WISCASSET, Maine — Historic New England honors the sesquicentennial of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg with a lecture by Thomas Desjardins, historian for the Maine Department of Conservation and author of two books about Gettysburg, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Nickels-Sortwell House barn, 121 Main St. The barn’s entrance is on Federal Street. Desjardins will tell the story of Maine native Ellis Spear, the Bowdoin graduate and Wiscasset school teacher who became Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s friend and second in command at Gettysburg. Advance registration is suggested. Admission is $5 for members of Historic New England, $10 for nonmembers. To register, call 207-882-7169 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Tom Desjardins is the author of “Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign,” “These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory” and “Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775.” He was the historical adviser to actor Jeff Daniels for the 1993 movie Gettysburg.
Historic New England’s next Wiscasset lecture will be held on Sept. 15, when Earle Shettleworth director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and Maine State Historian, will tell the story of local artist and historic preservationist Mildred G. Burrage.
The Nickels-Sortwell House is open for tours, Friday-Sunday through Oct. 15. Tours leave on the half hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m. Historic New England is a regional heritage organization with 36 historic house museums across five states. For a full program calendar and more information on Historic New England’s collection, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.