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Androscoggin Historical Society

Media and Books

Androscoggin Historical Society Video & Audio

The Androscoggin Historical Society is happy to bring you audio and in few cases video of some of our past meeting talks. We meet monthly from Sept to May in Auburn, Maine. Our monthly meeting are open to the public. Please watch for the listings of our 2010-2011 programs.We invite all interested people to join us in our efforts. Please understand that the authors have given their permission for you to view their talks.

If you need, want and/or require a copy of any of these talks (ie. audio and/or video) or plan to use them in any way you should write and ask for permission.

Please be good historical researchers and cite your sources, in addition to contacting the authors and the web publisher (Androscoggin Historical Society) if you have a need to use any of these talks in another media publications.

Please visit Veoh - Maine Androscoggin History for a full list of available videos.


Books Written by Members of the Androscoggin Society

Some of the following books might be out of print, but if there is enough interest we will look into having them reprinted. Please e-mail us for availibility of the following titles to Androscoggin Historical Society c/o David C. Young 2 Turner ST, Auburn, Maine 04210 .

New County Books for Sale

Faces of the Civil War, Androscoggin County stories from the bloodiest conflict in American History

Faces from the Civil War
The Androscoggin Historical Society has published a 32-page booklet to commemorate the sacrifice of men and women from Androscoggin County who had roles in the Civil War. The booklet, entitled Faces of the Civil War, was compiled by AHS board member Russ Burbank, a retired writer and editor who worked with other members of the board to find tales that portray the sacrifices of local men and women who were caught up in the conflict. The booklet can be purchased at the Society office (County Building, 2 Turner St., Unit 8, Auburn, ME, 04210-5978) and other locations including the Auburn and Lewiston public libraries. The cost is $4 plus sales tax, or $5 by mail including tax and postage.

ALNÔBAK: A Story of Indigenous People In Androscoggin County



Retail: $6.50, Members: $5.50, 5 or More: $5.00
Plus Maine Sales Tax

Androscoggin County, Maine - 150th A Pictorial Sesquicentennial History, 1854-2004

  • Chapters written by local historians from 13 towns and 2 cites

  • Includes 16-page color section, "County Gallery"

  • Contains 192 pages of interesting photos and heritage details

  • Dedicated to the many county, town and city employees and volunteers who contributed to our needs and safety through the 150 years.

  • Printed by Penmor Lithographers, Lewiston

  • Pricing

    Retail: $9.00, Members: $8.00, 5 or More: $7.00
    Plus Maine Sales Tax

Buy the SET


Retail: $15.00, Members: $13.00, 5 or More: N/A
Plus Maine Sales Tax

Both books available at many rural town offices in Androscoggin County and in Lewiston and Auburn at local books stories
and the
Androscoggin Historical Society, Tel. (207) 784-0586
Androscoggin Historical Society
Open Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, 1:30 pm to 4pm
3rd Floor of the County Building, 2 Turner St. Auburn, ME 04210-5978

Maine Mothers Who Murdered 1875 to 1925: Doing Time in State Prison
Maine Mothers Who Murdered 1875-1925: Doing Time in State Prison

by Annette Vance Dorey

A tiny old newspaper clipping led historian Annette Vance Dorey on a quest for answers, first about one, then nearly three-dozen female murderers sent to the Maine State Prison over a fifty-year period. Female inmates were given little attention, compared to the attention received in court and in the press after killing their children. Read the long forgotten stories behind the shock-ing headlines from young brides married to much older men, to grand-mothers dealing with teenage daughters’ out of wedlock babies. Biographical sketches about the male judges and attorneys, 90 illustrations and 23 tables of data make this a compelling read about disturbing cases, family situations, and the criminal justice and legal systems. Relentless research takes the reader behind the scenes of these single, married and widowed mothers’ sad stories. Van Horn Vintage Press, paperback, xii plus 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-9853964-0-4. $28.50 plus $3.58 shipping, plus $1.42 sales tax in Maine. Contact

View from Danville (New Auburn) Maine Looking East to Lewiston, Maine in 1856 View from Danville (New Auburn) Maine Looking East to Lewiston, Maine in 1856
    Lewiston Memories, A Bicentennial Pictorial
    by Douglas I. Hodgkin ©1994 (price can change at anytime)

New History
Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics, 1768-1863,
Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics, 1768-1863,

By Douglas I. Hodgkin.

This book tells the story of how Lewiston, Maine, grew from a settlement carved from the wilderness to a boomtown stimulated by construction of canals and textile mills. the twenty chapters describe how the government operated, how services were delivered, and political movements such as liquor prohibition and emergence of the Republican Party. the book covers schools, fire and police protection, welfare for the poor, roads, regulations, taxes, spending, and election campaigns. this is a case study of how towns governed themselves in the early nineteenth century. Although the details are about Lewiston, readers can learn generally about New England town government and politics. the book contains four dozen illustrations and two dozen tables of information. Appendices list the most important town officials and detail the locations of the early schoolhouses. Paperback, xiv plus 345 pages. ISBN 978-1-934949-10-8. $29.95 plus $3.50 shipping plus $1.50 Maine sales tax in Maine. Contact Douglas I. Hodgkin, 9 Sutton Place, Lewiston, ME 04240,

Historic Lewiston: the Grange  
at Crowley's Junction
    This is the history of a local grange, Lewiston Grange No. 2, in Maine. It traces the story of this farm family organization from its founding in 1874 as among the first in the State, through its evolution in activity and function, to its ultimate closure in 1994. Contains many illustrations. Published by Lewiston Historical Commission.
    by Douglas I. Hodgkin © 2003 $10:00 plus postage & Maine sales tax (price can change at anytime)

History Notes, 1826 to 1899: High Street Congregational Church Auburn, Maine, with a Biographical Directory of Pastors, 1832 to 2006</a>
    History Notes, 1826 to 1899: High Street Congregational Church Auburn, Maine, with a Biographical Directory of Pastors, 1832 to 2006 Author: Douglas I. Hodgkin A collection of sixty-two essays that together provide a detailed history of a Protestant church as it experienced its growth from a handful of adherents in a rural community to a prosperous institution in a small city. It reflected changes in the economy, society, politics, and religious doctrines of its time. Biographical information for twenty-one pastors and three associate pastors. Sources provided for each essay and biographical entry. Index of persons mentioned. Paperback, 75 pages, 8.5" x 11". $10.00 History Notes, 1826 to 1899: High Street Congregational Church Auburn, Maine, with a Biographical Directory of Pastors, 1832 to 2006
    by Douglas I. Hodgkin © 2007 (price can change at anytime)

    This is a story of the feud involving the author's great grandmother and her children from 1915 to 1922. Sarah Hodgkin's arrangements for her care in her old age erupted into a battle over control of the family homestead and the family members' use of the courts to harass one another. One of the cases, Brackenbury v. Hodgkin, was decided by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. this interesting and well-researched tale includes maps, photographs, and extended notes and references. Paperback, 166 pages. FRACTURED FAMILY ISBN 0-9746261-3-9 $12.00
    by Douglas I. Hodgkin © 2005 (price can change at anytime)

  • Historic Lewiston: Franco-American Origins by Miss Charlotte Michaud assited by Mr Adelard Janelle. Cost $5. plus $2 postage.
  • Historic Lewiston: Its Fire Department by Clarence Penley, Geneva Kirk and Gridley Barrows (c) 1989. Cost $5. plus $2 postage.
  • Historic Lewiston: Its Architectural Heritage by Gridley Barrows (c) 1997. Cost $5 plus postage.
  • Historic Lewiston: Its Government by Geneva Kirk And Gridley Barrows (c) 1981, 1982. Cost $5. plus postage.


    History of Greene, Maine 1788-1988 jpg (A pictorial History)
  • Greene, Maine 1788-1988
    Potpourri: A Pictorial History

    the Greene Bicentennial Committee wishes to thank F. Berley Hobart for his photographs.
  • History of Greene, Maine jpg
  • History of the Town of Greene, Androscoggin County, Maine 1775-1900 by Walter Lindley Mower (reprint 1991).


    the History of Greene can be purchased by writing to:
    • Greene Historical Society,
    • 1092 No. River Road,
    • Greene, ME 04236.
    Cost: $35.00 + 3.95 S&H (Limited Press Run)
    thanks, (Don Rose), treas.
  • History of Leeds, Maine jpg History of the Town of Leeds, Androscoggin County. Maine From Its Settlement 10 June 1780 by John Stinchfield, With new material added by David C. Young, (reprint 1996).
    History of Lewiston, Maine jpg
  • History of Lewiston, Maine by Janus G. Elder and edited by David C & Elizabeth Young (reprint 1997).
  • History of Litchfield, Maine jpg History of Litchfield, Maine and an Account of its Centennial Celebration,1895 by Oliver Barrett Clason, New Preface by David Colby Young (reprint 1992).
    History of Winthrop Maine jpg Stackpole's History of Maine With Genealogical Notes edited by David C. Young & Elizabeth Keene Young, 1994.
    Early Families of Raymond, Maine
    Early Families of Raymond, Maine - Robert L. Taylor. This book is packed with genealogy, and a great value for anyone with an interest in this area of Maine, about twenty-five miles north of Portland. Raymond’s town and vital records were destroyed when Mrs. Irene Crockett’s home was consumed by fire in 1932. The only town book saved at the time was a large ledger, now stored at the town clerk’s office, that had been stored in Mrs. Crockett’s porch. It is from this book that the enclosed records of births were taken, containing information not only on Raymond but also on Casco families before the two towns separated in 1841.
    The book is an alphabetical listing of hundreds of families, making an index unneccessary. Each family listing provides a paragraph about the husband and wife, followed by a list of their children. Typically the husband’s and wife’s dates and places of birth and death are given (often with the name of the cemetery), and frequently the names of their parents. If there has been more than one marriage, information for the subsequent spouses is given. Also their date and place of marriage is supplied. the children are presented in birth order, usually with date and place of birth, death and marriage, and the names and places of origin of their spouses. In most cases, a person’s age at death has been calculated to the day, and if one of the children is a parent in a subsequent family listing, this is indicated, enabling relatively easy establishment of long chains of pedigree.

    Marriage dates when given have been obtained either from Cumberland County marriage records or from old marriage records found in the old Raymond Hall by Ernest Knight. A few marriages have been taken from old newspaper listings. Death records of individual children were also a source of information on their parents. 1998, 218 pp., paper, bibl., $19.00 #ZT097.

    Marriages from the Maine Farmer (1833-1852) jpg Abstracts of Death Notices from the Maine Farmer (1833-1852) jpg Marriages from the Free Will Baptist Publications (1819-1851)jpg Vital Records from Maine Newspapers (1785-1820) jpg Vital Records from Maine Newspapers, by David C. Young, Elizabeth K. Young & Benjamin L. Keene