Bemis Free Lecture Series

The Bemis Free Lecture Series was launched in 1892. It is part of the enduring legacy of Lincoln entrepreneur George Bemis, who built Bemis Hall to be a town office, meeting place and lecture/performance space. The lecture series was modeled after the Chautauqua movement of the time, which aimed to democratize entertainment and culture. Through the Bemis Trust's charge for the lecture series, the ordinary folk of Lincoln enjoyed what had previously been reserved for a wealthy and elite society. Today as a century ago, the series is dedicated to "bringing education and edification to the citizens of Lincoln.” The endowment for the lecture series was doubled in 1982 at the bequest of native son, John Todd, and the charge expanded to include “entertainment and recreation.”

Upcoming Event


Nate Schweber: This America of Ours
Thursday, October 5, 7pm
Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

Award-winning author Nate Schweber brings to life the story of two remarkable environmental warriors — and former Lincoln residents — Avis and Bernard DeVoto. The DeVotos’ decades-long battle to protect public lands and save our National Park system is chronicled in Schweber’s latest book, This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild.

Lecture immediately followed by book sales and signing with the author.

Hosted by the Bemis Free Lecture Series with Friends of Minute Man National Park, Lincoln Historical Society, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, and Walden Woods Project

Handicap parking available at Bemis Hall. Limited parking available directly across the street from Bemis Hall at the Old Stone Church (4 Bedford Road), South lot only. Overflow parking available at Lincoln Public Library and Town Offices.

Limited in-person seating (125 max), reservations highly recommended.

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For those unable to attend in person, the event will also be available via livestream.  Please check back here closer to the event for more informaiton about joining in virtually.