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Waterville’s First Photographs

October 21, 2018, 2:00 PM


This lecture by Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., will illustrate views of the city from the 1850s to the 1880s.

Photography came to Waterville in the 1840s, and one of its first photographers was Simon Wing, who took panoramic and street views of the community in the 1850s. When Wing moved to Boston in 1860, he was succeeded by photographers such as E.N. Pierce, C.G. Carleton, and S.S. Vose, whose stereo views of Waterville are the source of most of the images in Shettleworth’s talk. These photographs depict every aspect of Waterville a century and a half ago, including Main Street commercial buildings, homes, schools, churches, industries, and the old Colby campus. Currently celebrating its two hundredth anniversary, the First Baptist Church will be shown before and after the 1875 remodeling that gave the building its present appearance.

A reception will follow. Please join us.


October 21, 2018
2:00 PM


First Baptist Church
1 Park Street
Waterville, ME
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