The Fuller Observatory, which was built in 1891 by Albert T. Fuller, is an image from the Kennebec Historical Society Collection. Submitted photo

The Kennebec Historical Society is set to present “Augusta, A Visual Review,” a Facebook live presentation, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

Society archivist Emily Schroeder of South China will give an informal survey of some of Augusta’s landmarks, sights and events, featuring photos and other materials from the society’s collections. Attendees can travel back in time from the city’s birth through the following 200 or so years, and learn what the society has to offer the researcher and more.

Schroeder was born in Augusta and spent most of her life in Thomaston before graduating from the University of Maine Portland-Gorham, now the University of Southern Maine, in 1978. 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, according to a news release from the society.

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 2011-2012 she wrote the monthly column “Untangling Your Family Roots” for Augusta’s Capital Weekly newspaper.

Shroeder joined the society in 2002. She serves on its 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. She also belongs to the Maine Genealogical Society and is co-chair of its Event Committee.

To view this presentation, head to at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, and the video will air live. It will also be available to watch later. Questions can submitted in the comments during the live video presentation.

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

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