Renny Stackpole shares a new cache of letters from sea at Union Historical Society’s Wednesday, Oct. 5 meeting

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town House on Town House Road.

The letters by Capt. Levi Gillchrest and his brother Raymond were found in the attic of Stackpole’s home. Dated between 1830 and 1867, some were sent from the Chincha islands off of Peru. The retired director of the Penobscot Marine Museum says the letters are “absolutely fascinating.”

Stackpole plans to include them in a second book on letters from sea and then will donate them to the museum. He is currently teaching a course on sea stories at Midcoast Senior College.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common, the Old Town House, which is available to rent for functions and the Cobb’s Ledge historic site on Town House Road. Membership is $5 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message.