Speaker series begins with Colonial gardening talk

    On Thursday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m., Boothbay Region Historical Society kicks off its 2021 Speaker Series with historian Mike Dekker’s talk, "Shared Ground: An Exploration of 17th century Indigenous and Euromerican Cultures through Gardening." Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this talk will be available by Zoom only. The talk is free. To make a reservation email brhszoom@gmail.com

    Dekker made his own colonial garden. Using only period tools and heirloom seed varieties, he established a garden reflective both Native and Euromerican agricultural practices in Maine during the colonial era. What can such a garden teach us about the peoples residing in colonial New England? Both cultures raised corn, beans, and squash yet employed divergent agricultural methods. Their differences, as well as their similarities, reflect the world views of both cultures. As an ethnohistorical tool, the garden can answer important questions about the people who called Maine home during the colonial period. 

    Dekker is an author, historian, and a living history interpreter of early American history and material culture. He presents educational programs for historical societies, museums, historic sites, schools, and the public. He is the author of "The French and Indian Wars In Maine," about the tragic and largely forgotten story of the six wars which ravaged Maine between 1675 and 1760.

    Register now for the free Zoom talk at brhszoom@gmail.com

    The Boothbay Region Historical Society is located at 72 Oak Street in Boothbay Harbor. Due to Covid restrictions, BRHS is open to researchers only, Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information contact the museum at 633-0820, email brhs@gwi.net, or check the website https://boothbayhistorical.org

    Event Date: 

    Thu, 05/13/2021 - 4:30pm