Upcoming Program

  • Fall Program: Saturday, November 4th, 2023, 10:30am at the Patten Free Library

All BHS members and the general public are invited to attend our fall program, “The Bath Custom House” a free lecture presented by Nathan R. Lipfert, curator emeritus of the Maine Maritime Museum and current board president of the Bath Historical Society.

The meeting will take place at the Patten Free LIbrary in Bath, Maine in the Community Room. Books will be available for purchase. The program will be recorded and available to view at a later date on our YouTube channel. For questions or more information please see the event press release or contact BHS at 

Past programs

Annual Meeting 2023

All BHS members and the general public were invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Bath Historical Society on Saturday, April 15th, 2023 at the Patten Free Library. 

The program included a fascinating presentation from Dr. James Wilberg, the author of, “Sumner Sewall: Maine’s First World War Fighter Ace.” His book takes us through Sewall’s experience as he joined the Army Signal Corps and then flew with the 95th Aero Squadron, where he survived the harrowing experience of being shot down in flames to then achieve acedom.

Sumner Sewall was born and raised, lived and died in Bath. He was a grandson of Arthur Sewall, the head of the prolific Sewall shipbuilding firm in Bath. After serving in World War I, Sumner Sewall went on to have a career in aviation business, and served as Governor of Maine during World War II. 

Annual Meeting 2022
At Bath Historical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting, John G. Morse IV spoke about the history of Sagadahock Real Estate Association, the largest property owner in Bath’s downtown for over 100 years, and a driving force in Bath’s economy and quality of life. SREA sold its last downtown building in 2021. Watch the program below, or on our YouTube channel

Other past programs
Many other previous programs on Bath history can be viewed on the the YouTube Channel of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room (of the Patten Free Library).