Belfast Historical Society President Megan Pinette will give a PowerPoint presentation titled “Downtown Belfast, From the First Store to 1900,” on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

In 1799, James Nesmith built the first store for the selling of goods in downtown at the southeast corner of the intersection of Main and High streets. By the late 1880s, the downtown buildings familiar to many were in place and Belfast was firmly established as a retail and wholesale center for trade.

Most downtown properties are listed in the Belfast Historic District which is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

For those who cannot attend, watch “Window on History,” on BCTV-2. The Society’s monthly programs begin airing in May. “Window on History” will be shown three times weekly — Tuesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Or watch the Vimeo on the museum website; new programs are shown monthly.

Belfast Historical Society programs, free and open to the public, are the fourth Monday monthly from April through October. For information about programs, visit