AUGUSTA — In the first of a series of lectures sponsored by Old Fort Western and the Maine Bicentennial Commission, Dr. Arthur Spiess is to present an overview of the time prior to historical records.

Fort Western is to host Spiess from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3, when he will entertain questions on Maine’s Native American History. During the hours of the meet and greet, the fort’s normal admission rate will be reduced to $6.

Spiess’ talk, “Maine Native Americans: An Archaeological Perspective Covering 13,000 years of Native American History in Maine” was filmed at Augusta City Hall by CTV-7 and can be viewed for free on CTV-7 and from the city of Augusta website (, Fort Western’s website, and Fort Western’s Facebook page.

Spiess, senior archaeologist for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, received a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University in 1978. He has been employed by the commission since that time as an archaeologist, most recently as senior archaeologist. He is responsible for identifying and protecting significant archaeological sites and making nominations of sites to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Spiess is a member of the Board of the Maine Archaeological Society and editor of Archaeology of Eastern North America.

Old Fort Western is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and interpret the National Historical landmark, fort, store and house located on the Kennebec River in Augusta.

For more information, call 207-626-2385, email [email protected], visit or Facebook at Old Fort Western – Augusta, Maine.

Hours are as follows: Memorial Day weekend through June, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; July and August: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; and September to Oct. 11: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The last tour of the day starts at 3:30 p.m.

Admission rates for non-Augusta residents are $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-14, $8 for seniors and veterans, $25 for a family of five, and $1 AAA discounts. Augusta residents, children younger than 6, and active military are free of charge.

For more information, go to the museum’s website or call 207-626-2385.

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