Lincoln County Historical Association and Old Fort Western will kick off Maine’s bicentennial celebrations with a lecture series in three parts. The first includes six talks in September and October that will provide insights to life in Maine from pre-history to the 18th century. The second part, in May and June 2020, will discuss the effects of the French and Indian Wars and the resettlement of Maine along the Kennebec River. The third part, in September and October 2020, will cover the period of statehood, the Civil War, and the rise and fall of industries in Maine.

The first part of the series will be “10,000 years of Maine History from Native American to European Contact.” These lectures will take place Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wiscasset Middle High School, 272 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset. The schedule is as follows:

• September 15 — Dr. Arthur Spiess, senior archaeologist for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will present a talk titled “Maine Native Americans: An Archaeological Perspective Covering 13,000 years of Native American History in Maine.”

• September 22 — Orman Hines, a vocational archaeologist who has worked on the Popham Colony and is the former president of Maine’s First Ship reconstruction project, will speak on the building and reconstruction of the pinnace Virginia, Popham Colony’s major success.

• September 29 — James E. Francis Jr., director and tribal historian of the Penobscot Nation, will talk about 17th-century Maine from the Wabanaki perspective.

• October 6 — Dr. Emerson Baker, professor of history at Salem State University and award-winning author, will speak on the English settlement of Maine in the 17th century.

• October 13 — Mike Dekker, author and living historian, along with Mark Roman, living historian, will talk about the French and Indian Wars in Maine.

• October 20 — Ken Hamilton, living historian, will talk about Maine and Acadien privateers during KingWilliams War.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.