlcuding Nickerson and Nunan family schooners built by the Adams yard and the Hodgdon yard.




Saturday, July 27, 9:00 – 2:00  Bake Sale    

Bake sale at Boothbay Region Historical Society

Thursday, August 1, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  Midcoast Maine in World War II

With Peggy Konitzky, historic house museum manager, Historic New England

Peggy Konitzky will present stories of midcoast Maine heroes and their remarkable achievements during World War II from her book Midcoast Maine in World War II.  The shipyard at Bath Iron Works launched a new destroyer every seventeen days. Bowdoin College had more military than civilian students and held three commencements per year. Boothbay Harbor, Bailey Island and Damariscotta all had military bases, and anyone who owned or sailed a boat was recruited for coastal defense. Women worked at machine shops, registered their neighbors for rationing and volunteered for the Civil Defense and Red Cross.



Saturday, August 24, 9:00 – 2:00  Bake Sale      

Yum!  Bake sale at Boothbay Region Historical Society

Thursday, September 5, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  The Life of Capt. Anders Anderson

With John Anderson, historian and author

John Anderson grew up listening to family stories about his beloved grandfather, Capt. Anders Anderson.  When John inherited his grandfather’s ship logs, he embarked on a journey to learn as much as he could about Capt. Anderson’s fascinating life.  From leaving his family farm in Sweden as a teenager, to becoming a ship captain in Maine and falling in love with a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, the story of Capt. Anderson is a fascinating and moving reminder of a way of life which has since disappeared.  John Anderson’s biography of his grandfather will be published this summer.

(photo of Capt. Anderson courtesy John Anderson)


Thursday, October 3, 4:30 – 5:30 pm  History of Quilting Trunk Show

With Wendy Caton, award-winning quilter

 Back by popular request! Wendy Caton Reed will present fifty of her quilts and discuss historic styles of quilting in her popular History of Quilting Trunk Show.  Wendy grew up on River Road in Edgecomb, Maine and was taught to quilt by her neighbor Arzetta Poole when she was nine years old.  She has been quilting ever since and is well known for her original interpretations of traditional designs.  Wendy’s quilts have been exhibited at the National Quilt Museum and the New England Quilt Museum, and have won awards including the Purchase Award from the American Museum of Folk Art.


Saturday, October 12 Cheese and Bake Sales

Cheese sale 9:00 – 4:00 at Boothbay Railway Village

Cheese and bake sale 10:00 – 2:00 at Boothbay Region Historical Society



December 7, 10:00 – 2:00 Open House    

Annual holiday open house at the museum!







N0vember 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

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