Old Fort Western and the Maine Bicentennial Commission are presenting 10 lectures chronicling the history of the Kennebec Valley and Early Maine, according to a news release from Old Fort Western.

The lectures, filmed by CTV-7, can be viewed for free at oldfortwestern.org. People can click on the plus sign after the Bicentennial Lecture Series button on the left side navigation pane. The lectures can also be viewed directly through vimeo.com/showcase/oldfortwestern.

The lectures are as follows:

• Dr. Arthur Spiess, Maine Native Americans: An Archaeological Perspective Covering 13,000 years of Native American History in Maine;

• Dr. Bruce Bourque & Fred Koerber, Merrymeeting Bay Pioneers Project: Tracing the Lives of the Area’s First European Settlers;

• Ken Hamilton, French Privateers along the Maine Coast;


• Leon Cranmer, The 17th Century Trading Posts along the Kennebec;

• Michael Dekker, Maine’s French & Indian Wars;

• Dr. Leith Smith, The Archaeology of Fort Richmond;

• Leon Cranmer, The Archaeology of Fort Halifax;

• Linda Novak, The Archaeology of Fort Western;

• Tom Desjardin, Benedict Arnold’s March through Maine; and

• David Cheever, Rummaging through Maine’s Familiar Civil War.

For short biographies of the speakers, visit oldfortwestern.org. For more information, visit that website, Old Fort Western’s Facebook page, or call 207-626-2385.

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