Thomaston Historical Society welcomes author Mike Dekker to a meeting at its museum, 80 Knox St., Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Dekker will lead a discussion on the critical role the Thomaston region played in the unfolding of the French and Indian Wars..

For eight decades, an epic power struggle raged across a frontier that would become Maine. Between 1675 and 1759, British, French and Native Americans clashed in a series of six wars over the right to call Maine home. Though the showdown between France and Great Britain was international in scale, the decidedly local conflicts in Maine pitted European settlers against Native American tribes.

Native and European communities from the Penobscot to the Piscataqua Rivers suffered savage attacks. Countless men, women and children were killed, taken captive or sold into servitude. The native people of Maine were torn asunder by disease, social disintegration and political factionalism as they fought to maintain their autonomy in the face of unrelenting European pressure.

Growing up and residing in Midcoast Maine, Dekker developed a lifelong passion for the region’s past. He presents educational programs for local historical societies, state historic sites, schools and the public. Portraying Maine soldiers of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution as a living historian, Dekker endeavors to relate the stories of forgotten individuals and their world.

The program is free (donations always welcome) and will be preceded by refreshments and socializing starting at 7 p.m. Dekker will have his book on the French and Indian Wars in Maine for sale.