Bruce Bourque & Fried Koerber

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Bruce Bourque and Frederick Koerber Continues Fort Western’s Bicentennial Lecture Series with a talk on Merrymeeting Bay’s earliest European Settlers.

In the second of a series of lectures sponsored Old Fort Western and the Maine Bicentennial Commission, Dr. Bruce Bourque with Frederick Koerber will present an overview of the Merrymeeting Bay Pioneers Project: Tracing the Lives of the Area’s First European Settlers. The lecture filmed by CTV-7, 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.

Dr. Bruce is Emeritus Curator of Archaeology at the Maine State Museum, and Emeritus Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  A Massachusetts native, he spent summers in Maine which sparked his interest in the state’s prehistory.  His research focused on Maine prehistory, which led to many publications, most recently, The Swordfish Hunters: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People. More recently, his interests shifted to seventeenth-century European colonization in the Merrymeeting Bay area.

Frederick Koerber is a 38-year teaching veteran of History and Archaeology in the Brunswick schools. He currently works as a lobsterman. An avid historian and environmental advocate, he has served on various public service committees including the Brunswick Recreation and Open Space Task Force and the Comprehensive Planning Committee. In addition, he has been a board member of the Pejepscot Historical Society, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Maine Archaeological Society. When not on the ocean, he is often actively engaged with high school and college students in local historic research projects.

Come meet Bruce and Fred in person at Fort Western on Saturday, July 10, 2021 for a Meet & Greet from 1pm to 4pm where they will entertain questions on the history and lifeways of the European pioneers who settled in the Merrymeeting Bay area during the 17th and 18th centuries. During the hours of the Meet & Greet, our normal admission rate will be reduced to $6.00.