BRUNSWICK — A brass band, a Civil War Trivia Night and mustache contest, and the Third Maine Regiment Encampment on the Town Mall are highlights among the many activities during Chamberlain Days, the biannual event hosted by Pejepscot Historical Society this weekend.

“Joshua Chamberlain continues to resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Larissa Vigue Picard, executive director of PHS, which owns the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum. “While he’s best known for leading the 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg, Chamberlain’s staying power is about more than that—his roles as Maine governor and Bowdoin College president, his longevity and productivity despite serious war wounds, his complexities as a human being.”

The weekend kicks off on Aug. 11 with an optional field trip to the U.S. Custom House in Portland, where Chamberlain worked late in life. Friday evening is highlighted by a reception featuring Maine beverages at the Chamberlain Museum and a performance by the Centennial Brass Band from Portland, which performs in the sanctuary of the First Parish Church.

On Aug. 12, the focus is on the Third Maine Regiment’s traditional encampment on the Town Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a procession to Chamberlain’s grave at Pine Grove Cemetery. The Third Maine’s activities include drilling and firing demonstrations, fife and drum period music, Civil War camp activities, and interactions with the public.

Saturday also includes presentations by Chamberlain scholars and authors including Diane Monroe Smith, Susan Natale, and Dennis Rasbach. In the afternoon, a birthday party tea with live cello music will be held at the museum for Fanny Chamberlain, Joshua’s wife, on the actual day of her birthday.

Ted and Faye Chamberlain portray Joshua and Fanny at several weekend events. The final events on Aug. 13 are walking tours and programs in the Chamberlain Museum. House tours are available throughout the weekend.

Weekend ticket packages are available for both PHS members and the general public, or tickets can be purchased for individual events. The encampment is free. For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit or call 729-6606.

Pejepscot Historical Society preserves, interprets, and promotes the rich history of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Maine, through its collections, programs, and historic house museums.

Full Chamberlain Days Schedule:

Friday, Aug. 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Guided Tours at Chamberlain Museum and Skolfield-Whittier House
Noon to 4 p.m.- Registration: Pejepscot Historical Society
1 to 4 p.m. – Field Trip to U.S. Custom House and Chamberlain’s Final Home, Portland
2 to 3 p.m. – Highlights from the JLC Collection at Bowdoin College; Nixon Lounge, third floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Bowdoin College. Limited to 20.
4:30 p.m. – Reception featuring Maine beverages, with Joshua and Fanny; Chamberlain Museum
7 p.m. – Centennial Brass Band: Songs of the Civil War & Post-War Era; sanctuary, First Parish Church

Saturday, Aug. 12
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Third Maine Regiment Encampment; drilling, firing demonstrations, period music, Civil War camp activities, interactions with public; Brunswick Town Mall
9 a.m. – “JLC Online: A Look at Primary Source Material” with Susan Natale; Pejepscot Historical Society
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Portico Sidewalk Sale and Children’s 19th Century Activities; Pejepscot Historical Society
10:30 a.m. – The Petersburg Campaign with Dennis Rasbach; vestry, First Parish Church
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Self-guided walk-through at Chamberlain Museum (by donation)
2 p.m. – Birthday Tea Party for Fanny; cello music by Tim Garrett, Bangor Symphony; parlor and lawn, Chamberlain Museum
3:30 p.m. – “Chamberlain’s Legacy: From Hero to Human Being” with Diane Monroe Smith; vestry, First Parish Church; book signing to follow
5 p.m. – Procession to Chamberlain Gravesite, Pine Grove Cemetery; start at Town Mall gazebo
7 p.m. – Civil War Trivia Night and Mustache Contest; Byrne’s Irish Pub, 16 Station Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 13
9 a.m. – Muffins at the Museum: Refreshments and behind-the-scenes tour with PHS Director Larissa Vigue Picard; Chamberlain Museum
10 a.m. – Walking tour: “Bowdoin Through the Years” with John Cross; start at Chamberlain Museum
10 a.m. – “Civil War Christmas: Homefront & Battlefield” with Marie Pangborn; parlor, Chamberlain Museum
11:30 a.m. – Walking tour: “African Americans, Abolitionists, and Southern Ship Masters” with Barbara Desmarais; start at Chamberlain Museum
1 to 4 p.m. – Guided tours, Chamberlain Museum
1:30 p.m. – Walking Tour: First Parish Church with Elizabeth Newman; start at Chamberlain Museum