Award-winning Maine author Michael Chaney. Submitted photo by Jeffrey Morris

An in-person talk by award-winning Maine author Michael Chaney continues the Hobbs Library Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in Lovell. The talk will also be available via Zoom.

The talk, “White Pine on the Saco River: An Oral History of River Driving in Southern Maine,” will offer a glimpse into an important period in the history of our region, when logging was still king and moving those big logs was done by water rather than by truck.

Michael Chaney is the executive director of the Frances Perkins Center, based in Newcastle with administrative offices and a public exhibit on Main Street in Damariscotta. Chaney, a native of Alna, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine-Orono and a Master’s in history from the University of Connecticut. Before returning to Maine in 2010, Chaney’s career was in non-profit management and public history in Vermont and New Hampshire, including, from 2001 to 2009, serving as president and CEO of the New Hampshire Political Library, a non-profit educational organization founded to preserve New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. From 2010 until 2014, Chaney was the executive director of the Yarmouth Historical Society.

The link for Zoom can be found by going to

For more information, contact the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library at 207-925- 3177.

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