The Leeds group speculates on the evolution of the Rothe House and when the attached shed might have been built. The group includes Leeds Historical Society’s Laura Juraska, left, with Lew Alessio, second from right, and Rich Rothe, homeowner, far right. The person next to Juraska is unknown. Submitted photo

The Leeds Historical Society is set to present the program “Stories from a Historic Leeds Home: Changing People, Changing Architecture” at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Leeds History Center  on Route 106.

It started with a conversation about various old houses in Leeds and the modifications they have experienced through the years. The result was a collaboration between the Leeds Historical Society, Rich and Barb Rothe, and Lew Alessio, a consultant on early Maine domestic architecture, from Greene.

With the Rothe’s enthusiasm for the history of their home in North Leeds and extensive documentation of old deeds, the society began to explore the history of their house and what architectural changes could be seen in its old bones. In the process, the collaborators researched the families who had lived on this property and were intrigued by some of their stories.

This program will be an exploration and explanation of what was found about both the house and its families, and Alessio will share tips on how to uncover the history of one’s own old home.

The program, free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Laura Juraska at 207-524-2324.


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