Patsy Garside Crockett was elected president of the Kennebec Historical Society during the group’s annual meeting held Sept. 20 at the Maine State Library in Augusta, according to a news release from Crockett.

Society members re-elected Vice President Bruce Kirkham, Secretary Emily Schroeder, Treasurer Ernest Plummer and board of directors members Stefanie Barley, Richard Bridges and Anne Cough. Also, John Lawrence and outgoing president Kent London were elected to the board.

Crockett, a Kennebec County commissioner and former state representative from Augusta, said she is pleased to join the “family of members” again, in the release. She was the society’s secretary in the early 1990s and an executive committee member from 1996 to 1998. Her late husband Robert Crockett was the society’s president from 1995 to 1997, and their granddaughter Sarah Ann Crockett became the society’s youngest life member several years ago when she joined while a sixth-grader student at Maranacook Community School in Readfield.

“The society has made great progress in the years since Bob and I were in a leadership role, and I look forward to working with so many members of our community who are dedicated to the preservation of our many interesting items in the growing archives and display area of our Kennebec Historical Society headquarters on Winthrop Street in Augusta,” Crockett said in the release.

“I hope to spread the word to folks that they are welcome to come to their society and do research about their family, other families who have build our area, look at many old papers and magazines and see the many photographs. This is the Kennebec Historical Society, which means we have items of interest from all parts of Kennebec County. It truly is your historical headquarters,” Crocket said in the release.

A potluck supper started the evening, followed by the business meeting, then a lecture by retired University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professor John H. Twomey, who talked about his 2016 book, “Retiring to, Not From: From Massachusetts Professor to Maine Farmer.” Twomey described how he and his partner grow and preserve their own food and carry out other tasks there in a quest for self-sufficiency on their 125-acre farm in Montville, according to the release.

The Kennebec Historical Society, founded in 1891, has about 425 members. Its headquarters, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. House, at 107 Winthrop St., in Augusta, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and by appointment.

For more information, call 622-7718.

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