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. His talk focuses on the early pioneers of photography on Monhegan, beginning with the first known photograph of Monhegan, an 1859 image of the light house, and continues through the emerging art colony of the 1890s, ending with Edward Robinson of Thomaston, a college professor who made his own photographic record of the island just prior to 1900.
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 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.
2018 PAST EVENTS
December 1 ANNUAL HARBOR LIGHTS OPEN HOUSE
N0vember 28 GROWING UP IN MAINE IN THE 1800s Adult Ed Class
November 14 LOOKING AT HISTORY THROUGH OUR COLLECTIONS Adult Ed Class
November 10 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMISTICE DAY COMMEMORATED
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 28, ANNUAL BAKE SALE
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