STOCKTON SPRINGS — “Maine’s Hail to the Chief: A History of Presidential Visits to the Pine Tree State” is a new book by Mac Smith of Stockton Springs. He will present his first talk and reading at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

A visit from the president of the United States always brings excitement with it. In Maine, part of that excitement stems from the fact that presidents rarely visit the state — only 18 of the 45 presidents have visited Maine in the nation’s 244-year history.

Many of these visits came at significant points in a presidency, and some visits had controversy, conflict, and ironic twists. Each of Maine’s presidential visits left us with great stories, and a detailed view of Maine’s lively history. Smith will share some of these stories at SSCL on Nov. 7.

Mac Smith is a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War and a former reporter for The Bar Harbor Times. He lives in Stockton Springs in the village of Sandy Point and serves as Stockton’s town manager. He is also the author of “Mainers on the Titanic” and “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.”

Seating is limited to 25, so preregistration is necessary (call 567-4147) to reserve a seat. The presentation is free and all are welcome. Masks will be required.

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