The pandemic messed with Maine’s 200th anniversary celebrations last year, but the Maine Historical Society has rebooted their Bicentennial speaker series this winter and made it virtual. I’m pleased to be able to be their final speaker, offering my take on what the two centuries before and since statehood have meant for Maine and its people.
The event — a conversation between MeHS executive director Steve Bromage and myself — kicks off at 6pm on March 11. It’s free to members — though there’s a limit of 500 attendees — but you do need to register ahead of time. You can also become a member, of course, and enjoy the various other perks of doing so. (I’ve been one since I returned to Maine in 2003 while finishing work on my book on our state’s history, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier.
For more on Maine’s deep backstory, consider the book or my 2020 Press Herald series “Colony.” I also wrote a bit about what his all means for the Boston Globe Opinion section.