The Androscoggin Historical Society has published two books to celebrate this year’s sesquicentennial of the county.

Androscoggin Historical Society marks county’s sesquicentennial.

AUBURN – A book signing at the Book Burrow and Cafe Sunday, Feb. 8, will feature two new books published by the Androscoggin Historical Society celebrating the county’s 150 years, 1854 to 2004.

Authors and editors will be present for a book signing party from 1 to 4 p.m. at the cafe located at Turner and Court streets.

Door prizes will be awarded; Pedro, the puppet, will visit from the SHOWME Museum in Sabattus; and refreshments will be served.

The books are:

• “Alnobak: A Story of Indigenous People in Androscoggin County,” prepared by Canyon Wolf of Ne-Do-Ba, a local nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Androscoggin Historical Society. It presents 10,000 years of Native American presence in this county, with emphasis on the past 150 years.

The book includes three maps, two tables, dozens of illustrations and a 13-page color section showing artifacts found in the county.

• “Androscoggin County, Maine: A Pictorial Sesquicentennial History,” 1854-2004, featuring chapters written and photographed by local historians from each of the 13 towns and two cities of the county. It records the people, events, artifacts and landmarks of the area and includes a 16-page “County Gallery” in color.

The new history books are on sale at most rural town offices and at stores in the Lewiston/Auburn area, including the Book Burrow.

Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the Androscoggin Historical Society. For additional information, people can contact Michael C. Lord, executive secretary, Androscoggin Historical Society, County Building, 2 Turner St., Auburn, ME 04210; (207) 784-0586 or by e-mail at [email protected]

“Alnobak” is $20, plus sales tax. The “Androscoggin County, Maine” anniversary book sells for $30, plus sales tax. A set, one of each book, is $45 plus sales tax.

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