AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society March presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road.
The documentary “Les Magasins (The Stores)” explores the history of small, family owned grocery stores located on Sand Hill in the early to late 20th century. Several former Sand Hill individuals whose families owned and operated neighborhood stores were interviewed to capture a representative sense of life on The Hill.
The documentary uses historical photographs from the society’s digital archive collection, as well as photos provided by the families themselves and St. Michael Parish. While the documentary focuses on Sand Hill, the broader story applies to the city as a whole, describing a close-knit community made up of shopkeepers in a time before big-box stores, malls and too many cars.
Guest speaker Norm Rodrigue was born in Augusta in 1949 and raised on Sand Hill, and he came from a family of seven children. His father and grandfather were classic Franco-American mill workers who worked at the Bate’s/Edwards Mill. He attended St. Augustine School and graduated from Cony High School.
The event is free, though donations will be accepted.
For more information, call 622-7718.