Past & Present Perspectives on the Maine Bicentennial: A View from Deer Isle

August 12 at 4:30 via Zoom webinar
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This illustrated presentation and discussion by Dr. Liam Riordan 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 we still recognize today: 

    •sharp partisan conflict and the “two Maines”

    •the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis

    •Wabanaki sovereignty

    •the uncertain location and meaning of the international border

Dr. Riordan received his undergraduate B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997. He is a specialist on the American Revolution, and has published about religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830, and the history of Loyalists, those who opposed the American Revolution. Liam currently serves on the City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development. He is the past the Director of the University of Maine Humanities Center, and is a past board member of the Maine Humanities Council. He helps to organize Maine National History Day, a statewide history contest for middle and high school students. Liam’s wife is chair of the English Department at Bangor High School, and they have two sons. His family lived in Scotland in 2012, when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow.


For more information about the Maine Bicentennial Conference (held in 2019) and online state bicentennial resources, visit:

This is a World in Your Library Event sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

Image: Moses Greenleaf, Map of the State of Maine (1820)

Courtesy of the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine

Chase Emerson Memorial Library   
PO Box 9    17 Main Street     Deer Isle, Maine 04627

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