2020 Summer Programs

And the Jan Howell Memorial Lecture Series

Note: though these programs were planned before the current health crisis, some of these events may be cancelled due to restrictions and guidelines issued by the state of Maine to protect residents and visitors against the coronavirus pandemic.  Please check the schedule regularly on our Facebook page or this website for any changes


    • July 04, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Fort William Henry

    The 244th 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 5th.


    • July 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     How Maine Became a State

    What connection if any was there between Missouri and Maine?  Why did the Pine Tree State decide to be independent from Massachusetts?  Was it a unanimous decision?  These questions and more will be the subject of FOCP’s first presentation in this bicentennial year.  Join us as Carolyn Hardman, a member of the Nobleboro Historical Society and a former history teacher explores the issues and concerns that brought about our statehood.


    Monday July 13, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • July 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    Maine Life in 1820

    What was it like 200 years ago in the Pine Tree State?  What events, both local and national, helped shape the future? All in all, 1820 was an exhilarating time in our country’s history, with waves and ripples of change lapping European shores and beyond. Join us for an informative and interesting presentation by Chip Griffin III of Boothbay Harbor.




    Monday July 20, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • July 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     Monarchs of the Sky

    In North America, what creatures migrate both north and south on an annual basis, in a long-distance journey that is fraught with risks? Their destinations  are the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in Mexico as well as  parts of Florida, and along the way these winged splashes of color also brighten parts of the Maine coast.  Join us for an informative lecture by Thomas Klak, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. This program will highlight the remarkable natural history and geography of the monarch butterfly and will offer practical ways that we can enhance our backyard and public spaces, not only to support the vulnerable monarch, but also enrich our own lives.

    Monday July 27, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     Historical Quilts – Patriots, Protestors and   Petticoats: Women of the Civil War

    Presentation by Kathy Kenny, Quilt historian and lecturer.  This favorite lecture focuses on four different Civil War women who made a difference – an abolitionist, a nurse, a seamstress, and a teacher. You’ll hear how each woman influenced and helped others during this difficult time. Learning about these women, combined with the 1800’s Quilts that will be shown during the program will bring the Civil War to life.

    Monday August 3, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     The English Settlement of Maine in the   17th Century 

    Presentation by Dr. Emerson Baker, award-winning author and professor of history at Salem State University. In the 1620s and 1630s the English established a string of settlements along the coast of Maine from Kittery to Pemaquid. Unlike Massachusetts Bay which was established for religious reasons, immigrants came to Maine for economic opportunity drawn largely from Maine’s natural bounty of furs, fish and lumber. The settlements prospered until the 1670s, when the first of a series of conflicts with the Native Wabanaki would leave much of the region in ruins.

    Monday August 10, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and  Domination – How It has Impacted Maine History

    Presentation by John Dieffenbacher-Krall, chair  of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations, Assistant Director of Research at the College of Natural Resources and the University of Maine Orono. and former Executive Director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Learn how The Doctrine, originally created by Pope Nicholas V in 1452, has affected not only the Wabanaki but also Original Peoples worldwide and has resulted in critical re-examination of Columbus’s voyages to the New World. 

    Monday August 17, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 29, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 Sunday, August 30


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