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

Upcoming closures:
KHS will be closed on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 to recognize and celebrate the society's volunteers
KHS will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in observance of Juneteenth

KHS June Presentation:
"Logging in Maine"

Log Hauler, around 1915, photo taken by Clarence Morton

Maine’s forest is immense. Since Colonial times, Maine settlers have cut
trees from its millions of acres of forest. Britain cut thousands of tall pine
trees for masts for their royal navy ships. This slide presentation, titled
“Logging in Maine,” describes logging from its earliest methods, including primitive cutting and hauling methods and water-powered sawmills, to the development of steam log haulers and steam-powered sawmills in the early 20th century, when her latest logging book, Trouble in Nathan’s Woods,
takes place. Log drives, on the Kennebec River and others, will be discussed. Cowan’s passion for writing about forests and logging was inspired by her family’s history. The Mortons owned Paris Manufacturing Company, located
in South Paris, Maine, where they manufactured wooden sleds, skis, and
other wood products. They also operated a large lumber camp, where her
father lived as a young boy. The program includes pictures of 19th-century logging camps, shows how logs were harvested and hauled out of the woods, and includes historic photos taken by her grandfather.

Award-winning author and KHS presenter, Mary Morton Cowan, has been writing books and articles for young readers for more than 30 years and has completed several courses focusing on that genre. A Maine native, Cowan graduated from Westbrook High School and Bates College, where she concentrated her studies in English and Music. She is a member of the
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and of Maine Writers
and Publishers Alliance.

The Kennebec Historical Society’s June presentation is free to the public (donations are gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta. If you have any questions about the program, please call Scott Wood, executive director, at 622-7718.

Calling All KHS Volunteers!!!

The Kennebec Historical Society plans to celebrate its volunteers on 
Tuesday, June 18
from 1pm to 3pm at the Viles Mansion
 located at 71 Stone Street. Food/snacks will be provided by Brickyard Hollow.

If you volunteer for KHS, then you are welcome!
Please RSVP and let me know you are coming.
If you have any questions, please call Scott at 622-7718.

Governor Mills attends joint KHS/MSL August 30th Program!

Featured from left to right: MSL Alison Maxell, Author Cathie Pelletier,
KHS Program Chair Anne Cough, KHS Archivist Emily Schroeder and
Governor Janet Mills

The special August program, presented by the Kennebec Historical Society and the Maine State Library had a special guest in attendance, Governor Janet Mills.  The program was presented by author Cathie Pelletier, who spoke about her book “Northeaster”.  Following the program, attendees were able to purchase some of Pelletier’s books and mingle with the Governor.  You never know who you might see at one of our monthly programs! 

What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains more than 58,000 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 10, 2024 (srw)

Discovering, preserving, and disseminating
Kennebec County history

KHS is located in Maine's Capital City ... in historic Kennebec Valley at

Henry Weld Fuller, Jr. House
107 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME

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

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

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