Wednesday, January 28th, 7 – 8 p.m.
Freeport Community Library
Steamboats ruled the waters of Casco Bay for over a century, from 1823 through the 1930s. At its height, the traffic included 48 steamboat companies operating from 98 wharves. Freeport Historical Society is offering an illustrated presentation by Rebecca Hotelling of the history of these vessels in the greater Casco Bay region, with a particular focus on vessels constructed in Freeport, as well as their owners, captains and routes. This is a story which illustrates the development of the Bay’s many islands, as well as the location of roads and wharves on the mainland.
Rebecca Hotelling has lived in Freeport for more than forty years and spent much time sailing the waters of Casco Bay. During her time volunteering for Freeport Historical Society, she conducted research for the current exhibit, You Can Get There From Here: How Transportation Defined Freeport. In the course of that research, she became intrigued with the stories of local steamboats.
The presentation accompanies an exhibit on display at Freeport Historical Society’s headquarters at 45 Main Street in Freeport. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday, 10-4 with a suggested donation of $3. The exhibit runs through the end of January. The exhibit and lecture series are made possible by the Maine Humanities Council and Norway Savings Bank.
The presentation will take place in the meeting room at Freeport Community Library, Wednesday January 28, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free for members of FHS, $5 for non-members. Freeport Community Library is located at 10 Library Drive in Freeport, just off Main Street / Route 1. Contact FHS for more information.