The story of Maine’s Historic Bridges is more faceted than you might think. Why are bridges located where they are? Who built them? Why do they look the way they do? Amanda Taylor, architectural historian, will provide a presentation based on the publication Historic Bridges of Maine: 350 Years of Bridge and Roadway Design. She will discuss the unique ways in which Maine’s bridge builders overcame geography and environmental influences to provide travel throughout the state. The talk also showcases several specific historic bridges in Maine and detail how their builders chose creative solutions to difficult crossings and how technology changed design and construction.
The speaker, Amanda Taylor, is an architectural historian for Kleinfelder, an international engineering and architecture firm with an office in Augusta. In recent years, she has documented historic resources related to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, Masse Saw and Grist Mill in Vassalboro, and Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Freight House in Belfast. She has spent much of the last four years completing historic resource surveys throughout Maine.
The Kennebec Historical Society Annual Meeting Program is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Viles Arboretum, located at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta. The public program will be preceded at 5 p.m. by a potluck supper and at 6 p.m. by the society’s annual business meeting. Any members that wish to attend the potluck supper are invited to bring a dish to share. Please note that the annual meeting program is not the society’s monthly program.