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


October Presentation:

"Downeast Genius"

Join KHS speaker Earl Smith as he speculates on the reasons why Maine had a large number of important inventors and which inventions, he feels had the greatest impact worldwide.  Smith will have a conversation with those attending the presentation and reveal some of the intriguing things he discovered in doing research for the book, Downeast Genius.

Earl Smith is a native of Waterville and his 40-year career at Colby College ended in retirement in 2002. He continues to serve as the college historian and as a commissioner of Maine State Museum. Smith has written numerous articles and is the author of six books including Mayflower Hill, a history of Colby College, With the Help of Friends, a history of the Colby Art Museum, and Water Village, a history of Waterville Maine. His novels include The Dam Committee, a comic Maine murder-mystery, and its sequel, More Dam Trouble, and Head of Falls a work of historical fiction. He has served on the Waterville City Council and Board of Education, and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives.

Signed copies of the book can be ordered from Oliver & Friends Bookshop, 87 Main Street, Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Orders can be placed by phone: 207-707-2123 or by emailing: Renee@oliverandfriendsbookshop.com. In store pick up and shipping are available.

The Kennebec Historical Society October Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted).  AT THIS TIME, the presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church, located at 726 Western Avenue in Manchester.  If COVID-19 cases continue to climb, the presentation will be held on Facebook Live. If you have any questions about the program, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.

Earl Smith

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 September 20, 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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Phone: (207) 622-7718
Mailing Address: PO Box 5582
Augusta, Maine 04332-5582

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2006 Kennebec Historical Society