9/27: The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination

Friday, September 27, 7:00 PM. Space is limited, click here to RSVP.

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination

Speaker: John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair, Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations

When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to “take possession” of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus’ “discovery” has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians. (Steve Newcomb, Five Hundred Years of Injustice: The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice, 1992)

Join John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations and former executive director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, for a talk on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination, its effects on theWabanaki and other Original Peoples worldwide, and a reevaluation of Columbus’ voyages to the Caribbean.. The Doctrine has formed the legal basis for taking of Wabanaki land and most lands inhabited by the Original Peoples of the Americas (and Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand). In 2007 the United Nations condemned the Doctrine of Discovery in the preamble to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Every member of the UN was in support, except Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Join us to explore this facet of Maine and American history and the current effects of a medieval religious concept serving as the basis for US Federal Indian Law and international laws.

About the presenter:
John Dieffenbacher-Krall has devoted his adult life to activism, community organizing, and social change working for environmental, multi-issue, and intergovernmental groups in three states in addition to his considerable volunteer service. For 12 ½ years, Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall held the position of Executive Director for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC). In his private volunteer life, John chairs the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, a position he has held since his appointment by the Right Reverend Stephen Lane on February 15, 2017.

His past work to advance a more just relationship between Original Peoples and settlers includes a resolution he co-wrote that passed at the October 2007 Episcopal Diocese of Maine Convention calling for the renunciation of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and he was the principal co-author of Resolution D035, Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, adopted at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention held in July 2009. Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall has also preached in several churches spanning five denominations in Maine and New York State about the Doctrine of Discovery along with giving a number of public talks on the subject. John was the official representative of the Diocese of Maine at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2012. During the two-week gathering, he drafted and delivered to the body on May 9 the “Intervention of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada Offering Suggested Actions on the Doctrine of Discovery and Domination.” On May 30, 2019, he gave a talk titled “The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination: How It Has Impacted the State of Maine Pre- and Post-Statehood” during the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference hosted at the University of Maine.

9/25: Author Talk: Christy Day

Wed., Sept. 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us for an author talk with Christy Day, who walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when she was 66 years old.  Her book:  Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino is about what she experienced during this 500 mile Pilgrimage across northern Spain.

The book is equal parts reflection, factual account of the challenges and joys of the Pilgrimage, and practical advice for preparing for it and making it the best experience possible. Read it if you are planning to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Read it if you know you never will and want to know what it is like. If you like first-person accounts full of facts and reflection, you will like Walking from Here to There.

About the author: Christy Day grew up as a Wyoming ranch girl who migrated to the East Coast and is now firmly rooted in New Hampshire.  She has two grown daughters who migrated West and they are my inspiration. She walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when she was 66 and it was the most transformative experience of her lifetime (so far).  She loves to travel, hike, and camp. Day is a sailor and has her private pilot’s license. Photography and writing are the two ways she expresses herself best.


9/18: The Legacy of Louis Sockalexis

Wed., Sept. 18,  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Legacy of Louis Sockalexis: First-known Native American Professional Baseball Player

Ed Rice, former journalist, college instructor, and author of Baseball’s First Indian, will be joining us to discuss the legacy of Louis Francis Sockalexis, the man who definitively was the inspiration for the nickname of the Cleveland professional team, and a largely unrecognized, courageous civil rights icon representing Penobscot Nation and the state of Maine.

Sockalexis was the sensation of professional baseball in 1897, featuring the skills of a five-tool player and a comparable charisma that earned him legendary status at any level he ever played.  He paved the way for other pioneer American Indian baseball players, like Jim Thorp e and Hall of Fame pitcher Charlie Bender.

Ed will talk about the popularity of “town ball” in the State of Maine. Many college baseball players came to Maine, during the summer, to play for outstanding teams. This is how Sockalexis ca me to be “discovered” and brought to Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.


8/24: Author Talk | Penny Goetjen

Saturday, August 24, 2:00 PM

Murder in Boothbay Harbor

Join national award-winning author, Penny Goetjen, to hear her share her engaging murder mysteries set on the coast of Maine and inspired by a childhood of glorious summers visiting her grandmother. 

In Murder On The Precipice, Manhattan interior designer Elizabeth Pennington returns to her childhood home, a quaint New England inn still run by her grandmother, to find a young female guest is missing in a case eerily similar to an unsolved disappearance years earlier when the property was used as an all-girls school….

Set in Boothbay Harbor, Murder Beyond The Precipice is the story of the Livingston family who is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

About the Author:

A self-proclaimed eccentric known for writing late into the night, transfixed by the allure of flickering candlelight, Penny embraces the writing process, unaware what will confront her at the next turn. Fascinated with the paranormal, she usually weaves a subtle, unexpected twist into her stories. It was her grandmother’s creaky, old house where she had her first paranormal experience.

Penny is a proud member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. When her husband is asked how he feels about his wife writing murder mysteries, he answers with a wink, “I sleep with one eye open.”


8/22: Lecture | Rare Books with Ken Gloss

Thursday, August 22, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Join Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, for a discussion about the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them.

8/14: Lecture | Project Apollo: Origins, Missions and the Legacy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Join Robert Stengel, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, as he reflects on the 50th anniversary of the July 1969, Apollo moon landing.

The talk will examine Project Apollo from the viewpoint of his time spent at the Draper Laboratory from 1968-73 where he was principal designer of the Apollo Project Lunar Module manual control logic used for all moon landings and where he went on to create a preliminary design for the Space Shuttle atmospheric flight control system.

Read more about Professor Stengal: http://www.stengel.mycpanel.princeton.edu

8/3: A Seal’s Journey

Saturday, August 3, 2019
11:00 AM

Join Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) as they take you through a seal’s
journey from stranding to release, and all of the obstacles in between.
Starting with seal basics such as: whether it’s normal for them to be out
of the water and why you might see a baby on its own, and then dive into
when and why seals need our help.

You will learn what MMoME is, what they do, the animals they care for, and how you can help.




Career Support with New Ventures

Work! A simple fact of life. Join us at BHML to gain skills and explore ways to customize and pursue the work that’s right for you. Brought to you in partnership with New Ventures Maine.


Exploring Careers
Thursday, May 23, 10 AM -12:30 PM
Identify your career interest code and learn how to search for occupations, discover wage information, and find the needed training. Make a plan for your next steps.


Putting Your Personality to Work
Thursday, June 6, 10 AM-12:30 PM
You will discover your unique personality style and consider how to find the work environment that fits your natural strengths and style. Learn how to move up in your current job or find new employment.


Finding Your Best Job
Wednesday, June 19, 4:30-6:30 PM
Learn how to search for a job, write a winning resume, and prepare for the interview.

All classes will be held in the community room of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, 04538

Register with this link or contact the library to sign up:

Register: https://forms.gle/y9gsZmPfLiwaGwQRA

5/22/19: Author Talk | Peace Works

Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 PM

>Reserve the Book<

Join us in the Great Room for a conversation with Frederick D. Barton author of Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.  The conversation will be facilitated by Bill Hammond, local foreign policy enthusiast and indispensable Used Book Store volunteer.

Copies of the book will be on sale and light refreshments will be served.

About the author:

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a diplomat, foreign policy expert, and State Department advisor, Rick Barton grapples with the fact that the U.S. is strategically positioned and morally obligated to defuse international conflicts, but often inadvertently escalates conflicts instead. Guided by the need to find solutions that will yield tangible results, Barton does a deep analysis of our last several interventions and discusses why they failed and how they could have succeeded. He outlines a few key directives in his foreign policy strategy: remain transparent with the American public, act as a catalyzing (not colonizing!) force, and engage local partners. But above all else, he insists that the U.S. must maintain a focus on people. Since a country’s greatest resource is often the ingenuity of its local citizens, it is counterproductive to ignore them while planning an intervention. By anchoring each chapter to a story from a specific conflict zone, Barton is able to discuss opportunities pursued and missed, areas for improvement, and policy recommendations. This balance between storytelling and concrete policy suggestions both humanizes distant stories of foreign crises, and provides going-forward solutions for desperate situations. The book begins and ends in Syria – the ultimate failure of our current approach to foreign policy, and with devastating consequences

5/29/19: Author Talk | Brian Daniels

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 PM

Meet author Brian Daniels and hear excerpts from his new book “It Seemed Like A Compliment to Me.” Enjoy a few laughs, and maybe even a few songs.

About the author:

Brian Daniels is an avid outdoorsman, a newspaper columnist, novelist, musician, and songwriter. Many of his songs, including four title tracks, have been recorded by eight different artists. His first novel, Luke’s Dream, was released in January, 2011. He has, for several years, written a humorous column, Thoughts of an Average Joe by Joe Wright (Thoughts of an Average Brian just doesn’t have the same ring), which is featured in newspapers throughout northern New England. Since 1984, he has practiced optometry in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Laurene. 

Author Brian Daniels

About the book:

Average Joe Wright is back! Joe, still an average middle-aged, thick-around-the-middle man living in Smalltown USA is also still hopelessly clinging to the twentieth century. The modern world just confuses and frustrates him, prompting him to offer his hilarious takes and wry observations on just what is wrong with it all. In this second book, Joe, the alter ego of author Brian Daniels, offers more thoughts about the many issues that interest, confuse, or irritate him, including: winter driving, festival season, barbershops, GPS navigation and complicated gadgets. Maybe you’ll agree with some of his thoughts. If not, he’ll be quick to tell you . . . well . . . you are just wrong.