Speaking on Maine’s formative history (virtually), August 20 via Biddeford Pool Summer Speaker Series

This Thursday, August 20, I’ll be speaking on, well, why Maine and Mainers are they way they are and how events centuries ago shaped our fundamental, postcolonial character.It’s the subject of my second book, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, as well as this spring’s special series “Colony” in the Maine Sunday Telegram
The event is the final installment of the 2020 Summer Speaker Series hosted each year by the Biddeford Pool Union Church here in Maine. Unfortunately the pandemic has made this and so many other events impossible to hold in person, but it’s going digital, which means anyone, anywhere can join. Kicks off at 7pm, but you do need to register. 
Details can be found on this poster at the Union Church’s website. Here’s the key bit: 
“To register for the Series, contact Elaine Robinson, 283-1398, or You will receive an email with Zoom call information. Donations gratefully accepted. 100% of proceeds benefit charities such as Seeds of Hope, Stone Soup Food Pantry, Ever After Mustang Rescue, and Saco Meals. Send check made out to “Union Church” with “Speaker Series” in subject line to UC Treasurer, PO Box 344, Biddeford Pool ME 04006.” 
Other upcoming virtual events include: 
September 1, German Marshall Fund of the United States (on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

September 7, Jesup Library of Bar Harbor, Maine (ditto.) 
September 8, Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Maine (on Maine’s past, present, and future) 
September 23, Boston Athenaeum (on Union)