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Colony, Chapter 2: Maine and Massachusetts were different from the start

Maine is celebrating the bicentennial of its statehood this year, but the story of our beginnings lies in the millennia and centuries that preceded March 15th, 1820, the day we… Read more »

Colony, a six-part series on Maine’s long path to statehood

Maine is celebrating the bicentennial of its statehood this year, but the story of our beginnings lies in the millennia and centuries that preceded March 15th, 1820, the day we… Read more »

Speaking on history of immigration in Maine, Portland, Jan. 18

Portland Ovations is convening a panel discussion on the history of immigration in Maine on January 18th at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, and I’m pleased to be taking… Read more »

Talking about the Don Gellers pardon with NPR

Late last fall my plane touched down at National Airport in Washington, I turned on my phone and there was an interview request from a reporter at NPR interested in… Read more »

Don Gellers, victim of state sponsored conspiracy, receives full, posthumous pardon in Maine

In a 31-part Portland Press Herald series on the Passamaquoddy tribe’s epic struggles with Maine, “Unsettled,” I told the story of Donald Gellers, the idealistic young attorney who, in the… Read more »

Speaking on Maine’s colonial and post-colonial past in Rockland, Nov. 16

Maine’s bicentennial is fast upon us, and I have a thing or two to say about how our state’s experiences as a colony of a colony set the stage for… Read more »

Will Maine issue a pardon to the late tribal attorney Don Gellers?

Last week I covered the extraordinary pardon hearing for the late Don Gellers, the Passmaquoddy tribe’s first attorney, who represented them successfully in matters ranging from racial discrimination in barber… Read more »

John Hickenlooper’s time Down East in 1970

A few years ago, I was in Denver writing this POLITICO story on how the city built a metro-wide light rail system from scratch, a story that led to my… Read more »

George HW Bush, 1924-2018, an obituary

President George HW Bush — who had lifelong ties to southern Maine — died late Friday night at age 94. My obituary for him, the first draft of which was… Read more »

Speaking on Maine’s identity, history, future in Blue Hill, Sept. 16

I’ll be speaking on coastal Maine’s cultural and economic background in Blue Hill, Maine next Sunday, September 16 at the Esther Wood Room of George Stevens Academy. The talk —… Read more »