AUBURN — Archaeologist Rick Morris will discuss the early 19th century Niles grist mill in Sabattus at the next Androscoggin Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 26.

The water-powered mill was converted into cloth production and became known as the Klondike Mill in the early 20th century. The mill, along with two other Sabattus mills on the Sabattus River, was formed into the Webster Woolen Company and then the Webster Rubber Company. The mill burned in 1981. Attendees will learn about this important small-town factory and how an archaeologist puts together the history of a site with documentary, newspaper and on-the ground research.

Morris is a registered professional archaeologist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Nevada-Reno. He has conducted investigations on historic cultural resources in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, New Hampshire and Maine.

A resident of Lewiston, Morris is chair of the Lewiston Historic Commission and a member of the Lewiston Historic Preservation Review Board and the board of the Androscoggin Historical Society. His professional memberships include the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society of Historical Archaeology, Maine Historical Society and Maine Preservation.

Meeting is in the Davis-Wagg Museum in the County Building, 2 Turner St. Attendees should enter at the side door on Court Street and proceed to the third floor. An elevator is available.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

FMI: 207-784-0586.


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