The Kennebec Historical Society’s June public presentation, “Artifacts Found Along Benedict Arnold’s Trail” by Kenny Wing, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the Christ Episcopal Church at 2 Dresden Ave. in Gardiner.

Wing’s presentation is in particular about Arnold’s 1775 expedition through Maine and why he was even there in the first place, according to a news release from the Augusta-based society.

Benedict Arnold Submitted photo

Wing claims his interest in Arnold comes through osmosis from his father, who became an expert on Arnold’s expedition through the Eustis area. Both Wings have discovered numerous sites where the expedition spent a night while on its way to Quebec City. The Wings’ Arnold Expedition artifact collection, the largest in existence, has contributed greatly to what people know about that event.

Wing, a lifelong native of Eustis, was born right after Flagstaff Lake was created. His father, his grandfather, and his great-grandfather were born and lived in Flagstaff village. His grandfather and his parents were some of those who had to move out in 1949 to make way for Flagstaff Lake.

Wing continues to live in Eustis and is an active board member of four historical organizations: the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel Association, the Maine Archaeological Society, the Arnold Expedition Historical Society, and the Dead River Area Historical Society.

He is co-author of “The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake” and has done extensive research for several authors of other books about the area.

The presentation is free to the public, and donations will be accepted. Those who have any questions about the program can call Scott Wood, executive director, at 207-622-7718.

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