Blacksmithing, Militia Training, and more are offered at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The Troops at Camden, a Maine living history group interpreting the period 1779-1814, will be encamped on the grounds of the 1770s Thorndike Homestead in Camden. This free, family-friendly event is an opportunity for the public to learn what life was like in midcoast Maine during the Revolutionary War period and in the years that followed. This event is part of a series of encampments taking place monthly, through October. Children will have an opportunity to take part in a mock “basic training for new soldiers,” based on Von Steuben’s Revolutionary War manual. Upon completion of their instruction, the new recruits will receive enlistment papers, which they can sign using a quill and ink. The sessions last 20-30 minutes, and will be offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. The historic Thorndike house will also be open to the public. Visitors can learn about 18th-century daily living through demonstrations and participatory activities. For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at or go to Facebook.