Old Broad Bay Family History Association


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OBBFHA Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Details of our 2020 Annual Meeting will be available in the spring.

1792 Old German Church

Old German Meeting House and Burial Grounds
The German Lutheran Society and Women’s Auxiliary will host their annual church service on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at the Old German Meeting House in Waldoboro. The service is held at 3:00 PM followed by an informal reception held after the service. This service is the perfect follow up to our annual meeting on the previous day. The German Meeting House and burial ground are not to be missed. The hostesses will be happy to answer any questions you might have. The meeting house is open to the public daily in July and August 1-4 P.M. weather permitting.

The photo is of the Waldoboro Meeting House, built in 1772.  Click on the image to get a larger view.

Front of Waldoboro Historical Society
Sign of Waldoboro Historical Society

The Waldoboro Historical Society
Mission Statement: The Waldoborough Historical Society collects and preserves the history and historical artifacts of Waldoboro, maintains a facility in which to celebrate and study the history, and promotes the education of its citizens in that history so that present and future generations may build upon. Located at 1164 Main Street, Waldoboro, the Historical Society and Museum is a must see when visiting the area. It is also a good place to visit after the OBBFHA Annual Meeting. They have genealogical files on the various families of Waldoboro. Contact Jean Lawrence for further information on these files. - jeanlaw(at)roadrunner.com
Visit the website at http://waldoboroughhistoricalsociety.org


OBBFHA Annual Meeting
Our 2019 annual meeting was held on Saturday, August 3rd. The featured speaker was Dr. Micah Pawling, Associate Professor of History and Native American Studies at the University of Maine at Orono. Dr. Pawling’s area of expertise is Native American and United States history. The title of his talk was "The Wabanaki Homeland: Waterscapes, Water Connections, and Waldoboro". He spoke about the history of Native American Tribes in the latter half of the 18th and 19th centuries in mid-coast Maine. He told that the native Wabanaki people used the network of rivers, lakes and, ponds to travel very effectively in the region. When the English and German settlers arrived, they used the same waterways to get around. A 1769 British naval map emphasized these waterways. Also, forts were built near the intersections of portages since these would be strategic locations sometimes far inland from the ocean. See the announcement above about the 2020 meeting.

Jasper J. Stahl Award
Sign marking site of Moravian Misson Sign marking site of Moravian Misson

The 2016 Jasper J. Stahl Award did not go to an individual this year, but rather the money was used to purchase and erect a new sign marking the spot of the Moravian Mission on Friendship Road. The new sign replaced an older one that had fallen into disrepair, and the text on the new sign is the same as the text on the old sign. The members of the Moravian religious sect left Broad Bay during the late 1760's for Moravian religious settlements in North Carolina.

We receive several inquiries every year from descendants of the Broad Bay Moravians and many have traveled from far away to see the sign marking the location of their ancestors' first meeting house. We are justifiably proud of the new sign marking this historical location.