Lincoln County Historical Association has scheduled four talks in Wiscasset on Sundays in February and early March. The lectures will begin at 1 p.m. in the Communications Building, U.S. Route 1.

• Lincoln Paine, historian, curator and author of “Downeast, A Maritime History of Maine” and the award winning “The Sea and Civilization, a Maritime History of the World,” will talk about Maine Maritime History on Feb. 7.

• Bill Gemmill, a collector of schoolgirl art, will bring examples from his collection and point out the unique features that distinguish Maine work from other parts of the country on Feb. 14.

• Michael Chaney, executive director of the Frances Perkins Center, will discuss the work of E. Joseph Leighton, an early 20th-century photographer whose work will be featured in a special exhibit at The Old Jail in Wiscasset this summer. Research on Leighton was the subject of Chaney’s Master’s thesis on Feb. 28.

• In the final lecture of the series, local historian Jay Robbins will bring to life the stories of court cases that were adjudicated at the Pownalborough Court House in the late 1700s, on March 6.

Admission to the lectures is free, however there is a suggested donation of $5 donation. Coffee and pastries will be served.

The association is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, visit

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