Androscoggin Historical Society Sept. 24 topic is ‘Maine’s First Millionaire’ Harry Oakes

AUBURN — The Androscoggin Historical Society kicks off its 96th year with a presentation by retired history teacher David Leigh of Belgrade on the legacy of Sir Harry Oakes, “Maine’s First Millionaire.”
The presentation is at 7 p.m. Tuesdsay, Sept. 24, in the Davis-Wagg Museum on the third floor of the County Building, 2 Turner St.
Born in Sangerville in 1874, Oakes led an extraordinary life as gold prospector, entrepreneur and real estate developer. His exploits took him around the world and involved him in ventures as varied as golf course development and political representation. His peripatetic life was drawn to a dramatic close.
Leigh, a history teacher for more than three decades, has shared his knowledge of the subject with audiences aboard cruise ships, at other historical societies and in academic circles.
The program is free and open to the public, and donations are accepted. An elevator is available, and refreshments will be served after the program.