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Over 125 years of preservation and study of
Kennebec County history (1891-2018)

Established in 1891, the Society has a growing collection of manuscripts, photographs and ephemera about people and places in Kennebec County that are not available in other archives.  Research and meeting facilities at 107 Winthrop Street, Augusta, include reading areas and online access to our database and the internet.  Volunteers perform the majority of the work of the Society and support comes from donations and grants.


*KHS will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through the holidays and RE-OPEN on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9am.*

Kennebec Historical Society

"A Tale of Three Privies"

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

at the Hope Baptist Church
726 Western Avenue, Manchester, ME


The Old Fort Western (OFW) 2018 Silent Auction is officially open! The auction will run December 5th thru Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please find the inventory of items in OFW’s 2018 Silent Auction attached.  This year we have over 90 items with a combined value of over $5,000.  Our heartfelt thanks go to all businesses, staff and friends of the fort who have contributed to this cause.  Remember all proceeds go to support OFW Education Programming.

You can bid either in person or on-line.  To bid in person, come to the Learning Gallery which is located on the first floor of Augusta City Hall (Room 145 across the hall from CTV-7).  All items are on display on tables and shelves with their bid forms.  Bid forms for gift cards, gift certificates, memberships and vouchers are arranged by category and affixed to the walls.  We just need your name, contact information and the amount you wish to bid.

To bid on-line, just send an e-mail to oldfort@oldfortwestern.org clearly marked with your name, the date, the time, the item number of the object you want to bid on and your bid amount.  Make sure to put “2018 OFW Silent Auction” in the SUBJECT LINE.  You can also bid by phone at 207-626-2385.

Bids are to be in $1 increments and the first bid must meet the minimum bid listed which is one quarter of the item’s value.  The interim bid amounts will be updated daily on our website www.oldfortwestern.org.

At the close of bids on Wednesday, December 19th, bid winners will be posted on-line and individuals notified by the end of Thursday, December 20th.  Items need to be picked up and paid for by December 31st, 2018 unless other arrangements are made.  Any item not picked up before December 31st will be offered to the next highest bidder on the bid form.

Thank you for participating in Old Fort Western’s 2018 Silent Auction!  Remember this is a fund raising event, so if you frequently visit any of these businesses and willingly pay full amounts for the same items then why not do the same here and help Fort Western’s Educational Programming.

To see the list of Auction items, click on the link, Auction items.

What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains 47697 searchable names [7990 added] and 88213 listings [16504 added] You can search these names at: genealogy

  • Come see our recently acquired Sanborn maps of Gardiner (Set of 6)!
  • Come see our new shutters on our headquarters, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. House!
  • Check out the positions available for volunteers

    Page updated December 11, 2018 (srw)

Discovering, preserving, and disseminating
Kennebec County history

KHS is located in Maine's Capital City ... in historic Kennebec Valley

107 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME

Click the "donate" button below to join KHS or make a donation. Please be sure to explain what the amount is for in the "Add special instructions to seller" section.
Thank you!


FALL HOURS: September through November
Wednesdays 10am-2pm

WINTER HOURS: December through February
Please call for an appointment

SPRING HOURS: March through May
  Wednesdays 10am-2pm

SUMMER HOURS: June through August
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 10am-2pm

Additional Research Hours by Appointment
Please call ahead.

Phone: (207) 622-7718
Mailing Address: PO Box 5582
Augusta, Maine 04332-5582

Those unable to visit us may send questions to our email:


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2006 Kennebec Historical Society