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Historic presentation at Maine Coast Book Shop

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DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Join author Pat Higgins for a presentation on the history of Midcoast Maine at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Maine Coast Book Shop, 158 Main St.

From the Age of Discovery and the earliest settlement of America, Midcoast Maine has played surprising roles in America’s history. Europeans might not have survived in the New World without the Kennebec beaver trade, the lessons of the Popham Colony, and the friendships Maine’s first settlers built. Experience the storied survival of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s military grandfather in revolutionary Maine, and meet resilient, creative, noteworthy and notorious Midcoasters. Higgins recounts Puritan power plays, the sea fight between the Boxer and the Enterprise, duels, U-boats and more.

Higgins was born in Maine and has lived here all her life except for a few years spent elsewhere by accident. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in history and of the University of Rhode Island with a master’s in library and information science. She worked as a school librarian for more than thirty years, serving grades from kindergarten through college. Now retired, Higgins likes to garden, knit, paint and read. Occasionally, when an interesting little story comes up, she likes to investigate and write it up. She lives on the Midcoast with her husband.

For information, call 563-3207 or visit