“A Tale of Two Trips:Mark Twain and Captain Duncan on the Quaker City Voyage”
September 29, 2018,10:30 AM, Community Room, Patten Free Library
Did you know that a Bath native figured significantly in the life of Mark Twain?
Bath native Captain Charles Crooker Duncan was the captain of the steamship Quaker City, which in 1867 set off on the first-full scale pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Mark Twain and his newspaper sponsors thought this trip could provide entertaining dispatches for their readers. So it did, as well as the resulting book The Innocents Abroad, a highly successful book where the cynical Twain did not always portray Captain Duncan in a complimentary light. But the trip was life-changing for Twain.
Dr. Paula Harrington, co-author of Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity and Director of the Farnham’s Writers’ Center at Colby College, will speak on “A Tale of Two Trips: Mark Twain and Captain Duncan on the Quaker City Voyage” at the Community Room of Patten Free Library on Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 AM. Doors open at 10 AM. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information: call 443-5141, extension 18.
Tours of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room
Patten Free Library
September 29, 2018
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This year the History Room celebrates its 40th year of helping to preserve area history and serve the residents, descendants, and researchers of the mid-coast area. The Room also holds the archival collections of Bath Historical Society and West Bath Historical society. Please stop by, listen to a few stories, see the range of our and their holdings, and enjoy some of the “treasures and tidbits” from the past. The tours will begin after the morning lecture. The tour is free and open to the public. For more information: call 443-5141, extension 18.
The Great Influenza by Marla Davis
October 20, 2018
10:30AM, (Doors open at 10:00AM)
Community Room at the Patten Free Library