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Umbrella Cover Museum, Peaks Island Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Curran Homestead and Living History Museum, Orrington Hamilton House, South Berwick Union Historical Society 

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  • 14 Dec 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Most of our birds are migratory. They come and go and you must be on the alert to see them at the right time and place.  Most of our flowers have only a brief blooming period.  You must look for them at a certain time of year if you wish to find them in all their beauty and fragrance.  But the trees we always have with us.  With them there is no hurry. They stand there summer and winter, year in and out, in all kinds of weather.  Many have been standing for more than a century.  This presentation is to introduce them and rouse the observer’s interest to the large, breathtaking trees around us.  We are fortunate to have two “National Champions”, the largest of a particular species in all the United States.  Maine has more than 160 different kinds of trees.

    If you look at a group of 100 trees in a small area, you will see at least 10 different species.

    Our presenter, Duane Prugh, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He is now a semi-retired computer consultant.  For the past 15 years, he has been teaching at several of Maine’s Senior Colleges, taking local seniors on field trips to explore dozens of these sites.  There is so much to see in our own state, and his goal is to get our senior students out of their homes for day trips to explore sites in Maine that most people don’t know exist.  

    The Kennebec Historical Society December Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta. ​  

  • 30 Oct 2016 12:18 PM | Anonymous member

    Autumn is a beautiful time of year along the coast of Maine! Enjoy the beauty of the season with a ride aboard the Pumpkin Train at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum.  The Pumpkin Train takes place October 22nd & 23rd and October 29th & 30th.  Children can explore the museum and paint a miniature pumpkin to bring home as a souvenir of the day. All visitors are treated to complimentary hot cider and cookies. Regular Admission Fees Apply.  The museum is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm with trains on the hour.

  • 22 Oct 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Think America's current political situation is someone else's fault?

    Think Again!

    On Saturday, October 22nd at 7 pm and Sunday, October 23rd at 2 pm, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine's program director David Greenham will present a compelling new monologue, written by Mike Daisey, called "The Trump Card" at the Michael Klahr Center.

    The show tells the story of Donald Trump's rise from businessman to presidential candidate.

    Click Here to get your tickets today!

  • 19 Oct 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    A film in progress about the production, consumption, and history of racist collectibles

    by Chico Colvard

    6;30PM-10:00PM: Reception, film, and live webchat with the filmmaker.

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 

    SPACE Gallery - 538 Congress Street, Portland

    Free to the public, cash bar

    Street parking available

    Watch the trailer here. 

    For more information, contact

  • 07 Oct 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine [HHRC] presents the 2016 Pride Film Festival, scheduled for Fridays in October at 7 p.m. at the Michael Klahr Center.

    In honor of LGBT History Month, the Pride Film Festival encourages inclusion, discussion and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in central Maine. The HHRC will be screening four films that made a unique impact in LGBTQ+ film history and leading an audience discussion after each one.

    The festival begins on Friday, October 7th with the showing of The Boys in the Band (1970). Noted as a milestone for its unbiased focus on the average lives of American gay men, The Boys in the Band features a group of friends enjoying a birthday party until the arrival of some unexpected visitors and a drinking game cause more harm than good. This film is rated R with a run time of 1 hour 59 minutes.

    The film slated for Friday, October 14th is Fire (1996). An Indian-Canadian romantic drama that sparked a dialogue about homosexuality and freedom of speech throughout India, Fire was written and directed by Deepa Mehta. Heavily protested at its release in India in 1998, the movie tells the story of Sita and Radha who find safety from the cruelty of their husbands in each other’s arms. Fire is unrated with a run time of 1 hour 48 minutes.

    The film on Friday, October 21st is the powerful documentary Paragraph 175 (2000). Alongside Jews, gypsies, and other “undesirable” community members, homosexuals were persecuted during the Holocaust. Paragraph 175 features testimony from several gay individuals, arrested for the crime of homosexuality by the Nazis during WWII in accordance with The German Criminal Code. From May 15, 1871 to March 10, 1994, Paragraph 175, also known as Section 175, stood to criminalize homosexual acts between men; the Nazi regime expanded that law, leading to the imprisonment and death of thousands. This film is unrated with a run time of 1 hour 21 minutes.

    To conclude the festival, the HHRC will screen The Danish Girl (2015) on Friday, October 29th. This Academy Award-winning film is based on the true story of Einar Wegener, a young artist who begins the process of transitioning to Lili Elbe after realizing that she has always identified as a woman. Set in the 1930s, The Danish Girl tells the story of one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. This film is rated R and has a run time of 2 hours.

    The HHRC’s Pride Film Festival is free to attend, open to the public and refreshments are provided.

    All films will be shown at the Michael Klahr Center, located at 46 University Drive in Augusta. For more information visit or call (207) 621-3530.

  • 05 Oct 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous member

    The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine [HHRC] in partnership with the Kennebec Valley Art Association [KVAA] present Equal Protection of the Laws, an exhibition featuring the work of 17 Maine artists inspired by the rights granted by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    The exhibition is the result of a call to artists to respond to the important themes of the 14th Amendment including: due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.

    Equal Protection of the Laws: America's Fourteenth Amendment, featuring 36 original works, runs through Friday, December 16th at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Admission into the Klahr Center is free and it is open to the public.

    This exhibit has been made possible with funds from the Maine Humanities Council, the HHRC, and the University of Maine at Augusta. In addition, the project has received support from the KVAA, the Maine Arts Commission, and several individuals.

  • 04 Oct 2016 9:55 AM | Anonymous member

    In this talk, maritime historian Lincoln Paine will use the history of the Kennebec River as a lens through which to examine Maine and American history since the pre-Columbian period. Examining the different ways that people have approached the Kennebec over time provides us with a new way of reading and understanding the history of the United States and its people. Abenaki culture was deeply informed by the way that people related to the Kennebec, which also helped shape patterns of exploration and settlement by early European settlers and the subsequent commercial and industrial development of the late colonial and post-independence period.  While the Kennebec has often been viewed in terms of its importance to navigation—both for shuttling goods and people between the hinterland and the sea, as well as for shipbuilding—it has also been a source of industrial power, a conveyor belt for the lumber industry, a source of harvested ice, and latterly a showcase for environmental restoration.  In this respect, the many uses of the Kennebec offer a periodization of history that affords us a more nuanced appreciation of how Maine and the United States developed. 


    Lincoln Paine is a maritime historian, author, editor, and curator whose books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine (2000), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997).  He is also an editor of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction.  In 2012, he curated “Triumph of the Passenger Ship: Highlights from the Norman H. Morse Ocean Liner Collection, 1870–2010,” at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Research, University of Southern Maine, in Portland.  He has lectured on a wide range of maritime and naval topics in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  A graduate of Columbia College, he spent fourteen years as a non-fiction and reference book editor and currently specializes in editing academic writing by non-native speakers of English.  He is a trustee of the Maine Maritime Museum. He and his wife, Allison, live in Portland and have two grown daughters.

    The Kennebec Historical Society October Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta.​  

  • 08 Sep 2016 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

    The story of Maine’s Historic Bridges is more faceted than you might think.  Why are bridges located where they are?  Who built them?  Why do they look the way they do?  Amanda Taylor, Architectural Historian, will provide a presentation based on the publication Historic Bridges of Maine: 350 Years of Bridge and Roadway Design.  She will discuss the unique ways in which Maine’s bridge builders overcame geography and environmental influences to provide travel throughout the state.  The talk also showcases several specific historic bridges in Maine and detail how their builders chose creative solutions to difficult crossings and how technology changed design and construction.

    Our speaker, Amanda Taylor, is an Architectural Historian for Kleinfelder, an international engineering and architecture firm with an office in Augusta.  In recent years, she has documented historic resources related to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, Masse Saw and Grist Mill in Vassalboro, and Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Freight House in Belfast.  She has spent much of the last four years completing historic resource surveys throughout Maine.

    The Kennebec Historical Society Annual Meeting Program is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Viles Arboretum, located at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta.​  The public program will be preceded at 5pm by a potluck supper and at 6pm by the society’s annual business meeting.  Any members that wish to attend the potluck supper are invited to bring a dish to share.  Please note that the Annual Meeting program is not the society’s monthly program.

  • 30 Aug 2016 11:10 AM | Anonymous member

    Cynthia Milliken Taylor will be speaking on the historic aspects of the Cony Flatiron Building, which was rededicated on July 28, 2015, the restoration efforts and the adaptive re-use for Senior living.  Cynthia has an Architectural Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and 30 years of experience in redeveloping old and new buildings for Seniors in Maine and New Hampshire.  With an interest in improving the lives of many older people and an eye for quality design she has developed over 3500 apartments and completed the financing and renovations of numerous historic buildings including the Inn at City Hall and the Cony Flatiron in Augusta.  Taking a leadership role in creative financing, construction and community building, she has tried to benefit those who live within and those who value their neighborhoods and cities through economic development.  Please join us at Cony Flatiron for an historic presentation on the Old and the New Cony High School.

    The Kennebec Historical Society September Public Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cony Flatiron Building, located at 110 Cony Street in Augusta.​  Please note this is our monthly program and is separate from the program which will be held at the KHS Annual Meeting.

  • 19 Aug 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous member

    Between 1944 and 1946, more than 4,000 German prisoners of war called Maine home. The story of how they arrived, and the lasting impact that they had on the people who encountered them is one of Maine’s most interesting and obscure stories.  Using materials and research used to create the 2012 exhibit “Maine Boys Overseas and German Boys in Maine,” Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Program Director David Greenham shares the lively and surprising story of an interesting chapter of Maine history.  It is a story of cooperation, kindness, and enemies who became colleagues, and even friends. 

    David Greenham is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, works as a grant writer and Program Manager for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC).  He spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of The Theater At Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years.  In 2013, David was the creator and performer of Maine at Work, a touring program commissioned by the Maine Humanities Council. He has also been seen as a performer with Everyman Repertory Theater, Bath Shakespeare Festival, Camden Shakespeare Festival, and Capitol City Improv in Augusta.  In 2013, David created the exhibit Maine Boys Overseas, and German Boys in Maine for the HHRC.  The exhibit and the research to create it was the inspiration for the POW Camps in Maine program that has been presented for several community groups in Maine.  He continues to research the project with the goal of writing a book about the topic in partnership with several historians.

    The Kennebec Historical Society and the Maine State Library’s Public Presentation will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library, 230 State Street in Augusta.  This is an encore presentation of the Kennebec Historical Society’s July Public Presentation and refreshments will be served.

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