TOWN HISTORY SERIES 2019                                                                                     Saturday Mornings, 10:30-11:30 am                                                                                           Community Room                                                     Patten Free Library

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces its fifteenth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society. On four Saturday mornings in January and February, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., people from four of the five towns that support the Library will present aspects of their towns’ histories in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library. The Series will be filmed for showing on local TV. Doors open at 10 A.M.

January 19
Woolwich: Nathan Lipfert, “Woolwich Shipbuilding and Shipyards”

February 2
Bath: Brenda Cummings and Tim Richter, “Bath’s Lost Cemeteries”

February 9
Georgetown: Darice Birge, “Life and Liberty in Their Souls: Georgetown’s Free-will Baptists, 1800-1840”

February 16
West Bath: Avery Hunt, “Inns and Eats in West Bath, Then and Now”

Each talk will provide a detailed perspective on an important aspect of that town’s history that has not been fully covered in previous Town History Series presentations. For example, Nathan Lipfert, Curator Emeritus of the Maine Maritime Museum, will give a talk about shipbuilding in Woolwich from 1764 to the present. Nathan will give names and types of ships, as well as locations and names of builders and shipyards that produced more than 100 vessels in that time period. For their Bath talk, Brenda and Tim will give details on the many small Bath cemeteries that are hardly known by most Bath residents and very poorly maintained. In the Georgetown presentation, Darice Birge will give a detailed history of the Free-Will Baptists in that town, as gathered from the Georgetown Historical Society’s holding of records of that organization from 1798-1877. The West Bath presentation by Avery Hunt will be an illustrated look at the 150-year history of places to stay or eat/buy food in West Bath. Each talk will last about 45 minutes, leaving 15 minutes for questions and discussion