Bicentennial Lecture: 'Becoming Maine'

Community Happenings
Jul 06, 2020
6:30 PM

Livestreamed on the Belfast Free Library’s Face Book page from the library's Abbott Room. The library and the Belfast Historical Society and Museum present Dr. Liam Riordan of the UMaine History Department giving an illustrated talk exploring the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with separation from Massachusetts.

That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today. Four broad themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways include the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location and meaning of the international border.

Riordan has done considerable public history work to commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Maine in 2019-20 and organized the Maine Bicentennial Conference on the statehood era and its legacy (May 31-June 1, 2019). For more info and related resources, visit

FMI about the presentation, call the Belfast Library at 207-338-3884, ext.10.