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

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Due to the winter storm,
KHS will be CLOSED on
Thursday, January 26, 2023

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KHS BOOK SALE BLOWOUT!

    The Kennebec Historical Society has benefitted from numerous donations
of used books and plans on hosting a rare indoor book sale at the society’s headquarters throughout the month of February during its open hours Tuesday through Thursday from 9am-3pm. To make room for incoming 2023 donations, KHS is clearing out its inventory of used books and DVD’s, many of which are in pristine, like-new condition.
 Shoppers looking for some winter reading material or early holiday gifts are asked to come in the front door of the society’s headquarters, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. House, and browse through an organized maze of used books.  There will be tables of books in every room on the first floor.  All books/DVD’s are only $1 and all proceeds will go towards the society’s operating costs. During the final days of the sale, no reasonable offer will be refused and there will be extraordinary deals.
    If you have any questions about the winter book sale,
please call Wood at (207) 622-7718.

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KHS February 2023
Facebook Live Program
"1923 Augusta Winter Carnival"

(Photo provided by presenter, courtesy of the Maine Historical Society)

 “I, William the Conqueror of Ice and Snow, the King of the Augusta Winter Carnival for 1923, defender of all Winter Sports, do proclaim, that the Keeper of the Snows and the Winds grant my subjects clement weather and fair skies for their holiday.”

     With those words, printed in full page ads in several Maine newspapers, William Gannett, Augusta businessman and newspaper owner, announced the Second Annual State of Maine Winter Carnival.

     Gannett traveled to Switzerland to see how they celebrated winter. He came back with ideas and excitement. Gannett hosted a winter carnival that demonstrated to the world that Maine was the place for winter sports.

     In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gannett’s Winter Carnival we will look at photos, program books and newspaper articles to learn the story of Maine’s biggest and most elaborate winter carnival.

     William Gannett closed his proclamation by writing, “In exercise of the power invested in me, that the nations of the world may know that Maine’s Kingdom of Ice and Snow can outdo Switzerland as a setting for Winter Sports - I make this proclamation.”

     KHS speaker, Glenn Parkinson, is the author of “First Tracks, Stories From Maine’s Skiing Heritage.” He is also the Historian for the Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum.

     The program can be watched on Facebook live at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2023.  It also will be archived on the society’s Facebook page for those who want to watch it later. For more information, call Scott Wood, the society’s executive director, at 622-7718.

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Membership rates increase on January 1, 2023
Mindful of the increase in the cost of almost everything it buys, the Kennebec Historical Society's Board of Directors voted last spring to impose the first across-the-board membership dues increase since 2003.
The KHS budget for 2023 projects an income of $7,000 from membership dues, which is only about 6% of the society's overall income.
For more information, click on the Membership link on the left.
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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 January 25, 2023 (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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READING ROOM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

10am-3pm
Tuesday through Thursday

APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED

If unable to visit during our open hours, please call for an appointment. Please be prepared to wear a mask.

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

Those unable to visit us may send questions to our email:

kennhis1891@gmail.com

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