Carole Lambert of Owls Head will give a presentation on the art and history of sea glass at Union Historical Society’s October meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common.

Seemingly worthless broken bits of glass, china and pottery found on beaches throughout the world offer valuable clues to a region’s past and present. Beachcombers of all ages might see with an archaeologist’s eye how the duplicitous nature of sea shards, both sturdy and fragile, connect history, science, art and nature. Or
they might simply appreciate individual pieces for their unique beauty. Many prefer sea glass to gemstones.

Carole Lambert is a full-time writer with a master’s degree in journalism. She taught journalism at the American University in Paris, and has written three books on sea glass, most recently “A Passion for Sea Glass,” as well as numerous subjects for magazines and newspapers.

She found her first piece of sea glass when she was five, when walking the beach at her family’s summer home in Wellfleet, Mass. Lambert has searched for sea glass and pottery fragments in Normandy, France, and Galway, Ireland, but it was a
pottery shard found in Rockport, Mass. that became part of her wedding veil. Moving to Maine intensified her passion for sea glass and prompted her to write about the tradition of collecting it.

The program is preceded by a short business meeting, and followed by refreshments. All Union Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public.