Registration details for each event will be available as the event date approaches!
APRIL 28, 7:00 PM, virtual
2021 Annual Meeting: 200 Years as a State, 170 as a Colony: the forces that shaped Maine’s Past, Present, and Future
After a brief business meeting for members, author and journalist Colin Woodard will treat us to his talk addressing the backstory of Maine and the events that shaped Mainers as a people.
JUNE 24, 6:30 PM, virtual
Elinor Graham: Freeport’s Own Rusticator and Author
Lisa Botshon and Lani Graham
Graham’s daughter, Lani Graham, a retired doctor, and Lisa Botshon, a professor of English at the University of Maine at Augusta, discuss Elinor Graham’s popular 1943 memoir Our Way Down East depicting the years that she and her husband attempted to homestead on Flying Point Road.
JULY 22, 6:30 PM, virtual
Bringing Your Local History to Life, Part I
Playwright Elizabeth Guffey
Elizabeth has been researching the life of one of her ancestors as inspiration for a new play that explores how a modern family reconciles current events with family history. She will talk about process, goals, and challenges in conducting her research and in translating that research into a compelling story.
AUGUST 26, 6:30 PM, virtual
Bringing Your Local History to Life, Part II
Author Deb Gould
Award winning Maine Author Deb Gould will share details of the historic house she bought in East Pittston and her research into the home’s original owners and their community. She’ll describe her process for crafting a narrative story based on historical research and include plenty of time for discussion, Q & A.
SEPTEMBER 23, 6:30 pm, virtual
A Walk Back in Time: The secrets of Cellar Holes
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives – stone walls, old foundations, and other clues. Adair Mulligan will share the stories behind such places and include some examples from Pettengill Farm
OCTOBER 3, Pettengill Farm
Pettengill Farm Day
A post-pandemic return to our fun-filled family event that celebrates 1800s rural life on our 140-acre Saltwater Farm.
OCTOBER 28, 6:30 pm, virtual
“Abolitionist Cotton Capitalists”: Maine, Slavery, and the Trade of Enslaved Africans, 1830-1865
Kate McMahon, Ph.D.
Dr. McMahon’s past research interests include African American communities in northern New England from the colonial period through 1865. More recently, her research has focused on the connections between northern New England and the illegal slave trade to Brazil and Cuba, ca. 1830-1850. In particular, she focuses on the ways in which enslaved people resisted this particularly cruel and brutal period of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades to the Americas. She will share her findings on Maine’s connections to slavery and slave trade with some examples from Freeport’s history.