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Over 130 years of preservation and study of
Kennebec County history (1891-2022)

Last KHS Book Sale of 2022...
This Friday, September 30!!!

That's right...this Friday, September 30 from 9am-3pm will be the last opportunity to purchase these bargain books. The society has a large number
of fantastic books still available and would like to find them a good home!
There will also be a table or two of "new arrivals", books recently donated
for the society to sell.
As an added incentive, KHS members will be able to purchase all books,
soft cover or hardcover for only $1.00 each! Non-members will pay the
usual prices, $1.00 for soft cover and $2.00 for hardcover books. Please remember that this is a fundraiser for KHS and all proceeds go to supporting
the preservation of Kennebec County history!
If you have any questions, please call KHS Executive Director Scott Wood
at the society, (207) 622-7718.


KHS October Program:
"Let's Stop Calling Him 'Beast': Revisiting the Life of General Benjamin Franklin Butler "

In 2013, when Colby College decided to restore to public view—in its new alumni center—the large portrait General Benjamin F. Butler had presented to the institution in 1889, Elizabeth Leonard agreed to write the legend to hang nearby. In it, she explained why, even at his alma mater, Butler’s memory had remained tangled with epithets like 'Beast,' a nickname derived from his stern treatment of the local secessionists and their foreign allies during his army’s 1862 occupation of New Orleans. But the nickname is misleading, and in this presentation, Leonard will explain why she thinks it is well past time to retire it, unless we mean it in the way the Urban Dictionary defines the word, as “a person that is extremely talented at whatever they do and always display great determination, dedication, and resilience to always win or want to win.”

KHS presenter, Elizabeth D. Leonard, is Colby College's Gibson Professor of History, Emerita. She earned her Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Riverside, in 1992 and is the author of several articles and seven books on the Civil War-era including: Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil WarAll the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies; and Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky, which was named co-winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
in 2012.

This Kennebec Historical Society presentation is free to the public (with donations gladly accepted) and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, at the Augusta City Center, located at 16 Cony Street in Augusta. Questions about the program may be directed to KHS Executive Director Scott Wood by calling 622-7718.

What's new at KHS:

  • Genealogy News: Our database now contains more than 55,000 searchable names and over 88,000 listings. You can search these names at: genealogy

  • Check out the positions available for volunteers
  • Summer Internships available!

    Page updated September 26, 2022 (srw)

Discovering, preserving, and disseminating
Kennebec County history

KHS is located in Maine's Capital City ... in historic Kennebec Valley at

Henry Weld Fuller, Jr. House
107 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME

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Thank you!



Tuesday through Thursday


If unable to visit during our open hours, please call for an appointment. Please be prepared to wear a mask.

Phone: (207) 622-7718
Mailing Address: PO Box 5582
Augusta, Maine 04332-5582

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