Winter Speaker Series


Arnold’s 1775 Quebec Expedition
and Its Passage Through Merrymeeting Bay

Stephen Clark, Arnold Expedition Historical Society

Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00pm
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Benedict Arnold, U.S. National Archives & records Administration

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s (FOMB) second presentation of their 22nd annual Winter Speaker Series: The 1775 Quebec Expedition and its Passage through Merrymeeting Bay, features Stephen Clark, of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. The event, takes place in the Morrill Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Wednesday November 14th at 7pm.

This presentation describes the epic march of a fledgling American army attempting in 1775 to drive the British from colonial Canada, and enlist that Provence in our battle for independence. About 1100 soldiers led by then Col. Benedict Arnold left Cambridge, MA attempting a 350 mile journey through a wilderness to capture the British stronghold of Quebec.

Portage at Skowhegan Falls

Arnold’s army began its journey on 11 small schooners and sloops in Newburyport and passed through Merrymeeting Bay on its way up the Kennebec River and the wilderness northward. Its passage through the Bay will be highlighted. Many know of this event through Kenneth Roberts’ famous historical novel, Arundel, written in large part from research based on the journals of expedition members. Recent archaeological discoveries along the route will also be discussed.

Stephen Clark, noted Maine author and historian is current VP of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. He has written a history and guide book of the Expedition entitled:  Following Their Footsteps: A Travel Guide and History of the 1775 Secret Expedition to Capture Quebec.

FOMB hosts their Winter Speaker Series October-May, the second Wednesday of each month. The December 12th presentation, Invasive Worms, Oh My! features Gary Fish, Maine State Horticulturist, of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry. This 7pm presentation will be at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

Speaker Series presentations are free, open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. Visit to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

For more information contact FOMB at 207-666-3372 or

Part 1

Part 2


Watercolors by
Sarah Stapler