On Friday, February 10, the Fairhaven Historical Society sponsored a lecture by Fairhaven Tourism Director Chris Richard about the life and times of Henry H. Rogers.
About one hundred people negotiated snowy roads to attend the talk, some coming from out of town.
Mr. Richard told stories about Henry Rogers’ family background, his childhood and young adulthood in Fairhaven, his entry into the petroleum business, and the business dealings that made him one of the wealthiest men in American history.
Also covered were Rogers’ two marriages, his children, his friendship with Mark Twain, and the descendants of Henry and Abby Rogers, including some who still visit Fairhaven today. Following the lecture there was a question and answer period.
Enrique “Ricky” Goytizolo, the president of the Fairhaven Historical Society, was very pleased with the turnout for the talk. He reported getting telephone calls the next day from people telling him how much they enjoyed the program.
The Historical Society will be holding another lecture on March 17, when Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society will talk about Frederick Douglass.
For more information about the Historical Society and upcoming events, find them on Facebook.
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