The Fairfield Public Library will host a free lecture on "America, Europe and the War of 1812" as part of its new "Turning Points in History" series on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, author Mark Albertson will focus on the fledgling republic at the onset of the 19th century and beginnings of the American Empire. He will also discuss the decline of France and Spain as New World colonial powers and the deterioration of Anglo-American relations, according to a release.

Albertson is a historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and has been a member of the United States Naval Institute for more than 25 years, as well as the Navy League. He has written articles on issues of history and current events in newspapers and magazines and has authored three books.

Advance registration is required. For details and to register, call 203-256-3160 or visit