Saturday Mornings, 10:30-11:30 am

Community Room

Patten Free Library

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces its fourteenth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society.  On five Saturday mornings in January and February, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., people from the five towns that support the Library will present aspects of their towns’ histories in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library.  This year’s Series will be dedicated to recently deceased Mel Hodgkins and Frances (Chee Chee) Kakos, long-term volunteers in the History Room.  The Series will be filmed for showing on local TV.  Doors open at 10 A.M.


Georgetown – January 13th 
Rich Start, “The Parkers of Maine”



Woolwich – January 20th
Trevor Hunt, “A History of the Regional Water Supply and the Development of Nequasset Lake as a Source”



    Bath – January 27th     
Nathan Lipfert, “Rare Shipbuilding Tools Recently Found in the North End”



 West Bath – February 3rd     
Madelyn Hennessey, “The Hennessey Family of West Bath”



 Arrowsic – February 10th 
Malcolm Persen, “History of an Historic Home on Doubling Point in Arrowsic”



Each talk will provide a detailed perspective on an aspect of that town’s history that has not been covered in previous Town History Series presentations.  For example, Rich Start will give a comprehensive overview of the Parker family, early settlers of Georgetown, and their significant impact on the colonization and settlement of other towns along the Maine coast.  For Woolwich, Trevor Hunt, superintendent of the Bath Water District, will talk about the development of Nequasset Lake as a source for Bath’s water, rather than Thompson’s Brook, a process that began in 1893, a few months before the Great Fire of 1894.   In his Bath talk, Nathan will describe rare shipbuilding tools found in Bath’s north end.   For the West Bath talk, Madelyn Hennessey will describe the many roles her father William J. Hennessey played in West Bath and in the State of Maine as a legislator. The Series will conclude with Malcolm Persen’s talk about the historic home that he and Janet own, focusing on the responsibilities of owning such an historic place and the intrigue of pursuing the house’s history in the context of Arrowsic’s last 300 years of history. Each talk will last about 45 minutes. As in many previous  years, White Mountain Wealth Management, a part of Raymond James Inc., will be this year’s financial sponsor of the Series.