The Lincoln County Historical Association continues its Lincoln County Women Writers Lecture Series with a lecture by Gary Lawless titled “Elizabeth Coatsworth at Chimney Farm. Lawless, poet, editor, publisher and bookseller, will offer his unique perspective on the writer at Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta on August 10 at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and free.
Best known as the author of children’s books, including the Newbery Prize-winning story ‘The Cat Who Went to Heaven’, Elizabeth Coatsworth was a prolific writer of fiction, poetry and nature who made her home in Nobleboro, Maine. Gary Lawless and his wife Beth Leonard have lived at Elizabeth Coatsworth’s Chimney Farm since 1986. They own the Gulf of Maine bookstore in Brunswick and Blackberry Books, a small publishing house that has reprinted two books by Elizabeth Coatsworth (“Fox Footprints” and “The Enchanted”) as well as one by her husband Henry Beston (“Northern Farm”) and a book of poems by their daughter Kate Beston Barnes (“Crossing the Field”).
The public is invited to visit special exhibits on women writers from Lincoln County at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. LCHA presents these programs as part of their year-long celebration of these talented women. A particularly large exhibit at the Wiscasset Museum and Old Jail is supported by Raymond McKinley Rideout Jr. and the Maine Community Foundation’s Marguerite Waterman Rideout Fund.
The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that stewards the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, please visit www.lincolncountyhistory.org, Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine) or Pownalborough Court House Museum.