Perspectives on Maine's Statehood

Dr. Liam Riordan, Scarborough Bicentennial Series, Maine Bicentennial

THIS EVENT IS FULL. Due to limited seating, registration is required for this event. Call 883-4723 option 4 or email askSPL [at] Dr. Liam Riordan will open our Bicentennial Series with the presentation Past and Present: Perspectives on Maine Statehood. This illustrated presentation explores the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable in contemporary Maine politics and culture. The talk focuses on four themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways: the "two Maines" and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive pace of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Compromise, Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location of the international border to at least 1842.

Dr. Riordan is an early American historian specializing in the broad Revolutionary era (ca. 1760-1830) and has been a faculty member at the University of Maine since 1997. He has led community discussions across Maine about the statehood process and organized a public scholarly conference to commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Maine.

This series was made possible through the financial partnership of the Scarborough Public Library and  Scarborough Historical Society, and through a grant awarded by the Maine Humanities Council. Programs will be held at the Library and are free to attend.


Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 2:00pm