Native American culture, life as “a native Maine-uh,” views from a greenhouse window, and snippets of conversation heard in restaurants and on the street. These widely varying perspectives spark the poetry of Carol Bachofner, the first speaker in the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s new Maine Living program starting Sunday, Jan. 10.

The talks, at the society’s Cramer Museum, begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments — from Indian pudding to bean hole beans, depending on the talk — will be served. Admission is $5 or $3 for society members.

Marla Rogers of Owls Head will talk about her lighthouse memories on Sunday, Feb. 7. She was the daughter of a keeper at four New England lighthouses between 1927 and 1953. Rogers grew up in two of them. Her experiences make fascinating listening.

On March 7 Eva Murray will present a slide talk titled “Not at All the Simple Life.” One of fewer than 100 year-round residents of Matinicus Island, Murray writes of life on this far-off island with its challenges both positive and negative.

Bachofner lives, writes and teaches poetry in Rockland. Her latest book is “Breakfast at the Brass Compass: Poems of Mid Coast Maine,” published this past August. Her talk will focus on how the richness of her Wabanaki heritage and observations of people, places and scenes around inspire her work.

She said that for those who are a bit adventurous, there will be a small writing experience during her presentation. One of the poet’s favorite places to write is her yard or greenhouse, where she has a tall stool and uses the potting bench as a desk. Bachofner said she spends about half her spare time reading, the other half writing. She also serves as poetry editor of Pulse Online Literary Journal. Her book “Daughter of the Ardennes Forest,” a collection of poems addressing the issue of post-traumatic stress in veterans, was a finalist in Main Street Rag’s 2006 Chapbook Contest and was published in 2007.

After her talk, Bachofner will sign copies of her latest book. Refreshments will be served, including Indian pudding, homemade ice cream, and coffee and hot cider. Indian pudding, which dates to the 1600s, is a mixture of corn meal, milk, butter, molasses, eggs, cinnamon, ginger and a touch of salt. Bachofner’s favorite foods are Maine lobster with no trimmings (just butter) and fried clams (the whole clams).

The Maine Living talks will be held at the museum at the historical society’s Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum complex, just off Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line. For more information contact Marlene Hall, executive director of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, at 594-8047 or