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Kittery Adult Education

Lectures and History

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: From Sails to Atoms


with Joseph Gluckert

Calendar Next session starts Apr 6, 2023 at 9:30 am
1 additional session on Apr 20, 2023

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a venerable heritage and rich tradition.  Learn about its role and achievements in times of war and peace from a military historian’s perspective. The tour includes a visit to the Shipyard’s Treaty of Portsmouth exhibit,  a walking tour of the Shipyard Mall area, a driving tour around the perimeter of the base, including an up-close view of the former Naval Prison’s exterior, and lastly a visit to the Shipyard’s Heritage Center.  Must bring valid photo I.D. such as Driver’s License or U.S. Passport.  Non U.S Citizens will be required to submit additional documentation in advance.  Participants must be able to use the bus and negotiate stairs. Neither the bus nor comfort facilities are handicapped accessible. 

*park at Kittery Lions Club and board the bus, bus leaves promptly at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 12:00 p.m.


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Siege at the State House – book discussion


with Mac Smith

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Discuss Siege at the State House, the true story of a coup in Augusta, Maine in 1879. The several-week occupation culminated in a showdown between armed rebels and Civil War hero General Joshua Chamberlain standing on the State House steps, exposing his chest, and daring any man present to settle the standoff with violence, if they dared.


History of Fort Foster


with Bob Gray

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Please note: The date amd time have been set now! 

For many years before it became the great town park that it is, Fort Foster played a large role in protecting our harbor. Come and learn about the multitude of armaments, bunkers, buildings and people who have been part of this important historic site. 

Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Fee: $20

Walking Tour of Fort Foster


with Bob Gray

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 29, 2023 at 10 am

Please note: Date and Time have been updated.

Come and enjoy a walk through Fort Foster.  On this tour you will see and learn about the history of the structures that are there now and see the sites of others that no longer exist. We will be walking a large part of the Fort, so please wear appropriate shoes. While dogs are allowed at Fort Foster, we ask that you leave yours at home for this tour. But be sure to bring your camera or cell phone. Class will meet at the entrance gate of Fort Foster. Additional fee may be required for entrance to Fort Foster.

Saturday, April 29, 10 am - 12 pm *rain date Sunday 30th

Registration Fee: $20

My World as a Filmmaker


with Jim White

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2023 at 6 pm

An evening of conversation, questions and answers with filmmaker Jim White about his 47-year career working all over the world, producing television commercials and documentaries.  Jim will present the latest tools for his trade, various cameras and drones and talk about the ever-changing film production industry and how new technology has made the production process (and postproduction process) easier, allowing more time to create and tell stories more effectively, as well as the ever-expanding need for video content in our rapidly changing visual world.  Then the documentary “The Many Lives of Fort McClary” will be shown, one of six documentaries he’s made about Maine seacoast history, with more discussion after, including new work for 2023.


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