AUBURN — Professor James Leamon will address the annual meeting of the Androscoggin Historical Society on “Maine Loyalists during the American Revolution” at its dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27. The event will be held at the Auburn Methodist Church, Park Avenue.

The public is invited. The event will feature a chicken dinner with dessert, as well as live music and Leamon’s address.

Leamon grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from Bates College. He earned a Ph.D. in American colonial history from Brown University in 1961. After a brief stint teaching in Iowa and Pennsylvania, he returned to Bates in 1964 as a member of the history department, where he taught courses in early American history and historical archaeology until his retirement in 2000.

Leamon has written articles, contributed chapters and co-edited several books on Maine’s early history. Leamon’s book, “Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine,” received the New England Historical Association’s annual book award.

More recently, Leamon published “The Reverend Jacob Bailey: Maine Loyalist.” Currently, Leamon and a colleague, Rene Damon, have self-published a collection of military art by Leamon’s older brother, a professional artist and wounded combat veteran of World War II: “The Military Art of J. Thomas Leamon.”

Tickets for the dinner and program are $15 and are available in advance from the Androscoggin Historical Society, 2 Turner St., Unit 8, Auburn, Maine 04210-5978. For more information, contact the society at 784-0586 or [email protected]


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