The Fuller Observatory was built in 1891 in Augusta by Albert T. Fuller. KHS Collection

The Kennebec Historical Society’s March Facebook Live presentation, Augusta — A Visual Review, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Emily Schroeder, KHS archivist, will give an informal survey of some of Augusta’s landmarks, sights and events, featuring photos and other materials from the society’s collections. Viewers can travel back in time from the city’s birth through the following 200 or so years, and see what the society has to offer the researcher, according to a news release from the society.

Schroeder was born in Augusta and spent most of her life in Thomaston before graduating in 1978 from the University of Maine Portland-Gorham, now the University of Southern Maine. She worked at the Maine State Library from 1980 to 2018, becoming a reference librarian in 1988 after earning her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Another chapter in her book opened in 2007 when she took on the duties of genealogy specialist and began teaching classes statewide regularly in that field. She started the library’s genealogy club and added an online genealogy newsletter. From May 2011 to February 2012, she wrote the monthly column “Untangling Your Family Roots” for Augusta’s Capital Weekly newspaper.

She has been interested in Maine and her people for a lifetime and joined the society in 2002. She serves on the society’s board of directors as the administrative vice president and archivist. She is the co-chair of the Collections Committee, and a member of the Personnel and Program committees.

Schroeder also belongs to the Maine Genealogical Society and is co-chair of its Event Committee. She lives in South China.

To view this presentation, head to the KHS Facebook page,, and the video will air live. It will also be available to watch later. Those who have a question can submit it in the comments during the live video presentation.

For questions about the program, call Scott Wood, executive director, at 207-622-7718.

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