2017 Winter Lecture Series

Fort Western Living History Museum & the Arnold Expedition Historical Society will co-host a special lecture series: “Battle, Duty, Heroism: Benedict Arnold, His Soldiers and the Northern Revolutionary War Campaign”, on Sundays in February & March 2017 in the Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Augusta City Center, 16 Cony Street, Augusta, beginning at 2:00pm. 

 

2017 Winter Lecture Series

James Nelson (Harpswell, ME), author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy (2006), will kick off the series on Sunday, February 5 with a talk on the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Valcour Island, a naval battle on the lake that would ultimately spell victory in the War for Independence;  Kenny Wing (Eustis, ME), author of The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake (2010) will speak on Sunday, February 12 about Benedict Arnold’s march from the Upper Dead River to the Canadian border;  Steve Clark (Scarborough, ME), author of Following Their Footsteps (2003) and past president of AEHS will revisit the Arnold Trail on Sunday, February 19 to reveal how best to follow the route today; Tom Desjardins (Pittston, ME), author of Through a Howling Wilderness (2006) and Director of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands will discuss the life & times of Ruben Colburn (1740-1818) on Sunday, February 26; Steven Darley (North Haven, CT), author of Voices from a Wilderness Expedition (2011) will reveal new information about the lives and hardships of Benedict Arnold’s men on Sunday, March 5 through journals that have never been published.  Finally, on Sunday, March 12, Daniel Soucier (Orono, ME), Doctoral Candidate, UME, and editor of Maine History will turn the previous history of the expedition’s suffering in the wilderness on its head by looking at the soldiers’ appreciation of the natural world and how they experienced it on a variety of levels.