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Outboard Motor Lecture Series

July 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - August 13, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

This lecture series is about those marvelous outboard engines. And more. It’s about memories, passion, mechanics, history, innovation, industry, community building, opportunity, corporate growth – and more. But especially love, as attendees will learn. This is about the outboard that many fondly remember – and how the small engines began and evolved into a formidable industry. It’s about engineers and entrepreneurs. About immigrants and industrialists. And the men and women who loved – and love – them.

Join outboard motor historian Larry Stevenson on six Tuesday evenings this summer as he presents the highlights and history of the outboard motor’s role in our transportation evolution. And, a little bit about the love of outboards that led him to hand over his paper boy money to his dad, and years later, led him to amass the collection now living at the Boothbay Railway Village.

JUL 9 | Two Back-to-Back Lectures | Early Years of Outboard Motors 1866-1907 | Evinrude, Ole and Bess Years 1908 -1934

JUL 16 | Evinrude | The Ralph Years | 1935-1965

JUL 23 | The Four Johnson Brother of Terre Haute, Indiana | 1922 – 1965

JUL 30 | Thor and Mercury Kiekhaefer | 1936-1965

The remaining two lectures have been cancelled for the 2019 Season. Watch for the Series next Season. 

AUG 6 | Two Families | Crosley, Aerojet, Fageol, Homelite, and Fischer Pierce Bearcat
AUG 13 | Actor Reginald Denny | Major Ronald Reagan | Norma Jean’s Big Break | Radioplanes – the First Drone

Larry Stevenson, an outboard motor collector and historian with passions for industrial design, art, history, and sailing, is a Navy and Coast Guard Auxiliary veteran and a retired UPS International Industrial Engineering Manager.


July 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
August 13, 2019 @ 8:30 pm