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The monthly meetings of the Pembroke Historical Society will offer an array of programs that will enthrall lovers of local, state, and national history. In putting the roster together Stephen Sanfilippo, PHS program coordinator, sought to schedule outstanding presenters on a variety of topics, including historic photography, subsistence settlement, women’s history, the American Civil War, shore life, and maritime commerce and culture. Presentations, which include lecture, visuals, and discussion, start at or soon after 7:00 PM, following each month’s 6:30 PM business meeting, at the PHS museum, intersection of Front Street and Old County Road, Pembroke. Admission and refreshments are free, and donations to the PHS are welcome. Presentations are appropriate for adults, especially for educators and for those interested in Maine’s history, and for students, grades 5 through college.

Check the calendar below for details.

Pembroke Historical Society


Tuesday, MAY 17, 2022 - - - 7:00 PM EDST


From Small Towns on Our Coast to the Coasts of the World

presented by

Nathan Lipfert

Curator Emeritus, Maine Maritime Museum

During the time when great merchant clippers and whaling ships sailed the ocean of the world, the shipyards of the State of Maine built more ships and more tons of ships than any other state. Every coastal community participated in this industry. Maine continues as an important shipbuilding region into the present, providing well-paid skilled employment to thousands of people and building vessels of wood, metal, and composite materials which have an impact felt around the world. On Tuesday, May 17th, at 7:00 PM EDST, on Zoom, Nathan Lipfert will discuss the history of Maine shipyards and shipbuilders and the vessels they built, concentrating on the 200 years since statehood. His presentation will be based on his research for his recent book, Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History.

Nathan R. Lipfert has had a great impact on the preservation of Maine's maritime history. He worked at the Maine Maritime Museum (MMM), in Bath, for 46 years. Starting as Assistant Curator in 1971, he was named Curator Emeritus upon his retirement in 2017. Nathan, who was educated at Hofstra University, at Vermont College of Norwich University, and at the National Archives Institute of the National Archives, curated dozens of exhibits for Maine Maritime Museum and has written extensively on Maine's coastal and water-borne history ran an annual maritime history symposium for the MMM from 1993 to 2017. He has wide experience in rowing and sailing both small craft and large vessels. In 2011, he received MMM’s Mariner of the Year Award, and in 2017, the Maine Historical Society’s Neal W. Allen Jr. History Award in 2017. He co-authored Lobstering and the Maine Coast, and co-authored and edited Maine & The Sea: 50 Years of Collecting at Maine Maritime Museum. He is the author of the 2021 book Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History. He is presently working on two books, one on the history of the Bath Custom House, the other on shipbuilding tools.

Information at programs@pembrokemainehistoricalsociety and 207-726-4747

The Registration Link for MAY 17th's Shipbuilding ZOOM is given below.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 7:00 PM EDST


Smuggling & Conflict on Passamaquoddy Bay, 1783 - 1820

presented by

Dr. Joshua Smith

Director, United States Merchant Marine Museum

registration link follows description

The Pembroke Historical Society is honored that Dr. Joshua Smith, one of America's most distinguished maritime history scholars, will present our June 14th ZOOM program, starting at 7:00 PM EDST. In "The Plaister War: Smuggling & Conflict on Passamaquoddy Bay, 1783-1820," Dr. Smith will examine the reasons for smuggling in Passamaquoddy Bay following the American Revolution, and how local forces ignored imperial and national policies to forge a transnational society infamous for illicit trade, leading to the "Plaister War" of 1820, as smugglers, both American citizens in Maine and British subjects in New Brunswick, defied British and U.S. efforts to restrict and regulate commerce on the historically porous, and often contested border of Maine and New Brunswick.

Joshua Smith grew up on Cape Cod and in coastal Maine. He holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, Maine Maritime Academy, and East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maine. His book Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820, won the John Lyman Award in American Maritime History in 2007, and edited Voyages: Documents in American Maritime History, 1492-Present, in conjunction with the National Maritime Historical Society. His next book, Making Maine: Statehood and the War of 1812, will be available later in 2022. Dr. Smith is Director of the American Merchant Marine Museum, on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, Long Island, New York, and lives with his family in the nearby village of Port Washington.

Information and 207-726-4747

The Registration Link for the June 14th Zoom presentation is given below.