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KHS Thanksgiving Closures
The Kennebec Historical Society will be closing on
Wednesday, November 22 at noon and will remain closed
until it reopens on Tuesday, November 28 as the society
observes the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sorry for any Inconvenience.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The Kennebec Historical Society will host a Victorian Tea Party at its headquarters, 107 Winthrop Street in Augusta.  Please come and join us as we celebrate the holiday season from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.  The Victorian Tea is a return to the "olden days" as many know we held this event for a number of years in the past and is open to the public!

There will be a variety of goodies to sample including cookies, snacks, coffee and of course tea! Come and enjoy the festive decorations and musical selections played by members of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra! Anyone interested in decorating, serving or who would like to bring in some tasty treats are asked to contact Scott Wood, either by email at kennhis1891@gmail.com or by phone at 622-7718.  
Hope to see you there!

The Kennebec Historical Society Victorian Tea Party is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry Weld Fuller, Jr. House, located at 107 Winthrop Street in Augusta.
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Kennebec Historical Society’s December Presentation

Melville Weston Fuller:
Native of Augusta, Citizen of the World


U.S. Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller

Born in Augusta, just a stone’s throw from the Kennebec County Courthouse, Melville Weston Fuller (1833-1910) sprang from two prominent legal families and became the most eminent jurist Maine has yet produced.

Yet he is little known today, and what he is remembered for – his vote in favor of Plessy v. Ferguson – is unrepresentative of his judging and his attitudes toward the law and politics. The career of Fuller, who served longer than all
but two other chief justices, contains many surprises, some of which would put him firmly in today’s progressive legal camp.  Fuller’s tenure on the Supreme Court (1888-1910) marked momentous shifts in the national life, punctuated
by the growth of huge corporations, labor strife, an imperialistic war, and the Fuller Court’s expansion of the federal judiciary’s scope and influence.

The KHS presentation will feature excerpts from two chapters in Calm Command: U.S. Chief Justice Melville Fuller in His Times – his upbringing
and early life in Augusta; and his work in European arbitration, with decisions crucial to the peaceful settlement of international disputes.  Daniel Wathen, retired Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, will provide an introduction.

The presentation is free to the public (donations are gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Le Club Calumet, located at 334 West River Road in Augusta. For details, call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.
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Governor Mills attends joint KHS/MSL August 30th Program!

Featured from left to right: MSL Alison Maxell, Author Cathie Pelletier,
KHS Program Chair Anne Cough, KHS Archivist Emily Schroeder and
Governor Janet Mills

The special August program, presented by the Kennebec Historical Society and the Maine State Library had a special guest in attendance, Governor Janet Mills.  The program was presented by author Cathie Pelletier, who spoke about her book “Northeaster”.  Following the program, attendees were able to purchase some of Pelletier’s books and mingle with the Governor.  You never know who you might see at one of our monthly programs! 
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What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains more than 58,000 searchable names and over 88,000 listings. You can search these names at: genealogy

  • Check out the positions available for volunteers
  • Summer Internships available!

    Page updated November 16, 2023 (srw)
 


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

Henry Weld Fuller, Jr. House
107 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME


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If unable to visit during our open hours, please call for an appointment.

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


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

kennhis1891@gmail.com

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