5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 9, 5:30 pm, venue TBD
Pioneer Canners: How the Baxter Canning Companies Made a Maine Brand
Between 1888 and the mid-20th century, the H.C. Baxter & Bro. packing and canning company was headquartered in six different locations in Brunswick and controlled a colossal commerce that managed factories and food-canneries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, and parts of Canada. By the 1920s, this firm, founded by the older half-brother of Maine’s Governor Percival Baxter (donor of Baxter State Park) became also the largest corn producer in the world. The Baxter canneries employed hundreds of Maine citizens from various walks of life and heritages.
Join us for June’s History Happy Hour as John Goff shares the story of this fascinating philanthropic family, its company and workers, as well as the legacy it left on mass-produced foods, global explorations, the “BAXTER’S FINEST” brand, and Brunswick’s architectural heritage.