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Nearly 130 years of preservation and study of
Kennebec County history (1891-2020)


HOLIDAY Cheese & Chocolate Sale

The Kennebec Historical Society is looking to raise some money by having a Cheese & Chocolate fundraiser. KHS understands how difficult it can be trying to purchase gifts
for those hard to buy for and hopes this fundraiser can be helpful! It also helps keep the society in good economic shape! No guarantees on what the cheese and chocolate
will do to YOUR shape!

Click here for the ORDER FORM

Simply print off the order form or pick one up at KHS and fill out along with payment by Friday, November 27, 2020. Mail or drop off the completed order form and payment to:
Kennebec Historical Society
P.O. Box 5582, Augusta, ME 04332-5582

Then on Saturday, December 12, 2020, pick up your goodies between 9am and 2pm at KHS Headquarters, located at 107 Winthrop Street in Augusta.

Please remember: PAYMENT must be submitted in advance with each order. For more information, call KHS at 622-7718.

The Kennebec Historical Society’s December Facebook Presentation:
“Christ Church,Gardiner”


This year Christ Church in Gardiner is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its landmark house of worship. Constructed of local granite between 1818 and 1820, Christ Church is Maine’s first example of Gothic Revival church architecture. This distinctive building was erected primarily through the support of Robert Hallowell Gardiner I, who secured the plans from the Reverend Samuel Farmar Jarvis. From 1847 to 1866 the church served as the seat of Maine’ first Episcopal bishop George Burgess, who is buried in the adjacent churchyard. This video lecture will trace the architectural history of one of the state’s most historic churches in its bicentennial year.

Our KHS speaker, a native of Portland, Maine, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., attended Deering High School, Colby College, and Boston University and was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art.  At the age of thirteen, Shettleworth became interested in historic preservation through the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961.  In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976.  He retired from that position in 2015.  Mr. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture and served as State Historian since 2004.

All you need to do to view this presentation is head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  If you have a question, submit it in the comments on this event 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, the Administrative 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.

We understand that many are not ready to return and that's fine! KHS can always be reached by email, phone, Facebook and Instagram.  We will be here when you are ready to research the history of Kennebec County!

Stay Safe!  

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 November 24, 2020 (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

Click the "donate" button below to join KHS or make a donation. Please be sure to explain what the amount is for in the "Add special instructions to seller" section.
Thank you!



Tuesday through Thursday

Please call for an appointment

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

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