The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid’s Jan Howel Monday Night Lecture series will be held at the Contented Sole Restaurant in New Harbor:

Monday July 16: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Remedies of Martha Ballard: 18th Century Herbalist and Midwife.  Stephanie Thibodeau, a historical interpreter at Old Fort Western, will provide a hands-on presentation of Ballard’s medicinal cures, as well as an understanding of how she used plants and herbs.  An account of Ballard’s life and times was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize –winning biography by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. ($5 or free to members)

Monday, July 23: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Not Just a Man’s World: Women Pirates of the 18th Century. Writer and historian James L. Nelson, author of the novel “The Only Life that Mattered” about the women pirates, will talk about the true history behind their story.  ($5 or free to members)

Monday, July 30: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Defenses Along the Kennebec: Four Forts One Story. Linda Novak, who specializes in historic archaeology as well as 17th and 18th century life and is Director and Curator of Fort Western, will explain the settlement of the central Kennebec River Valley on land previously owned by the Clark and Lake Proprietors and the Plymouth Proprietors. ($5 or free to members)

Monday, Aug. 6: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Hidden in Plain Sight:  Maine’s Enigmatic Stone Work.  Sue Carlson is a long-time member of the New England Antiquities Research Association and has been studying the controversies, the evidence and the written record of the stone structures found throughout the eastern seaboard, particularly those scattered all through the Maine woods, where one finds stone piles, rambling walls, huge boulders and a few stone built chambers. ($5 or free to members)

Monday, Aug. 13: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Founding Fish: Maine’s 17th Century Cod Industry.  Mike Dekker and Paul Daiute will tell the story of the 17th century cod fishing industry practiced from the shores of the Midcoast, dressed in period attire and using period equipment.  ($5 or free to members)

Monday, Aug. 20: Lecture at 7:30 p.m. – Kennebec Caper:  Bath’s 1775 Mast Landing Affair. Guide and lecturer Bud Warren will tell the story of the important mast trade and how it fueled coastal residents’ resentment of England at the time of Lexington and Concord. The journal of a Loyalist who participated in that affair sheds new light on what really happened. ($5 or free to members)

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