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Over 130 years of preservation and study of
Kennebec County history (1891-2022)


The 4th Annual
Kennebec Classic Results!

Kira Gregor, Women's Champion

Jason & Logan Tardiff, Doubles' Champions

Jason Tardiff, Men's Champion

The Kennebec Historical Society hosted it’s 4th annual “Kennebec Classic” at the ACOPI Tennis and Fitness Center on Leighton Rd. in Augusta on Sunday, July 31, 2022. The results from the all day tennis tournament are as follows:
In women's singles, Kira Gregor defeated Inga Zimba, the Kennebec
Classic defending champ, 9-8(9);
In doubles, Jason and Logan Tardiff defeated
Owen Evans and Josiah Bloom, 8-5;
Jason Tardiff def Charlie Haberstock 8-3 in men's singles.

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KHS Presents:
"Historic Maine in 3-D"

Log Jam on the west bank of the Penobscot, 1870's

KHS August Program

Bernard Fishman, director of the Maine State Museum in Augusta, will present “Historic Maine in 3-D” as the Kennebec Historical Society’s August lecture. The subject is a modern way of looking at the most important form of early 19th-century commercial photography, which used binocular images on cards or glass, called stereoviews today, to allow images to be seen in three dimensions when looked at through a viewer.
    Fishman, one of the nation’s foremost collectors of stereoviews, has amassed nearly 30,000 of them. He has drawn from his own collection, as well as from the 20,000 stereoviews of Maine held by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, to assemble this projection show of Victorian scenes of Maine, largely from the 1860s and ’70s, just after the Civil War.
    To see this projection show, attendees will be given free paper glasses, like the ones used to view 3-D horror movies in the 1950s, to see the images in 3-D as they were meant to be viewed. They will see a Maine of small cities and villages, farmers, shipbuilders, and industrial workers in mines and factories; parades and entertainments, social and life-cycle events, homes with their kitchens and parlors, family portraits, institutional buildings and employees, hunters, loggers, Native Americans, and many moments of life in Maine about 150 years ago. Fishman also will discuss the museum’s work in preserving such images and using modern methods to make them available for future generations to enjoy and study.
    Fishman was born in New York City and educated at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. For three years he was an Egyptologist in Luxor, Egypt, working at Chicago House, the University of Chicago’s research center there. Since then he has directed five museums. He has been the director of the Maine State Museum since 2012. He had strong roots in Maine before he came to the Maine State Museum. Before the 1980s, under the name of the M.H. Fishman Co., his family operated five-and-dime stores in Calais, Houlton, Waterville, and Biddeford. Bernard Fishman spent 11 summers at summer camps in Maine when he was growing up. He is married to wife Elizabeth and has a son, Philip, who works in Augusta.
    Fishman is the author or editor of numerous articles and publications, most recently A Story of Maine in 112 Objects (The Maine State Museum and Tilbury House Publishers). He is also a co-founder of Photarchive3D, an archive of 35,000 historic stereoview images that are made available for educational image projections in 3-D.
    This Kennebec Historical Society presentation is free to the public (with donations gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at South Parish Congregational Church, located at 9 Church Street in Augusta. Questions about the program may be directed to KHS Executive Director Scott Wood by calling 622-7718.

What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains more than 55,000 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 August 5, 2022 (srw)

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

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