2019 Summer Programs

And the Jan Howell Memorial Lecture Series

Note: Any change in the following programs due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather will be posted here.


    • Saturday, July 06, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Fort William Henry

    The 243rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

    Public reading and commentary by living history interpreters and a portrayal of historic figures who supported or opposed the American Revolution. 2:00PM.

    Rain date is Sun. July 7.


    • Monday, July 15, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park

    The French and Indian Wars: Survival on the Maine Frontier

    Local author Mike Dekker leads off FOCP’s annual Monday Night Lecture Series with a program about the impact of regional conflict on the coast of Maine in general and on Pemaquid in particular.

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)

    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Saturday, July 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Fort William Henry

    Pirates at Pemaquid – The Infamous Dixie Bull Strikes Again!

    Living history presenter and local author James Nelson re-creates the irascible Dixie Bull who attacked Pemaquid in 1632. The public is advised to guard their valuables!

    1:00 and 3:00PM.

    Rain date is Sun. July 22.


    • Monday, July 22, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park

    Blusterers, Bunglers, Blockheads: Naval Actions of the American Revolution in Maine

    The naval action of the American Revolution was fought in many far-flung theaters around the globe, from the United States to the Caribbean to the shores of Great Britain, including, as well, the Province of Maine. But unlike the fighting in places such as Saratoga or Yorktown, the war in Maine was marked by bungling, miscalculation and incompetence on both sides. Award-winning author James L. Nelson will discuss the three major events of the Revolution to take place Down East, and the mistakes that led up to them.

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)

    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Monday, July 29, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    The Involuntary American: A Scottish Prisoner’s Journey to the New World

    Local author Carol Gardner chronicles the life and times of Thomas Doughty, an illiterate Scottish foot solider who was captured and shipped to the New World against his will, a story told against the background of what life was like for 17th century slaves and servants who were a vital part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Join us for this informative new program.

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)

    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What The Primary Sources Tell Us

    In l692, Fort William Henry was built at Pemaquid, and in the same year a more notable event occurred that still captures the public imagination – The Salem Witch Trials. Margo Burns is a historian specializing in those trials, and is an Associate Editor and Project Manager of the Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt.  Join us for what promises to be a compelling and informative presentation.

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)

    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Monday, August 12, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park

    Boothbay & Bristol Heroes /Hell-Raisers in Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Maine

    Every age has its characters and heroes, with mid-Coast Maine in the 17th and 18th centuries being no exception.  Join us for an engaging look at these memorable figures of the past presented by Chip Griffin III..

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)
    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Monday, August 19, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park

    The Story of the Pemaquid Mill

    Archeologist Dr. Neill dePaoli will present a program that documents the history of the mill at Pemaquid Falls, a historic site recently acquired by local preservationist groups.  The presentation also incorporates information about the Robert Given home site adjacent to the mill.

    7:30 PM ($5 or free to members)

    New Location: The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • Sunday, September 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Grounds of Ft. William Henry

    Castlebay in Concert: A Labor Day Weekend Tradition

    Join the Friends for their traditional close of the season special event and enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic, nautical and early American music featuring the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane on the grounds of Ft. William Henry.

    1:00 and 3:00PM.

    Rain date is Mon. Sept.2.


Past events

Saturday, May 25, 2019 Memorial Day Weekend Concert

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