Maine waterfalls topic for historical society

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AUBURN — Patricia Hughes will discuss Maine’s waterfalls at the next meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the High Street Congregational Church, 106 Pleasant St. The public is invited.

Hughes, who lives in Dixmont, is the author of “Maine’s Waterfalls: A Comprehensive Guide.” She will describe how the Great Falls of Lewiston and other area waterfalls have shaped Maine’s history since prehistoric times.

Hughes was graduated from the University of Connecticut and is the RSU #3 adult and community education director. She said, “The reason I wrote this book was because I believed that our waterfalls were not always included in books about New England waterfalls. Those books tended to focus on the waterfalls of the White Mountains, which are wonderful, but Maine has just as many, and I thought they needed to be explored. I love the outdoors and felt it was one way that the residents and the tourists who come to Maine could enjoy our wonderful state.”

The book presents the history, photographic qualities and accessibility of 177 waterfalls to be found in all 16 Maine counties.

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This will be the annual meeting and will include a dinner at 6. Dinner tickets are available for $10 by calling the AHS office, 784-0586, by May 19. There is no charge for attending the program that begins after the dinner. People attending the meeting are urged to wear a vintage costume from any era. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

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