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


May Facebook Presentation:
Orphans Preferred - The twisted truth and
lasting legend of the Pony Express

Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express – written by Christopher Corbett, was the first attempt to explore an American tall tale.  Rooted in fact and layered with fabrications and outright lies, there are few memories of the Old West more endearing or enduring than that of the Pony Express.  But many of those memories are not true.  The story of the Pony Express is a beloved piece of frontier lore that includes Horace Greeley, the British explorer, Sir Richard Burton, Mark Twain, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and such legendary Hollywood directors such as the Maine-born John Ford. 

KHS speaker, Corbett is also the author of The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West (Atlantic Monthly) and of the novel, Vacationland (Viking).  A former editor with the Associated Press, he started his career at the Maine Times and later worked as a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and Central Maine Morning Sentinel.  Corbett has taught journalism in the University of Maryland System for 30 years and is a native of Waterville, Maine and a graduate of Northwestern University. 

To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on May 19, 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.



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
  • Summer Internships available!

    Page updated April 22, 2021 (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

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