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130 years of preservation and study of
Kennebec County history (1891-2021)


February Facebook Presentation:
“This Day In Maine"

This Day in Maine features more than 600 news items plucked from the history of the Pine Tree State. Since achieving statehood in 1820, Maine has developed into a vacationland of lobsters and lighthouses set against breathtaking vistas and endless natural beauty. Author Joseph Owen highlights defining moments in Maine’s lucrative 200-year history such as wars, fires, storms, and pandemics; but he also shines a spotlight on powerful politicians, brilliant inventors, successful athletes, and even a few entrepreneurs. Maine is a small state, but many people have helped shaped its identity including Joshua Chamberlain and his heroics at Little Round Top during the Civil War, and young Samantha Smith and her peacekeeping efforts during the Cold War. This Day in Maine chronicles day-by-day, from January 1 to December 31, the highlights and lowlights, the famous and infamous, and the big and small of everyday life in Maine.

Owen, our KHS speaker, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and is a former journalist who worked as both an editor and reporter for more than forty years in both America and foreign countries. During his career, he covered major world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Persian Gulf War, ultimately filing news reports from twenty countries. Owen is a former president and current board member of the Kennebec Historical Society. He and his wife, Mary, a former psychiatric nurse, have three children and five grandchildren and live in Augusta.

To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. February 17, and the video will air live. It will also be available to watch later, if you prefer. If you have a question, please submit it in the comments during the live video presentation. Here is the link to the KHS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KHS1891. If you have any questions about the program, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.


Glenn J. Adams, Jr.

It is with great sadness that the Kennebec Historical Society learned of the death on January 1 of one of its more active volunteers, Glenn J. Adams Jr.
   Adams, 70, of Augusta, died from complications resulting from heart surgery at Maine Medical Center.
   As co-chairman of the society’s Membership Committee, he presided over a successful effort to increase KHS membership and was instrumental in arranging, in observance of Maine’s statehood bicentennial in 2020, for complimentary memberships for all then-current members of Legislature and for Gov. Janet Mills. Also, as a Development Committee member for the past four years, Adams helped raise money used to cover the society’s operating expenses and wrote the minutes of the committee’s meetings.
   In addition to those tasks, he organized a 40-year reunion of Cony High School’s 1978 New England Championship varsity basketball team in 2018 at KHS headquarters; he gave the first monthly online KHS lecture, presented last July 22 on the society’s Facebook page; he was a frequent attendee and helper at the society’s live monthly lectures until the coronavirus forced their suspension last winter; he wrote profiles of prominent people for the society’s Kennebec County Leadership Book; and he wrote several news articles for the Kennebec Current, the society’s bimonthly newsletter.
    Adams was a native of Woodbury, New Jersey, and a University of Maine graduate. He retired after working 32 years as an Associated Press reporter at the Maine State House in Augusta. An AP story about Adams’ journalism career, accompanied by a photo, appeared on Page C4 of the January 3 editions of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel newspapers.
    He also volunteered for the American Red Cross, having participated recently with his wife, Betty, in disaster mitigation efforts in Louisiana and Texas; was a former member of the Cony All Sports Boosters, which raises money to support athletes at the Augusta high school; enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing in many Maine locations, including cross-country trails he maintained behind his own house; was an ardent traveler and travel writer, having roamed widely around the United States and the rest of the world; and was a motorcyclist, novelist and artist.
    “I had the good fortune to spend time at the Legislature with Glenn when I served as a lobbyist and legislator and was delighted to again have the opportunity to work with him at the Kennebec Historical Society,” President Patsy Garside Crockett wrote in reaction to the news of Adams’ death. “Glenn was a true professional, always had a smile, a kind word and was always willing to help with any task that needed to be completed. Glenn will be missed by all of us at KHS and by so many in this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Betty, and his family. May his memory be a blessing.”

For more about Glenn, click on the following link for a story written by David Sharp of the Associated Press: AP Website Story



KHS is OPEN by appointment to researchers. The staff and researching public will be expected to wear their own masks and use hand sanitizer as they enter the building, while maintaining Maine CDC social distancing guidelines.

What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains more than 50,000 searchable names and over 88,000 listings. You can search these names at: genealogy

  • Check out the positions available for volunteers
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