Kenneth Hamilton of Corinth will give a costumed and illustrated presentation on “The French Connection: Wabanaki Late 17th Century Historical Culture” at the Union Historical Society’s meeting at the Old Town House, Town House Road, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Dressed as an Eastern Woodlands Indian circa 1690, he will explain how the introduction of European technologies, the disruption of wars and the demand for natural resources changed the Native American way of life. “The natives won battles but lost the war,” he said.

Hamilton is a professional interpreter who has developed school and museum programs based on 17th- and 18th-century life in New England. It was the Bicentennial, when Ken and his brother played the part of British soldiers, that stimulated his passion for reenactments. Last February, he was at the reenactment of the Leap Year 1704 Deerfield, Mass., raid. In recent weeks in Maine, he has been at reenactments in Castine and Pemaquid. A career blacksmith who does antique repair, Hamilton also creates Colonial-era tools and utensils, such as French cutlery.

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