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Commemorating Maine’s Statehood
September 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
“Commemorating Maine’s Statehood: What We Can Learn from Its Bicentennial”
A Webinar Featuring:
UMaine History Professor Liam Riordan
Thursday, September 17th
11 a.m. – 12 noon (Eastern)
Maine’s path to statehood in 1820 followed years of tensions with the political and economic powers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, of which Maine was a part.
Statehood also came as part of a controversial deal in Congress that allowed Maine to become its own state so as long as the new state of Missouri was allowed to permit human slavery within its borders. Statehood for Maine also necessitated negotiations of new treaties with the Wabanaki peoples of the region.
Now, 200 years later, remnants of those early political, economic, and cultural issues remain. As Maine celebrates its bicentennial as a state, what can we learn by revisiting Maine’s evolution over these many years? Professor Liam Riordan will address those issues and will take questions from members of the webinar’s audience.
Click here to register. The session is free but limited to 500 participants.
About Professor Liam Riordan:
Riordan received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a faculty member at UMaine Orono since 1997. He is a specialist on the American Revolution with a current research emphasis on Loyalists, those who opposed the Patriot movement. He has also done extensive research and community engagement work about the Maine statehood era and its bicentennial commemoration. He helps to organize National History Day in Maine, the statewide affiliate of a national research program for grade 6-12 students.