Events Calendar

2019 Events

Saturday, November 16, 2 pm to 5 pm  Boothbay Fisheries Project

The Bertha D. Nickerson

You are invited to BRHS to share your fishing photos!  We are partnering with the Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation, the Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Southport Historical Society to gather historical and contemporary photos of fishing in the Boothbay Region for an online collection being created for the Penobscot Marine Museum’s website titled, “The Boothbay Region Fisheries Collection”.  Your photos will be digitized on site by Kevin Johnson and Matt Wheeler, professional photo archivists from Penobscot Marine Museum.  For more information click here for the Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation website.

Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 2 pm Holiday Lights Open House and Raffle Drawing!    

Come see our beautiful, holiday display of festive antique decorations, traditional greens, vintage greeting cards, and historical photographs. Join us for delicious homemade finger foods, hot beverages, and an array of scrumptious treats. Enjoy our special exhibit of the gorgeous baskets and other beautifully crafted items made by the Rancos, a family of Penobscot Indians who travelled from Old Town to Boothbay from 1906 to the mid-1990s to make and sell their baskets to tourists. You won’t want to miss our wonderful Harbor Lights Open House!



Turbulent Sea at Ocean Point, photograph by Robert Mitchell

Handsomely framed in black with an acid-free mat, 41” high x 29” wide.

Mitchell has lived and photographed in Maine for over 40 years. He currently lives on Southport Island.  One of Mitchell’s most memorable experiences grew out of his work and subsequent friendship with the late, great newscaster Charles Kuralt. Mitchell photographed Kuralt for the cover photo of his last book, Charles’ Kuralt’s America when “Sunday Morning” came to Maine.

This unique photograph has been donated for this year’s raffle by Robert Mitchell Photography and Ae Home/Wilde Design in recognition of Boothbay Region Historical Society’s mission to promote interest in the history of the Boothbay region and to preserve the region’s history for future generations to enjoy.

The winner will also receive a 2020 edition of Mitchell’s popular calendar of photographs.  The drawing will take place at the society’s annual holiday open house on December 7, 2019.  Raffle tickets are $1.00 per ticket or 6 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the society’s museum at 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor or by sending a check and a self-addressed envelope to BRHS, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.

2019 Past  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, July 27, 9:00 – 2:00  Bake Sale    

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.



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 moving reminder of a way of life which has since disappeared.  John Anderson’s biography of his grandfather, Borne On the Wind, was 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, Bake, and Tea Sales, and Raffle Drawing

Cheese and tea sale 9:00 – 4:00 (or until we’re SOLD OUT) at Boothbay Railway Village

Your purchase of this delicious Grafton Village sharp cheddar cheese, and our own BRHS tea, supports Boothbay Region Historical Society!  This scrumptious cheddar cheese, aged for two years, is a bargain at $14 for one pound, $7 for 1/2 pound.

Cheese, Bake, and Tea sale 9:00 – 2:00 at Boothbay Region Historical Society


RAFFLE DRAWING! Win a chance for you and up to 7 companions to enjoy a private ride on Charlie Bamberg’s beautiful 1957 International Pumper next summer.  Your unforgettable two-hour tour may be scheduled on a date convenient for both you and Charlie between the end of May and September 10, 2020.

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Society’s museum or by sending a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to BRHS, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.

2018 Events


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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