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


KHS Open for Walk-in Research Starting June 1!!

As the entire state of Maine begins to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennebec Historical Society (KHS) is pleased to announce that it will be open to walk-in research starting on Tuesday, June 1.  In accordance with the latest guidance from the state of Maine, researchers are welcome to wear a mask, but it is no longer required.  KHS also encourages anyone to stay home if they are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting.
The Henry Weld Fuller Jr. house, which was previously only open by appointment, will allow visitors to research its Kennebec County collections and receive a brief tour of the building. 
Open hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm.  Researchers are still able to schedule appointments if unable to come during normal operating hours. If you have any questions, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.

June Facebook Presentation:

 “A History of Maine’s Railroads"

Maine is populated with intriguing characters who set in motion a fascinating, compelling story of railroads and the unique communities they helped to build. One of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, Maine at one point had more than ninety communities with trolleys. Standard-gauge and the “two-footers” crossed the state, including the St. Lawrence & Atlantic, the Boston and Maine, and Maine Central Railroad. From the first and only international trolley in the United States to the attempted World War I dynamiting of a railroad bridge between the United States and Canada, Maine is home to a rich rail heritage. You will hear about the importance of two Maine governors and of the men who needed railroads to transport both product and people in support of their businesses and how one Maine man was instrumental in opening up Maine to the movement of goods and people from Canada.

Join KHS Speaker Bill Kenny as he takes you on a journey from the first tracks made of wood to today’s high-speed Downeaster Amtrak train. Kenny, a former career Air Force officer, directed the movement by rail and ship of more than 3000 tons of military equipment from the U.S. and Europe for Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  He also managed the military railroads at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and in Korea.  He now consults in the movement of oversize and outsize cargo around the world via rail, ship, and trucks.

To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on June 16, 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.



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 June 15, 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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Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

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