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Kennebec County history (1891-2021)


April Facebook Presentation:
“First Franco "

Albert Beliveau

Join former Chief Justice Dan Wathen and Severin Beliveau, partner in Preti Flaherty and former legislator and gubernatorial candidate, for an exploration of "First Franco: Albert Beliveau in Law, Politics and Love."

Author Douglas Rooks will read passages about Gov. Ed Muskie's dramatic and surprising decision concerning Albert Beliveau's attempt in 1956 to become the first Franco-American chief justice, and its aftermath 14 years later.

This restoration of the life of one of Maine's most prominent 20th century Franco-Americans includes themes of enduring and contemporary interest, including discrimination against the state's largest ethnic and religious demographic, immigration restrictions, World War I and the pandemic of 1918.

Albert Beliveau, who grew up poor in Lewiston and Rumford, surmounted many obstacles to graduate first in his law school class, and played pioneering roles as a county attorney, Congressional nominee, Maine Superior Court and Supreme Court justice. This new biography is a fitting accompaniment to the pandemic-delayed celebration of Maine's bicentennial.

Our speaker, Douglas Rooks is the author of two previous books, Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible (Down East Books, 2016) and Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine (Hamilton Books, 2018.) He has served as editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, editor and publisher of Maine Times, and has covered state government and politics for 36 years, currently as State House correspondent for the Portland Phoenix. His political columns appear in the Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, Times Record and Portsmouth Herald, and he is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards. A graduate magna cum laude of Colby College, he lives with his wife, Labrador retriever and coon cat in a 215-year-old farmhouse in West Gardiner.

To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on April 21, 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/events/198569558441513/. 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 1, 2021 (srw)

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