AUGUSTA — Dr. Ernest L. Plummer will give the Kennebec Historical Society’s October public presentation, Stories from the KHS Archive: How you can find your own?, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Augusta City Center, 16 Cony St.

This talk is designed as a guide to the contents of the KHS archive; what makes the KHS archive contents different from other archives and museums in the area, according to a news release from the society. It also seeks to explain how one can take control of the digging process and learn about Kennebec County history in depth. It will be illustrated by stories derived from research in the archive. The goal is ultimately to make it possible for more researchers to work effectively and independently at the archive. Follow-up, hands-on training for use of the Collections database will be offered.

Plummer, after a nearly 40-year career as a synthetic organic chemist, retired to Pittston in 2000, according to the release. His longtime interest in history and genealogy drew him to the Portland Historic Docent program and specifically to the Tate House museum where he served for three years as a docent and two additional years as the museum’s executive director. In 2006, he became active in the archival program at the Kennebec Historical Society putting into practice what he learned in the Maine State Archives archival workshop. He has served as the society’s archivist ever since. He has also served as the Collections Committee chairman, as the society’s vice president and is the current KHS president. Since 2006, he has been a member of the KHS Board of Directors.

Plummer has been an active avocational archaeologist participating in the Topper Paleoindian dig in South Carolina for more than 10 years and in Maine historical and Native American field schools.

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