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June 2021

The 500-Million-Year Geologic History of Casco Bay

Thursday June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation This presentation is a general overview of the nearly 500-million-year geologic history preserved in the bedrock of the Casco Bay region of mid-coastal Maine. Although the current coast of Maine is relatively tame in terms of dramatic geologic activity, this has not always been the case. Middlebury College Professor of Geology Dave West will provide insight into the dramatic history preserved in the geologic features of Casco Bay, including violent volcanic eruptions, massive…

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July 2021

Founding Fish–17th Century Cod Fishing

Thursday July 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation Fishing has been a mainstay of the region’s economy since the arrival of Europeans in the early 17th century. Originally plying the waters of the Gulf of Maine on a seasonal basis, English fishing crews established permanent, year-round fishing stations from the Isle of Shoals to Monhegan by the mid 1620s. Exports of dried, salted cod to Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean ranked as one of the primary economic engines of the…

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The Diseased Ship: New England Sea Captains and the Slave Trade

Thursday July 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade. Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national…

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August 2021

Early Shipwrights Along the Damariscotta: An Archaeological View

Thursday August 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation Historical archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will present over thirty years of archaeological research he has directed on the 18th-century Barstow and Bryant Shipbuilding Complex located along the west bank of the upper Damariscotta River in Newcastle, Maine. Tim’s talk will focus on what has been learned from the excavation of the homestead sites of these two early shipwrights and how archaeological data can play an important role in detailing the daily lives of colonial…

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The Conservation of Fort St. George Artifacts

Thursday August 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, 27 Commercial Street
Bath, 04530
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A Maine’s First Ship Live Zoom Presentation This session explores the art and science of archaeological object conservation featuring 1607-08 Fort St. George objects. Fort St. George was the site of the Popham Colony, located at the mouth of the Kennebec River in what is now known as Phippsburg, Maine. Archeological explorations were done there from 1994 to 2013. Molly O’Guinness Carlson is a Fellow level member of the American Institute for the Advancement in Conservation and its associated Foundation…

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