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  PROGRAMS 2019 - 2020  
Programs are presented at 1:30 o'clock on the 1st Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), with the exception of June, July and August. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge.
- Parking in front of building or on right side, by Society entrance.
*****NOTE: If school is cancelled, the Historical Society meeting is cancelled *****
September 4, 2019 - Who Killed Alice Hawkes,,, Continued"  Mark Swett, Westbrook resident, will continue telling about his research into the 1987 unsolved murder of Alice Hawkes.

Alice Hawkes
(Photo from website)

Mary Morton Cowan
(Photo from website)

Oct 2, 2019 -  Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First  Transatlantic Telegraph Cable.   Mary Morton Cowan, an award-winning author and graduate of Westbrook High School and Bates College, has written many books for young readers.  She will discuss her latest book, and second biography, about Cyrus Field. Books will be available for purchase.


November 6, 2019  - Westbrook's Famous. Diane Dyer, Westbrook native, will highlight some of the artists, writers, actors, and muscians who have roots in our city.



December 4, 2019 -   The Civil War, from the Southern Prospective.  Paul St Cyr is a Westbrook native and a prolific researcher and writer.  He will discuss his Civil War novels and enlighten us to some of the hardships that the Confederacy faced.



January 1, 2020 -

Historical Society closed


February 5, 2020 -After living forty years in downtown Boston, Robert Spencer now resides in South Waterford, Maine in a former water-powered box mill. His avocations are writing, reading, gardening, and enjoying his wife’s fabulous cooking. In his novel “The Spinster’s Hope Chest", Robert tells how Lizzie Millett and her sister Hattie escaped from their troubled 1861 childhoods and, each in her own way, built successful lives. He will speak today about this novel.


March 4, 2020 - Historical Society members Mike Sanphy and Marc Swett will present a program on two of of Westbrooks past businesses:: the Star Theater and McLellan's Department Store

McLellan's 5 & 10, Main Street

April 1, 2020 - Westbrook native, retired high school coach, writer and historian, Paul St. Cyr will speak about his latest book, “Four C’s,” on the life of Major League pitcher John Cumberland.  Cumberland is a Westbrook native and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1965.  He has 38 years of experience in professional baseball, as a player and a coach.  He was a major league pitcher for six years, mostly for the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants.
Books will be available for purchase.

May 6, 2020
June 5, 2020 - Annual meeting - No Program
2018 - 2019 Programs: Armistice Day, Urban Renewal, AL Post #62, Mysteries of Alice Hawkes
2017 - 2018 Programs:.Historic Walking Tours, Postcards from the Edge,Remembering Westbrook, Westbrook Housing Authority, History of Stagecoach Trail, Saccarappa Cemetery
2016 - 2017 Programs : Home, Business & Schools; Hidden History in Quilts; Knowlton Machine Shop; WW I Home Front; Taste and Toast to Westbrook; Jack Dawson, 50 Years in Football; Sebago's Steamboats; Gambo Hills; Galveston-Westbrook Connection
2015 - 2016 Programs: The Downtown Art Collective, History of the Clarke Farm, Fort Province Archeology Dig
2014 - 2015 Programs: Bartlett Adams, gravestone engraver; The Importance of Family Stories; The S.A.L.T. Institute;Civil War Veterans at Evergreen Cemetery; Recycling Program; Greater Portland's Irish Heritage; Genetic Genealogy; 24 Hours in the Fire Department; Highland Lake Grange
2013 - 2014 Programs: Tour of Evergreen Cemetery; Development of Halidon Tax-Free Colony; Westbrook's Bicentennial; History Blog work-shop; Maine's Early Female Physicians; Maine Forest Fires of 1947; Author presentation: "MAINE - The Wilder Part of New England"; Edward L. Mayo, Artist; Dowsing for Graves
2012-2013 Programs: Portland Fire of 1866; Swimming the English Channel; Civil War Medicine; History of Maine Barns; Cumberland & Oxford Canal; Riverton Trolley Park; Westbrook's Quaker Artist; Deering; Remembering Westbrook's Veterans
2011-2012 Programs: Story of 1951 Little League Champs; A Photographic Show of Westbrook; Using Deeds in Genealogy; Remembering the Civil War; Joys of Collecting Ephemera; Meet the Author, Mary Morton Cowan; Appraisal Day; The Quakers in Maine
2010-2011 Programs: Remembering Westbrook: People of the Paper City, Story of the New England Barn, WW II Diary of Philip LaViolet, The Roberts family of Saco Street, 1866 Portland Fire, Antique Post Cards, From the Hedgrows of Normandy
2009-2010 Programs: Westbrook Then & Now Part III, Collecting is Fun, Over a Cardboard Sea entertainers, Treasure Hunting, Halidon Tax Colony, Halifax Disaster, Girl of the Past, History of Playing
the Spoons, Bones & Saw, Westbrook Immigrants: Peters, Trickey, Kinmond, Roy, Rocheleau families, Maritime History of Portland.
2008-2009 Programs: Westbrook Then & Now Part II, Collecting Old Bottles, Maine Military Museum, Underground Railroad Quilt, Plight of Irish Longshoremen, S.A.L.T., Westbrook Pewter, Tom Nadeau's Artwork, 3rd Annual Westbrook Immigrants: Kourapis, Cairns, Fournier & LaViolette families.
2007-2008 Programs:Remembering Rudy Vallée, Gilding on Glass, Remembering Our Veterans, The Haskell Silk Mill, Westbrook Then & Now, Early American Folk Remedies, Exploring our Collection, 2nd Annual Westbrook Immigrants: The Woroneka, Zaharis, Conant and Guimond families.
2006 - 2007 Programs: History of Dowsing, Antique Bicycles, Just Black & White Photographs, Al
Hawkes & Local Bluegrass Music, Placing Your Home on the National Register, Portland Trails in Westbrook, Maine Irish History, Northeast Historic Films, Westbrook Immigrants: The Turgeon,
Gerhardts, Keating, Jensen & Rathgeb families.
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