Author and lecturer Ken Wheeling will present Carts & Carriages, Curricles & Cabs: The Art and Style of American Horse-Drawn Vehicles on Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

The free presentation will highlight the technological advances, the changing designs, and the social and economic impact of the horse drawn-vehicle. It will focus on the “parade” of vehicles from the ox cart to the surrey. Using images of actual vehicles, many of them rare museum exhibits, as well as paintings and other visual images, the panorama of vehicle development will be unfolded for the audience. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Wheeling has been researching horse-drawn vehicles for 55 years. As associate editor of The Carriage Journal and editor of World on Wheels, an academic publication of the Carriage Association of America, he has authored or collaborated on countless articles and essays on carriages and related subjects. His latest publications include two lengthy studies published in The Overland Journal, a magazine devoted to serious study of the overland trails in the western United States, and the book, “Horse-drawn Commercial Vehicles – The Marshall Collection,” a catalog of a private collection of vehicles, with extended captions on little-studied commercial horse-drawn vehicles. He is presently working on another book, “The American Stagecoach,” to be published in 2010.

Carts & Carriages, Curricles & Cabs: The Art and Style of American Horse-Drawn Vehicles is the fifth in a series of six Winter Education programs offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum. All programs begin at 1 p.m. and are free. All programs are general seating.

The final Winter Education program at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfronts, is scheduled for April 3. It will feature local artist Loretta Krupinski presenting from her new book of the same title. Her work presents “arrested moments in time from 1850 to 1940 along Maine’s working waterfronts.”

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit owlshead.org.