AUBURN – In honor and observance of the 150th anniversary of Androscoggin County, the Androscoggin County Historical Society has published two commemorative books that are now available for sale.

The first, a pictorial sesquicentennial history of the county from 1854 to 2004, contains 208 pages of photos and historical capsules that tell the stories of the people who have lived and worked in Androscoggin County since the days of the Civil War.

Each of the county’s 13 towns is examined for its contributions to the county, including memorable events and community leaders through the years, artifacts, landmarks and mysteries that are unique to each region, and an examination of the industries that fed and continue to feed local economies.

The second book, titled “Alnobak: A Story of Indigenous People in Androscoggin County,” explores 10,000 years of Native American presence in Androscoggin County. It’s a 64-page volume that examines early European contact with the county’s Native Americans, the early settlement of the county and the continued survival of the Wabanki Indians.

The book is filled with photographs of Native American art and handicrafts, and offers detail into the traditions and family life of the county’s original residents.

Both books, which have been carefully catalogued with bibliographies and other source material, are hardcover with detailed dust jackets. The pictorial history of the county is available for $30 and the story of Androscoggin County’s indigenous people is $20; a set of both books is available for $45.

The books are available at Mr. Paperback in Lewiston, The Book Burrow in Auburn, the Book Nook in Livermore Falls and at rural town offices throughout Androscoggin County. The books are also available directly from the Androscoggin County Historical Society at the county building at 2 Turner St., Auburn, through [email protected], or by calling 784-0586.

For more information, contact Dennis Stires at 897-4222.

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